SUUNTO 9 GPS Watch

REVIEW: SUUNTO 9

The SUUNTO 9 GPS watch is the latest from the tech company and is designed for Multisport and action sports. Track daily metrics like steps and sleep aswell as in-depth training analysis. A solid, reliable training aid.

Zwift Innsbruck-Tirol

Zwift Releases 2018 UCI Road World Champs Innsbruck-Tirol Course

New Zwift course released today

Having announced in June this year (HERE) that is was coming, Zwift after today released the UCI World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol course to their online training platform for cyclists.

Online riders will now have two different options to have the Innsbruck experience, after competitor software Bkool added the 2018 World Championship course to their platform at the end of June.

Here is the full announcement from Zwift of today’s course addition.


Zwift Releases 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol Course

New course offers the opportunity for cyclists globally to get closer to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships

Zwift, the global online training platform for cyclists, has today released its latest course, Innsbruck. The course is based on the route that will be used for the 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol.

The 24km circuit is based on the ‘Olympic Lap’, that will be tackled seven times during the Men’s Elite Road Race and three times during Women’s Elite Road Race. The focal point of the course is the 7.9km (5 mile) climb at an average gradient of 5.9%.

Zwift Innsbruck-Tirol Course

“We’ve been really excited about this new course since Zwift unveiled plans earlier this year,” comments Bradley McGee, Cycling Australia Technical Director (Road). “Typically the first time our riders would get to see the course would be when they arrive to race. Having the ability to train on the course in Zwift is going be a huge benefit this year not only from a tactical perspective, but it will serve as a huge confidence booster for the riders too.”

Iconic landmarks from the Tirol region are featured throughout the course. These include the Kufstein Castle, Ötztal Area 47 adventure park, the Old Town of Rattenberg and the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Giant and the Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck.

Zwift Innsbruck-Tirol Course

“Zwift provides us with a terrific opportunity to bring the Innsbruck-Tirol region to a global audience. The 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol will live on far beyond September.” Esther Wilhelm, Head of Communications of the Organising Committee in Innsbruck comments. “The region is a fantastic place for cyclists to visit and we hope that Zwift will help us give people their first taste and experience of what we have to offer in the region.”

With just over 50 days remaining before the official start of 2018 UCI Road World Championships taking place, the timing of the Zwift Course release means that professional riders have the chance to properly familiarise themselves with the course profile ahead of the race taking place.

“Ensuring we could unveil the course in advance of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships taking place was extremely important.” says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “We have well over 200 professional riders on Zwift. These riders are always searching for new ways to achieve success, whether that be through different training techniques, better equipment or indeed, through intimate knowledge of a race course.”

Zwift Innsbruck-Tirol Course

The new 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol Course will continue to live on Zwift long after the championships have concluded in September this year.

Zwift also has plans for a pop up event space in Innsbruck for the duration of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. A full Zwift experience will be available with Zwift demo stations to try alongside daily challenges and Zwift races. The Zwift space will also be a central meeting point for daily ride outs into the local areas.

With fine coffee, food, drink and music also available daily, the space will be a place for riders and fans alike to relax, socialise, and of course, watch the action unfold.

Zwift Innsbruck-Tirol Course

Zwift Group Workouts

Zwift Group Workouts is launched

Zwift Brings Cycling To The Masses With Group Workouts

New group workout functionality brings people together, making structured training more fun and more social

Zwift Group Workouts

Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, has launched Zwift Group Workouts, its newest training feature, following a successful Beta trial. Much like races and group ride events, Zwifters can now register for Group Workouts online and using the Zwift Mobile Link smart phone app.

In Group Workout mode, all riders train to the same effort level (a percentage based on their individual Functional Threshold Power – FTP). So regardless of power output, the group is kept together on the virtual roads of Watopia, London, and Richmond. A push to make structured training more social, motivating and mass market is behind Zwift’s move.

Zwift Group Workouts

“Group Workouts really opens up Zwift to the masses. Now all ages and ability levels can train together for the first time, whether you’re a World Tour Pro or a recreational cyclist” says Erin Min, Zwift CEO and co-founder. “This is about delivering quality and convenient social training experiences to people at home. We’re taking the motivation of the spinning experience and fusing it with structured training content created by world class coaches.”

