Posts tagged "road+cycling"

Sarah Adams

Pro Cyclist Ian Richards Shares His Top Training Session

Posted by Sarah Adams about 2 weeks ago

Today on the blog we welcome Ian Richards, a pro cyclist currently riding for Baby Dump continental team. He’s even provided a short training session to help you get ready for the upcoming season. Having spent just under a month back home in Australia in December, I headed back for my fifth year in the Netherlands and my first year as a pro, exciting!… Read full post

Sarah Adams

Wattbikes Top 10 Cycling Challenges for 2015

Posted by Sarah Adams on Jan 08, 2015

It’s January, a time for setting resolutions like losing weight or exercising more. Resolutions that, lets face it, most people don’t keep past the end of January. This year, instead of making a vague resolution that you know you won’t keep, why not set yourself an achievable goal? To give you some inspiration, we’ve listed what… Read full post

paulcox

It’s my favourite time of the year, the cyclo-cross season!

Posted by paulcox on Nov 17, 2014

It's my favourite time of the year, the cyclo-cross season! I've had a steady season on the road with a win, a KOM jersey from HotChillee's London-Paris and ended the season on a high with a 1-2 with my team-mate in a stage race. While I enjoy riding on the road my main focus is cyclo-cross therefore I have used these races to build my general… Read full post

Ben Addison

The Wattbike is the Peloton Training physiologist’s weapon of choice

Posted by Ben Addison on Sep 17, 2014

This guest blog comes courtesy of Peloton Training. ---------------------------------- An all-too-often favoured training technique of many recreational cyclists is to go out and just ride. Completing our pre-chosen course in the quickest time we can within the boundaries of reasonable comfort is often the goal. Or perhaps we’ll go out and we… Read full post

Matt Moran

Matt Bottrill: It’s been one hell of a year and something I will never forget

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 16, 2014

Wattbike Ambassador Matt Bottrill has had what can only be described as an extraordinary year with another weekend bringing another title, this time the RTTC Circuit Time Trial Championship. A who's who of British domestic time-trialling was in attendance in Wales to take on a course of 20 miles. This was an event Matt had been looking forward to… Read full post

Matt Moran

2014 Alpine Challenge: Review

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 12, 2014

One week after the Alpine Challenge seemed like a good time to reflect on what was a fantastic event based out of Annecy. With a change in the route in 2014 there were new challenges for riders who had taken part before and the usual nerves from those doing their very first HotChillee event. There’s no doubt that the highlight of the first day’s… Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge 2014: Day Two - Beauty and The Beast

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 05, 2014

If we saw The Beast yesterday then Day Two of HotChillee's Alpine Challenge delivered us the Beauty. Sunshine, mountains and a blue sky kept us company over some challenging terrain. After a fairly brutal timed climb on the Semnoz twenty-four hours ago we were treated to something a little gentler in the form of the Col des Aravis. But first we… Read full post

Matt Moran

Alpine Challenge 2014: Day One - The Semnoz delivers on its reputation

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 04, 2014

Day One of the HotChillee’s 2014 Alpine Challenge got off to a quick start with a time-trial on the Col de la Forclaz which would seed the riders into speed-based groups. From the off it was great to see so many riders on the road wearing Wattbike jerseys, friends both old and new. Not to mention the numerous riders telling us how much they loved… Read full post

Richard Baker

Smart Riders. Smart Training. Great Results.

Posted by Richard Baker on Aug 21, 2014

This video from Cycle Studio in Balgowlah Heights, Sydney, really hits the nail on the head when it comes to training on a Wattbike in a studio. No gimmicks, no disco lights and no press-ups, just a real cycling experience indoors. Every rider is training at the right intensity based on their own personal fitness so is getting the perfect workout. The… Read full post

Matt Moran

Bike history none but a Wattbike addict was born

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 14, 2014

Guest blog by Ruth Ward Well some say I was crazy but a friend had mentioned something about a bike sportive called La Marmotte and if I wanted to do it I should sign up quickly or there would be no spaces left. Nothing like a bit of pressure to make you do something completely irrational! Bike history...none. Last ride on a bike...when I was a child.… Read full post

Matt Moran

Put that ride in the box marked ‘Special’

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 13, 2014

The Prudential RideLondon 2014 action kicked off with the Cycling Show at ExCel where we saw record crowds visit the Wattbike stand for last-minute riding tips, discussions on how training with power can make riders of all abilities go faster and to take a look at pedalling technique. Quite a few of our visitors loved the Wattbike so much they placed… Read full post

