Zwift to the sword: Road Grand Tours takes on the world of virtual cycling

Joe Robinson 15 May 2018 The newest competitor to Zwift is still in beta and offers some food for thought for virtual cycling users When somebody comes along and introduces us to a new product that we have never used before and it turns out to be a success, it makes it pretty difficult for subsequent competitors to offer a similar product. Since its beta launch in September 2014, Zwift has been pretty much the only option for virtual cycling, a format in which you can turn your cycling training into an interactive game. Its neat graphics and inclusive world have been embraced by the cycling community and its clever use of professional cyclists and social media have made it a household name despite being such a new product. It has grown to a point in which there are half a million worldwide users and that, via Zwift, you could ...

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Cycling Plus readers train like a pro with Team Alpecin

Cycling Plus readers train like a pro with Team Alpecin

Late last year Cycling Plus invited its readers to enter a competition giving them the chance to train like a pro cyclist in preparation for the 2018 L’Étape du Tour. Well over 1,500 threw their hat into the ring to be part of Team Alpecin, but only three were lucky enough to be selected. From nurse to pro-racer, the Zwift Academy winner is crowned 9 things you've always wanted to ask a pro cyclist It appears that there is an internet-based conspiracy theory that the German city of Bielefeld ‘doesn’t exist’… Apparently, it all stems from a conversation at a party in 1993 and somehow spread across the web. The story goes that you’ll never meet anyone who’s from, has been to, or knows anyone who has been to Bielefeld (which is, of course, a construct of the Illuminati…) We can put the ‘ Bielefeld Conspiracy ’ to bed, it ...

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'You need a killer instinct' Andre Greipel still hungry for victory

'You need a killer instinct' Andre Greipel still hungry for victory

Mark Bailey 3 May 2018 German sprinter & winner of 22 Grand Tour stages on his broken collarbone, the Tour de France, & his tense relationship with Mark Cavendish We caught up with Andre Greipel ( Lotto-Soudal ) while he continues his recovery from a crash and resulting broken collarbone that counted him out of much of the Classics Season . Cyclist : Andre, you broke your collarbone at Milan-San Remo in March and tweeted: 'I’ll be back.' When will we see you racing again? Andre Greipel : First of all I have to see that my bone is growing together again and then I can start to prepare for some races. I don’t remember much about the crash; I heard a noise and my teammate in front of me crashed so there was not much I could do about it. But it was not a nice feeling. I heard ...

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Ride Like King turns 10

Ride Like King turns 10

Ten years ago at age 73, Giant Bicycles founder King Liu completed a 15-day, 927km ride around Taiwan. He followed that ride up in 2009 with a 20-day, 1,668km tour through China. Those rides started a tradition at Giant — Ride Like King — and this year the brand is celebrating from 4–6 May with rides around the globe and on Zwift. Giant Propel Advanced Disc review The best smart trainers King said that those big rides reinvigorated his passion for cycling. "Many people travel in cars, with high speeds and closed windows,” King said. “But on bikes, people greet each other, building human relationships and gradually shaping a more peaceful society.” King Liu's 927km ride around Taiwan at the age of 73 is something that we can all be inspired by After 44 years leading the business, King retired in 2016 as chairman of the company. But the King ...

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Join us on Sunday on Zwift for our final CycleOps Hammer Time series ride!

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A short-but-tough Fondo to finish off the series, with a summit finish on the Alpe du Zwift - and there's a £999 trainer up for grabs

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Cadence: High or low, which is better?

Cadence: High or low, which is better?

Michael Donlevy 16 Apr 2018 There's a lot more to cycling cadence than just turning the pedals It’s not easy being a sprinter in a Grand Tour. Yes, there are plenty of stages that give them a shot at glory, but they still need to work hard to stay in touch with the stage leaders. One of their weapons is a high cadence – that is, the number of revolutions per minute that they can pedal in a given gear. And it’s important for you too, even if you’re not Mark Cavendish . 'Having a wide cadence "envelope" is a powerful tool in the cyclist’s armoury,' says coach Tom Newman. 'Being able to pedal quickly and efficiently is a core skill – think of team pursuiters and how they use a high cadence to maintain speed.' Cadence, which can be measured using a bike computer , is important for three ...

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Comm Games comeback: Steele von Hoff’s 7-week recovery from a broken back

A little over seven weeks ago, Steele von Hoff was announced in the Australian road race team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. That afternoon, while racing in his local club criterium, von Hoff crashed, fracturing four vertebrae. His Commonwealth Games debut seemed in jeopardy; at the very least he had a tough … The post Comm Games comeback: Steele von Hoff’s 7-week recovery from a broken back appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Join us with CycleOps on Zwift for our final Hammer Time series ride

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Tonight is a group social ride around the streets of Watopia + new date for the Fondo: 29 April

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Victory Chimp on the Emporium

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Video: How they made Alpe du Zwift

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Seems that there’s a very good reason why they aren’t releasing new climbs and routes every other day…

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Zwift partners with Bally Midway for enhanced gaming features

Supported by Zwift has always seen itself as a video game as much as an indoor training platform for avid cyclists, and the company plans to step things up with some new features that should enhance the experience even further. Spy Hunter was a popular video game back in the 1980s, and a memorable one at that … The post Zwift partners with Bally Midway for enhanced gaming features appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist

Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist

Here's the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don't. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist on VeloNews.com .

