Ben Addison

Wattbike and Royal Air Force Cycling Association

Posted by Ben Addison on Jul 31, 2012

The Wattbike has fast become the rehabilitation tool of choice for the UK military but it's not just the important job of helping service personnel to get back to fitness where the Wattbike is having an impact, we're also helping out with major events and cycling clubs such as the ones based at RAF Waddington.  Here's an update from the guys...


On Saturday 30th June and Sun 1st July, Wattbike kindly let RAF Waddington's cycle club loose with two of their awesome Wattbikes for our stand at RAF Waddington's International Airshow. 

RAF Cycling Club Wattbike

They were the centre piece to the clubs promotion of cycling and fitness not only in the RAF but to the thousands of civilians that attend this humongous event. Due to a lack of power depriving us of utilising the Wattbike software, we took the old fashioned approach of how far can you go in 60 seconds.  The initial take up was slow, as many apprehensive individuals and groups looked on as we pedalled away (selfishly trying to sort out my sloppy pedal stroke) encouraging them to have a go.

RAF Cycling Club Wattbike

But as with all things like this once one person decides to have a go everyone wants a piece of it too!  We soon had a queue forming with complete novices wanting to race their mates, through to seasoned time triallers trying to prove a point.  The most astounding result of the day was one new recruit from RAF College Cranwell who covered 930 metres whilst wearing his RAF working dress!  To say most people's jaws were on the floor was an understatement, I am glad he's going to be riding for us!

I would like to say a massive thank you to Wattbike for providing us with the bikes as they were an asset that really sold our cause.  All we need to do now is convince our PhysEd section that we need a few of these as they are an “essential” training aid.

And finally, here's a display shot from the show


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