Matt Moran

You should never quit no matter how long it takes

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 05, 2014

Whenever an email drops into the inbox from Wattbike Ambassador Matt Bottrill you can't help but open it and see which race he's won this week. A stunning season from Matt has seen him take win after win and now we're happy to report that he's just taken the National 25 Mile Championships. You really get a feel for how much this event… Read full post

Matt Moran

L’Etape du Tour 2014 was truly tough and epic

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 29, 2014

We're always keen to hear how people have got on when they have been training hard for an event. One day on the bike that many aim for is to complete the l'Etape du Tour which allows amateur cyclists to ride a stage of the Tour de France on closed roads just a few days before the pro riders tackle the course. Dermot has already written for us… Read full post

Matt Moran

James Golding - Distance over Time- Video

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 18, 2014

Distance Over Time from SpindleProductions on Vimeo. Sit back and relax for the next 10 minutes as you're taken on a journey of courage with the extraordinary James Golding. Earlier this year James attempted to break the world record for distance covered in 7 days. We supported James in his journey (and continue to do so) with a Wattbike to help… Read full post

Matt Moran

Win with Wattbike at the Tour de France

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 03, 2014

So you think the Tour de France is all about the cyclists?…not true. Those of you who have seen the Tour de France first hand will already know about the amazing spectacle that is the Caravane. Those heading to Yorkshire this weekend or London on Monday to witness the world’s greatest sporting event for the first time will not want to miss… Read full post

Matt Moran

HotChillee’s Dunkerque-Roubaix: I just love riding my bike

Posted by Matt Moran on May 07, 2014

(All images courtesy of Joolze Dymond) As fans of pro cycling we’re blessed with the ability to just jump on our bikes and ride the roads that have created such a rich history for the sport. I’ve been fortunate enough to ride all of the major climbs you see on the Tour de France and taken in the closed circuit in Paris, including the Champs… Read full post

Matt Moran

Ride for a Reason aims to break World Record

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 10, 2014

This Saturday (12th April) James Golding will begin his attempt to take the 7 day cycling distance World Record and raise lots of money for a charity close to his heart, Macmillan Cancer Support. We've told James' story on the Blog previously but it's worth recounting that 5 years ago to the day on Saturday, he walked out of hospital having… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cycling Plus: Wattbike Winter Boot Camp 1

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 01, 2014

Over the winter we worked with Cycling Plus magazine to put out some articles around winter training. These contain some great example training plans and tips from Wattbike's own physio Eddie Fletcher. Click here for the first article from Cycling Plus where the magazine's Mark Robinson - who had been off the bike for months - begins his journey… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Wattbike Ambassador Matt Bottrill takes his first win of season

Posted by Alex Skelton on Mar 28, 2014

Regular readers of the blog will know that cyclist Matt Bottrill has been on board as a Wattbike Ambassador since late last year and has been incorporating it into his training. Matt won the 2013 National Time Trial series and his good form has continued into 2014, taking first place in the opening 25.5 mile TT held in Finchingfield in Essex. Lining… Read full post

Richard Baker

Dunkerque-Roubaix Training Tips

Posted by Richard Baker on Mar 25, 2014

Members of the HotChillee community are entitled to the 0% Finance option when purchasing a Wattbike in addition to receiving a FREE Training Day with a Wattbike Sport Scientist worth c. £300 covering bike fit, setting personal power and heart rate training zones, pedalling technique and much more. More details here. Ask any serious cycling fan… Read full post

Ben Addison

A Wattbike made for two

Posted by Ben Addison on Mar 19, 2014

We've looked at lots of professional athletes using a Wattbike across a wide range of sports recently on the blog but the benefits of training on a Wattbike are as equally applicable to the rest of us so today we take a look at Dermot and Liz who are both using their Wattbike to train for some big challenges in 2014. As relative newcomers to cycling… Read full post

Matt Moran

Rolling Dynamics: Wattbike studio coming to an event near you

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 14, 2014

We always like to hear about people who bring something new to the cycling events scene. Step forward Rolling Dynamics (rD) who, in addition to their much anticipated Indoor Performance Classes, will be providing a fleet of Wattbikes and a coach-led warm-up for sportive riders at mass participation cycling events. Today sees the launch by co-owners… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cape Rouleur 2014: Review

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 11, 2014

HotChillee have pulled together this fantastic video of the 2014 Cape Rouleur, the first event in their Global Events Series which took place recently in South Africa. This year's edition had everything, wind, rain, sunshine and some very, very big hills thrown in to provide riders with a real challenge. We were delighted to see a few familiar faces… Read full post

