Posts tagged "cycling"

Ben Addison

Le-Tour One Day Ahead Riders See How Their Fundraising Fights Against Blood Cancer

Posted in Events by Ben Addison on Mar 09, 2015

In December we told you about our partnership with the epic event Le Tour - One Day Ahead (read the blog here). Le Tour will see former England footballer Geoff Thomas and 20 "amateur" riders take on the entire Tour de France route, one day ahead of the professionals, to raise £1,000,000 for Cure Leukaemia. With seven riders now signed up for… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Let’s Talk Wattbike

Posted in Interviews, Testimonials by Tom Crampton on Jan 29, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it is about the Wattbike that makes it the ultimate indoor training tool for so many different riders? Our ambassadors, key advocates and customers have shared their thoughts in this short video. Click below to find out why Wattbike is loved (and sometimes loathed) by so many: Why do you love the Wattbike? Share your thoughts… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Geoff Thomas Takes ‘The Test’

Posted in Case Studies by Tom Crampton on Dec 01, 2014

Here at Wattbike we are often contacted by organisations planning events, most of which involve a three or four day ride through Europe. When former England footballer and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas approached us with his idea, we knew this was going to be a little bit different. Geoff, along with 20 "normal" people will be cycling the entire Tour… Read full post

Ben Addison

Pedalling Technique from a Physiotherapist’s Point of View

Posted by Ben Addison on Dec 16, 2013

Today's blog comes from The White House Clinic who this year added a Wattbike to their impressive set-up in the city of Sheffield. The Wattbike really adds value to a physiotherapist's work and in many ways so we thought we'd ask the people at The White House Clinic to tell us about how they use the Polar View, the Wattbike's innovative… Read full post

Matt Moran

Using a Wattbike to improve hill climbing [Guest Blog by Andy Blow]

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 04, 2013

Today we have a guest blog from Andy Blow, a sports scientist with extensive experience working with endurance athletes and in motorsport. As an athlete Andy competed at international level in triathlon, duathlon and Ironman. He is co-author of 'The Motorsport Fitness Manual' and is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon and Running Fitness… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike connects to your favourite online training diary

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 01, 2013

From today you can download a firmware upgrade for your Wattbike 2013, bringing new connectivity and testing features which significantly enhance your Wattbike experience. The new ANT+ connectivity means you are able to store your indoor Wattbike session data alongside your outdoor riding data in one online location with ease. Simply record your Wattbike… Read full post

Matt Moran

What’s in a pedal revolution? Wattbike has the answer.

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 30, 2013

There are many ways to become a better bike rider, from improving your power-to-weight ratio through to understanding your power and heart rate training zones. One element of riding that's not so often talked about is the way you pedal a bike. Pedal technique can impact the way a bike handles, your power output, susceptibility to injury, fatigue… Read full post

Matt Moran

Olympic Champion Sophie Hosking trains for Trois Etapes on a Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on May 09, 2013

Last time we heard from Olympic Rowing Champion Sophie Hosking she gave us an insight into how training on a Wattbike helps her when it comes to performing on the water; but now Sophie is using her Wattbike to train for a cycling adventure as she swaps a pair of oars for a pair of wheels at the Trois Etapes in July. First up, we wanted to find out what… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Rolling hills in Red Rock Canyon

Posted by Alex Skelton on Mar 25, 2013

This past week has been a busy one for us with people at the Taipei International Cycle Show and at IHRSA, a show bringing together the best of the health, fitness and sports world. Although there wasn't an opportunity to see the next generation of cycling technology, I think getting to go to IHRSA might still have been regarded as the better option,… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Cape Rouleur 2013: Day Two and Three - Hot and Up!

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 11, 2013

Day 2 If Day One was about the heat, day two was definitely about the hills. Although not as long as the Alpine climbs or as steep as those in Pyrenees, the Western Cape provided over 2400m of climbing on a 146km stage. The temperature had dropped a full 10 degrees to a still sweaty 30C! Group 3 (my group) set off at 07:30 and immediately we were on… Read full post

Matt Moran

Join a Wattbike Workshop with Pro Cyclist Dean Downing

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 07, 2013

We’ve joined up with Everyone Active at their fantastic centre in Fareham, Hampshire to offer you the chance to join Madison-Genesis pro cyclist and Wattbike Ambassador Dean Downing in an introductory Wattbike session on Monday 11th March 2013. The session will allow you to analyse your pedal technique in real-time using Wattbike’s unique… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Cape Rouleur 2013: Day One - it’s damn hot!

