Posts tagged "elite"

Matt Moran

‘It’s worse than playing games most of the time’

Posted by Matt Moran on May 22, 2013

The words of Wigan Warriors Club Captain Sean O'Loughlin when we asked him what he really thought about training on a Wattbike. It was a tongue in cheek remark but gives us an insight into how tough the players at Warriors find training on a Wattbike. We visited the Super League club a few weeks ago and spoke to both Sean and Director of Performance,… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Deano Says: Opening Week of Tour Series

Posted by Tom Crampton on May 20, 2013

We had Madison-Genesis pro rider Dean Downing at Wattbike HQ a couple of weeks ago for a photoshoot (keep an eye out in your favourite cycling magazines for the ads) and we couldn't help but notice how excited he was for the upcoming Tour Series. These twice-a-week city centre crit races are the bread and butter of Dean's season. With that in… Read full post

Ben Addison

British Sailing use Wattbike for Podium Squad fitness assessments

Posted by Ben Addison on May 16, 2013

The Sport Science Team at British Sailing are using the Wattbike to track key performance data for their Podium Squad in the run up to the regatta season. To the casual observer it may come as a surprise to learn that sailing is a physically demanding sport and that this differs from one discipline to the next. Paul Mullan, Head of Sport Science at… Read full post

Matt Moran

Good Luck to Dean Downing in 2013 Tour Series

Posted by Matt Moran on May 14, 2013

Today marks the first round of the 2013 Tour Series in Kirkcaldy and we wanted to wish our very own Ambassador Dean Downing the best of luck over the next month with his new Madison-Genesis team. Eleven criterium races across the UK provides lots of thrills and we hope not too many spills. Expect the racing to be hard, fast and frenetic, the kind of… Read full post

Matt Moran

Non Stanford take Silver at ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 22, 2013

Fantastic news from 'across the pond' as Wattbike Ambassador Non Stanford takes the silver medal at ITU World Triathlon Series in San Diego this past weekend. Non has been in great form in 2013 and it's clear that she's coming off the back of some very high-quality winter training. Non's sprint for second place in San Diego is testament… Read full post

Ben Addison

Sky Sports F1: The F1 Show

Posted by Ben Addison on Apr 15, 2013

A couple of weeks ago Sky Sports F1 channel showed a nice segment on GP2 driver James Calado going through a range of fitness tests at Porsche Human Performance centre at Silverstone. James was using a Wattbike in a heat chamber to discover how his body reacts to varying levels of exertion at differing temparature levels. Using this information James… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike at Adidas Cycling Kit Launch

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 10, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be at the launch of the new Adidas cycling kit range at the sportswear giant's headquarters in Stockport. There were a few special guests in attendance including British Cycling Performance Director and Team Sky head honcho Sir Dave Brailsford, double Olympic gold medallist from London 2012, Laura Trott… Read full post

Matt Moran

My whole life changed once i was getting proper sleep!

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 08, 2013

More today from Canadian track sprinter Monique Sullivan and this time it's less about training and more about, well...sleeping! Elite athletes often point out that in addition to the quality and quantity of training they are able to undertake as professional athletes, it's also the recovery that sets their training regime apart from amateur… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Wattbike Ambassador Non Stanford wins Quarteira ITU Triathlon European Cup

Posted by Tom Crampton on Apr 08, 2013

Fantastic news from Portugal this past weekend as Non Stanford blitzed the field in the Quarteira ITU Triathlon European Cup. It's a great start to 2013 for Non, who took the ITU Under-23 World Title in Auckland at the end of 2012. Non finished 2:33 ahead of the rest of the field but, as always in triathlon, the story lies in the splits. Coming… Read full post

Matt Moran

6 Countries, 5 Days of Fierce Racing and 7 Special World Championship Medals

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 18, 2013

A few weeks ago, Andy Sparks of Performance United saw the culmination of many years of work come to fruition at the 2013 UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Andy works out of a fantastic training base on the Spanish island of Mallorca and has been using a Wattbike as part of his athletes' training for the last couple of years.… Read full post

Matt Moran

ShortList: Get Fit to Drive

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 14, 2013

Loved seeing this three-page article in ShortList last week - the magazine sent a reporter to the Porsche Human Performance centre for their 'Get Race Fit' event earlier this year. Take a look at some fantastic images sent to us by Andy Blow at PHP, you can view them here and here. Testing drivers and riders from the likes of Formula 1 and MotoGP… Read full post