Matt Moran

Visit us at Manchester Bike & Tri Show

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 04, 2014

This coming weekend we'll be at the Manchester Bike and Tri Show giving you the opportunity to test ride a Wattbike. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions about how to train in the most effective and efficient way possible. Additionally, we'll take a look at your pedalling technique to help you identify where any dead-spots and… Read full post

Matt Moran

The Telegraph: Get fit quick by going nowhere fast

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 03, 2014

Last month we met up with Jonny Cooper of The Telegraph at Virgin Active's flagship 200 Aldersgate Health Club to introduce him to the Wattbike. Despite leaving him ‘hung, drawn and quartered' after the 3 minute aerobic test, he was impressed by how much more efficient his training could be. As a commuter looking to make the step up to… Read full post

Matt Moran

HotChillee Training Ride #2

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 24, 2014

Training indoors alone is fantastic way to use the limited time most of us have to improve our cycling but where those gains really come into play is when we hit the road. So, when I turned up for my first HotChillee Training Ride of 2014 I was a little apprehensive about where my fitness was compared to others. In a moment of madness and with some… Read full post

Matt Moran

Ride for a Reason - Update

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 21, 2014

We have an update from one of our Ambassadors, James Golding. He's taking on the 7 day cycling world record. With a busy personal and working life James has had to be very smart about how he trains. And that's why he chooses to ride a Wattbike. Few words can be put down in a blog to illustrate just how inspirational and motivational it is to… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cycling Weekly: Matt Bottrill - My week in training

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 19, 2014

We announced Matt Bottrill as one of our Wattbike Ambassadors recently so it was great to see him featured in Cycling Weekly as part of their 'My Week in Training' feature. Matt is a huge advocate of the Wattbike and gave some insight into how he is using his: Ninety minutes on the Wattbike at level 2, with 6 x 30-seconds maximal efforts. “I’ve… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Your chance to test ride a Wattbike

Posted by Tom Crampton on Jan 28, 2014

Over the next month or so we'll be at three shows in London and Manchester, giving you the perfect opportunity to test ride a Wattbike. Not only will you spend 15 minutes riding the best indoor bike available but we'll also give you the low-down on why training with power is so effective for cyclists of all abilities. We'll also be taking… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike announced as HotChillee Ride Captains Training Partner for 2014

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 27, 2014

Since late 2011 we've partnered with HotChillee across all of their fantastic events including The Cape Rouleur, The London-Paris and The Alpine Challenge and we're really pleased to announce that we'll be with them again throughout 2014 as the HotChillee Ride Captains' Training Partner. If you've had the pleasure of riding any of… Read full post

Matt Moran

Just one ride on the Wattbike transformed the way I rode

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 23, 2014

Post by The Art of Cycling. It doesn't get much better than this - indoor group cycling led by a passionate and knowledgeable instructor in a fantastic studio full of Wattbikes. Thanks to The Art of Cycling for sharing. Order online: The quickest way to get your hands on a Wattbike Find a Wattbike: Check out gyms in your local area offering Wattbike… Read full post

Alex Skelton

The Telegraph: A Wattbike will be invaluable over the winter

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jan 14, 2014

Olympic rower and former endurance athlete James Cracknell answered a great question sent in to The Telegraph via Twitter which asked: @TelegraphMen Q for @JamesCracknell How do I up speed 4 @SkylarkSportive Nearly all my training is on @wattbike & raising £ 4 @HeadwayUK James' experience in endurance sports is second-to-none, having completed… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Announcing Joanna Rowsell as Wattbike Ambassador

Posted by Tom Crampton on Dec 05, 2013

Today we announced Olympic Champion Joanna Rowsell as our latest Wattbike Ambassador. We’re really proud to have Joanna on board here at Wattbike and we look forward to bringing you some of her favourite Wattbike sessions. We first met up with Joanna at the 2012 Cycle Show in Birmingham where we discussed her training and competition schedule.… Read full post

Matt Moran

2013 Matane World Cup Winners - Video Highlights

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 02, 2013

Earlier this year we sent a Wattbike out to Canada to support Australian para-cyclists Matt Formston and Mick Curran at the World Cup and World Championships. After the entire team's bikes were held up in Customs for a few days the Wattbike became much in demand. Matt and Mick had been training hard on the Wattbike back at home so we wanted to ensure… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cycling Plus: Cold sweats – and nothing to do with nightmares…