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 04, 2013

Prologue Well, what a start! It's not every day you are having a little warm-up before the start of a race and not one but two former World Champions roll up for a chat. As Rich and I were getting ready for the Prologue, a short TT of just under 8km, we were joined by triple crown winner Stephen Roche and former World Champion Maurizio Fondriest!… Read full post

Matt Moran

If you only buy one magazine this month…

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 04, 2013

As you can imagine we have lots of magazines drop through the letterbox of Wattbike HQ every month but one has really stood out for an exceptional interview with one of the most inspiring people around. If you've not got a copy yet, pick up April's issue of Cycling Active which features an extended interview with James Golding. We've featured… Read full post

Matt Moran

The 3 Minute Challenge

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 23, 2013

Over the last few days at Wattbike HQ there's been plenty of discussion about getting stuck into our training plans for the coming year. We've got diverse targets across the team in 2013 so are following different programmes, but one thing we all have in common is the need to establish some benchmark figures for our fitness. And this is where… Read full post

Matt Moran

Channel 4: The Last Leg - Rio Talent ID

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 03, 2013

We were excited to be working alonsgide British Cycling at the very first ParalympicsGB Sports Fest which was held in December at Surrey Sports Park to help identify talent with an eye on Rio in 2016. We'll have more on the blog soon from the British Cycling Coaches but you may have spotted a couple of the guys from Channel 4's 'The Last… Read full post

Matt Moran

ultra-FIT: Train like an Olympian

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 12, 2012

Check out the November/December issue of ultra-FIT magazine which features an article on how to train like an Olympian. Caroline Sandry visited the Powerade Sports Academy this summer and received advice on training, nutrition and recovery. Caroline also received expert advice on training and pedal technique from pro cyclist and Wattbike Ambassador… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cyclosport: Insight into the world of Sportives

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 04, 2012

A couple of months ago we headed to the Wattbike-sponsored Cyclosportive Industry Ride and Lunch - a time to reflect on all the good things that have happened in the sportive and wider cycling world over the last 12 months. Cyclosport have produced this great booklet on where some of the people playing a part in the industry see things moving through… Read full post

Tom Crampton Tim Lovejoy at the lab

Tim Lovejoy at the lab

Posted in Interviews by Tom Crampton on Jun 20, 2012

TV presenter Tim Lovejoy visited the Wattbike Sport Science Lab to spend a day with Eddie as part of his preparation for the Right To Play Bike Ride 2012 from Liege to London. The ride starts on Sunday 1st July and will cover a total of 347 miles over three days of cycling through Belgium, France and England, finally finishing in the picturesque surroundings… Read full post

Tom Crampton

3LC.TV Training DVD Competition Winners

Posted by Tom Crampton on Apr 13, 2012

It took a while to get the virtual tombola turning, but we did it eventually and we've picked out Hannah Pole and Tim Loveridge from our Facebook fans, Twitter followers and Newsletter subscribers as the winners of a bundle of the fantastic 3LC.TV training DVD bundles. Our Matt tried one of the DVDs recently and survived...just. Congratulations… Read full post

Matt Moran

The Wattbike is the only place I can practice precise power training

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 10, 2012

Under-23 cyclist Ian Richards sent us an update last week following what sounds like a very tough Omloop van de Glazen Stad. Ian told us: "My 5th classic this year, the 173km Omloop van de Glazen stad; a city of glass greenhouses wrapped itself around the tight twisting course. The first 100km of the race didn’t drop below 47km/h. With constant… Read full post

Matt Moran

SimonStrong fundraising for Wales Air Ambulance

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 06, 2012

It's been a while since we've had an update from Simon Richardson so it was good to see an email drop into my inbox telling me about just some of the great things he has planned this year and next. As always with Simon, it's look forward - never back, and so he has started to arrange a number of fundraising activities to help raise money… Read full post

Matt Moran

Rebecca Romero Interview: Part Two

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 05, 2012

Part Two of our video interview with Rebecca Romero features her thoughts on training on a Wattbike. As a former rower, Rebecca was used to a life of work on ergometers and this continued through her time with British Cycling, who use Wattbikes for training and testing of their elite athletes. Rebecca gives us the lowdown on the kind of Wattbike sessions… Read full post

