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…

Race Across America to take place on FulGaz

Billed as the hardest race in the world, the famous Race Across America (RAAM) will for the first time be held virtually. This year will see a Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM). Now, I’m still not 100% sold on the idea of holding virtual versions of cycling events, but in these challenging times I’m willing…

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…

Shimano Di2: Long term battery and performance review

Shimano Di2 electronic shifting – in Dura Ace and Ultegra variants – has been around for a fair few years now. A few product generations and subtle refinements have seen it perfected and take a stronghold in the higher end road bike market. But still, one of the most frequent phrases bringing people to my…

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….

Ride bikes, have fun, repeat!

Every time you swing your leg over that top tube you have to be thankful. Thankful that you have the freedom, thankful for your good health and thankful that you own awesome bikes. Thankful for that massive grin cycling puts on your dial! Many will never know the pure unadulterated joy that comes from riding…

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…

Choose outside (a ride with the State Champ)

Hitting the turbo trainer may be the fastest way to fitness, but I’m of the opinion that you should NEVER pass up an outdoor ride when given the opportunity. After all, bikes were made to caress the blacktop, not to be bolted to a stationary trainer in your garage! To round out my first week…

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,…