Tom Crampton

BBC One: RBS Six Nations Rugby - England v France

Posted by Tom Crampton on Mar 01, 2013

It's always fantastic to see Wattbikes being used by elite athletes and teams across the world and the England Rugby Union squad are no exception. The RFU use Wattbike for testing, training and as a warm-up tool during games - here you can see Wattbikes in the dressing room prior to the match, during which they are placed pitchside for substitutes… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sarah Hammer takes 2012/13 Omnium World Cup Title

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 18, 2013

In a few days time the 2013 UCI Track World Championships take place in Minsk, Belarus and we've just received a timely update from coach Andy Sparks at Felt – Performance United Professional Cycling Team. His athletes, who all train on Wattbikes at his base in Mallorca, set record after record at the recent Mexico round of the UCI Track World… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Double success for Russian Snowboarders

Posted by Alex Skelton on Feb 15, 2013

A short snippet of good news today, you might remember that the Russian National Snowboarding team have been training hard on the Wattbike. The men and women who take part in the parallel slalom events have some serious lower body strength and it's no surprise that they regularly post the highest peak power scores on the Wattbike amongst team members.… Read full post

Ben Addison

Motorsport meets Wattbike - Part 2

Posted by Ben Addison on Feb 13, 2013

Andy Blow of the Porsche Human Performance centre and H2Pro Hydrate has sent a few more images from the 'Get Fit Race' event held a few weekends ago. We just had to share them. You might recognise one or two faces, including Formula 1 Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber. Motorsport meets Wattbike: Read all about the Get Race Fit event Data is… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Pro Ironman Triathlete Bethan Fowler looks forward to 2013

Posted by Tom Crampton on Feb 11, 2013

A new face to the Wattbike blog is Pro Ironman Triathlete, Bethan Fowler from Wales. Having recently been awarded her license to compete at Pro level for a second season, Bethan has been training hard on her Wattbike over the winter months. As an introduction to the Wattbike community we asked her to run through the basics of her training, she told… Read full post

Ben Addison

Wattbike used at Snowboard World Cup Series

Posted by Ben Addison on Dec 05, 2012

Today we have an update from Paul Pook who has been working with the Russian Alpine Snowboard Team, running a variety of testing sessions before the winter sports season starts in earnest. It's great to hear that Wattbike will be taken around Europe for the Snowboard World Cup Series! It’s been a great month for testing and training athletes… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike powers England Rugby League to victory

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 27, 2012

If you're a fan of rugby league you'll have spotted a couple of Wattbikes being used at the recent Autumn International Series by the England squad who went on to take a clean sweep of victories. The team uses Wattbike as an essential preparation tool prior to tournaments, where a number of key tests are performed to help understand players'… Read full post

Matt Moran

Images from UCI Track World Cup - Glasgow 2012

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 19, 2012

This weekend I took a trip up to Glasgow to watch the UCI Track World Cup at the brand new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome. A fantastic facility with awesome views from around the track. On Friday I was lucky enough to be track centre and was up close to the riders both on track and during their warm-up/down (we even managed to spy on the Netherlands track… Read full post

Ben Addison

Olympic Champion Rower Sophie Hosking talks Wattbike

Posted by Ben Addison on Nov 02, 2012

We caught up with rowing Olympic Gold Medallist Sophie Hosking recently to find out how she would be using her Wattbike to help her train over the winter. Sophie took gold alongside Kat Copeland in the lightweight double sculls event at London 2012. We often hear about how heavy a rower's training schedule can be and Sophie confirmed that she uses… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike Ambassador Non Stanford on Top of the World

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 23, 2012

Some fantastic news came in over the weekend from the other side of the world. Wattbike Ambassador Non Stanford was crowned 2012 ITU Under-23 World Champion in Auckland on Saturday in what were really tough conditions for the competitors. A fast swim left Non and many of the main contenders having to chase back on during the bike leg and as they entered… Read full post

Matt Moran

Smarter Training. Smarter Mind.

