And that was 2011, how was yours?
Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 23, 2011
Well, where did 2011 go? It’s been a busy year here at Wattbike HQ and we’re all now well into our winter training and looking forward to some fantastic events and challenges in 2012.
We thought it would be nice to pull together our top 10 highlights of the year; we’ve interviewed some fantastic people over the last 12 months including Phil Liggett, Jenny Meadows, Sarah Hammer and Teun Mulder, attended some spectacular events such as the London Eye Wattbike Challenge and Alpine Challenge and most importantly to us, received some superb feedback from our loyal Wattbike community. Keep an eye out on the blog for even more great interviews, training tips and the latest news throughout 2012.
Here are our top 10 Highlights of the Year…
Teun Mulder – we took a trip to the home of the 2011 World Track Championships in Apeldoorn in the summer to see Dutch track cyclist Teun Mulder. Teun gave us a great insight into the Japanese Keirin School, his hopes for the track season and displayed some awesome power on the Wattbike.
Phil Liggett – quite simply, ‘The Voice of Cycling’. Phil generously welcomed us to his home and spoke about how he manages a hectic work schedule with training on his Wattbike. As the world’s leading commentator on cycling, he spends much of is his time living out of a suitcase, making his training time limited. Phil loves his Wattbike.
Jenny Meadows – we meet lots of nice people, but it’s fair to say Jenny is in a category of her own. Always willing to talk, Jenny provides an honest account of her ambitions and training alongside husband and coach, Trevor. We’ve got more coming from Jenny soon, as she enters the most important year of her life.
Doc Roddy – a leading voice in the Wattbike online community, @docroddy bought a Wattbike following a injury in 2009 and his only regret is that he didn’t buy one a year earlier. A regular on the Etape Caledonia, he completed the 2011 edition in just under 4 hours, no mean feat and over 20 minutes faster than his previous effort. Check out this Q&A we did with him in the summer.
Four Nations – the England national rugby league squad took their game to a new level in the 2011 Four Nations tournament, reaching the final and putting in a superb performance which gives real hope for the future. The squad trained on a Wattbike during the tournament and they were a regular fixture pitchside for warm-ups in each game. We met up with Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Bitcon at England’s training camp.
London Eye – possibly the strangest location we have a seen a Wattbike challenge but also, without doubt, the most spectacular. Staff from Lloyds Banking Group cycled for 24 hours in a pod on the London Eye, raising a fantastic amount of money for Save the Children. We managed to get some awesome images from the day and as we said at the time, if you’re going to do a Wattbike session, you may as well have a good view!
Sarah Hammer – a trip to Mallorca saw us meet up with one of the classiest track cyclists in the World. Sarah started to train on a Wattbike in 2011 at her base on the Spanish island and it’s fair to say (and not surprised) to see that she had an incredible pedalling technique. Sarah opened her Track World Cup account with a crushing display to take the win in the Omnium in Cali, Columbia recently.
Alpine Challenge – if we were forced to pick one highlight of the year then this would be it. Spectacular scenery, rolling road closures, a wonderful group of people and temperatures of 30C and more. 3 days of cycling around the Alps (with a little bit of competition thrown in for good measured) finished off with a fantastic evening on the side of Lake Annecy is something we will never forget. Did we mention we also got to ride with Triple Crown winner Stephen Roche?
Ryan Scott – when somebody tweets that they have taken 40 minutes off a sportive time from the previous year and put much of that improvement down to training on a Wattbike, we sit up and listen. Ryan sent us a little more info outlining exactly how he did it, and it’s no secret. He just bought a Wattbike and followed one of our free training plans. What could be easier?
Cyclosport End of Season Party – a fantastic way to round of the year, a sunny ride through the leafy lanes of Surrey, taking in Box Hill on the 2012 Olympic Road Race course, a lovely 3 course meal, a Q&A with leading lights of the UK cycling scene and a Wattbike challenge thrown in for good measure. We couldn’t think of a better way to end the season.
We hope you’ve had the chance to review some of the above with us and that you have your sights set on some great challenges and events of your own in 2012. We hope that we can once again play a big part in helping you achieve your goals and if you are doing something special in the new year then get in touch and we’ll get it on the Wattbike blog.
Have a great Christmas and New Year, don’t worry about how much you eat and drink, an extra Wattbike session will sort out that extra mince pie and glass of wine you’ll no doubt have.
See you in 2012!