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England Rugby legends visit Wattbike HQ

Yesterday we were joined by two of the true legends from the sport of rugby, Martin Johnson CBE and Martin Corry MBE. They played together at Leicester, England and the British and Irish Lions and you will not be surprised to hear that there was a edge of competition between the two of them from the moment they walked in the door!

Martin and Martin joined us to check on their progress as they are getting ready for L’Etape du Tour this summer. The 148km course starts in Pau, takes in the 2115m Col du Tourmalet then finishes on the summit of the 1520m Hautacam. With that much climbing, power to weight is going to be a key factor in how the Martins cope with the event.

With power to weight being so important, the first thing to do was to check on their weights. At 226Kg between them (about as much as three ‘average’ competitors at L’Etape) it is going to be key to help them get the most out of every session, improve their power to weight ratio, and to help them improve their pedalling technique to make sure that they are not losing any propulsion when they are out on the road.

After the weigh in, the session continued to a bike fit to help them maximise their power output and ensure they are not going to suffer with back pain during their training and at L’Etape. After the bike fit they conducted some cycling and pedalling technique drills, then a 20 minute warm up followed by the beloved 20 minute test to establish FTP and training zones.

Up to that point their competitive spirit had been kept under wraps, but from the moment they started on their test it was clear that they only had one thing on their minds - pushing out bigger numbers than the other Martin! At the end of the test each one took away a victory, Martin Johnson on raw power, Martin Corry on Watts per Kilo, both finishing at around 3W/kg.

They took away a training program designed to help them get to the start in the best shape possible, and to the summit of the Hautacam having not only completed the ride, but having also been fit enough to enjoy it and push themselves right to the end.

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