The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

The Cycling Plus team takes on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift Videogames are fun places to disappear into, but they’re not going to prepare you for real life, right? Gran Turismo means little in a full-throttle racing car and Grand Theft Autowon’t aid your rise up through an actual criminal underworld. Okay, it might. With Zwift, however, the virtual world will help you conquer real mountains. Just ask our trio of riders. Cycling Plus's trio of riders get serious with their hill climb training Double up your training riding indoors and out In October they jetted out to Tenerife to take on Mount Teide, the volcano that dominates the island and, at 3,718m, is Spain’s highest peak. While the road tops out at 2,325m, its continuous climb from sea level makes it a favourite destination for European roadies. For the past six months, our trio have been doubling up road riding with ...

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15 Pro teams confirmed for inaugural Zwift esports race series

The Zwift KISS Super League

A total of 15 Professional Continental and Continental teams will take part in the inaugural pro esports cycling league series, with the first race held in London at the Pinarello store on Wednesday 23rd January. Organised on the Zwift virtual platform, the KISS Super League is a 10-race series with teams of four riders racing against each other every week. The races will award on points, with riders' points accumulated in to a team total that decides the 'winning' team. Heart rate monitors are mandatory while all riders have to race on organiser-provided power metres, with weigh-ins also expected. In-game virtual power-ups will also be awarded, adding an extra twist to the racing. A women's race series is set to begin on Tuesday February 5, with Canyon-SRAM and Cervelo-Bigla among the teams competing. Zwift hopes to launch its first e-racing game for amateurs by the end of the month. The ...

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Zwift launches esports pro cycling league – Sir Bradley Wiggins to attend first round in London tomorrow

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KISS Super League will see pro riders from round the world go head to head in virtual races

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Is it okay to use your bike on a turbo trainer?

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Find out if the warranty still applies if your frame gets damaged while you’re using Zwift. You might be surprised

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#MyCyclingWeekend - Dodging the snow?

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It might just be a weekend for Zwift...

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Video - Three Zwift setups to suit every budget

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Want to get riding with your mates in Zwift's online universe? Here's what you'll need

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Tom Pidcock wins maiden elite national cyclocross title in emphatic fashion

Tom Pidcock wins maiden elite national cyclocross title in emphatic fashion

Joe Robinson 14 Jan 2019 Pidcock dominates men's titles as Brammeier takes back women's event Tom Pidcock dominated the British Cyclocross National Championships at the weekend to secure not only the Under 23 title but also a maiden Elite jersey. In the women's event, Nikki Brammier (Mudiiita) proved strongest for her fourth senior national title at the Kent Cyclopark this Sunday. Pidcock, racing for his self-titled TP Racing, proved a class apart in the men's race, taking the lead from lap two before eventually winning solo, a full minute ahead of runner-up Ben Turner (Corendon Circus). Third fell to Thomas Mein ( Tarteletto-Isorex) as Ian Field missed out on a podium spot for the first time since 2011. Such was the pace of Pidcock throughout the hour of racing, only 12 riders managed to finish. Far ahead of his competitors, Pidcock crossed the line in the superman position before telling ...

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Boasson-Hagen completes 6-hour, 212km ride - on Zwift

Boasson-Hagen completes 6-hour, 212km ride - on Zwift

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Norwegian rider proves he is motivated for 2019 season with incredible indoor ride The other day I did a Zwift ride. After half an hour I was really bored. Another 15 minutes and I had given up and gone to watch Luther on television. I could never be a pro with that kind of attention span or drive to be better. But do you know who has got that drive and attention span? Edvald Boasson-Hagen. The Dimension Data rider proved that it's all for the love of cycling and being the best pro he can be after posting a remarkable 212km indoor rider using training app Zwift. Riding on 3rd January, 'The Boss' clocked more than six hours in the saddle while riding on the turbo, covering a larger distance than most Grand Tour stages as he climbed 2,369m around the make-believe Watopia map, burning ...

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Inside Canyon-Sram at the Women's Tour

Hannah Troop 9 Jan 2019 Canyon-Sram are not only ambitious for race wins, but hope to shape the development of women’s cycling This article was originally published in issue 77 of Cyclist magazine Words Hannah Troop Photography Lisa Stonehouse There are rumours of hauntings in the Brownsover Hall Hotel in Warwickshire. It’s the evening before the third stage of the 2018 Women’s Tour – 151km from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa – and when I mention the spooky reputation of the grand Victorian mansion hotel to Beth Duryea, co-owner of women’s racing team Canyon-Sram, she raises an eyebrow. ‘Really?’ she responds, before requesting that I don’t mention it to the riders on the team. The night is needed for sleep and recovery, she says, not for anxiety over unwanted ghostly visitors. See related Tom Pidcock talks unfriendly rivalries, this weekend's Cyclocross Nationals and chasing another cobblestone Junior women’s cyclocross race ...