Tom Crampton

King of the Hill

Posted by Tom Crampton on Apr 03, 2012

Thankfully, the hours of daylight are gradually stretching out, allowing me to get on my road bike and do a bit more training in the evenings after work. Until now I 've been surviving solely on the Wattbike for my cycling, but today I rode to work and last Sunday I managed to get out with a friend for a couple of hours. The first thing I noticed… Read full post

Matt Moran

Rebecca Romero Interview: Part One

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 28, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I headed down to see 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Rebecca Romero. For those who don't know, Rebecca is one of those very rare people who have won Olympic medals in two different Olympic Games AND in two different sports. In 2004 at the Athens Games she took silver in the quadruple sculls rowing event then went on to win that… Read full post

Ben Addison

Wattbike Finland Championships - Winners

Posted by Ben Addison on Mar 22, 2012

Our guys in Finland have just sent us the results from the official Wattbike Championships in Finland. The event took place in the Liikuntamylly sports centre in Helsinki and saw an increase in entrants from last year for the 10km time trial. Samual Halme took home the trophy in the male categaory with a time of 12:25.59 while Riina Miettinen stood… Read full post

Matt Moran

150bpm - that’s my heart rate on the start line of my first pro race

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 20, 2012

If you want to know what it's like to stand on the start line of your first pro race then let Ian Richards give you the lowdown on his experience. Ian told us: "One hundred and fifty beats per minute, that’s what my heart rate was standing on the start line of my first professional race. Rabobank, Christina Watches, Katusha and Leopard-Trek… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike in the News: Road.cc

Wattbike in the News: Road.cc

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 15, 2012

Road.cc have published the last of their monthly articles on their website today after having a Wattbike in the office, some great comments from writer Mat Brett and we're really pleased with the feedback from the guys there. If you'd like to take an honest and independent view on what the Wattbike is all about then take a look at the articles… Read full post

Tom Crampton

To all the hotshots in the Tour, beware, I will be Wattbike-powered!

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 14, 2012

In last month's Newsletter we asked for stories about how people use their Wattbike. We had some great responses but the winner of the Wattbike kit was Tony Kuipers from Australia. Tony only recently got into cycling having been unable to run due to a serious knee injury. After only three weeks of cycling he entered a couple of mountain bike events… Read full post

Matt Moran

Get social with Wattbike and WIN Training DVDs

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 13, 2012

One of the great things about being part of the Wattbike community is seeing Tweets and Facebook updates telling us how much people have beaten their personal bests by on a Wattbike, or better still telling us how much faster they have gone in a race, a sportive or a triathlon after a good block of training on a Wattbike. This kind of sharing of experiences… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike in the News: The Telegraph

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 12, 2012

More Wattbike in the news and this time it's from The Telegraph - John MacLeary is taking part in the London-Paris and to help him reach the start line in the best condition he'll be training on a Wattbike. We invited him up to our Sport Science Lab recently to take a look at his pedal technique, set his training zones and offer advice on how… Read full post

Matt Moran

An Indoor Sprint Session with Cav and Three Legs Cycling

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 09, 2012

Sometimes we need just that extra bit of motivation to do a Wattbike session so last night I tried out one of the offerings from Three Legs Cycling, which features none other than World Champion Mark Cavendish. Naturally, I decided on the 'Sprinting' DVD, which is an hour's session including a warm-up and cool down. The warm-up involved… Read full post

Matt Moran

Team Sky TT Warm-Up Protocol

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 07, 2012

An eagle-eyed snapper from PezCyclingNews spotted Team Sky's warm-up protocol stuck to the side of the team bus for the opening 9.4km Individual Time Trial at this year's Paris-Nice. It's always interesting to see what the pros are doing and as we have often talked about on the blog, a specific and relevant warm-up is crucial, whether you… Read full post

Matt Moran

Lee Dixon on Cycling, Wattbike and CycleSlam

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 07, 2012

I went over to see Lee Dixon a few weeks ago to see how he was getting on with his training - Lee used to play football for Arsenal and England and can now be seen every weekend on BBC's Football Focus and Match of the Day 2. It's fairly obvious that Lee has been bitten by the cycling bug quite badly - it gets us all eventually, right? He's… Read full post

Matt Moran

February Sun at Stephen Roche Training Camp

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 27, 2012

‘How’s your holiday going?’ - it’s a question I’ve been asked a dozen times over the last week. I’ve been in Mallorca at the HotChillee Rendezvous at Stephen Roche Cycling Camp. I did see sun, sea and sand – I also saw the back of somebody’s wheel for much of the time I was going uphill on a bike here… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Tom rides Right to Play