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 20, 2013

This winter the guys at Cycling Plus magazine are training hard on a Wattbike which sits in their very own pain cave in the basement of their head office. Check out their progress in a monthly column in the magazine and regular updates on the Cycling Plus blog. After an initial assessment with Wattbike Sport Scientist Eddie Fletcher, Mark Robinson (Deputy… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Wattbike at Australian Institute of Sport pre-season camp

Posted by Alex Skelton on Nov 08, 2013

Cycling Australia are big advocates of the Wattbike and we see athletes from all of the cycling disciplines using our indoor bike to prepare for competition. If you buy a Wattbike in Australia it proudly sports the Cycling Australia logo, just as we carry the British Cycling logo here in the UK. This video from ABC News in Australia shows that the relationship… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Wattbike Winter Training with TrainerRoad

Posted by Tom Crampton on Oct 27, 2013

Winter training…urgh! Winter training is a phrase that can strike fear and dread into the heart of even the most seasoned cyclist…then again there are those sadistic types who enjoy the long hours locked away in a garage with the thoughts of the new season at the front of their mind. I definitely fall in to the first category. My Wattbike… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Behind-the-scenes at British Cycling with Gatorade

Posted by Tom Crampton on Oct 24, 2013

Love this video from Gatorade showing a behind-the-scenes look at British Cycling's headquarters in Manchester. Given that the Wattbike was developed in association with British Cycling and is the only indoor bike ever to be endorsed by our ultra-successful governing body, you'll not be surprised to see the Wattbike feature in this video. If… Read full post

Matt Moran

Me, my wife and the Wattbike – “in sickness and in health

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 23, 2013

The Alpine Challenge back in September 2013 gave us an opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces as we pedalled our way up and down the mountains around Annecy. One of those familar faces was Ken Jones who we've known for a couple of years now and has this year started to train on a Wattbike with direction from his coach Tim Ramsden at BlackCat… Read full post

Tom Crampton

In the News: Cycling Plus and Triathlon Plus - Wattbike Winter

Posted by Tom Crampton on Oct 18, 2013

Pick up the latest copies of Cycling Plus and Triathlon Plus as they take on a winter of Wattbike training. Cycling Plus Deputy Editor Mark Robinson and Triathlon Plus Editor Liz Hufton have both started their training in readiness for 2014 and they'll be writing, blogging and tweeting their way through the cold, wet, dark months for our pleasure.… Read full post

Matt Moran

England & Sussex cricketer Matt Prior trains on a Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 17, 2013

With just a few months separating a summer Ashes series in England from a return fixture in Australia this coming winter the players have had little time to rest and recuperate. England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has been using a Wattbike to train for the upcoming series down-under. We went to see Matt a few weeks ago to talk him through how to get the… Read full post

Matt Moran

Joanna Rowsell at the Wattbike Sports Science Lab

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 30, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we had Olympic and World Team Pursuit Champion Joanna Rowsell at the Wattbike Sports Science Lab. As somebody who has been using a Wattbike for some time it was a chance for us to give her a refresh on the latest model and some pointers on how to dig more deeply into the performance data archived in our Expert software. Joanna’s… Read full post

Matt Moran

Carol Cooke: The Wattbike helped me win Gold at London 2012 Paralympic Games

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 23, 2013

If you've been keeping up with our blogs from Matt Formston out in Canada as he prepares for the Para-cycling World Cup and World Championships then you'll know that many of the Australian team had their road bikes delayed in transit. The result of this meant that the Wattbike we sent out to Montreal to support Matt became much in demand from… Read full post

Matt Moran

Three great Wattbike sessions from BlackCat Cycle Coaching

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 20, 2013

We've had some nice sessions posted on Twitter recently which have proved popular so we thought we'd ask some of the cycle coaches using a Wattbike with clients to share some of their favourite sessions too. Today we have Tim Ramsden from BlackCat Cycle Coaching with 3 sessions he uses regularly with his riders. Enjoy and let us know how you… Read full post

Matt Moran

We set our numbers at realistic levels and we hit them, no excuses.