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 18, 2012

Our latest blog is from Canadian track cyclist Monique Sullivan who trained on a Wattbike for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Monique's life after the Games is very different and after taking some time away from riding is now using her Wattbike to help with her academic work. It's an interesting experiment! Life has changed pace quite dramatically… Read full post

Matt Moran

Inside Performance United

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 11, 2012

We've just received this great video from elite track cycling coach, Andy Sparks, who coached both Sarah Hammer and the USA Women' s Team Pursuit squad to Silver at London 2012. We've been working with Andy for some time now at his base on the Spanish island of Mallorca where he has Wattbikes. Andy demands the very best in every aspect of… Read full post

Matt Moran

Join the Downing brothers on the Out Of The Saddle Sportive

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 02, 2012

If you're free on Sunday October 14th then there'll be few better places to be than taking part in Dean and Russ Downing's Out Of The Saddle Sportive which takes place in their home county of Yorkshire. The start is from Baldwins Omega, Sheffield, followed by a fantastic pasta party and complimentary bottle of Peroni! What more could you… Read full post

Matt Moran

Ian Richards going strong in Czech Road Race

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 20, 2012

It's been a busy year for Aussie pro rider Ian Richards, who is currently plying his trade in Europe; A big step up from junior level in 2012 and he is more than holding his own. A surprise visit from his Dad, a superb opening prologue and a pothole causing simultaneous front and rear wheel punctures make up what can only be described as a fantastic… Read full post

Matt Moran

Tour of Britain and Skoda King of Mountains: Shap, Cumbria

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 12, 2012

Wind the clock back 10 years and we didn't even have anything to call a home Tour in Britain. Today just showed that cycling is riding a massive wave right now as in the most atrocious conditions, thousands of people turned out on the big Skoda King of the Mountains at Shap, Cumbria. Add to this live TV coverage, a British Tour de France Winner… Read full post

Matt Moran

England Rugby Football League and Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 06, 2012

Check out this great video from the Rugby Football League's Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mark Bitcon, on how the team were using the Wattbike during the recent England v Exiles series - it's fair to say that the Wattbike has become an essential piece of kit for the national team, not only in preparing for matches but also pitch-side. Read full post

Matt Moran

Being able to accurately measure my sessions definitely fires up my competitive side

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 24, 2012

Today, we have a blog from Sky Draper, a really talented junior elite triathlete who has recently started to train on a Wattbike. You can tell from the blog below that Sky gets huge motivation from being able to accurately track performance data on the Wattbike. A naturally competitive person, Sky is now taking on both her Dad and her boyfriend during… Read full post

Matt Moran

Good Luck to Rebecca Romero in Ironman UK

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 20, 2012

Today's blog features a lengthy two-part interview we did earlier this year with Olympic Champion, Rebecca Romero. She's about to embark on her very first Ironman triathlon at Ironman UK. Rebecca is no longer a full-time and only dipped her toes into the world of triathlon this year but put in a fantastic performance at Mallorca 70.3 which she… Read full post

Matt Moran

Ugandan Patrick Lawino trains on a Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 16, 2012

When we visited the Olympic Velodrome for the London Track World Cup back in February there was one rider who really stood out amongst an evening of British World Champions and a host of World Records. This rider arguably received the biggest cheer of the night and certainly won the hearts of the crowd. His name is Patrick Lawino and he's been training… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Swimmer Dan Fogg: Wattbike is great for cardio and power building

Posted by Tom Crampton on Jul 10, 2012

There are so many individuals and federations training on a Wattbike in preparation for the Olympics this year that it's hard to keep track. We're collating a list and will publish this in the next week or so but in the meantime we have an update from Dan Fogg, he's been swimming as part of the British team since 2005 when he competed in… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Jenny Meadows - A True Champion

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 04, 2012

Yesterday, GB 800m runner Jenny Meadows learned that she would not be taking part in London 2012. An incredibly frustrating year has seen Jenny struggle to regain form after a succession of injuries. With all of the controversy surrounding the decision not to take Jenny to the Games (and a host of other 'A' athletes), we have nothing but respect… Read full post

Matt Moran

Stoke Tour Series with Rachel Przybylski

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 18, 2012

Last week we took a trip to a very cold, windy and eventually wet Stoke-on-Trent to catch the Halfords Tour Series and meet up with a couple of riders who have been using a Wattbike in their training. First up, we found Rachel Przybylski, riding for WyndyMilla/UK Youth in 2012 and also HotChillee Ride Captain for this week's London-Paris. The weather… Read full post