Posted by Tom Crampton on Feb 25, 2012

I’m off and running…well…cycling to be more accurate! I only joined Wattbike in January, and before the month was out I had been signed up to cycle from the Tour de France prologue in Liege to the Olympic Park in London to support the Right to Play Bike Ride 2012. I do cycle, but I have never attempted anything beyond about 50 miles… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike in the News: CityAM

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 21, 2012

Today we're featured in CityAM as fitness expert, Laura Williams, takes her very first ride on a Wattbike and although she is not usually keen on cycling, she immediately saw why the Wattbike is very different from any other indoor bike. Laura tried the Wattbike at Reebok Gym in Canary Wharf, a place where members generally have little time to exercise… Read full post

Matt Moran

A night at the London Olympic Velodrome

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 20, 2012

Last Friday evening we took a trip to the London Olympic Velodrome for the UCI Track World Cup, we hadn't quite expected to see some awesome performances and two world records in a single night. The building is awesome, both inside and out, and the racing throughout the weekend was equally as good. If that was just a taster for the Olympics then… Read full post

Matt Moran

There is no comparison between the Wattbike and any other static bike

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 16, 2012

When you're 6 feet and 7 inches tall it's not that easy to find fitness equipment that can handle the sheer size of your body and with an inside leg measurement of 37 inches, Steve Bainbridge has found just a solution to help him train for triathlons in the Wattbike. Steve is a former rugby union player, representing both the British and Irish… Read full post

Matt Moran

I’m excited about riding the Etape. I’m also nervous.

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 13, 2012

Summit of Col du Soulor We're always on the look out for insiprational stories from Wattbike owners across the world and this is no exception, a tale of a comeback to the bike and nerves and excitement ahead of a first foray into the challenges of some iconic Tour de France climbs. Jonathan is taking on the Etape du Tour - Acte II, it's the… Read full post

Matt Moran

HotChillee Ride Captain Profile: Ian Holmes

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 10, 2012

Today we bring you the first in a series of interviews with the HotChillee Ride Captains(RCs), the people who keep the riders on track during The London-Paris and Alpine Challenge. We're sponsoring the RCs throughout this year and they're all well into their training for these events on their Wattbikes. The RCs have quite varied and interesting… Read full post

Matt Moran Dan Scott’s 24 hour challenge for UK Youth

Dan Scott’s 24 hour challenge for UK Youth

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 08, 2012

One of the things that really comes to mind about our trip to the Alpine Challenge last year was the fantastic setup of the event, everything really was catered for. One thing that I will always remember is the massages from the the guys at TheTriTouch. At the time they were incredibly painful but they really did the business when it came to getting… Read full post

Matt Moran

Paralympic Cyclist Simon Richardson turns the pedals again with Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 08, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I headed down to South Wales to meet up with Simon Richardson. Regular readers of the blog will be familiar with Simon, he won two Gold and a Silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and is currently on the road to recovery from a second serious collision whilst he was out training on his bike. I will leave Simon to explain… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike is the Bugatti Veyron of Indoor Bikes - The Times

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 07, 2012

It was fantastic to open The Times this past weekend and see the Wattbike described as '...a stationary bike. Yet it stands in the same relation to that rusting contraption in your mum's garage as a Bugatti Veyron does to a Robin Reliant.' The Times journalist, Robert Crampton, is taking on the Deloitte Ride Across Britain later this year… Read full post

Ben Addison

2012 National Wattbike Fire Service Championships

Posted by Ben Addison on Feb 01, 2012

We've received a wonderful review of the first ever National Wattbike Fire Service Championships, held at the Friary Grange Leisure Centre in Lichfield. We often talk on the blog about individuals using the Wattbike for training, for rehab and for various charity events but there is also a great race feature within both the Expert Software and Power… Read full post

Alex Skelton Back to Winter Training

Back to Winter Training

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jan 31, 2012

Ian Richards is based out of Holland for most of the year, where he races with Team Drc de Mol, but has spent the past few months back home in Australia. He's just sent us through an update of what he's been up to, including news of a disappointing (in his own words!) Australian championships. Ian's mind is now very much focused on the 2012… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike takes to the open seas!

