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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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Here in the UK the snow may now have thawed and bread and milk is once again on our shelves, but there are still stock issues at our local KFC. In more relevant news, we were delighted to learn that B’Twin is continuing to create very good B’Twin bikes at very reasonable prices , although it also became apparent that we won’t be calling them B’Twin for much longer . We also got a leg over Canyon’s feisty new electrified Spectral and learned just what it takes to win a Zwift national championship . But that’s not why you’re here. Here’s the shiny stuff… Pirelli PZero Velo 4S tyre Pirelli made an impressive return to cycling tyres last year with its three model PZero Velo range.We quickly fell for the regular PZero Velo tyre , which went on to score a full 4.5/5 stars thanks to its supple casing and ...

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Tanja Erath: 'No second thoughts' about joining Canyon-SRAM after winning Zwift Academy

Tanja Erath: 'No second thoughts' about joining Canyon-SRAM after winning Zwift Academy

Jack Elton-Walters 8 Mar 2018 Former triathlete surprised herself by winning the Zwift Academy, but there was never any doubt that she'd take her place on Canyon-SRAM Back in December, Tanja Erath became the second winner of the Zwift Academy, earning a one-year professional contract with Canyon-SRAM . She followed in the footsteps of inaugural winner Leah Thorvilson , who will now be her roommate after a move to the team's base in Girona. 'It’s nice to have somebody leading you into the cycling scene and into the pro team. I will appreciate that in the coming season,' Erath says of Thorvilson. Erath and her fellow Zwift Academy hopefuls were able to benefit from Thorvilson's advice long before her place in the team was assured. 'We had a messaging group between Leah and the finalists, and she was just telling us to calm down, to not be nervous, and what ...

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Tanja Erath: 'No second thoughts' when joining Canyon-SRAM after winning Zwift Academy

Tanja Erath: 'No second thoughts' when joining Canyon-SRAM after winning Zwift Academy

Jack Elton-Walters 8 Mar 2018 Former triathlete surprised herself by winning the Zwift Academy, but there was never any doubt that she'd take her place on Canyon-SRAM Back in December, Tanja Erath became the second winner of the Zwift Academy, earning a one-year professional contract with Canyon-SRAM . She followed in the footsteps of inaugural winner Leah Thorvilson , who will now be her roommate after a move to the team's base in Girona. 'It’s nice to have somebody leading you into the cycling scene and into the pro team. I will appreciate that in the coming season,' Erath says of Thorvilson. Erath and her fellow Zwift Academy hopefuls were able to benefit from Thorvilson's advice long before her place in the team was assured. 'We had a messaging group between Leah and the finalists, and she was just telling us to calm down, to not be nervous, and what ...

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What it takes to win a Zwift national championship

What it takes to win a Zwift national championship

Racing on the Zwift virtual platform continues to grow, with national championships in 14 countries being held for the first time on February 24th. BikeRadar caught up with Adam Zimmerman on what it took for him to best the US men's field of 300+ riders. Best smart trainers of 2018 The national championship was held on a three-lap course that featured a 6min climb. Zimmerman raced the Zwift event like an outdoor race - with a team, a strategy, in-race communication and a lead-out - but while on a Wahoo Kickr . "This race was very fast from the start with over 300 riders," Zimmerman said. "Each time up the six-minute climb it was very difficult. Then it was steady hard until hitting the climb once again. Overall this race wasn't very high in average watts per kilo. It was much more tactical." In order to be given an official ...

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Deal Clincher: The perfect cheap tablet stand for playing Zwift - 78% off

The stand can be set at different angles, making it ideal for loads of different turbo setups.

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road.cc live blog - Zwift announces national championship winners, Jesse Norman says reports about new dangerous cycling laws "misleading", and much more...

