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…

Do you even ride, bro?

I read an article the other day and it bugged me. The author confesses that he no longer rides his bike outside, apart from race days. All his “cycling” is inside on Zwift. Yep, that’s right. A perfectly fit and able person choosing to spend 100% of their saddle time stuck on the trainer rather…

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…

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”…

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…

Zwift: Tour of NYC – A crash marred stage

With 101 riders in the starting pen for Stage 1 of the Tour of New York series this was going to be a blast. Technically not a race, but still raced by the majority of Zwifters! Stage 1 was the New York Highline – a lumpy 8km lead-in, followed by three ascents of the KOM,…

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…