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 30, 2012

We love receiving emails from Wattbike users across the world, most will tell us how the Wattbike has changed their method of training forever and some will highlight a great achievement where the user feels the Wattbike has played a major role. What I hadn't quite anticipated was an email from a dedicated Wattbike user that his employers were buying… Read full post

Matt Moran

HotChillee Ride Captains on London-Paris Training

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 26, 2012

We recently invited the HotChillee Ride Captains up to the Wattbike Science Lab to get to know the Wattbike a little better and to help them focus their training for both The London-Paris and Alpine Challenge. The Ride Captains role is to help riders both before and during these two great events to get the most of out of their experience, so it could… Read full post

Matt Moran Temptation

Temptation

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 24, 2012

I'm now 4 weeks into the London-Paris Training Plan and I'm starting to notice a few changes. Christmas was a time of eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping, repeat ad nauseam. This would have been fine had it only lasted a week, but I'd also done the same thing when I took off to somewhere a little warmer the week before Christmas. So, two… Read full post

Alex Skelton Peter Keen tells the story of the Wattbike - Extended Interview

Peter Keen tells the story of the Wattbike - Extended Interview

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jan 23, 2012

Many of you involved in sport will recognise the name of Peter Keen as Director of Performance at UK Sport, the body which ensures that investment in sport in the UK is targeted at the right areas to deliver winners at the highest level; essentially we're talking about creating and supporting World and Olympic champions. He is also credited as the… Read full post

Ben Addison

The Wattbike has been excruciatingly helpful in preparation for the Alps!

Posted by Ben Addison on Jan 21, 2012

It's always nice to catch up with people who have been training on Wattbike for a couple of years so we thought we'd share an update from former rugby union England international and London Wasps player Damian Hopley. Damian currently heads up the Rugby Players Association, the body which protects the interests of professional rugby players… Read full post

Matt Moran RG Active visit to the Wattbike Science Lab

RG Active visit to the Wattbike Science Lab

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 18, 2012

It was a pleasure to have John Brame and Marsha El Hage of RG Active coaching up to the Wattbike Science Lab recently, they'd made the trip up from London to understand how they could deliver an even better training experience for their clients, through using the Wattbike. With a very impressive background in competition and coaching, the RG Active… Read full post

Ben Addison

Power to Weight Ratio explained

Posted by Ben Addison on Dec 21, 2011

Whenever we get people on the Wattbike for the first time we're often asked, can I do a peak power test. The answer is of course yes but we always recommend a good warm-up. You then have a peak power figure to tell all of your mates about, but whether it be 750W or pushing the 2000W barrier the important figure is your power to weight ratio. It's… Read full post

Matt Moran Heart rate comparison between Wattbike and Road Ride

Heart rate comparison between Wattbike and Road Ride

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 19, 2011

Ryan Scott got in touch recently to send us an interesting comparison between his heart rate when training on his Wattbike and when he is out on a road ride. Ryan is working hard this winter on his Wattbike, following the Winter Triathlon Plan and is looking to improve his TT times in 2012. Here's what Ryan had to say, including some nice screenshots… Read full post

Matt Moran

Autumn Riding

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 14, 2011

I've just taken a weeks break from all things Wattbike and headed out to the Lake District in the north of England for some riding. It certainly didn't feel like November in terms of temperature and many of the trees still had their leaves, making for some stunningly scenic rides. I'm not really one for constantly stopping to snap photos and the risk… Read full post

Ben Addison Where is my nearest Wattbike?

Where is my nearest Wattbike?

Posted by Ben Addison on Nov 07, 2011

A question we often receive on our Twitter stream is, where can I try out a Wattbike at a gym near to me. The simplest way to find out is via our 'Find a Wattbike' map, where we've plotted all of the Personal Trainers and Gyms who offer Wattbike sessions. If your local gym does not yet have a Wattbike then please ask the manager to take a look at our… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike flies high in the London Eye

Wattbike flies high in the London Eye

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 03, 2011

Today I’ve been at the London Eye in Central London for Lloyds Banking Group’s 24 Hour Around the World Cycle Challenge, to raise money for Save the Children. London is just one of 38 locations across the world where staff from the Group are taking on similar feats and although we haven’t seen the other locations I think it’s safe to say that… Read full post

Matt Moran Road to 2012 starts here

Road to 2012 starts here

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 02, 2011

Yesterday I noticed a flurry of tweets on the Wattbike Twitter stream from pro athletes, all with a similar message - '2012 starts here'. It seems like November 1st 2011 was the day most pros finished up their holidays and were looking forward to the 2012 season and what it might bring. For some, it would be joining a new team while for many, the Olympic… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Haines and Moser tandem record attempt on hold