Matt Moran

Announcing Dean Downing

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 13, 2012

We're really pleased to officially announce Dean Downing as a Wattbike Ambassador today. If you're a keen follower of cycling you may have seen the tweets or Facebook messages about Wattbike and Dean working together and wondered what it was all about. We shot the video above a few days before he started the Tour Series which concludes in Stoke-on-Trent… Read full post

Matt Moran

Born to Ride

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 11, 2012

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of being invited to the launch of Stephen Roche’s Born to Ride book launch in Central London. It’s 25 years since Stephen completed what can only be described as an unbelievable feat in winning the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Championships in a single year. Only Eddie Merckx has… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Steve Hooker flying high with Wattbike

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jun 06, 2012

We recently caught up with Australian Steve Hooker, gold medallist pole vaulter from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, who has had quite a journey in getting back to fitness in preparation for the defence of his title in London. Steve has been working hard on the Wattbike at Western Australia Institute of Sport (WAIS) to regain fitness and confidence… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Sky Riding with Mark Cavendish

Posted by Tom Crampton on Jun 05, 2012

Every day is different when working for Wattbike, but Tuesday last week was more different than most! Our partners, British Cycling, invited me and Ben to join them at a very special Sky Ride event in Regent's Park. Sky Rides are always fantastic events but this one was made even more so with some celebrity riders taking part. World Champion and… Read full post

Matt Moran

Dean Downing Competition

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 04, 2012

To celebrate UK pro rider Dean Downing becoming a Wattbike Ambassador, we're giving away a Rapha Condor Sharp jersey to one lucky winner of our competition. Dean has come on-board as an Ambassador to help spread the word about Wattbike and has been using his to prepare for the 2012 Tour Series. You'll be seeing plenty more from him on the Blog… Read full post

Matt Moran

My saviour in all of this has been the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on May 28, 2012

2012 is probably the most important year of your life if you're an elite athlete in the UK. Participating in any Olympics must be an enormous privilege and achievement (I talk from zero experience!) but to have the opportunity to take part in a home Games and be up there with a shout for a medal is probably something that few of us can comprehend.… Read full post

Matt Moran

Olympic Champion Jamie Staff visits Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on May 24, 2012

Jamie Staff, Gold medallist from the Beijing Olympic Games, came to visit us at the Wattbike Sport Science Lab yesterday in his capacity of USA Cycling Sprint Program Director. Having come through the British Cycling World Class Performance Programme, Jamie is no stranger to the Wattbike as an athlete but is now looking at how he can get the best out… Read full post

Matt Moran

Proving the Point: An Olympic Champion’s Polar View

Posted by Matt Moran on May 10, 2012

We're human like everbody else, so when we get a sneak peek at an Olympic Champion's data from a Wattbike session, we tend to get a little bit excited. Our Sport Scientist, Eddie Fletcher, has seen training data from World and Olympic Champions, across all of the cycling disciplines and from every corner of the world. It's this kind of 'black… Read full post

Matt Moran

Simon Richardson Trackathons raising money for Wales Air Ambulance

Posted by Matt Moran on May 08, 2012

Simon Richardson has been kind enough to take some time to pen a new blog for us. You'll remember that Simon is currently undergoing rehab after being hit by a vehicle in August of last year. Simon is still finding it very tough and it really does put into perspective what hard work and determination it is taking to continue on his road to receovery.… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sarah Hammer - US Track Cycling Star

Posted by Matt Moran on May 03, 2012

We've been sent this fantastic poster which features US track cyclist Sarah Hammer. We liked it so much we thought we'd share it with you. It makes us really proud to be part of Sarah's 'team' throughout the last 12 months and through to the Olympics. We've met Sarah a few times now at her Mallorca training base and, alongside… Read full post

Ben Addison

Wattbike and Football Rehab with The Altitude Centre

Posted by Ben Addison on May 03, 2012

Always interesting to see how various facilities are using the Wattbike and we've just received an update from The Altitude Centre in London who showcased their use of the Wattbike at the International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC. This year the conference, backed by FIFA and The FA, was centred… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Wattbike a no-brainer for Jessica Ennis’ coach Toni Minichiello

Posted by Tom Crampton on Apr 30, 2012

A few weeks ago I dropped a Wattbike off for Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield where Jessica does most of her training and preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. I asked Toni how Jessica would be using the Wattbike as part of her training, he told me: "Following the foot injury in 2008 that… Read full post

Matt Moran

Triathlete Non Stanford completes her winter on a Wattbike (aka Clive!)

