Wattbike Master Trainer, Adam Daniel and Head of Operations, Paul Cox, took the Wattbike team to new heights recently, both qualifying for UCI backed Amateur World Championships. Their secret? Training at home with Wattbike Atom.
Paul, who qualified for the Time Trial World Champs said:
“I’ve been riding my bike for a long time, and what I've learned is the importance of having goals. This is what keeps me motivated to train and get into shape. The Tour of Cambridge looked like a perfect event to train for. It has closed roads, a sporting course and a chance to qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships."
“This year I took a different approach to my training and pretty much rode exclusively indoors. I got hooked on Zwift racing during the winter and found doing a race or two a week, accompanied by some Z1-Z2 work on the Atom, built a good level of fitness. A few months out I knew I needed to work on producing power in the TT position, so I set the Atom up like my TT bike and included a few structured sessions in the time trial position. When the weather improved and the nights turned lighter I was able to ride the TT bike outside without it feeling alien. With the weather being somewhat inconsistent the early part of this year I continued riding indoors up until the race to maintain consistency."
“On race day I managed to put out my target power and qualify for the Worlds in Poland, so all in all a positive experience. The Atom was a key tool in my training leading up to the event.”
Master Trainer Adam is also no stranger to indoor training, having used the Wattbike to seal his place in the road race event.
“I only took up cycling six years ago and didn’t ride a huge amount in 2018, but at the beginning of January I decided to go all-in and set a big goal for this year. That goal was to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships via the Tour of Cambridge. I am pleased to say that in September I will be on the start line, representing GB in the 40-44 age group, which many say is the most competitive age group outside of the pros! "
“I bought a Wattbike before I bought a road bike 6 years ago. I really do understand the benefits and in the last six months it earned its keep because it gave me the structured freedom I needed to succeed."
“I created a periodised training plan for the six months, broken down into monthly objectives, and created sessions on Trainer Road. I would do 4-6 Wattbike sessions a week each with different training outcomes, for example, threshold, sweet spot, tempo. The sessions would be between 45-90 minutes long and because of the nature of my work, which entails a fair bit of travel as well as 1:1 coaching, I would just fit each session into my diary based on the time available. The beauty of having a Wattbike at home was that on the occasions in the week when I had a spare hour or so in the evening, I could fit an extra endurance session in and clock up a few extra miles.”
The Gran Fondo World Championships take place in Poland from the 29th August- 1st September.