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Classic Climbs: No. 1 Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Henry Catchpole 8 Jan 2019 Winding through the limestone spires of the Italian Dolomites, this climb is as fierce as it is beautiful Words Henry Catchpole Photography Alex Duffill This feature originally appeared in Issue 81 of Cyclist magazine Length. Average gradient. Maximum gradient. Summit height. Figures that frame a climb. In some ways they seem to tell you so much, but in reality they tell you so little. Standing in northern Italy, surrounded by the pale limestone peaks of the Sexten Dolomites, the task that lies ahead is as follows if expressed in those terms: 7.5km, averaging 7.5%, maxing out at 18% and finishing at 2,340m. On paper, then, the climb of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen in German, for this marks the linguistic boundary between Italian-speaking Veneto and the predominantly German-speaking South Tyrol that was until 1919 a part of Austria) sounds bearable. See related ...

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The first-ever eCrit National Championships: Gimmick, great spectacle, both?

It’s a little after 8pm in the heart of Ballarat. Traffic management crews charge up and down Sturt Street with purpose, pulling advertiser bunting off roadside barriers and loading those barriers onto trucks. The crowds have dissipated and light is fading from the sky. The day is drawing to a close and the criterium titles … The post The first-ever eCrit National Championships: Gimmick, great spectacle, both? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to set up your indoor training arsenal to take full advantage of Zwift

How to set up your indoor training arsenal to take full advantage of Zwift

Here's how to log miles this winter on your indoor trainer and have fun while you're doing it. Read the full article at How to set up your indoor training arsenal to take full advantage of Zwift on VeloNews.com .

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Zwift raises $120 million to help fund expansion into eSports

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CEO says cycling can become "first true eSport" and "a battleground" for pro teams

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

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BMW to become Deceuninck-QuickStep car supplier - News shorts

Patrick Lefevere with his new ride

After finally securing a title sponsor for his team last month, Patrick Lefevere has added BMW as a car supplier for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team. In recent years, Quick-Step Floors have been working with French manufacturer Peugeot. The team will be supplied with 15 vehicles in total, three fewer than their current store of cars. The fleet will consist of nine X1s Drive 18i and six 520i Touring, while they will also use one of the new X7 models in March to use for VIPs. "We are really pleased to have BMW join us as our new official car partner,” Lefevere said in a team press release. “We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our set-up and support the team. We believe that having an official car partner like BMW, that is as passionate about innovation as we are, can help to deliver even more success and satisfaction." Quick-Step ...

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Tech FAQ: Fixing Campy shifters and converting drivetrains

Tech FAQ: Fixing Campy shifters and converting drivetrains

Lennard Zinn answers another round of questions from readers in this week's column. Read the full article at Tech FAQ: Fixing Campy shifters and converting drivetrains on VeloNews.com .

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Zwift’s Ride With Reason fundraising drive returns in November

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Help raise money for four good causes by completing Zwift challenges

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Zwift becomes official training partner to L’Etape du Tour

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Training on Zwift for next year's L’Etape du Tour now available with L’Etape du Tour Training Club

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Zwift becomes official training partner of L'Etape du Tour

Zwift becomes official training partner of L'Etape du Tour

Joe Robinson 29 Oct 2018 Virtual training app will provide tailored training plans and events for those attempting next year's ride For all of those looking to tackle next year's mountainous L'Etape du Tour sportive, a training plan will be essential. The route between Albertville and Val Thorens will mimic Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France, with 15,000 amateur riders taking on the 135km distance and 4,500m of vertical elevation that it entails – a difficult feat for even the most accomplished sportive rider. To help entrants along the right path when it comes to training for this annual mirror image of one the Tour de France's mountain stages, online training app Zwift has announced its partnership with the annual sportive, offering bespoke training programmes and events tailored to completing the route. The programme will be called the L'Etape du Tour Training Club and has been developed by ...

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Zwift unveils NYC, and it’s set 100 years in the future

Zwift unveils NYC, and it’s set 100 years in the future

This morning Zwift unveiled its fifth and most ambitious ‘world’ so far: New York City. Set 100 years from now, Manhattan’s famous skyline has been given a space-age makeover, and you can ride through it on futuristic glass tracks suspended high above street level. Zwift: your complete guide Goodbye gym, hello Zwift Zwift reveals adaptable, focussed training plans CEO Eric Min explained that Zwift set out to gamify the training experience, because “if you enjoy your training, you train harder.” He says: “The escapism of our New York world will transport Zwifters back to their video gaming days as they ride our futuristic take on New York, around Central Park and on the suspended glass roads above Manhattan.” Ten new routes to race and explore Largely based around Central Park, there are ten new routes available and a whole host of challenges to keep your interests piqued. The 6 Train ...

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