Posted by Alex Skelton on Nov 01, 2011

You might just recognise the names Haines and Moser, that's Vic Haines holder of multiple British tandem records and titles, and Francesco Moser, winner of Giro d'Italia, World Championships and three of the five cycling monuments (Paris-Roubaix three times); well, they're looking to make an attempt at setting a new standard for the hour on a tandem.… Read full post

Ben Addison Wattbike on TV

Wattbike on TV

Posted by Ben Addison on Oct 27, 2011

Fans of BBC One's The One Show will have seen presenter Matt Baker taking a fitness test on a Wattbike earlier this week in preparation for his upcoming Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge. Matt is going to cycle the entire length of the UK in what looks like an incredibly heavy three-wheeled rickshaw. We're not sure if he'll be carrying passengers… Read full post

Matt Moran

Andy Sparks Track Cycling Update

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 21, 2011

You might remember that Eddie and myself went over to Malllorca in the summer to deliver a couple of Wattbikes to Andy Sparks, elite track coach, and Sarah Hammer, multiple World Champion and World Record Holder. Andy's been pretty busy with his stable of athletes over the last couple of months but he kindly managed to drop us an update this week before… Read full post

Eddie Fletcher Taking Wattbike to Estonia

Taking Wattbike to Estonia

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Oct 20, 2011

Last weekend I travelled to Tallinn in Estonia to deliver our first overseas Wattbike Advanced Technical Workshop to an audience of cyclists, coaches and personal trainers from the Baltic States. On the Saturday morning I visited a cycle trade show where there was some Wattbike racing going on over 1km – fastest on the day was 00:58. The Workshop… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cyclosport End of Season Party & Box Hill

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 18, 2011

This past weekend I headed to London for the Cyclosport.org end of season party. Wattbike were the main sponsors for the event so I took along a couple of bikes for guests to try and we had a peak power competition running throughout the day After setting up the two Wattbikes inside the Alexender Pope pub it was time to drink coffee and meet up with… Read full post

Alex Skelton Look who’s talking

Look who’s talking

Posted by Alex Skelton on Oct 05, 2011

We've been in the press a few times over the last week. First up was a nice feature in Athletics Weekly focusing on GB 800m athlete Jenny Meadows' use of the Wattbike for cross-training, they called The Secret Weapon. Not so secret now! Jenny is using her Wattbike all year round and although, by her own admission, she had a disappointing World Championships,… Read full post

Matt Moran

You can only train as hard as you can rest

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 04, 2011

Having just completed my last sportive of 2011 I have to admit to feeling pretty tired. Not only because of the 55 mile hilly course around the Peak District but because I was recently ill. Getting back on the bike after a severe bout of sickness is something that simply cannot be rushed, it took nearly two weeks before I managed to not feel totally… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike helping Simon Richardson on the road to recovery (#simonstrong)

Wattbike helping Simon Richardson on the road to recovery (#simonstrong)

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 28, 2011

We’re often asked about providing support or sponsorship for various cyclists, triathletes, events and charities and while we take a detailed look at every request there are some occasions when it takes a matter of seconds for us to say yes, we can help. We’d been following Simon Richardson on Twitter for some time, he’s an inspiring guy. In 2001… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike League racing returns to Lichfield

Wattbike League racing returns to Lichfield

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 23, 2011

Great news to hear that the Wattbike League is up and running again in Lichfield at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, courtesy of Lichfield District Council. Starting November 1st and continuing on a weekly basis until the 22nd, there'll be a fantastic evening of competitive racing on Wattbikes featuring 4 groups based on differing abilities. Each group… Read full post

Matt Moran Postcards from Annecy - One

Postcards from Annecy - One

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 21, 2011

So many great memories from our trip to the Alpine Challenge and we've just received the official photographs. We'll pick out our favourites amongst the hundreds taken and put them up here on the Wattbike blog over the next few days... Read full post

Matt Moran

Pro Cycling Rankings System

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 14, 2011

We're quickly heading towards the end of the pro cycling season and with the World Championships starting in Copenhagen, Denmark I thought it would be interesting to look at a couple of the rankings systems for pro cyclists. FIrst up is the UCI WorldTour Rankings:- and now we have the IG Markets Pro Cycling Index:- As you can see, the top 15 places… Read full post