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 29, 2012

Elite triathlete Non Stanford has just returned from Australia where she had her best performance with an 11th place finish in the Sydney ITU World Champioship Series. After training on a Wattbike this winter she's now in full race mode as the season continues in San Diego in a couple of weekends. If you remember her last blog for us, you'll… Read full post

Ben Addison

Where History Begins

Posted by Ben Addison on Apr 27, 2012

There's a fantastic article on the Telegraph website looking into the main venue for Team GB's pre-Olympic preparations at Loughborough University. It'll be the place where many of the athletes taking part in the big event will come to make their final preparations before going on to compete for medals. Take a look at the video below from… Read full post

Matt Moran

US Track Sprinter Jimmy Watkins hits 2372W!

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 23, 2012

Word comes in that US Track Cycling sprinter has hit a new personal best on his peak power on a Wattbike with a mind-blowing 2372W! That is some power! Jimmy will top the Wattbike Rankings in the Men's Peak Power category. We can see from the image of the Wattbike Performance Computer that Jimmy hit a maximum cadence of 222rpm during the initial… Read full post

Matt Moran

The Wattbike is back in my life and I’ve been smashing my legs to bits

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 20, 2012

It's always great to hear from the pro riders using a Wattbike and we've just had an update from Rapha-Condor-Sharp rider Dean Downing who was initially using his Wattbike to help him during his recovery from a broken collarbone but is now using it to help prepare for the upcoming Tour Series criterium races. Dean's preparation for the Tour… Read full post

Matt Moran

Rolling in the Green

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 12, 2012

Picked up on a good article about Irish track cyclist Martyn Irvine on the excellent SBS Cycling Central website, which details the struggles of a guy who is far from the glitz and glamour of the big track cycling nations such as GB, Australia, France and Germany off the track, but is definitely up there when it comes to being on the track. What really… 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

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

Damn you hindsight. I guess I’ll never know better than you.

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 27, 2012

Today on the blog we hear from Non Stanford, an elite triathlete who recently finished 10th at the 2012 Cape Town ITU Sprint Triathlon African Cup. She's been training on a Wattbike during the cold UK winter and sent us this rather amusing but honest report - a great read:- ---------------- So I’m sitting here, on my sofa, knee deep in snotty… 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

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

Alex Skelton

Wattbike takes to the slopes with Team Evolution

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jan 13, 2012

You might think that the benefits of training on a Wattbike are limited to sports such as cycling and triathlon. You'd be wrong, in fact you'd be very wrong. If you're a regular follower of the blog then you'll have already read about elite athlete Jenny Meadows, Wigan Warriors Rugby League club and windsurfer Sam Sills who are all at… Read full post

Matt Moran Dean Downing back in the saddle on a Wattbike

Dean Downing back in the saddle on a Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 04, 2012

Interviewing one of the nicest riders in cycling makes for an enjoyable day out, and so it was that we ventured to see Rapha Condor Sharp pro Dean Downing at his home in South Yorkshire. Dean recently broke his collarbone and has been using a Wattbike to help with his recovery, it's been beneficial in a couple of ways as a)Dean couldn't actually… Read full post

Matt Moran Jenny Meadows Season Review and Looking Forward to London 2012

Jenny Meadows Season Review and Looking Forward to London 2012

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 04, 2012

Before Xmas I went to see Jenny Meadows, GB elite 800m athlete at Wigan Warriors Rugby league training base. We talked about a range of things from looking back at a disappointing World Championships, taking a break from training and of course, her thoughts as we enter an Olympic year. Jenny's husband and coach, Trevor Painter, also spoke to us… Read full post

Matt Moran

Behind the Scenes at AIS Training Camp

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 15, 2011

We're always on the lookout for where Wattbike is popping up on the web and we came across this great insight into an Australian Institue of Sport selection camp. It's written by Lisa Jacobs, who competes on the road in Europe. It's clear from Lisa's great blog post that the athletes are pushed, pushed again and then pushed a little… Read full post

Matt Moran

GreenEDGE partners with Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 08, 2011

Great news that GreenEDGE cycling have been awarded World Tour status for 2012, it will be interesting to see how they fare in the big one day races and the Grand Tours. The team have linked up with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and will be using their base in Varese, Italy to prepare the riders for the upcoming season. The AIS building in… Read full post