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 19, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Matt Formston and Mick Curran(aka @OzTandem) who are aiming for victory at the 2013 Para Cycling Road World Championships in Canada. To support Matt and Mick we have supplied them with a Wattbike at the hotel where they will be based in Montreal to allow them to continue the focused training they have been… Read full post

Alex Skelton

RideLondon 100

Posted by Alex Skelton on Aug 15, 2013

With two young children it's not unusual for me to be woken at 4 in the morning, but when my alarm went off on the morning of RideLondon I was out of bed with uncharacteristic excitement - well for that time of day anyway. The prospect of riding one hundred miles along some of the most famous and iconic roads in the world were enough to keep me… Read full post

Matt Moran

The Cycle Show (ITV4): Power Is Everything

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 09, 2013

At the three-day RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCel last week we welcomed Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage winner Magnus Backstedt to the Wattbike stand for an interview for ITV4's The Cycle Show. Magnus has always been ahead of the game when it comes to bike tech so it was great to hear him enthuse about how training with power is something… Read full post

Matt Moran

10 weeks on a Wattbike to conquer l’Etape du Tour

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 08, 2013

A great story on the blog today and one which we think will resonate with many of you. How often have you enthusiastically signed up for an event and then just kept putting off the required training until it reaches crunch time? Vicki Lee signed up for l'Etape du Tour without knowing that the event replicated a full stage of the Tour de France.… Read full post

Matt Moran

RideLondon: How was it for you?

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 06, 2013

As we drove south on Wednesday towards London for the Prudential RideLondon event you could say that we were more than a little excited. As the Official Indoor Bike of the event we took seven shiny Wattbikes to the Cycling Show at ExCel for participants to try before the big ride on Sunday. All that we can say is, what an awesome response to the Wattbike.… Read full post

Matt Moran

RideLondon Cycling Show - what you can expect

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 30, 2013

So, we've got over 300 people already booked in to to see us at the RideLondon Cycling Show for three days from Thursday! There's a real buzz around the office today as we make final preparations for the Show and begin to ready ourselves to welcome you and many others to the Wattbike stand. You won't be able to miss us, we're handily… Read full post

Matt Moran

Dean Downing at Sheffield Grand Prix: Did I just win?

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 25, 2013

Yes you did Dean. You did just win the sixth and last round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series in Sheffield last night and it was well deserved. A fantastic evening for Wattbike Ambassador Dean Downing at the Sheffield Grand Prix yesterday. This win has been on the cards for a while as he has really come in to some good form this year, starting… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Guardian: Froome v Wiggins

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 24, 2013

We thought this was an amusing piece from the Guardian this past weekend - especially the 'Most likely to celebrate victory with...' The Guardian produced some excellent coverage of the Tour de France including this fantastic gallery of Chris Froome's victory. Read full post

Alex Skelton

Semnoz makes the last minutes of the event the longest and most painful

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jul 19, 2013

As the day of the last decisive stage of the 100th Tour de France dawns, it is apt that it is now that I finally get around to writing a few words about this year's Etape du Tour which took place on the same Annecy - Annecy Semnoz route as the penultimate stage of Le Tour De France. The stage itself is 125km and includes three category 3, one category… Read full post

Richard Baker

Wattbike at Étape du Tour

Posted by Richard Baker on Jul 19, 2013

When Alex and I were asked if we wanted to take part in the Étape du Tour by Alexis (Wattbike CEO) we weren't sure whether if it was a "you will" or "would you like?" After not too long we decided that either way it would be a sensible decision to say yes. We arrived in Annecy on the Thursday evening which give us the opportunity to sample… Read full post

Matt Moran

Training for the Tour: The principle of specificity and how to climb efficiently

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 19, 2013

There’s been much discussion about rider’s power values throughout this Tour de France but we’ll leave others to debate the contentious issues and focus on the real value of power - and that’s when it comes to training. Tim Kerrison, Team Sky's Head of Performance Support, told Guardian.co.uk that Chris Froome had been training… Read full post

Matt Moran

Join us at Prudential RideLondon

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 12, 2013

We're proud to be associated with the inaugural Prudential RideLondon this August. As the Official Indoor Bike of the event we'll be at the pre-event Cycling Show at Excel to give you the opportunity to have an introductory session on a Wattbike. It's the perfect chance for you to take a look at your pedal technique using the Wattbike's… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Dani Wyss takes 2nd at Race Across America

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jun 27, 2013

8 days 21 hours and and 31 minutes. That's how long it took Dani Wyss to complete the 2962.40 miles of the Race Across America that finished one week ago. Dani is a two-time winner of the ultimate cycling endurance event so it was no surprise to see him near the top of the leaderboard throughout the race. But on RAAM anything can go wrong, a crash,… Read full post

Matt Moran

The London-Paris: Day Three

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 24, 2013

After a wild Day Two the legs were feeling strong for the final day of The London-Paris. The run in to Paris feels very different than the previous two days, there's a sense of getting close to the end but also the fear of having to ride 130km before the break for lunch with a lot of fatigue in the legs. Getting nutrition and hydration spot on was… Read full post