Matt Moran

Carla Ryan heading to the World Championships

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 13, 2011

Great news to hear that Garmin-Cervelo pro Carla Ryan will once again represent Australia in the 2011 World Road Race Championship on 24th September. Check out a recent interview we did with her for the Wattbike Blog. Carla recently sent us these photos of her training on her Wattbike... Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge Day 3

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 12, 2011

Day 3 of the 2011 Alpine Challenge promised to be the most difficult yet and with expected temperatures of 30C+ there were a few nerves on show amongst all of the groups. Group 1 riders were still battling it our for the Chazal leaders jersey, Group 2 riders were looking to move themselves up the rankings while Group 3 riders were pondering the steep,… Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge Day 2

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 09, 2011

Today there was a most welcome later start to Stage 2 of the Alpine Challenge, I think it was appreciated by most riders after a tough start yesterday but it didn't stop some very wearing looking riders staring blankly into their cups of coffee over breakfast (including me). After forcing a whole heap of food down me and a few last minute bike adjustments… Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge Day 1

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 08, 2011

Today saw the official start of the 2011 Alpine Challenge here in Annecy, it started with an 11km time trial up the Col des Leschaux, not particularly steep but deceptively long. Plenty of excited riders (and a few nervous ones) gathered outside the hotel where we were met by nearly 20 moto outriders and a couple of Mavic Neutral Service vehicles. What… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike at Alpine Challenge - pre event rides

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 07, 2011

So we've been in the Alps in Annecy for 2 days, within 30 mins of arriving we'd been coerced into a ride with Sven, the organiser of the Alpine Challenge. He took us around Lake Annecy which has to be one of the most stunning rides I've ever done. A great loop on a traffic-free cycle path for half of the ride and a great fast road back into Annecy (except… Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge here we come!

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 05, 2011

I had some great feedback via Twitter and Facebook about restarting my training plan and feel really motivated about getting stuck into it. I had planned to do the 3 minutes aerobic test last week to work out my power training zones until my colleagues at Wattbike decided they had other plans for me. When the email asking me to go to the Alpine Challenge… Read full post

Matt Moran A revolution in indoor group cycling is about to happen!

A revolution in indoor group cycling is about to happen!

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 31, 2011

We'll be at Leisure Industry Week from September 20th to 22nd and we've got a very special announcement to make at the show so come along and see us on Stand H232. We'll be showcasing the Wattbike on the stand over the 3 days and it's your chance to see a Wattbike class in action, led by Master instructor Marvin Burton; and if you're feeling energetic… Read full post

Matt Moran

Calculating your Power Training Zones

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 30, 2011

We've just placed a really handy feature on the website to help you calculate your personal Power Training Zones; so when you've completed your 3 Minute Aerobic Test just drop your maximum heart rate and maximum minute power into the Training Zones Calculator and it will give you all the info you need to start training in a really focused way, which… Read full post

Ben Addison Wattbike at the Vattenfall Cyclassics

Wattbike at the Vattenfall Cyclassics

Posted by Ben Addison on Aug 25, 2011

Our colleagues in Germany took a couple of Wattbikes to the Vattenfall Cyclassics which took place in Hamburg this past weekend. Touted as the biggest cycle race in the world, it's estimated that over 800,000 people come out over the three day cycling festival. The Wattbike stand was really busy all day with cyclists wanting to take a look at their… Read full post

Matt Moran Bike Fit on the Wattbike

Bike Fit on the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 23, 2011

If you've ever sustained an injury on a bike (other than from falling off!) it's likely that it will have been caused by an incorrect bike setup. The resulting injuries can make cycling a fairly miserable experience and more often than not cause other problems as one part of the body over-compensates for the pain being felt elsewhere. To help you alleviate… Read full post

Matt Moran When life gets in the way of training

When life gets in the way of training

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 18, 2011

You start off a training program with lofty ambitions of sticking to it rigourously then you miss a session because of a what feels like a cold, then work gets really busy and you're travelling a lot so you miss another session and all of a sudden you've let go of all of the good work you put in over the past few months. Well, that's what happened to… Read full post

Alex Skelton

AIS Power Profiling on the Wattbike

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 02, 2035

As soon as we mention that Cycling Australia use Wattbikes the first thing we are asked is what kind of sessions and testing do they perform... and sadly we are forced to tell them absolutely nothing at all. Well, they like to keep their cards pretty close to their chests, especially with that little multi-sport event in London only a few months away.… Read full post

Eddie Fletcher Should I go for a Wattbike Pro or Wattbike Trainer?

