The Wattbike Blog

We caught up with Team Garmin-Cervelo’s Carla Ryan on the phone last week where she gave us the lowdown on life in Girona, her season so far, the impact of Cadel Evans’ Tour de France win on Australian cycling and, of course, her use of the Wattbike. Carla spent the early part of July racing at the Giro Donne where she provided a supporting role in helping her team-mate, Great Britain's Emma Pooley,… Read full post Read full post


Alex Skelton

Technique at the Tour Series

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 28, 2011

It's been a few years since I've managed to catch a Tour Series race and it's safe to say that they've definitely caught the imagination of the public in 2011. There was a good crowd present in Stoke-on-Trent on a pleasant June evening and they were treated to some great racing, particularly from the Rapha Condor Sharp squad who dominated this year's Tour Series. Wattbike were present in Stoke with… Read full post Read full post


Just 365 days to go the London 2012 Olympic Games so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the track cycling events and (boldly/foolishly) make some predictions. We don’t know which riders will be selected for which event so we’ll have to wait and see as the track season pans out to adjust our selections. Feel free to add your own comments in the box at the bottom of this… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

London 2012 on the little screen

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 26, 2011

Great news for people in the UK, you'll be able to see every single cycling event at the 2012 London Olympics live on the BBC website and/or Red Button on TV - just what we wanted to hear as we approach the 'One Year to Go' date tomorrow. The Beeb have put up a rather crude looking calendar of what will be covered on the small screen although we anticipate with a reported 24 channels running simultaneously… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Newcastle Falcons work the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 26, 2011

It's not just rugby league where you'll find Wattbikes (such as Wigan Warriors) but we're also now working with Newcastle Falcons rugby union club who compete in the Aviva Premiership. Steve and I took a trip up to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and while Steve explained to Falcons Head of Strength and Conditioning, Andy Smith, how the Wattbike worked and how to interpret the data from the Performance… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Andy and Frank, give us a call!

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 25, 2011

Well, the Tour de France is over for another year and it's been a spectacular race. From a first week of crash-marred wet stages, a second week of impasse in the Pyrenees and a third week culminating in an intense battle in the Alps and Cadel Evans' victory in the Individual Time Trial...what an event! We're asking what your most memorable Tour moment was on our Facebook page so head over there to… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Good Morning!

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 25, 2011

I fired up Tweetdeck at around 08:30 this morning to see a flurry of tweets from Wigan Warriors academy players talking about a Wattbike session they'd just completed. A couple of players including John O'Donnell and Scott Leatherbarrow were certainly letting the world know that the Wattbike was not their best friend, especially at 08:00 on a Monday morning. Words such as "It kills everyone off!",… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Junior talent reaping rewards in Holland

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 25, 2011

We love working with young athletes here at Wattbike HQ and it's particularly nice when we see real progress being made by talent using a Wattbike for training. Ian Richards is one such person, he's spending his first year riding overseas in Holland and is not only enjoying the experience but is gaining some pretty good results too. Ian recently raced in his first full UCI Tour and the points he gained… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Sarah Hammer trains on a Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 22, 2011

Eddie and I have just got back from two days in the sun on the Spanish island of Mallorca where we met up with 4 times World Track Champion and Individual Pursuit World Record Holder, Sarah Hammer, to help her out with her training on the Wattbike as she looks forward to London 2012 Olympics. Sarah is coached by Andy Sparks of Empower Coaching Systems who was keen to see how he could incorporate the… Read full post Read full post


Alex Skelton

Oli Beckingsale at the National Championship

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 19, 2011

An update from elite MTB-er Oli Beckingsale dropped into my inbox this morning on his ride at the UK National Championships, he had [high hopes](http://wattbike.com/uk/blog/post/beckingsale_fights_back_in_the_us_mtb_world_cup_race) going into this race and put in a great performance. We're experiencing some pretty horrible weather here in the UK at moment and it seems like it impacted on Oli's performance.… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Newcastle Falcons take on the Wattbike

Posted in Case Studies by Matt Moran on Jul 14, 2011

Last week we took a trip to up to [Newcastle Falcons](http://www.newcastle-falcons.co.uk/) rugby union club, who play in the top-tier Aviva Premiership, to drop off four Wattbikes to assist them with their preparations for the 2011-12 season which begins in September. The Falcons have a great stadium just outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre and we were warmly greeted by Nick Mather from the Corporate… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Sprinting at the Tour de France

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 13, 2011

The first week of the Tour de France is traditionally a sprinters paradise, long-wide boulevards drenched in glorious July sunshine but the 2011 edition of the race has seen a mix of narrow, uphill finishes with the odd cross-wind thrown in for good measure. We’ve been taking a look at some of the data generously made available by the pros from the first few days of the Tour. Data from Team Sky’s… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Beckingsale fights back in US MTB World Cup race

Posted in Interviews by Matt Moran on Jul 13, 2011

A brief update has just arrived at Wattbike HQ from elite mountain biker, Oli Beckingsale, who had a pretty hectic time at the recent World Cup event in the US. Oli suffered from more bad luck outside of his control but he is confident his good form will hold for the National Championships coming up this weekend. > Hello, > > I set off to the 5th Round of the MTB XC World Cup in New York State, USA… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Gaining Time with the Wattbike

Posted in Case Studies, Interviews by Matt Moran on Jul 12, 2011

You might remember we recently heard the story of Ryan Scott who knocked 40 minutes off his sportive time after training on a Wattbike, well we also noticed a few tweets from one of our followers, DocRoddy, who was tweeting about his impressive performance in the Etape Caledonie. What makes Roddy's story interesting is that his occupation means he doesn't have endless hours of personal time… Read full post Read full post


Matt Moran

Wattbike Racing at the Bobsleigh Track in Winterberg, Germany

Posted in Events by Matt Moran on Jul 07, 2011

At Wattbike we get invited to some pretty cool places but an event in Germany recently was a first, even for us! We took a bunch of Wattbikes to the bobsleigh track in Winterberg for the first ever cycle team relay sprint UP the famous bobsleigh course. Given the nature of a bobsleigh track it was important to ensure that the competitors didn’t find themselves in an overtaking situation so a Wattbike… Read full post Read full post