Matt Moran

London-Paris Moments - tweet to win a jersey

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 17, 2013

Three days on the road and 520km of wonderful memories - that'll be this year's London-Paris which rolls out of west London in just a few days time. If previous HotChillee events are anything to go by, there'll be plenty of encouragement between fellow riders and lasting friendships will no doubt be formed. We wanted to capture some of these… Read full post

Matt Moran

Calum Anderton testing with BlackCat Cycle Coaching

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 14, 2013

We've featured Tim Ramsden of BlackCat Cycle Coaching before on the Wattbike blog, he's not afraid to tell us how much the loves the Wattbike and he is seeing fantastic results from the riders under his guidance. Ken Jones has been making fantastic progress with his time-trialling goals and today we hear about a young rider who is seeing big… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cycling Fitness: Quality over Quantity

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 10, 2013

As the Official Training Partner of The London-Paris we are always keen to help riders make the most out of their experience on this great event. So, we have the Official London-Paris Training Plan, a special offer just for participants and we're available on Twitter and Facebook to answer training queries (using #L2P2013). A few weeks back we met… Read full post

Alex Skelton

The power of yellow is in a Wattbike

Posted by Alex Skelton on Jun 06, 2013

It didn't come as much of surprise to see Garmin-Sharp's Australian rider Rohan Dennis turn in a fantastic time-trial at yesterday's Critérium du Dauphiné and also pull on the yellow jersey as leader of the race. Dennis was brought up through the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Cycling program which focuses on road and… Read full post

Ben Addison

Wattbikes used in ground-breaking research by AIS Canberra

Posted by Ben Addison on May 28, 2013

The Australian Institue of Sport in Canberra is currently undertaking research to look at the benefits of calcium in helping elite athletes to prolong their careers. Specifically the AIS are investigating which calcium-rich foods are best for athletes to help them maintain a strong body, with a focus on pre-race nutrition. Much of the research is undertaken… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Nicholas Dlamini rides for Wattbike at The London-Paris

Posted by Alex Skelton on May 24, 2013

We're delighted to announce that Wattbike will be sponsoring 17-year-old South African Nicholas Dlamini's entry at this year's London-Paris. We can't wait to welcome Nicholas over to the UK in what will be his first overseas trip. Nicholas rode as part of Team Wattbike on The Cape Rouleur earlier this year alongside compatriot Reyatile… 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

A different way to scale a mountain

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 30, 2013

Last week you may recall our introduction to Tim Ramsden of BlackCat Cycle Coaching, who is doing some great things with the Wattbike. Tim is guiding a wide range of athletes across cycling and triathlon and it's pleasing to see that so many of his riders have also purchased a Wattbike for their home too. Combine a great coach and a committed athlete… Read full post

Matt Moran

There’s nothing else out there to match the Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 17, 2013

Today we hear from Tim Ramsden, an ABCC (Association of British Cycling Coaches) Cycling Coach with a First Class Honours degree in Physical Education. Tim runs his own coaching business, BlackCat Cycle Coaching, based in the South-East. With a range of online coaching packages, Tim's clients come from all over the UK. Tim tells us that the Cat… Read full post

Matt Moran

Joanna Rowsell: Having a Wattbike has completely revolutionised my training sessions!

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 03, 2013

Towards the end of 2012 we were privileged to welcome Joanna Rowsell to the Wattbike stand at the Cycle Show in Birmingham, just a few weeks after her Olympic Gold Medal triumph as part of the all-dominating Great Britain women's team pursuit. We had a great chat with Joanna about her training and what it takes to be Olympic Champion, World Record Holder… Read full post

Matt Moran

One and All Youth Academy on Wattbikes

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 26, 2012

When I took a trip up to Glasgow for the Track World Cup a few weeks ago I bumped into Fiona Telfer Brunton who was working with sprinter Patrick Lawino throughout the meet. Fiona started to tell me about a youth academy she set up last year and how she had been using a Wattbike as part of the program of activities. Always one for being a bit nosy when… Read full post

Alex Skelton

Wattbike heads to South Africa and Momentum 94.7

Posted by Alex Skelton on Nov 15, 2012

We arrived in Johannesburg yesterday morning to help support our new Wattbike distributor in South Africa, Penta Systems, with promoting the Wattbike at the Momentum 94.7 expo. After a quick breakfast we headed over to the set up and soon had everything ready to go. The Expo runs from today (Thursday) to Saturday with the Momentum 94.7 taking place… Read full post