Should I go for a Wattbike Pro or Wattbike Trainer?

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Aug 02, 2011

We're often asked about the differences between a Wattbike Pro and Wattbike Trainer so I thought it would be useful to briefly outline which bike might be best for you. The simple fact is that the Wattbike Pro is exactly the same as the Wattbike Trainer in every respect except that the Wattbike Pro has a slightly higher resistance range. All other… Read full post

Matt Moran Carla Ryan talks Wattbike, Cadel Evans and living in the sun

Carla Ryan talks Wattbike, Cadel Evans and living in the sun

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 29, 2011

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read full post

Matt Moran Sarah Hammer trains on a Wattbike

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… Read full post

Alex Skelton Oli Beckingsale at the National Championship

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… 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… Read full post

Matt Moran Beckingsale fights back in US MTB World Cup race

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… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike Racing at the Bobsleigh Track in Winterberg, Germany

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… Read full post

Alex Skelton

TC Valentine at Crossfit Endurance tries the Wattbike

Posted in Case Studies by Alex Skelton on Jul 02, 1987

After a whistle stop tour of the states, well, actually only two states Florida and California (I know tough life!), I ended up in Costa Mesa with Doug and Brian from Cross Fit Endurance. We had a long agenda of bringing them up to speed on how to use the Wattbike, so I was pleasantly surprised when they explained that they had invited a guest (or really… Read full post

Matt Moran Power through the Tour de France

Power through the Tour de France

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 01, 2011

So the 2011 Tour de France pedals away tomorrow in the Vendée region of France and you could say I’m pretty excited about it. Having watched the Tour live on the mountainside for the last 8 years I can tell you it’s incredibly inspiring and exhilarating seeing the pros climb mountain after mountain, day after day. If you live in the UK then it’s… Read full post

Matt Moran

Announcing our new Wattbike Trainer and Pro models

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 30, 2011

You might have noticed reports of our new Wattbike models hitting the web today. We're really pleased and proud to be announcing these new products which see a number of improvements to the Wattbike as a result of customer feedback from elite and amateur sports-people alike. The new models sport a brand new handlebar design featuring drop handlebars,… Read full post

Matt Moran Beckingsale tops the podium in South Wales

Beckingsale tops the podium in South Wales

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 28, 2011

Elite XC mountain biker Oli Beckingsale dropped us a line today and this time he's got some great news! After a series of races in which he suffered bad luck with mechanical problems, Oli finally made it to the top step of the podium. Let's hope this run of good luck continues through to the next World Cup race at Windham in the USA on July 9th. Oli's… Read full post

Matt Moran How to ride a sportive 40 minutes faster than last year!

How to ride a sportive 40 minutes faster than last year!

Posted in Case Studies by Matt Moran on Jun 27, 2011

We love to hear how people are getting on with their Wattbike on Twitter and it's always fantastic to see the results people are gaining from their training. When I saw the tweet below I just had to find out more... We believe 100% in the product we have created and we know from personal contact with elite athletes that the results from training on… Read full post

Matt Moran The Road to Somewhere

The Road to Somewhere

Posted in Case Studies by Matt Moran on Jun 21, 2011

I've been blogging about my progress on the Wattbike for a few weeks now, my first ever training session and the 3 minute aerobic test should make interesting reading for anybody who has just purchased a Wattbike or is looking to start some kind of structured training programme. However, this blog post isn't about a Wattbike session at all. It's less… Read full post

Matt Moran Riding to victory in the Netherlands

Riding to victory in the Netherlands

Posted in Interviews by Matt Moran on Jun 15, 2011

Some fantastic news has reached Wattbike HQ as we received an update from Australian cyclist Ian Richards who took his first win in two years and the title of 'Champion of South Holland' this past weekend. Ian's been using a Wattbike for some time now and it's great that we have played a part in this well-deserved success. Ian, racing for Team DRC De… Read full post

Matt Moran Phil Liggett talks all things Wattbike with us

Phil Liggett talks all things Wattbike with us

Posted in Interviews by Matt Moran on Jun 14, 2011

When anybody mentions 'the Voice of Cycling' you really do think of only one, well actually two, people, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin. They have provided the soundtrack to many Tour de France performances and it was fantastic to find ourselves sitting and listening to Phil talk about how, and importantly why, he chooses to train on a Wattbike. It goes… Read full post