The Wattbike Blog

Regular readers of the blog will know that cyclist Matt Bottrill has been on board as a Wattbike Ambassador since late last year and has been incorporating it into his training. Matt won the 2013 National Time Trial series and his good form has continued into 2014, taking first place in the opening 25.5 mile TT held in Finchingfield in Essex. Lining up at race HQ, the riders could see that the hilly… Read full post Read full post

Richard Baker

Dunkerque-Roubaix Training Tips

Posted by Richard Baker on Mar 25, 2014

Members of the HotChillee community are entitled to the 0% Finance option when purchasing a Wattbike in addition to receiving a FREE Training Day with a Wattbike Sport Scientist worth c. £300 covering bike fit, setting personal power and heart rate training zones, pedalling technique and much more. More details here. Ask any serious cycling fan to name their most memorable pro race finish locations… Read full post Read full post

Tom Crampton

Sport Relief at BBC Worldwide with Team Cycles

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 20, 2014

Our Twitter stream is busy today with various Wattbike charity rides for Sport Relief. Our events partner, TEAMCycles, have set up a unique Wattbike challenge with BBC Worldwide at locations in London, Sydney and New York. BBC Radio is cycling, running and swimming 25,000 miles - the circumference of the globe - to help raise money for Sport Relief. And BBC Worldwide is contributing 5,000 of those… Read full post Read full post

Ben Addison

A Wattbike made for two

Posted by Ben Addison on Mar 19, 2014

We've looked at lots of professional athletes using a Wattbike across a wide range of sports recently on the blog but the benefits of training on a Wattbike are as equally applicable to the rest of us so today we take a look at Dermot and Liz who are both using their Wattbike to train for some big challenges in 2014. As relative newcomers to cycling and with busy professional lives they wanted… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Reinventing the Bike Shop

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 19, 2014

If you're reading this blog then there's a good chance you'll have set foot in a bike shop. Now, the term 'bike shop' can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned rider but we're starting to see a new generation of shops break the mould by providing a brilliant all-round experience for visitors. And that experience just started to include Wattbike classes for one… Read full post Read full post

Eddie Fletcher

Keirin stars at the Wattbike Lab: an update

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Mar 18, 2014

Many of you will remember our original blog on Japanese Keirin rider Toyoki Takeda. Since that time he has been working hard on a bespoke training plan I designed. I’ve also started to work with a female Japanese rower turned Keirin rider, Manami Hayashi and a Korean Keirin rider Daechang Chung. More on Manami later. The general direction of the plan was to improve Toyoki’s rapid application… Read full post Read full post

We always like to hear about people who bring something new to the cycling events scene. Step forward Rolling Dynamics (rD) who, in addition to their much anticipated Indoor Performance Classes, will be providing a fleet of Wattbikes and a coach-led warm-up for sportive riders at mass participation cycling events. Today sees the launch by co-owners Mark Dressel and Dan Pullen. First up the guys will… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike at Get Race Fit 2014

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 13, 2014

Now in its sixth year at Porsche Human Performance the Get Race Fit event attracts a host of racing drivers from across all of the motorsport genres. This year saw the likes of former Autosport Award winner Jake Dennis and Carrera Cup scholar Josh Webster attending but it was the presence of Porsche's new driver for the upcoming World Endurance Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans that caught the… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Cape Rouleur 2014: Review

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 11, 2014

HotChillee have pulled together this fantastic video of the 2014 Cape Rouleur, the first event in their Global Events Series which took place recently in South Africa. This year's edition had everything, wind, rain, sunshine and some very, very big hills thrown in to provide riders with a real challenge. We were delighted to see a few familiar faces in the video from young South African Nicolas… Read full post Read full post

Tom Crampton

Triathlon Plus: Spring Forward

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 06, 2014

Pick up a copy of the latest Triathlon Plus to find out how six months of training on a Wattbike has worked out for Editor Liz Hufton. We won't spoil the surprise but the gains are significant for Liz as she looks ahead to a season where she is taking on Ironman Austria. One of the key points raised by Liz is that without the Wattbike it's unlikely she'd have done much training at all.… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Inside The Medal Factory at British Cycling

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 05, 2014

If you missed 'Inside the Medal Factory' on the BBC this week then give it a watch on iPlayer. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the phenomenal rise of British Cycling. Peter Keen features heavily as the man who had the vision to take what were, at the time, outrageously ambitious targets and turn them into a reality with the help of National Lottery funding and a team of highly talented… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Visit us at Manchester Bike & Tri Show

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 04, 2014

This coming weekend we'll be at the Manchester Bike and Tri Show giving you the opportunity to test ride a Wattbike. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions about how to train in the most effective and efficient way possible. Additionally, we'll take a look at your pedalling technique to help you identify where any dead-spots and give you advice on how to become a smoother, better… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

The Telegraph: Get fit quick by going nowhere fast

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 03, 2014

Last month we met up with Jonny Cooper of The Telegraph at Virgin Active's flagship 200 Aldersgate Health Club to introduce him to the Wattbike. Despite leaving him ‘hung, drawn and quartered' after the 3 minute aerobic test, he was impressed by how much more efficient his training could be. As a commuter looking to make the step up to sportives, he quickly understood that analysing pedalling… Read full post Read full post

Matt Moran

Congratulations to 2014 World Champion Joanna Rowsell

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 28, 2014

Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell took gold at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships as part of the Women's Team Pursuit squad. Joanna, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker overcame a strong Canadian team and unusually windy conditions in the Cali velodrome to take victory. We're hugely proud of Joanna's success and look forward to seeing the newly-crowned World Champion… Read full post Read full post