Alex Skelton Oli Beckingsale back on the Wattbike

Oli Beckingsale back on the Wattbike

Posted by Alex Skelton on Dec 05, 2011

We'll be heading South to meet up with Oli early in the New Year, but in the meantime check out the video below from Bikeradar.com where Oli talks about his crash, being off the bike and starting to regain fitness on the Wattbike. On our visit we'll take a closer look at the Wattbike sessions Oli has been doing to aid his rehabilitation. Meanwhile,… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sam Sills story from the RSX Youth World Championship

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 28, 2011

Earlier this year we caught up with Sam Sills, a fantastic talent in the windsurfing world, it was an eye-opening story to understand the fitness these guys need to compete at the highest level. Sam gives us a thrilling insight into his best day yet ... Sam has just sent us this update from the RSX Youth World Championships: What an awesome event!!… Read full post

Matt Moran Double World Record Holder and World Champion Sarah Hammer talks to Wattbike

Double World Record Holder and World Champion Sarah Hammer talks to Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 17, 2011

Now that the 2011/12 track cycling season is underway I thought it would be a good time to bring you a video we shot back in the summer of when myself and Eddie took a trip to Mallorca to see US track cyclist Sarah Hammer. Sarah is a double world record holder in the individual and team pursuit and 4 times world champion, we're talking the best… Read full post

Matt Moran

Shanaze Reade Series Update

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 09, 2011

Hopefully you've been following BMX champ Shanaze Reade's online video blog over the past year or so which has nicely shown how she is making good progress after her disappointment at the Beijing Olympics 3 years ago. Being the world's best BMX-er isn't the easiest life though, Shanaze seems to fill her week (and more) quite easily with training, competition,… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sam Tomkins - the face of rugby league

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 08, 2011

Great news yesterday as it was announced Sam Tomkins had signed an extended deal with Wigan Warriors rugby league club which will see him remain with the North-West club through the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. I've seen Sam play a few times for Wigan and had the pleasure of meeting him at the recent England training camp prior to the opening game… Read full post

Matt Moran Wattbike at the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament

Wattbike at the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 28, 2011

This morning I headed down to Leigh Sports Village in the North-West of England to see the national team training ahead of their opening fixture in the Gillette Four Nations rugby league tournament. The players were going through a light workout, with the first game against Wales taking place tomorrow. It was a gloriously sunny morning and it was interesting… Read full post

Matt Moran Carla Ryan End of Season Chat

Carla Ryan End of Season Chat

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 25, 2011

I caught up with Team Garmin-Cervelo pro rider Carla Ryan last week to find out how the 2011 season had gone, what her plans were for for 2012, what could be done to strengthen women's professional cycling and her plans to ride the Amy Gillett Foundation Ride. Carla is back in Australia now so at 8am on an October morning in the UK my first question… 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

Alex Skelton Did Jimmy Watkins record the highest ever cadence on a Wattbike?

Did Jimmy Watkins record the highest ever cadence on a Wattbike?

Posted by Alex Skelton on Oct 10, 2011

Wattbike sport scientist, Eddie Fletcher caught up with Jimmy Watkins the USA Olympic track cyclist last week. Jimmy does some of his training on a Wattbike Pro training out of Fire Station 55 in Lebec, California where he is a full time fireman working 48 hour shifts! Jimmy reckons that ‘the Wattbike is by far the best training tool I have. Working… 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 Teun Mulder talks training at 2000W+ on the Wattbike

Teun Mulder talks training at 2000W+ on the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 21, 2011

Earlier in the summer (yes, remember that, summer!) we took a day trip to Amsterdam to catch up with 3 times World Champion track cyclist Teun Mulder. We met up with Teun at the velodrome in Apeldoorn, scene of the 2011 World Track Cycling Championships and were greeted by an image of him which stretched the full height of the building! Teun should… Read full post

Ben Addison Newcastle Falcons power up their training on the Wattbike

Newcastle Falcons power up their training on the Wattbike

Posted by Ben Addison on Sep 21, 2011

We dropped off four Wattbikes with Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union club a couple of months ago and if you recall, the players were all keen to jump on to try to outdo each other on who can get the biggest peak power. Well, we've now got some scores from a few players and have entered these onto our Wattbike Ranking system. The three players have all made… 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

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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 When windsurfing meets Wattbike

When windsurfing meets Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 29, 2011