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Video: Zwift adds Alpine-style climb plus (possibly) four new routes to follow

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Based on Alpe d’Huez the visual atmosphere changes as you climb

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Climb to the top of the virtual world w/ new Alpe du Zwift climbing routes

You know you’re in the midst of the rainy season when the first thing you see in your social feeds is excitement about the new Zwift expansion. And if you’re trapped inside on the trainer like us, then you too will probably be excited about the newest “level” in Zwift. Officially, it’s called the Alpe […] The post Climb to the top of the virtual world w/ new Alpe du Zwift climbing routes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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UK sportive preview: West Riding Classic

BikesEtc 29 Mar 2018 An old-school sportive in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales When: 28th April 2018 Where: Clapham, North Yorkshire Distances: 120km/95km/50km Cost: £26 Website: theopenwheel.com What is the West Riding Classic? A beautiful ride following quiet roads through some classic Yorkshire Dales scenery, such as Kingsdale, Dent, Ribblehead, Malham and Settle, with something for everyone from newbies to seasoned sportive riders. The West Riding Classic is very much an old-school sportive – don’t expect electronic chip timing, instead the focus is on the old-fashioned hospitality with riders issued cards to clock in and out at control points on the route. In place of high-energy gels at feed stations, you can expect to find ‘delicious home-cooked food and old-fashioned comradery’. Prices are old school too, with a flat-rate entry fee of £26 for all routes making it excellent value. See related How to get the most from Zwift Turbo time: ...

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Goodbye gym, hello Zwift

Goodbye gym, hello Zwift

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. Spring has finally sprung and attentions have naturally turned to gearing up for a fitter, more active summer. Gyms beckon, and their monthly memberships prove tempting to many of us, as they tap into our fears that we’ve stacked up a few too many fatty deposits over winter. Don’t fall into the trap. A UK poll showed that the average ‘gym-goer’ wastes £1,000 a year by being tied into 12-month contracts but, at most, attends for just three months. It’s hardly surprising; most gyms play demotivating cheesy dance music, you’re forced to wait for weight machines, and you waste time heading to the gym and back. Enter Zwift… Zwift: your complete guide Zwift: Train to conquer Watopia Affordable improvements Zwift is the multiplayer cycling gaming sensation that’s transformed indoor cycling from a disheartening winter exercise to an all-year-round motivational essential. 1. ...

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Weekend Roundup: New stuff from Zwift, Thule, Intense, 8bar, Castelli, Rapha & more

Wondering how to get more data from your indoor trainer workout? The newly updated Zwift Mobile Companion app gives you more control over your “in game” experience by letting you change trainer mode and resistance on the fly, and even pause your workout. It also displays your current workout block, along with power, heart rate […] The post Weekend Roundup: New stuff from Zwift, Thule, Intense, 8bar, Castelli, Rapha & more appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Zwift: Train to conquer Watopia

Zwift: Train to conquer Watopia

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. Zwift features three different and challenging worlds: the London course that hosts Prudential RideLondon in July, the Richmond route that saw Peter Sagan win the 2015 Road World Championships, and the mythical island of Watopia. And it’s Watopia where we’re heading now, identifying key features and the fitness variables you need to conquer them. Become polka-dot royalty As the name suggests, the Epic KOM/QOM is a devilish ascent and at 9.5km it remains the longest verified climb segment on Zwift. Total elevation gain nestles at 414m, with an average gradient of 3.9 percent, maximum tilt of 10.7 percent and the summit bursting through the Watopia skies at 372m. The climb hints of Alpine peaks with the base of the climb tropical before snow flanks either side of the road around 250m up. The fastest ascender becomes the wearer of the Epic ...

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The Canyon Grail: Reinventing the handlebar

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Canyon's latest gravel bike, the Grail, has attempted to rethink how we see the humble handlebar Following the trend of more people going off-road, German direct-to-market brand Canyon has launched its latest range of gravel bikes, the Canyon Grail. Designed as an all-road bike, the Canyon Grail looks to help riders combine dirt and tarmac in one ride while also debuting Canyon's innovative new approach to the handlebar, the Hover Bar. This bike comes with the clear purpose of attracting itself to the ever-growing market or riders looking for adventure on and off-road, spending long days in the saddle simply enjoying the bike. It does this while also trying to change our thoughts about the humble handlebars. Talking point Image 3 of 23 Image 3 of 23 Canyon, in a way, has attempted to reinvent the handlebar to help meet 'rider demands of a bar ...

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Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb review: Oddly engaging for indoor aficionados

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb

The Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb “Indoor Grade Simulator” is a product that makes little sense on paper. Its sole function is to move the front of your bike up and down in concert with whatever is happening on-screen in Zwift, TrainerRoad, or other virtual training environments. It’s expensive. It’s big and bulky. It also only … The post Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb review: Oddly engaging for indoor aficionados appeared first on CyclingTips .

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