Summer is nearly over

Summer is nearly over, let the indoor training season begin! Leave nothing to chance this autumn and winter with the help of Wattbike Atom. Purchase the world’s smartest indoor trainer today and take your training up a gear with free trials for top cycling apps.Find out more

Five sessions to get back into indoor training

Five sessions to get back into indoor training

Whether you’re coming back from an injury, or just looking to improve your race results, indoors is where the hard work happens. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled five sessions to get you off to the best start.Find out more

performance testing. redefined.

Performance Testing. Redefined.

Identifying the world’s top talent is tough, but someone’s got to do it. Find out how w’re redefining athlete testing as draft picks were put through their paces at the NHL combine. Find out more

Train like an Olympian

Train like a champion: Anneliese Rubie Renshaw

Ever wondered what it takes to train like an Olympic runner? We caught up with new addition to the Wattbiker tribe, Anneliese Rubie Renshaw, to see how the Wattbike helped her get back up to speed following an injury.Find out more

three things to do now for a success

Three things you need to do NOW for a successful 2020

The earlier you get started, the better. Here are the three things you need to implement into your routine now to ensure the best start next season.
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Why you should have a Wattbike in your office

Why you should have a Wattbike in your office

With revelations early this year from Marcel Kittel and the tragic passing of track cyclist Kelly Catlin back in March, professional cycling and mental health has become a hot topic within cycling media and an issue to be addressed by those at the top of the sport. 

However, for the everyday cyclist or fitness enthusiast, the benefits of a quick spin are endless, from weight loss to stress relief, and an enhanced social life. 

But not all of us can benefit from a long outdoor ride to brush away the day’s stresses. Lots of us work long hours in challenging jobs, and it can often be a battle to come home and work out. 

Research by the World Health Organisation finds that around 23% of adults (worldwide) don’t get enough physical activity within their working day. Lack of physical activity can lead to further issues and health complications, from weight gain and heart difficulties to depression and anxiety. Reports of ill mental health in the workplace are rising rapidly; The Telegraph reported that 13million working days were lost to stress and depression in 2017, so what could workplaces be doing better?

The effects of exercise on wellbeing and stress reduction have been proven time and time again. Stressed out employees are likely to struggle to focus or think clearly, whilst exercise has been proven to reduce cortisol levels, so you could argue it makes sense to add a level of movement into your working day. Leading the way in workplace wellness, Bjorn Borg, a sports clothing and underwear manufacturer, close operations every Friday for an hour of mandatory exercise and employees are set yearly fitness and wellness goals which are supported by a personal trainer. Social media scheduling platform, Hootsuite, introduced yoga classes during lunchtimes. And now, Swedish IT company Sigma have introduced a Wattbike Atom and Zwift set-up in their office after introducing a new initiative called Tech Boost, designed to increase morale and productivity at work.

Team Leader and .Net developer, Johan Fischer, suggested the Wattbike room, taking inspiration from his hectic home life as a father of two. He’d already built a pain cave in his garage in order to train both early mornings and late nights, so he knew it would be beneficial for himself and others to be able to take the time to train at the office. This would mean that they could spend more time with their families when they get back home. 

“By exercising during office hours, we are not only just making ourselves better for the future, but making the future better for others as well.” – Johan Fischer, Team Leader and .Net developer at Sigma.

All employees at Sigma can book sessions on the Wattbike Atom and the response amongst Johan’s co-workers has been hugely positive. Sigma IT say that health in the workplace is important and should be prioritised. The addition of the Wattbike room has also added something in that has not only been beneficial to the employees’ wellbeing, but the use of the room is incentivised so that Sigma donate to charity based on the total amount of time trained in the room. 

But it’s not just employees that can reap the benefits of exercising at work – employers will see them too. According to 2017’s Thriving at Work report produced by the UK Government, it’s estimated that mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year due to employees being less productive, taking leave and high staff turnover. To help combat this, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggested that workplaces should recognise the potential benefits of cycling, and make the effort to at least advertise local exercise classes such as spin classes, have adequate bike storage, showers and even access to a pool of bikes for staff use. 

A study by Bristol University also found that employees that could exercise at work were ‘more productive, happy, efficient and calm,’ and exercise re-energised staff, improved concentration and made them feel calmer. 

