FulGaz Guide: Why virtual hills feel so HARD (and how to fix that)

New to FulGaz? Are the climbs feeling REALLY hard? Or maybe you’re spinning out too easily on the descents? Well you’re not alone, especially if you’re used to riding on Zwift where, let’s face it, everything seems a little too easy… First up, Zwift IS easy – the default setting is 50% difficulty. This means…

Isolation Diaries: Inside is, ummm, $14.99 a month

Riders all over the world seem to be heading indoors this month, I guess it’s no surprise given that hundreds of thousands of people are confined to their houses. I hear there’s even a turbo trainer shortage in the UK, they’re rarer than loo rolls! I’m still working full-time here so between the office and…

No love for Zwift (choose outside)

It’s not what you’d call “trainer season” down here in Tasmania. I keep my Zwift membership active all year round as it’s handy to jump on the turbo trainer when I am time-pressed or work gets in the way. I regularly join the SAS or AHDR morning Zwift bunch rides. It’s a solid hour of…

Three tips for cycling faster in 2020

Speed. We all want it, even if we don’t admit it. I’m not as fast as some, but I’m not slow either. I’ve learnt a thing or two over the years about speed. Apart from pushing on those pedals a LOT harder (still important) there are other ways to eek out a little more speed….

It’s almost 2020! Three goals for next year.

December! December! December! Can you believe it? Christmas is just around the corner and another year is winding down. For my brother and sister cyclists in the Northern Hemisphere it’s deep into winter training time. Luckily for me down here in the depths of Tasmania it is (apparently) summer! Even still, December brings about thoughts…

UCI Virtual World Champs? You gotta be Zwifting me…

In breaking – but not surprising – news, the UCI have teamed up with Zwift to announce plans for an official UCI-sanctioned Virtual Cycling World Championships! Wait, what…? Yes. You read that right my friends. An officially recognised professional Virtual Cycling E-Sports World Championships. That’s the hallowed Rainbow Striped awarded for cycling indoors. Yeah, no….

Zwift Academy 2019 is GO!

Once again Zwift have teamed up with Dimension Data and Canyon/SRAM to host the Zwift Academy! As per the previous two years, to “graduate” the Academy you need to complete a a series of eight structured workouts plus four online races (or group rides) between now and September 1st. I completed the Zwift Academy in…

Riding with my best bud, if only virtually

My best bud Carl and his wife Anita recently welcomed their first child into the world. A true blessing. That most joyous of arrivals does of course mean less time on two wheels for him as Daddy duties take priority! Carl and I have never actually ridden together. He lives in Brisbane and I was…

Once more into the darkness

Daylight savings ended last weekend down here in the deep south. The nights are closing in fast, temperatures are dropping and the woodshed is now fully stacked with a supply of seasoned firewood! Summer has well and truly left Tasmania. Don’t feel too sorry for me though – it’s not like winter is here dull,…

CVRCade Beta – First Ride & Review

Opening up  to a wave of Beta testers last week CVRCade is the latest offering in the indoor cycling scene. Their aim is to become a big competitor to Zwift and to host all the CVR Virtual Racing Leagues, many of which offer real prize money. That is a big call. All the pre-release info was “iffy”…

Six reasons you SHOULD NOT use a powermeter

Road.cc recently published an article titled “Six reasons why you should use a power meter.” Now I must confess I ride with power pretty much 100% of the time. That said, I would never recommend anyone buy one. So in rebuttal to that article, here are my six reasons you SHOULD NOT BUY a powermeter……

Tips for riding a Zwift Fondo

So the winter training season is well and truly upon those in the Northern Hemisphere. That means it’s time again for Zwift to launch into full Virtual Gran Fondo and “Tour of…” mode. For those unaware, you can now virtually ride a virtual Fondo and even receive a virtual Fondo cycling kit for crossing the…