I interviewed Sam Sills a few months ago, he's one of the UK's hottest windsurfing prospects and of course, he trains on a Wattbike. I'd done a bit of research prior to the interview as, despite being the ultimate sports geek, you could fit what I know about windsurfing on the back of a postage stamp. I'd come across the odd video interview with Sam… Read full post

Alex Skelton What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Posted by Alex Skelton on Aug 26, 2011

We get lots of updates from elite athletes who are using the Wattbike and we try to post as many as possible up here on the Wattbike blog but sometimes we get one which is, well, just a little bit different. Today is one of those days. Oli Beckingsale, elite XC mountain biker, crashed a couple of weeks ago in the UCI MTB World Cup in the Czech Republic,… Read full post

Matt Moran National Track Championships

National Track Championships

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 24, 2011

I've been following @TrackChamps on Twitter today as they announce the names of the riders competing at the British National Track Championships, which takes place from Sept 28th to Oct 2nd at Manchester Velodrome. It's pretty much the crème de la crème of the British track scene and, in some events, the World scene. With the new rule of one rider… Read full post

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Walter Thorburn coaching triathlon on the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 15, 2011

Monday mornings are usually full of planning for a busy week ahead, telephone calls, emails from the weekend to answer and working out where I am going to be over the next 7 days! This morning got off to a great start with an email overnight from a Wattbike user in New Zealand; it's the kind of email which I forwarded to the rest of the team here at… Read full post

Matt Moran Success at Under 23 European Track Cycling Championships

Success at Under 23 European Track Cycling Championships

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 12, 2011

You may remember we visited Andy Sparks of Empower Coaching Systems in Mallorca a few weeks ago and he was just about to head off to Portugal for the Under-23 European Track Cycling Championships with a few of the riders under his guidance. Some great news arrived at Wattbike HQ earlier this week as Ahmet Orken became the first Turkish rider to secure… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Taking Rugby Lions to the Premiership

Posted by Alex Skelton on Aug 09, 2011

As followers of rugby, and for that matter sport in general, we were interested to see the news that Neil Back had taken the Head Coach job at Rugby Lions FC with the stated aim of getting them into the Aviva Premiership in the next five years. Back will be joined by Ben Gollings who takes up the position of player/coach. It wasn't long between the… Read full post

Matt Moran

Weekend of Success

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 08, 2011

We're always looking out to see how the elite athletes and pro sports clubs using the Wattbike are doing and last weekend more than pleasantly surprised us! First up was Jenny Meadows, GB 800m athlete competing in the Diamond League meeting in London. Jenny, who recently spoke to us about her training for the upcoming World Championships, produced a… Read full post

Alex Skelton

AIS Power Profiling on the Wattbike

Posted by Alex Skelton on Mar 04, 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

Matt Moran Jenny Meadows on Recovery, Tapering and the Wattbike

Jenny Meadows on Recovery, Tapering and the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 01, 2011

With the World Championships in Daegu fast approaching we wanted to catch up with elite Great Britain 800m athlete Jenny Meadows and what better place to do this than at Wigan Warriors training ground where Jenny does some of her training with Warriors Head of Sport Science, Mark Bitcon. Jenny told us she's been using the Wattbike a lot as it helps… 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

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Our take on the Track Cycling one year out from London 2012 Olympics

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 27, 2011

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… Read full post

Matt Moran Newcastle Falcons work the Wattbike

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… 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

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… 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 Newcastle Falcons take on the Wattbike

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… 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

Alex Skelton

Michelle Dillon chats about triathlon, Team Dillon and using Wattbikes

Posted in Interviews by Alex Skelton on Jul 06, 2011

It was great to finally meet up with Michelle in Loughborough a couple of weeks ago as we'd been exchanging emails for about 6 months and although she only lives about 20 mins away it seemed that every time she was in the country I was away and vice versa. We both know Loughborough University pretty well and had arranged to 'Meet at the Wattbikes… Read full post

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TC Valentine at Crossfit Endurance tries the Wattbike

Posted in Case Studies by Alex Skelton on Mar 04, 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 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

Alex Skelton

Is it still the SpuBike?

Posted in Interviews by Alex Skelton on Jun 28, 2011

Normally we try really hard to push the Wattbike brand wherever we go, but after visiting Wigan Warriors earlier in the year and finding out that they call their Wattbike the SpuBike (that, apparently is the local spelling of Spew!) we wanted to find out what progress had been made. We weren't disappointed by the news from Mark Bitcon, Head of Sport… Read full post