Matt Moran

Road.cc: Top Ten Indoor Trainers

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 13, 2012

As winter training begins in earnest the guys at Road.cc have put together a great guide to ten indoor trainers, and of course, Wattbike is featured. It's well worth a read to understand how Wattbike stacks up against the opposition and while you're at it, check out our blog on why training with power and heart rate is so effective. Check out… Read full post

Matt Moran

Targets

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 29, 2012

It seemed like a good day to write about targets today. The clocks have just turned back an hour in the UK, daylight is in shorter supply and the weather is just, well, getting pretty damn cold and wet. So, time to put some thoughts towards 2013 and what we all really want to achieve. I asked around the office here at Wattbike HQ and the answers came… Read full post

Matt Moran

Cycling Plus: Indoor Trainer Test

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 19, 2012

We're featured in the latest issue of Cycling Plus (November 2012) in their extensive test of indoor trainers and we're really pleased with the review which gives you a flavour of why the Wattbike is the standard for indoor trainers. The accuracy of the Wattbike is mentioned throughout and the guys at Cycling Plus conclude: "How much power you… Read full post

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Wattbike at Cyclosport Industry Ride

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 16, 2012

Last weekend we headed south for the Wattbike-sponsored Cyclosport Industry Ride which brings together a wide range of people from the cycling industry, from journalists and event organisers through to sponsors and the people who provide the things we take for granted, like the timing guys. The day started with a ride into the Surrey hills, taking in… Read full post

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Train to Cross the Pyrenees Without Leaving the Living Room

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 05, 2012

I'm sure most of us receive endless streams of email all day long, some get prioritised, others can be answered later in the day, but when a mail drops into my inbox with the Subject Line reading: 'Can I train to ride across the Pyrenees without leaving my living room?', there's no doubt that I'm going to be clicking that one open… Read full post

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James Golding on Life, Training and #THEBIGONE

Posted by Matt Moran on Oct 03, 2012

Just prior to the start of the The London-Paris this summer we caught up with James Golding, a familiar face on the UK cycling scene. James has a pretty special story to tell and has fought and won some tough battles throughout his life. He's recently started to train on a Wattbike in preparation for a massive bike challenge which is currently being… Read full post

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Wattbike at Powerade Sports Academy

Posted by Ben Addison on Sep 25, 2012

During the Olympics our event partner, Team Cycles, went along to the Powerade Sports Academy to deliver a range of Olympic-style training session to guests. If you're going to train like an Olympian then you'll want to be training on exactly the same equipment as the likes of Jess Ennis, Sarah Hammer and Tuen Mulder, not to mention the entire… Read full post

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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

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Tour of Britain and Skoda King of Mountains: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 13, 2012

Our second day supporting Skoda with the King of the Mountains activity and we woke to blue skies - a huge sigh of relief all round. Today we headed to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire for the Cat 2 climb in the beautiful country park. The crowds were out early on the climb with the free coffee and Soreen put on by Skoda a welcome sight at the summit.… Read full post

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The Alpine Challenge 2012: Day Three

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 10, 2012

Having completed The Alpine Challenge in 2011 I had given some warning to the rest of Team Wattbike about what lay ahead on Day 3. Two days of climbing had taken their toll and the breakfast room was a little quieter although the anticipation of the champagne at the finish line was already being discussed. Bikes, followed by bodies and then a few minds… Read full post

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The Alpine Challenge 2012: Day Two

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 07, 2012

Today's opening 40km+ from the start was uphill. And I mean, all uphill. After the first 20 minutes or so, the groups were well warmed up and as the temperatures rose we headed to the timed climb of the day, 8km of the Col des Aravis. The Aravis is one of those climbs where you simply need to get into a rhythm and as the gradient eases through the… Read full post

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The Alpine Challenge 2012: Day One

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 06, 2012

So, we’re underway at The Alpine Challenge and it wasn’t just the temperature rising in Annecy, the roads were too. An 11km time trial got underway at 9am this morning and so the team of 10 Wattbikers set off together and made their way to the top of the Col de Leschaux at their own pace. They say cream quickly rises to the top and nowhere… Read full post

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Taking on the Vattenfall Cyclassics

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 04, 2012

Graeme Watson got in touch with us via our Facebook Page to let us know how he had got on at the Vattenfall Cyclassics a couple of weekends ago. Graeme is a big fan of the Wattbike and has been using one for training following a period of rehab. Quite a story and a great video to finish this blog post off nicely. We're always on the lookout for… Read full post