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CyclingTips Podcast: The gun debate seeps into cycling and the future supremacy of indoor riding

The conversation and debate over gun control following the Parkland shooting in Florida has seeped into the cycling world. Some consumers have called for a boycott of bike brands owned by the massive firearms and ammunition company Vista Outdoor, which is a major benefactor of the National Rifle Association. But would such a boycott be … The post CyclingTips Podcast: The gun debate seeps into cycling and the future supremacy of indoor riding appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Elite Direto indoor trainer review: The sweet spot

Elite Direto

I recently evaluated the top high-end, Zwift-compatible indoor trainers on the market in a four-way comparison test, where, unfortunately for Elite, its flagship Drivo model finished dead last thanks to an awkward and aging frame design that was neither easy to live with nor adequately stable. Elite’s new Direto may not be able to compete … The post Elite Direto indoor trainer review: The sweet spot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Zwift: How to access your ride data from anywhere

Zwift: How to access your ride data from anywhere

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. The simplest way to access your ride data is by connecting your account to one of Zwift’s partners: Strava, TrainingPeaks, Today’s Plan, Mapmyrun, Mapmyride, Withings, fitbit, Garmin or TechnoGym. Alternatively, you can download the .fit file from Zwift and upload it to whatever platform or app you want. Zwift: your complete guide How to read a Zwift ride report Connecting Zwift to fitness apps Connecting your Zwift account to fitness apps is easy, but must be done before you start riding. Zwift only uploads rides at the end of your session and won’t upload previous rides. Log in to your account, select Edit Profile in the top right corner of your screen, then click on the Connections link on the left for a list of supported apps. Choose a platform and then follow the prompts to log in and connect your ...

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Getting the most out of ERG mode on Zwift

Getting the most out of ERG mode on Zwift

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. ERG mode, a function found on a lot of smart trainers, controls the amount of physical effort you put into a workout by deciding how much resistance to apply to your pedalling based on your current level of fitness. Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review Zwift: your complete guide While you may already be aware of ERG mode – also known as resistance control mode – as an important training tool, WorldTour coach Kevin Poulton says there’s much more to learn. According to Poulton — who has helped athletes at the highest level to win Paris-Roubaix, WorldTour Classics and Grand Tour stages, as well as compete at the Olympics — one of the secrets to getting the most out of ERG mode training is changing your pedalling speeds, even while ERG mode is controlling your power output. “We used to say ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

It's been a busy week for bike news this week. We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show , taken a look at the new thru-axle version of the Genesis' Croix de Fer and spotted a very lovely looking track bike from Ridley, the Arena . Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift's Facebook page this week , where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT). But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it's time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at ...

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Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review

Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review

By raising and lowering your bike's front end in tandem with the undulations of virtual courses, the Wahoo Kickr Climb adds a new level of engagement to indoor riding. It only works with newer (2017) Kickr and Kickr Snap smart trainers, but the Climb brings something unique to riding the virtual courses of Zwift . The best smart trainers 2018 Wahoo Elemnt Bolt review Wahoo Kickr smart trainer review Like other smart trainers, Wahoo's Kickr and Kickr Snap respond to virtual gradient changes by adjusting resistance. By pairing the Kickr Climb to one of those Wahoo smart trainers, the experience becomes three dimensional. Similarly, ride files on a Wahoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt can be executed inside with the elevation changes simulated by the Climb. Besides making the virtual climbs and undulations more mentally engaging, the Climb's tilting of the bike can engage your climbing muscles as well. Wahoo Kickr ...

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Steele von Hoff Q&A: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more

On Tuesday afternoon Cycling Australia announced that Steele von Hoff would represent his country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. By that evening, von Hoff’s Comm Games debut was in jeopardy, thanks to a crash at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway. The 30-year-old was involved in a pile-up in the early stages of a … The post Steele von Hoff Q&A;: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Zwift: How to unlock the Concept Z1 bike

Zwift: How to unlock the Concept Z1 bike

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. Unlocking Zwift’s concept bike is a challenge that takes a bit of planning and a lot of climbing, but the end result is worth it. Your hard work and cycling will be rewarded with a sleek, futuristic machine that looks like something from a sci-fi film — the bike every Zwifter has their eye on. Getting the most out of structured training on Zwift Zwift: your complete guide Choose the right challenge Once you launch Zwift and your avatar is ready to ride, click on the ‘Menu’ button in the bottom left corner, and then select the ‘Challenges’ window in the centre-right section of the menu. If an illustration that looks like Mount Everest appears, you may have already chosen the challenge you need to complete to unlock the concept bike. Otherwise, click on ‘Select another challenge’ and choose ‘Climb Mount ...

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