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….

2017 into 2018

Another year! Seriously people, these modern years must be getting shorter and shorter because they seem to be absolutely flying by. It’s been a pretty damn good year for me. I’ve settled into Tassie life. My job is going well and gives me time to ride in the morning, I took an amazing holiday to…

The rise of the eFondo and eSportive

Riding a Sportive on your turbo trainer. Apparently that’s totally a thing now. With the success of their first eFondo, where over 1000 people signed up to “ride” the event, Zwift have this time partnered with Cycling Tips to run a whole series of eFondos over the coming months. Yep that’s right folks, a virtual…

Zwift’s Watopian Landscape

Hats off to the programmers and developers at Zwift. They really have created a fully immersive and impressive landscape in “Watopia” for us to lose ourselves in. It sure beats staring at a garage wall or numbers on a screen! Paired with a smart trainer that changes resistance to simulate gradients, it’s the ultimate in indoor…

The Zwiftcast

If you’re into podcasts and are an avid (or even occasional) Zwift user, then you really should be checking out the Zwiftcast. https://www.podbean.com/media/player/i5rtj-6815e8?skin=108 Released roughly every two weeks, it covers everything new or rumoured in the world of Zwift including map expansions, the racing scene, new trainers and training tech, troubleshooting, competitions and of course general…

How to Ride Indoors Like a Pro

Cody Beales (he’s a triathlete, but we won’t hold that against him) has written a fantastic piece on how he used a turbo trainer almost exclusively over the winter to bring his bike strength up from being his weakest event to world class. Whether you’re new to indoor training or a seasoned year-round turbo veteran,…

Late to the Zwift party!

Okay. I’ll admit it. I was wrong. Oh so wrong… Zwift is pretty damn cool. When it comes to indoor training I’ve always been in the “short sharp suffering in the pain cave with intense intervals and no distractions” type of guy, but after clocking up a few virtual rides in the virtual world of Zwift,…

Back on the Rollers

In an attempt to increase my saddle time and get back up to flying fitness I splurged on a new set of rollers. Last month we smashed our target at work, so what better way to spend some of that bonus money than on bike tech? :-) Back in the UK I had a set…

Continued winter training

Now that I’ve got the “base miles” out of the way (thanks to the Rapha Festive 500 for most of that) I’ve been spending more time in the Wattage Cottage; my endearing term for the garage where my turbo trainer lives! This month has seen me slowly build up the volume and intensity of my turbo sessions. Bolted to the…