Looking to boost your fitness motivation? Why not tackle one of our training plans or try your hand at a quick session on the Wattbike Hub

The Future of Indoor Cycling – WATTBIKE

Wattbike at LIW2014: The Future of Indoor Cycling

Wattbike Leisure Industry Week

Ahead of Leisure Industry Week 2014 we sat down with Health Club Management and discussed our unique history, how the Wattbike can help operators attract new members and look ahead to some exciting developments ahead for our company.

We’ll be launching our new indoor group cycling software at LIW2014 – Wattbike Power Cycling Studio Edition – and we look forward to seeing you there. Download our Commercial Brochure now.

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How did the Wattbike come into existence?
The head of performance at British Cycling, Peter Keen – who was Chris Boardman’s coach at the time – wanted to create a new type of training bike that was unlike anything else on the market. The team at Wattbike had already built a conceptual idea of what this could look like and then began to consult with Peter to develop the end result. The product proposal came with a long wish list. The bike had to be accurate, give detailed scientific analysis, have universal appeal (from kids through to top athletes), be affordable, as well as offer an authentic ride experience that was close to an outdoor ride.

When did you launch?
After the initial discussions with Peter Keen and British Cycling it took eight years to perfect the product, launching Wattbike in the autumn of 2008. Keen had wanted an indoor bike that could test his top cyclists and also find the next generation of talent (cyclists Laura Trott and Lizzie Armitstead were both talent ID-ed on Wattbike), but it soon became apparent that the Wattbike had a much broader appeal.

From the outset we worked closely with National Governing Bodies and became involved with Olympic sports like rowing, track and field and hockey. UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport adopted the bike early on, and we’ve also grown a very large presence in the military, especially at rehab centres like Headley Court. In the past couple of years, with the explosion of indoor cycling in fitness clubs and dedicated studios, we’ve seen 100 per cent growth in sales year-on-year in this market too.

Wattbike Leisure Industry Week

What’s so unique about the Wattbike?
Unlike most indoor bikes you’ll find on the gym floor, the Wattbike has a chain, chainring and sprocket just like a normal cycle enabling the Wattbike to freewheel and match the experience of riding outdoors. Part of the Wattbike’s resistance is magnetic, but most of it comes from a wind turbine situated at the front of the bike, which is the smoothest way of applying force to the rider. It’s also calibrated exactly as it would be to a rider on the open road.

It also offers a Polar View, which is able to track the force of the left leg and right leg and evaluate how efficient and effective your pedalling is. The majority of people have imbalances in their legs, which can travel up to cause discomfort and injury in the lower back. The Wattbike is the only piece of kit that can accurately assess this imbalance.

Why would fitness clubs want a Wattbike?
It’s a very effective diagnostic tool, so it’s popular with personal trainers who can accurately measure the progress of clients. Because the Wattbike measures power so accurately, and doesn’t just depend on heart rate, it can more effectively calculate your best training zone so you get a more efficient workout. The bike can be marketed as a complete fitness test, and has six key tests built in, including VO2 Max (which is within 4 per cent accuracy of a full laboratory gas analysis).

Can it be used in a group cycle setting?
Yes of course, and with the huge boom in cycling many enthusiasts are actively looking for gyms offering Wattbikes. There are around seven million gym members in the UK and 13 million cyclists. That gives some idea of how clubs can grow their membership by attracting a whole new and loyal market.

The Wattbike comes with its own software called Power Cycling, which enables clubs to easily set up their own classes. This software calculates the right training zone for each cyclist, which means that you could have Bradley Wiggins in the same class as a complete novice and each would get an effective workout because they’re matched to their personal training zone. It’s also one of the very few pieces of gym kit that can be incorporated into a HIIT class like Tabata, because resistance can be set quickly for each member and it measures the net force applied to the pedals accurately.

Wattbike Indoor Group Cycling Nuffield Health

How can clubs ‘sell’ the Wattbike to members?
We offer comprehensive training to clubs and like to include all their sales team. It’s easy to walk past the Wattbike thinking it’s just another exercise bike. But once they know, for instance, that it’s used extensively by top England rugby and football players who can offload their weight and use it as an effective rehab and training tool, this immediately widens its appeal.