Zwift has already rolled out a large amount of pre-structured workouts, designed by professional coaches and will be adding extra content every month, including Workout Programs which enable Zwifters to take part in online training camps from home. While these programs can propel a cyclist’s performance through improved power output, sprinting and climbing performance, Group Workouts also makes Zwift a more compelling fitness choice for those just looking to stay healthy and fit, whether they consider themselves a cyclist or not.

Zwift Group Workouts

“Structured interval training is the best way to improve fitness as a rider, and is key to success as a competitive athlete or someone just looking to get fit” says current Endurance Performance Director for USA Cycling, Greg Henderson. “Zwift is a serious training tool that makes training fun and motivating. As far as I’m concerned, it’s fantastic way to complete difficult structured sessions in a quality controlled environment. Being able to complete these sessions with a group makes it that much easier to knock out crucial intervals.”

Group Workouts are open to all Zwift riders. Zwifters can find Group Workouts in the Events Section of the website, or in the Mobile Link app, with 15+ events scheduled throughout the day.

Zwift Group Workouts will also be streaming on the Zwift Community Live channel in November with a series led by current Endurance Performance Director for USA Cycling, Greg Henderson, as well as a week full of workouts with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka from their end of season training camp in South Africa.

Zwift Group Workouts

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Zwift

Zwift’s Watopia Island gets bigger with Mayan Expansion

If you are one of the increasing number of cyclists conducting your training indoors on the market-leading Zwift (www.zwift.com) platform, your ‘Watopia Island’ has just grown with The Mayan Expansion – provided you have already reached level 10 status!

Here are the details – with a short preview video above…

The Mayan Expansion is the first unlockable part of Watopia Island. Zwifters are encouraged to ‘Ride On’ to reach level 10, before they can freely access the Mayan Jungle. Those below level 10 will still be able to access the new routes if selecting the ‘ride with friend’ option or through events making use of the new routes.

Some key facts on the Mayan Expansion:

  • Mayan Expansion is part of the Watopia Island course
  • It’s several miles of fast, rolling terrain through a fantastical world of ancient Mexico with lush graphics and terrain both above and below ground:
    • Big Loop, a 26.6mile course that climbs the Mountain, winds through the Jungle, and finishes with a trip around the Volcano
    • Road to Ruins, a 18.7mile course taking a Watopia Flat Route variant, heading to the Jungle, and ending with a loop around the Volcano
    • Jungle Circuit, a 12.3mile course for those that want to get right to the action and continuously ride or run the new Jungle course
  • This expansion is the first time an in-game area has to be “unlocked” to enter it.
  • Mayan Expansion is only open to Zwifters at Level 10 or higher
  • Zwifters who have reached level 10 in any sport will be able to select Jungle routes at the Drop In screen
  • The Level 10 Jungle Gate is marked Red when locked, and Green when available
  • Zwifters who become level 10 mid-session will immediately be allowed access

There are alternate means to ride this area of the game, which actually make your time in Zwift even more social

  • Zwifters without Level 10 status can opt to “Ride With A Friend” who is Level 10 or higher to explore the Expansion
  • Official Zwift events taking place in the Expansion can have riders of any level participating, so access is possible under these circumstances.
  • This new map comes just in time as the clocks go back
Notio Konect

Argon 18 launches cutting edge Notio Konect

Argon 18 reveals Notio Konect – the next iteration of their Smart Bike

12 months ago we featured the Argon 18 Smart Bike from Eurobike in Germany (HERE). While clearly in ‘concept’ mode at the time, it was clearly one of the highlights of the show which got lots of cycling geeks talking.

12 months later, the ‘concept’ has been pushed on to the next level – so much so that Argon 18 have created a subsidiary company, Notio Technologies Inc, who will be bringing to market over the coming months the production version of that Smart Bike technology in the form of Notio Konect.

What’s it all about? Well, here are the details and the progression over the past 12 months.


