Posts tagged "track+cycling"

Matt Moran

Inside The Medal Factory at British Cycling

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 05, 2014

If you missed 'Inside the Medal Factory' on the BBC this week then give it a watch on iPlayer. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the phenomenal rise of British Cycling. Peter Keen features heavily as the man who had the vision to take what were, at the time, outrageously ambitious targets and turn them into a reality with the help of National… Read full post

Matt Moran

Congratulations to 2014 World Champion Joanna Rowsell

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 28, 2014

Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell took gold at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships as part of the Women's Team Pursuit squad. Joanna, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker overcame a strong Canadian team and unusually windy conditions in the Cali velodrome to take victory. We're hugely proud of Joanna's success and look… Read full post

Tom Crampton

Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell heads to UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Posted by Tom Crampton on Feb 18, 2014

Last hard session on the @wattbike today. Ready to start the journey to Colombia tomorrow! #trackworlds @WorldTrackCali — Joanna Rowsell MBE (@JoannaRowsell) February 18, 2014 Today we wanted to wish Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell the best as she heads to Cali in Columbia for the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Joanna is part of… Read full post

Eddie Fletcher

Wattbike heads to the top of South Korean sport

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Feb 12, 2014

We've been on a road trip for the last week out in South Korea. Having arrived in Seoul on Sunday morning we took a long 300km drive south to Bugok to meet with the top national and regional Korean Cycling Federation coaches and athletes. The scheduled half day lecture and Wattbike demonstration came about as a result of the reaction to the Wattbike… Read full post

Matt Moran

2 World Records & 1 World Cup Gold

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 13, 2013

It's been a busy few weeks for new Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell as she's back on the Track World Cup circuit. After a blistering performance in Manchester where Great Britain's Women's Team Pursuit squad set a new World Record it was a long flight to Mexico for the next round which would take place at altitude. With the track sitting… Read full post

Matt Moran

Joanna Rowsell enjoys a golden trip to Mexico

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 09, 2013

We wanted to put on record our congratulations to new Wattbike Ambassador Joanna Rowsell on her performance in the latest round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico. As part of Great Britain Women's Team Pursuit, Joanna took another gold medal and a stunning World Record too. Thanks for sending this Instagram image through! Order online:… 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

Alex Skelton

Do as the coach says…

Posted by Alex Skelton on Nov 06, 2013

Stepped it up 2day & had an army sergeant for @wattbike training w/ @ValenteJennifer #gains #ouch pic.twitter.com/qJSI1xEIyp — Sarah Hammer (@SarahHammer) November 6, 2013 Two-times Olympic Silver Medallist and six-times World Champion Sarah Hammer took instruction from a different kind of coach today. We reckon you'd probably do what… 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

Eddie Fletcher

Japanese Keirin star Toyoki Takeda visits the Wattbike Lab

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Oct 15, 2013

Top Japanese Keirin rider Toyoki Takeda visited the Wattbike Lab in Evesham recently. After an initial briefing on the Wattbike, software, and spending some time getting his Keirin position set up on the bike, I introduced him to some leg speed and power drills that he could adapt into his training back in Japan. The first thing we noticed was just… 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

Spin Cycle Magazine: The Golden Couple

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 18, 2013

You might remember a couple of months ago we were at the launch of Adidas' new cycling kit where Sir Dave Brailsford, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny were in attendance to discuss their latest apparel and what happens when you win Olympic Gold at your home Olympics. All of this and much more has been captured beautifully by Spin Cycle Magazine in their… 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

Sisters of Speed

Posted by Tom Crampton on Apr 04, 2013

Last week we dropped a Wattbike off with two up and coming cycling stars. Rosie and Hannah Blount from Derby are sisters with serious speed in their legs. Rosie (18) is the current National Junior 500m Time Trial Champion, and Hannah (16) is the Youth National Champion over the same distance. The sisters, who both ride for Derby Mercury RC, have raced… 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

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

Matt Moran

Track Cyclist Monique Sullivan on Recovery

Posted by Matt Moran on Feb 05, 2013

When I open up my email and see a message from Canadian Track Cyclist Monique Sullivan in my inbox I know that we’re going to be able to share something that’s really useful for us all, no matter what physical activity we take part in. And today is no different; Monique has been kind enough to share some of her tips and strategies for recovery,… 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

Willpower is a fickle companion and will run out faster than your morning coffee

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 09, 2013

We've just received our latest update from Canadian Track Cyclist Monique Sullivan who has given us some good advice on how to stick to those proposed changes we all think we can make at the turn of a year. Monique uses a simple paper-based way of keeping track of activities completed and as somebody who has tried every electronic way of 'getting… 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

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

Matt Moran

WIN: 2 Tickets for UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 13, 2012

Courtesy of our friends at British Cycling, we have a pair of tickets up for grabs for this weekend's UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. The pair of tickets are reserved seating for the evening session on Friday 16th November, doors open at 18:15 with racing starting at 19:15. You'll get to see the world's best track cyclists in action… 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

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

Matt Moran

These things are hard!