Similarly, when athlete Jessica Ennis missed the 2008 Olympic Games through injury, her coach Toni Minichiello started to use the Wattbike as a conditioning tool. However, he soon realised he could use it to assess her leg speed and power, and so it became an integral part of her training programme right up to London 2012. When Virgin Active became sponsors of the London Triathlon, it needed to offer members an effective means of training for a triathlon, and so Wattbike became its product of choice.

We also provide marketing tools for use in-club. If there’s no instructor on hand a member can pick up a training card displayed next to the bike (currently branded for cyclists, general fitness and weight management) and take themselves through a programme.

What’s new and what’s next for Wattbike?
We’re beginning to expand our training programmes, working with all the leading NGBs to find the best training methods that can be applied to the bike. If people follow these programmes, they can really get phenomenal results.

Our other big area of expansion is technology, looking at how we can best enable the push and pull of data. The Wattbike Performance Monitor is ANT+ enabled which allows users to wirelessly transfer their Wattbike session data to products and services such as Garmin, Suunto or MyZone. The next stage is looking at making our monitors wi-fi enabled, so when a person has finished their Wattbike workout they can store their data in the cloud, drawing it down again for the next workout.

In April, Wattbike’s advanced technology gained recognition at the Sports Technology Awards, where it won the award for Best Training Product and was praised by judges for its “performance indicators, real time feedback and realistic styling”. We were delighted to be recognised in this way, but it’s also important to point out that while Wattbike is a highly scientific training tool, it’s also a very intuitive machine that, quite simply, is great fun to ride. Anyone who loves riding a bike will love riding a Wattbike.

What To Eat After Cycling – Tips To Maximise Recovery

What To Eat After Cycling – Tips To Maximise Recovery

Your post-ride meal is one of the most important of the day but it’s not just what you eat and drink after a hard ride that matters but when you consume it too. Get it right and you’ll feel fired up and ready to ride again soon. Get it wrong, and your performance will drop.

After training, or a long ride, your body needs time to return to its normal physiological state. This process is dependent on rest but also on what you consume when you get off your bike.

It’s easy to think that a downing a recovery drink means you’ve got recovery in hand but to truly replenish your carbohydrate stores, as well as replacing the fluid and salts lost during training, you need more than just one drink. “You can kick start your recovery immediately after training but the process needs to continue for several hours after a ride,” says Annie Simpson, performance nutritionist at OTE Sports.

TWO WINDOWS

Research suggests there is a 30-minute window of opportunity in which to begin your recovery. A quick and convenient way to do this is with a recovery drink that contains both carbohydrate and protein but a combination of real food and sports nutrition works too – try 220g of beans on two slices of toast and an electrolyte drink, or a large bowl of cereal with milk and half a protein bar.

Hydration is also vital. If the ride was easy and under 90 minutes sipping a 500ml bottle of water or electrolyte drink should be sufficient to rehydrate. But if it was a long or intense session, aim to replace 100-150% of the fluid lost through sweat within one to four hours of hopping off your bike. (Work this out by weighing yourself before and after a ride – every 1/2 kg lost equals roughly 500ml of fluid.)

To continue your recovery you should eat a more substantial meal within two hours of a ride. This should include lean protein such as eggs, chicken, tuna or tofu along with complex carbs such as whole grain pasta, rice, or sweet potato and some fat – try avocado. This meal is vital for the body to replenish the carbohydrates stores used during exercise and provides amino acids and fats to help build and repair muscles.

However, says Simpson, to really speed up recovery there is some evidence that it’s better to eat little and often. Some elite athletes prefer to eat a smaller portion of protein and carbohydrates every two to three hours after a training session, particularly if they are training again later that day. They may continue this pattern for up to six hours.

POST RIDE MEAL

  • Carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores – 0.8-1g/kg (e.g. a 70 kg cyclist would need 56-70g of carbs – around 4 slices of wholemeal bread)
  • Protein to repair damaged muscle tissue – 20-25g (a small chicken breast)
  • Fat – a small amount of fat is thought to help promote muscle repair (half an avocado)

OPTIMAL RECOVERY

Alongside a disciplined nutrition strategy, sleep, rest and stretching are also vital to recovery. But it’s worth considering other techniques too.

Supplements such as Omega 3 and tart cherry juice are new recovery techniques thought to help reduce muscle inflammation and the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset of muscles fatigue).