Notio Technologies Inc to bring innovative smart bike device to market

Argon 18, the international high-performance bicycle company, has announced the launch of Notio Konect evolving their 2016 Smart Bike Prototype, which debuted at last year’s Eurobike Show. Notio Konect, the first cutting edge innovation of the newly launched company Notio Technologies Inc, was presented at the Argon 18 booth at Eurobike.

Following last season’s successful prototype launch of the Smart Bike technology, the bike manufacturer evolved the vision to develop Notio Technologies Inc., a subsidiary dedicated to R&D, innovation, performance and excellence within the bicycle technology industry sector.

“In today’s industry, there is so many metrics and methods to foster a relationship between the rider and the bike. But the disconnect was the way to gather analysis and then use all this data in a way that a rider could benefit from all the various numbers and readings. Notio Konect was developed to build a strong relationship between the rider and bike, to go faster, to be efficient and improve your global riding performance,” said Gervais Rioux, president and founder, Argon 18. “We have created products to gather the numbers, bring them together so one can understand them and gain a complete riding analysis.”

Notio Konect

Notio Konect is a usable device for all bicycle brands that combines measurements from eight families of data to revolutionize the rider analytics relationship to performance and comfort. A unique functionality of the Notio Konect is real time accurate data in a useable and understandable format in addition to post-race analysis capabilities. Notio Konect technology was developed using detailed testing with professional and high-performance athletes, including the Astana Pro Team during this year’s Tour de France along with various coaching companies and recreational teams. This cross platform testing has helped the company create a diverse demographic understanding of the data requirements of various levels of athletes in multiple endurance sports.

Notio Technologies Inc. plans to market various advanced, high-end products, targeting professional teams and high-level endurance athletes as well as bring to market products that create and build the relationship between rider and bicycle on a recreational and fitness level. Product line includes models developed for coaches, teams and fit studios.

“Notio offers a 360 degree view of the data and a 360 degree view of the process, from setting goals to planning to executing and monitoring along with sharing and collaborating. Notio takes these views of data and cohesively brings together the metrics into a useable and relatable format for all levels of athletes, ranging from the world’s top professionals to fanatics and enthusiasts,” said Marc Graveline, CEO of Notio Technologies Inc.

Notio Konect

ABOUT NOTIO TECHNOLOGIES, INC

Notio Technologies Inc is a cycling technology accessory company based in Montreal Canada. Created to foster a better relationship between rider and the bikcycle, Notio develops unique technologies to gather, analysis and interpret data for all levels of cyclists. Notio Technologies is a subsidiary of Argon 18. Connecting excellence and performance with the enjoyment of the riding, Notio Technologies brings together the critical and innovative data to riders in a format that can be utilized for racing, training and fitness.

Experience Notion Konect: www.notiokonect.com

ABOUT ARGON 18

Established in Montreal, Canada, since 1989, Argon 18 has built itself a strong reputation in the cycling world. Guided by Olympian and 3-time Canadian Champion Gervais Rioux, one of the most successful North-American racers of his generation, the manufacturing of all Argon 18 bikes is the result of a brilliant expertise. The sophisticated and inventive design of Argon 18 bikes is based on handling, aerodynamics, and human performance at its core, fully in line with the morphology of each cyclist. All Argon 18 bikes integrate cutting-edge technologies, and are designed and developed in Canada. Argon 18 bikes are now available around the world in more than 75 countries.

Wattbike Atom

The new Wattbike launch: Atom – The #Unrivalled Indoor Trainer

Wattbike announces the new Atom

After a couple of weeks of social media teasing, Wattbike have today revelaed the Atom, their new product – and if it delivers as well as it looks, it will be another impressive piece of kit.

Perhaps surprisingly – given the current Wattbike Pro/Trainer costs £2,250 – the new Atom costs ‘just’ £1,499 [UPDATE – £1,599 as at November 2019]. That, in my eyes, makes it a very interesting product release. Here are the first details. We’ll have more on this very soon…


Wattbike unveils the new Atom – the smartest indoor bike on the planet​

Marking a new era in indoor training, the new Wattbike Atom is Wattbike’s first fully connected, smart bike. More accurate and more realistic than any other smart bike available, the Atom replicates the resistance and sensation of riding on the road, to give the most authentic ride feel in the world, allowing cyclists to fine-tune their training and goals and gain invaluable insight into their performance.

