In 2000, Wattbike founders approached British Cycling with the idea of developing an accurate indoor training and testing tool of a high enough quality to be used by Olympic level athletes. After 7 years of development with British Cycling coaches and scientists the Wattbike was born.
Since then our relationship with British Cycling and their riders has grown and the Wattbike is now used by British Cycling at all levels of the sport, from talent identification at school level through to pedalling technique and power based training at Olympic level. This has all led to the Wattbike being the only indoor bike to be endorsed by British Cycling.
See what they have to say about the Wattbike:
British Cycling is completely sold on the Wattbike’s capacity to provide a positive benefit to every level of the sport. The Wattbike will help us contribute to the health, education, participation and performance agendas.
Ian Drake, Deputy Chief Executive
British Cycling prides itself as an organisation that operates on the cutting edge, and in Wattbike we have the perfect partner. We share the same vision, and values. Together, we have developed a piece of equipment that will support us in everything from increasing participation in the sport to underpinning our World Class Pathways and International success. The Wattbike will provide a positive benefit to every level of the sport by linking indoor and outdoor cycling and helping us continue to make a substantial contribution to the health, education, participation and performance agendas.
Peter King, Former CEO British Cycling
The GB Cycling Team have played an important role in the development of the Wattbike to ensure that it is capable of supporting and making a valuable contribution to our World Class programmes. The Wattbike is already assisting the GB Cycling Team in identifying our future stars and its potential in terms of indoor competition in schools and clubs can only be positive in terms of the number of young people coming into the sport in the future.
Dave Brailsford, Performance Director, British Cycling
The Wattbike is exciting because it offers so many more opportunities to engage children. It will enable us to extend our delivery to schools, and to confirm Go-Ride as a year-round programme. It will stimulate intra-school competition, drive the development of school-club links, and enable us to feed those youngsters who excel into our talent programmes.
John Mills, Coaching, Education and Development Director
The Wattbike offers tremendous potential in terms of talent identification and will undoubtedly assist us to be far more effective in that area of our work as it does much of the job for us. It will encourage children into cycling, support us in spotting potentially talented youngsters, and provide us with a means of measuring their physical progression. The technology will give us the capacity to draw down results online, and we have complete faith in the consistency of the data.
Gary Coltman, Talent Programme Manager
The Wattbike provides a great platform for all types of cycling. It has the potential to signpost indoor cyclists to outdoor activity, and offers an alternative for those outdoor riders, who tend to hang their wheels up for the winter. The technology involved presents riders with the personal challenge of interactive competition against themselves, or others. Put simply, it will broaden peoples outlook.
Jonny Clay, Cyclesport and Membership Director, British Cycling.