Other research points to a more individual approach. After all, no two cyclists are the same. Biomarkers (short for biological markers) are biological indicators that can be measured to build a picture of a person’s biological state. They can shine a light on an individual’s nutrition, hydration status, muscle status and potential risk of injury, which can allow athletes to fine-tune their recovery to suit their individual needs.

Annie Simpson is a performance nutritionist at OTE Sports. For more information on OTE Sports and their range of sports nutrition and healthy snacks visit OTE Sports.


References

“Nutrition and Athletic Performance” (2016) American College of Sports Medicine

Research Source: Rawson, Miles & Larson-Meyer (2017) Dietary Supplements for Health, Adaption & Recovery in Athletes, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.

Research Source: Lee et al (2017) Biomarkers in Sports and Exercise: Tracking Health, Performance and Recovery in Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Riding the Spring Classics

Riding the Spring Classics

The arrival of daffodils means one thing in the cycling calendar – the Spring Classics. Steeped in cycling history, these prestigious one-day races are spectacular to watch but grueling to ride. An ‘all or nothing’ test, conquered only by the hardest of men and women, the Spring Classics are known for pitting riders against leg-pulverising climbs and teeth-chattering cobbles. Add in northern Europe’s worst conditions – driving rain and sleet, snow, streams of mud, walls of dust and some crazy distances (Milan-San-Remo is 291 km, or 185 miles) – and you’ll see why these races are notorious.

The Spring Classics can be roughly separated into two groups: the cobbled Classics and the Ardennes Classics, with the addition of two Italian races – Milan-San-Remo (which dates from 1907) and the relatively new Strade Bianche.

RIDING THE CLASSICS

Riding a Classic demands a superhuman effort based on stamina and top-end power. The pace is high for many hours and negotiating the short-sharp bergs, murs and perilous pavé requires the peloton to put in max effort, after max effort.

Most Spring Classics are World Tour races as well but they can often be far more entertaining than the back-to-back days of The Tour – there’s no tomorrow to make up for a bad day, and it’s common for single riders to outwit even the biggest and most organised teams.

Former British road race champion Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) won The Tour of Flanders, in 2016. She says, “The demands of a Classic can be very different to a summer race or stage race – you’re battling the weather conditions and narrow roads, as well as other riders and teams. Tactically you have to be flexible and ready to respond fast because the race scenario can change in an instant. It only takes a change in wind direction or road surface to turn things on their head.”

The best Classics riders are the puncheurs, riders who excel on rolling terrain, love short, sharp climbs and have best bike handling skills – take Cancellera, Sagan and Merckx. To win you need experience, luck and great form, in equal measure. One mistake and you can wish the podium goodbye.

TRAINING FOR A CLASSIC

The Classics are seen as test of form. As the pros emerge from their winter hibernation they are generally in great shape. “Winning a Classic is so hard because you have to beat the best, at their best,” says Deignan.

She adds, “Because these races present a unique challenge, the training is very specific. Most of the race winning moves come from an attack, or a short climb, sometimes on cobbles”.

To prepare for these races requires plenty of time spent doing short, intense efforts (of one to five minutes) and working around your threshold. Heart rate and max power are less of a consideration because the purpose of classics training is to push yourself to the limit – they are the ultimate test of strength, power and mental toughness.

WHY RIDERS LOVE, OR LOATHE THEM

 “Riding a spring classic is great fun. The racing is always highly pressure and aggressive. I thrive during tough conditions and the spring classics certainly offer that. There are always large enthusiastic crowds, we sometimes miss that in races later in the season,” says Deignan.

“My natural talents are in riding repeated short, intense efforts and being able to recover quickly between them. I love the back to back short climbs in classics. The longer mountain type climbs are less suited to me as they rely on sustained power without recovery.

 “My favourite spring classic was the Tour of Flanders in 2016. Every day in training prior to winning, I had dreamt about doing it. The win was especially sweet because I won in the rainbow jersey. Both results felt like pipe dreams at the start of my career. I only won by a couple of centimetres and I was actually having ‘bad’ day but it was sheer will and determination that got me over the line first.”


Pavé: French word for cobblestones. The cobbled sections of  races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders are infamous.

Berg: Belgian word for ‘a climb’. The names of the hill used in Belgian classics almost always end in ‘berg e.g. the Koppenberg, the Paterberg

Mur: Dutch word for wall. These are short and very steep climbs such as the Mur de Huy – the definitive climb of La Flèche Wallonne.

