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…

A ride with David McQuillen, founder of The Sufferfest

Recently I received a message on Twitter from The Sufferfest asking me to email David, a fellow Hobart local. It wasn’t until I got a reply that I realised it was David McQuillen, CSO and founder of The Sufferfest! He asked if I was free for a ride and chat. Of course, I jumped at the…

ZWIFT – Innsbruck has landed!

A new map dropped on Zwift yesterday, with the release of the much anticipated 2018 UCI World Championships Course Innsbruck, Austria; the first completely new Zwift “world” in a long time. It’s only the finishing circuit, but that’s still almost 25km of new roads (double that if you ride the course in both directions). It also includes…

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…

In praise of the “winter” bike

An important member of any cyclist’s fleet is the winter bike, sometimes called the rain bike or “B” bike. The one that sits in the corner of the bike shed, waiting to be called into active duty when the weather turns wild. Last winter I hardly rode outside – this was due to time constraints…

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…