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Dean Downing at the Newport Nocture

Posted by Matt Moran on Sep 03, 2012

Our friends at Team Cycles managed to grab a few moments with Wattbike Ambassador Dean Downing before he raced at the Newport Nocturne over the weekend. Check out the video and hear Dean talk about his racing year, the Nocturne event and the upcoming Alpine Challenge. Many thanks to Team Cycles for sharing. Read full post

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Eastlands Velo and Wattbike Challenge

Posted by Ben Addison on Aug 27, 2012

Eastlands Velo Cycling Club are based at The National Cycling Centre and it'll come as no surprise to hear that two of GB's current Olympic Champions, Jason Kenny and Steven Burke, are former members. There are 20+ Wattbikes permanently housed at the velodrome in Manchester with a variety of weekly sessions open to the public. Eastlands Velo… Read full post

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Wattbike 500m Competition at The Alpine Challenge

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 23, 2012

As Official Training Partner for The Alpine Challenge we wanted to do something special for participants in this great event. Last year we gave away a holiday to the winners of the Wattbike Competition and we thought, well, we have to do the same again this year. So, we've teamed up with Stephen Roche Cycling Holidays and Training Camps to offer… Read full post

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The Importance of Hydration with Gatorade

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 13, 2012

There's no getting away from the fact that when you do your Wattbike sessions you are going to sweat. And probably quite a lot. There's a couple of obvious factors in that you are getting a very high quality workout, every pedal stroke counts and when we work hard we generate heat. The body copes with this heat by producing sweat. Combine this… Read full post

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Wattbike and Royal Air Force Cycling Association

Posted by Ben Addison on Jul 31, 2012

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

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Power behind the Tour: Climbing

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 12, 2012

The Numbers Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the Tour de France as much as we have, particularly now that we’ve entered the high mountains and the General Classification challengers have come to the fore. We’ve been looking forward to seeing some of the data files supplied by the guys at Training Peaks from the likes of Jani Brajkovic… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Tom and Tim ride Right to Play

Posted by Tom Crampton on Jul 11, 2012

My epic cycle adventure nearly didn’t even make it out of the East Midlands. The journey started at Grantham station and a heated discussion with a train guard as to whether or not I was allowed to take my bike on the train. Problem solved and less than two hours later I joined around 100 excited and apprehensive cyclists in Clapham to get on… Read full post

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Body and Mind

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 06, 2012

Over the past few weeks I've been fortunate to ride with people who have pushed themselves far past what they thought they were capable of doing. It's quite incredible what the body can do, and when that feels like giving up, it's even more incredible what the mind can do. Image: Karin Schermbrucker A couple of weeks ago I rode The London-Paris,… Read full post

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Lee Dixon to feature on Discovery Channel in the UK

Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 05, 2012

Check out the Discovery Channel in the UK this evening at 9pm for a feature on Flintoff & Dallaglio's CycleSlam which saw them ride 2,872km from Olympia in Greece to the Olympic Park in London. A tremendous fundraising event and a programme not to be missed. If you didn't see our interview with former England & Arsenal football Lee Dixon… Read full post

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Where did the legs come from?

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 26, 2012

I'd imagined Day 3 of The London-Paris would be the most difficult day. In the run up to the event I thought that with over 200 miles in my legs I'd be feeling quite tired and have all of those little aches and pains which eventually come to curse you on a long event. What a surprise to find that seemingly all groups had fantastic legs to take… Read full post

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#L2P2012 Moments - Share The Experience

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 19, 2012

The hours of training are now complete and the nerves and excitement are steadily building as we head to the start line of London-Paris 2012 on Thursday morning. We’re certain that for some, training will have gone smoothly and to plan and that many of you have been following the official London-Paris Training Plan put together by Wattbike, while… Read full post

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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

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Slaying the Dragon with Jam Tarts

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 15, 2012

Last week we ran a last-minute competition to win places at the Wiggle Dragon Ride - we knew it would be a fair old commitment from somebody to do with 48 hours notice. But we managed it, and Tod has just sent us this report from what sounded like a great day. We must send him some jam tarts... ------- After one too many post ride “recovery”… Read full post

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London-Paris 2012 - one week to go

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 14, 2012

So, here we are, one week to go to what should be a truly wonderful experience at The London-Paris. My colleague Rich and I have been balancing work, family and training to ensure we're prepared for the 3-day challenge. Some months ago we selected which group we'd like to place ourselves in. I chose Group 4 which will run at an average of 27kph… Read full post

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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