The Benefits Of Training With A Plan

The Benefits Of Training With A Plan

We recently highlighted our top 10 cycling challenges for 2018 to inspire you for the New Year. If you’ve already signed up for an event this year, you may be wondering where to start with your training. Here, we explain how using a training plan will help you achieve your goals:

  • The benefits of following a training plan

  • When and how to start your training

  • How to get the most out of your training plan

The benefits of following a training plan

Whether you’re a beginner cyclist who has just signed up for your first sportive, or you’re a seasoned cyclist looking to improve, a training plan can bring many benefits including:

  1. Performance improvements: The number one reason most people follow a training plan is to improve their performance. Whilst you may be a regular rider or commuter, a sportive or challenge requires a new level of effort and endurance which a training plan can develop.
  2. Structure and consistency: In a world where work, family and other commitments are eating away at your training time, a training plan offers structure and easy to follow sessions that slot seamlessly into your daily routine.
  3. Take the stress out of training: Having to think about what you’re doing each time you train and how it fits into your goal of completing a sportive can be stressful and time consuming. Following a training plan takes the stress away and saves precious time.

When to start training

The best time to start training will depend on your goals. If you are training for an event on a  specific date, work backwards to figure out when you should take up a training plan.

Whilst summer events may seem far away, winter and the off season provide an opportunity to create a solid foundation which you can build upon as your event moves closer. Our new 12 week base training plan follows a polarised training model, where 80% of training is low intensity and 20% is high intensity. This has been proven to be an effective training method for endurance events.

As you move closer to your goal, you should start thinking about event-specific training. A 12 week training plan will help you build the strength, threshold and endurance required to get through the challenge. We’ve launched four new 12 week training plans to help you get to the start line of your event in the best possible shape, click the links below to find out more and download the plans or visit ‘Plans’ on the Wattbike Hub to ride the sessions in real time:

50 MILE SPORTIVE PLAN

100 MILE SPORTIVE PLAN

HAUTE ROUTE 3-DAY EVENT PLAN

HAUTE ROUTE 7-DAY EVENT PLAN

Top tips to get the most out of your training plan 

  1. Don’t play catch up. If work or life takes over one week, don’t try and squeeze in missed sessions as you risk fatigue and injury. If you miss more than three sessions in a week, go back and start the week again.

  2. Listen to your body. If you are feeling particularly tired or sore, take some time out before getting back into the plan.

  3. Eat a balanced diet. Roughly 60% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 15% fats, plus a good mix of fruit and vegetables for their vitamins and minerals.

  4. Stay hydrated. Dehydration reduces performance and prevents recovery.  Aim for two litres of water per day, plus 600-800ml extra for every hour of exercise.

How To Set Achievable Cycling Goals For The New Year

How To Set Achievable Cycling Goals For The New Year

Whilst the thought of New Year’s resolutions and goal setting may sound overrated, defining what you want to achieve is an extremely powerful process that will help you stay motivated and grow as an athlete.

Goals will help you work harder, be more focused, and overcome setbacks. If you’re still not convinced that you need to set goals for the New Year, here we explain the importance of goal setting and how to create achievable goals:

Why set goals?

  1. Goals provide focus  – with family, work and technology vying for our attention, it’s sometimes challenging to know where to focus your time and resources. Goal-setting will help you to focus your attention on your priorities.

  2. Goals help you maintain motivation – goals encourage you to keep going. They enable you to see the bigger picture and give you motivation to take the steps to get there.

  3. Goals make you accountable – goals help you move from thought to action. Rather than talking about signing up for that sportive, it’s better to make the sportive concrete which means you’ll have to put together a training plan to ensure you get there.

  4. Goals help you become a better cyclist – they are designed to take you out of your comfort zone, push the boundaries of what you thought you could achieve.

  5. Goals give you clarity – creating and manifesting small goals can help you achieve a much larger life vision; for example, completing a local sportive could contribute to your vision of one day completing an Olympic distance triathlon or a multi-stage ride in the Alps.

How to set achievable goals 

Now that you know the importance of setting goals, it’s time to commit and set yourself a goal for 2018. One popular method of goal-setting is ensuring every goal you set is SMART. The example below sets out how to create SMART goals:

Anthony, a keen cyclist who currently rides 25 miles 2-3 times per week has set the following goal “I want to ride 100 miles.”