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 30, 2012

Last week we headed to the velodrome in Manchester to help our friends at Gatorade and Virgin Active with their Virgin Active London Triathlon 'Secret Series'. The idea of the Series is to help triathletes prepare for their next event with advice and coaching from some of the best in the business. Even we were kept in the dark as to what exactly… Read full post

Matt Moran

Heading to London

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 29, 2012

We've got word from Andy Sparks of Performance United about a couple of his athletes who've had success this past weekend and are also heading to the Olympic Games. Andy now has three Wattbikes at his elite training centre in Mallorca, where he is coaching athletes from a myriad of nations. Last weekend Martyn Irvine finished 2nd in the Irish… 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

Matt Moran

A day with the GB Paralympic Cycling Team

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 25, 2012

Yesterday we headed up to the Velodrome in Manchester for the press day for Team GB Paralympic Cycling squad - it was a real privilege to see the unreported hard work that goes into getting these athletes to a level of competing on the world stage. We'd specifically gone up to the velodrome to speak to Jon-Allan Butterworth who joined the British… 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

Wattbike at Manchester Velodrome

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 16, 2012

You don't have to be a World or Olympic Champion to ride inside the Manchester Velodrome. You don't even have to be able to ride on the track (although we highly recommend one of the taster sessions!) to ride inside the Manchester Velodrome. As you can see from this cool video below, the velodrome hosts Wattbike sessions five days per week for… 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 Coaches View on 2012

Posted by Matt Moran on Apr 04, 2012

It's always a pleasure to meet up with elite track cycling coach Andy Sparks when out in Mallorca so this time I once again pointed a camera at him and got a great insight into what the feelings are like for a coach during an Olympic year. We've heard from lot of athletes so it was pretty good to see it all from a coaches point of view. Andy… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sarah Hammer on the Road to London

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 29, 2012

While I was in Mallorca at the HotChillee Rendezvous I decided to take a trip up to Alaro to see US Track Cyclist Sarah Hammer. I arrived just as Sarah had returned from a long ride on the sunny Majorcan roads but, ever the professional, she was happy to sit straight down and give us a quick update on her thoughts about the Olympic Veldorome in London,… Read full post

Matt Moran

Wattbike - London Bike Show Review

Posted by Matt Moran on Jan 16, 2012

Back in the office today after an incredibly busy London Bike Show, apologies to anybody who missed out on having their pedal technique analysed due to the queues. Your next chance is at the Triathlon Show 2012, from March 2-4. It's clear to see that in the past few years that knowledge of how to train smarter is increasing amongst cyclists and… Read full post

Eddie Fletcher Stepping up with Wattbike

Stepping up with Wattbike

Posted by Eddie Fletcher on Dec 06, 2011

We got some great news from a young track cyclist in New Zealand this past weekend, Jen Muhl took part in her first event at U-19 level at the 2012 Oceania Track Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand. The competition sees riders from New Zealand and Australia compete across all Olympic track disciplines at both senior and under-19 level. For Jen… Read full post

Matt Moran

Sarah Hammer wins Cali Track World Cup Omnium

Posted by Matt Moran on Dec 04, 2011

Managed to catch US track cyclist, Sarah Hammer, taking the win in the Omnium Scratch race on a (fairly poor) live webstream of the latest round of the UCI Track World Cup. Sarah is targeting the Omnium event for London 2012 and she put in a fantastically dominant performance in Columbia, finishing no lower than 4th in the six events which make up the… Read full post

Matt Moran Simon Richardson Update

Simon Richardson Update

Posted by Matt Moran on Nov 30, 2011

I caught up with Simon Richardson last week to find out how he is getting on with his rehab. When I called Simon he was in the middle of an acupuncture session so I thought I'd call back at a later time but no, Simon insisted that we chat while he was having mutliple needles stuck into him! He told me it took his mind off the acupuncture, I'm… 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

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

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

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

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

Matt Moran

The Beauty of the Velodrome

Posted by Matt Moran on Aug 10, 2011

I cannot wait to get inside the new London 2012 Olympics velodrome and on seeing this video from RIBA it just confirmed that it will become one of the iconic sporting buildings in the UK in the coming years. The velodrome is on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize and this video explains why. Take a look at the… Read full post

Matt Moran

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

Alex Skelton

TC Valentine at Crossfit Endurance tries the Wattbike

Posted in Case Studies by Alex Skelton on Mar 01, 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 Geoff Cooke drops in on Wattbike

Geoff Cooke drops in on Wattbike

Posted by Matt Moran on Jun 08, 2011

Friend of Wattbike, cycling coach Geoff Cooke, dropped in to see us last week and bought along one of the young athletes he is training at the velodrome in Newport, Wales. Ellie Coster is just 15 and Geoff, who has a very keen eye for serious track talent, told us she has been posting some impressive times on the track. British Cycling have taken note… Read full post