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…

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…

Training: What is ERG mode and should you use it?

If you have a modern “smart” turbo trainer then chances are it’s capable of being used in ERG mode. But what exactly is ERG mode? Should you use it? And will it make you a stronger, Strava segment smashing, cycling beast? ERG is short for Ergometer. It is when your turbo trainer automatically selects the…

Garmin IQ “What’s My FTP” App Review

In the world of training with power, it seems FTP is king. Sure, it’s certainly not the be all and end all of power metrics, but it’s one that almost all people who train to power (or just ride around with power) seem to care about. Trouble is, FTP tests suck. Like properly suck. The…

CLC2018 Ride 3: A little whirl around Watopia

To add a little variation to my CLC rides, I decided to throw a virtual one into the mix! My virtual cycling software of choice is Zwift and so far I’ve pedalled over 7000 virtual kilometres on the platform. For those who are unaware, Zwift is a virtual cycling program that allows you to “ride” with other…

Virtual National Championships?!?!

Dust off those turbo trainers folks, it’s time to get ready to battle it out for the chance to be crowned the errr, best, ummm, turbo trainer rider in your country… Love it or loathe it, indoor virtual cycling is a thing now. The biggest player in this field – Zwift – have just announced…

Zwift Academy 2017 Review

Well it’s all done and dusted. The 2017 Zwift Academy (for those who haven’t made the final U23 top ten) is officially over. From the 9234 entrants in the Men’s Academy, 1245 managed to finish the program, myself included! Over the six-week program, entrants needed to complete 8 structured workouts, 5 group rides and 2…

The Wahoo Kickr Climb?!?!

Have you ever thought to yourself, “you know what, turbo training needs a bit more realism, I wish my bike would change angle according to the virtual gradient on the screen.” Well now thanks to Wahoo you can have your wish granted. Introducing Wahoo’s latest trainer innovation – the Kickr Climb. Now you can not…

Cycling Tips eFondo #3 London Pretzel

It’s still very much mid-winter here in Tasmania, with many a frosty start to the day and snow settling about half way down Mount Wellington. So when the third event in the CyclingTips eFondo series rolled around, I decided to jump on again and ride the virtual sportive bandwagon! This time it was over the…

5 Reasons the Tacx NEO is awesome (and one reason it’s not)

The age old debate of Wahoo KICKR vs Tacx NEO! Arguably the top two smart turbo trainers currently on the market (although there are plenty of new contenders).  If you’re looking for the ultimate indoor trainer or epic Zwift experience then these two are your top choices as both are high quality trainers in their…

Train by numbers: Feeding the Golden Cheetah

I love riding/training with power. It’s not for everyone, you need to love numbers and be a bit of a geek at heart. Other training metrics such as average speed, Strava segments and heart rate are variable and dependent on outside factors, But with wattage you either make it or you don’t. At the end…