Let’s check how Anthony’s goal measures up against the SMART scale:

S – is it specific? No, it doesn’t mention when, where or how he is planning to ride 100 miles.

M – is it measurable? Yes, it states 100 miles which is measurable and proof of whether he achieved the goal or not.

A – is it agreed? Anthony has agreed to this goal, but has he gained buy-in from other people related to his goal? This might include his coach, family, spouse or social group. Telling people about your goals will help you stick to them.

R – is it realistic? Given that Anthony is already a regular cyclist, this goal seems achievable with hard work. Whether a goal is realistic for you will depend on your starting point and how fit you are.

T – is it time appropriate? Anthony has not created a timely goal as he hasn’t stated when he’s likely to ride his 100 miles. Setting a specific timeframe to achieve your goal is key. Use it as an anchor to track back and assess the time you’ll have to prepare.

We’ve found that Anthony’s original goal falls short on a few areas, so let’s recreate it using the SMART method:

“I want to ride 100 miles in under 6 hours at the Great Notts Bike Ride on 26th June 2018.”

Using the SMART method has transformed Anthony’s goal into one which holds him accountable, and motivates him to put steps in place to achieve it.

Take the first steps to achieving your goal with one of our dedicated training plans.

Indoor vs Outdoor Training: How To Find The Ideal Balance

Indoor vs Outdoor Training: How To Find The Ideal Balance

With winter chills almost upon us and dark nights creeping ever closer it’s time for many cyclists to start thinking about how they are going to train over the winter. At this time of year many questions come up like ‘is indoor training more effective than outdoor?’, ‘how often should I be out on the road?’ and ‘how do I get the perfect balance between indoor and outdoor training?’ We answer some of these questions in our guide to training indoors vs outdoors:

Why train indoors?

We all know that indoor training is an efficient way of utilising cycling time and is especially useful for busy professionals who may be getting home in the dark. But what are the specific benefits of indoor training?

The reason many cyclists head indoors when the clocks change is to avoid the cold weather, darkness and traffic. Training indoors negates the need for bright lights and winter woolies.

A session on a Wattbike is constant, with no stop-start traffic to contend with. This constant effort also makes indoor training time efficient. Simply put, you can ride for a shorter amount of time indoors whilst achieving the same effort and output as you would on the road during a longer session.

One key benefit of training indoors which can help you make significant gains is the opportunity to focus on pedalling technique. Measuring your pedalling out on the road is almost impossible, but bring things indoors and it becomes easy, thanks to the Wattbike Polar View and Pedalling Effectiveness Score.

Why train outdoors?

Whilst we are obviously advocates of training indoors, we also realise the importance of training outdoors too.

Even with excellent virtual training tools available, indoor cycling can’t precisely replicate the feeling you get when you discover a beautiful new cycling route or when you beat your friend on the cafe sprint.

Whilst indoor training removes distractions like traffic to give you an efficient ride, it also removes terrain and with it the need to use different muscle groups. Training indoors all the time can result in some muscles being overworked whilst others are underworked. To fully optimise your training, consider riding a few outdoor sessions with varied terrain to ensure all your muscle groups are being used effectively.

Finally, there are a few aspects of cycling which you simply can’t learn from training indoors, like how to ride in a group for example. This is especially important if you have set you sights on sportives or competitive races for the coming season, without knowing the rules of the road and how to descend within group you could put yourself and your fellow competitors in danger.

Finding the ideal balance: Indoor training vs outdoor training

Both indoor and outdoor training have numerous benefits and we recommend that you include both within your training. Many of our training plans include an indoor session and an equivalent outdoor session, giving you the opportunity to mix up your sessions and still achieve your goals.

But what is the perfect balance of indoor vs outdoor training? If you’re completing 5 sessions per week, we’d recommend 3 – 4 indoor sessions during the week, with 1 – 2 outdoor sessions when time (and weather) allows during the weekend.

Wattbike Performance Insights

PERFORMANCE INSIGHTS MAY 2017

How To Improve Your Speed During A Time Trial

Time trials are ridden at a hard, but sustainable pace. To improve your physical performance, you need to increase the power you can sustain. A well-paced time trial is a skill that can be learnt but it requires practice, go out too hard and you will fade toward the end, take it too easy at the start and you won’t achieve the best time you are capable of.

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