Two years in development, the Atom is a light and compact, premium, smart bike born out of a desire to create the most accurate, precise and interactive indoor cycle trainer available to cyclists. Wattbike engineers, working with bicycle manufacturer Giant and British industrial designers Curventa, created nine prototypes and conducted over 500 hours of testing to produce and fine-tune the Atom.

Wattbike Atom

“The Atom represents a radical step forward for Wattbike. Our first true home trainer, aimed specifically at cyclists, it serves the needs of the connected rider yet retains at its core our commitment to creating the most technically and scientifically advanced products in the world for improving performance.” Richard Baker, Managing Director, Wattbike

With a power range of 0-2,000 watts and +/-2% accuracy across the full power range, the Atom is more accurate than any other smart trainer. Designed to be used with any tablet, or smartphone device, the Atom features interactive shifters offering 22 gears. Resistance and power output can be controlled manually to simulate on-the-move gear changes and gradients of between 0-25%. Target power can be pre-programmed to auto adjust using the Wattbike Hub app, or by syncing with virtual riding platforms, such as Zwift, or TrainerRoad. Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled, the Atom wirelessly interacts with third party apps and devices, such as Strava, TrainingPeaks and Garmin.

Wattbike Atom

A key feature of the Atom is the patented tools available via the Wattbike Hub. Climb mode offers six pre-loaded climbs, including Mont Ventoux and Le Tourmalet. Using Strava GPS and simulations from VeloViewer, the Atom’s resistance changes automatically to map precisely to the gradient on your virtual ride. Polar View is an analysis tool designed to improve your pedalling efficiency and power output, and the new Pedalling Effectiveness Score helps you assess the impact of changes in pedalling technique in real-time.

Wattbike Atom

The Atom is fully adjustable to closely replicate real bike positioning. A tablet holder, positioned in front of the handlebars, accommodates devices up to and including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and two bottle cage holders are fixed inside the Atom’s zinc shield primed steel frame. The Atom is powered by mains electricity, or from October 2017 by a Wattbike battery pack with a battery life of 36 hours.

A radical step forward set to transform the indoor cycle experience, the Atom costs £1,499 inc. VAT and expands the Wattbike range. The Atom sits alongside the existing Pro and Trainer indoor cycle trainers.

Wattbike Atom

Triathlete Lucy Gossage is a Wattbike ambassador, and of the new Atom she said:

“Everything I like about the original Wattbike still features in the Atom. Replicating data. Just jumping on and riding. No excuses if it’s bad outside. Everything that is good, but now with the added bonus of getting into my exact race time trial position.”

“I’ve always loved the Wattbike because it is quick and convenient to jump on and train with accurate data. You know exactly what you are putting out. But, with my winter training I have sometimes felt I’m missing out a bit with the fun stuff. So, using a Wattbike Atom, in my aero position, playing around with friends on Zwift, that is a complete game changer.”

“With the Atom’s shifters located on the hood you can change gear on the go which replicates exactly what you do on the road. It’s like combining my time trial bike with a Wattbike. You get the same data in your position without having to mess about with your race bike all the time.”

Garmin Vector 3

Garmin Vector 3 pedals – and the pods have gone!

Garmin announce major change to their Vector pedal-based power meter

Technology giant Garmin have today announced a major change to their Vector pedal-based power meter, with the introduction of the Vector 3 (and Vector 3S single-side power version).

It is easy to spot the biggest change – the absence of the ‘pods’ that formed part of both the original and Vector 2 editions. The biggest consistent complaint of the Vector pedals was their installation difficulty; the ‘ease to change between bikes because it is a pedal’ point often seeing frustration from users due to the need to ensure the correct torque and pod placement. It was that feature which, arguably, contributed to the huge popularity of the PowerTap P1 pedals, and other options on the market. (That’s why I bought…).

This significant new change from Garmin – and a price point of £849.99 – could well see some significant changes in the power meter market, with the giant brand now bringing to market, on first glance at least, a product which resolves many of the frustrations from its previous incarnations.

One thing that is certain… if you are in the market for a power meter, and are handy with a torque wrench and technically competent, you can expect a significant flood of second hand Vector 2 models to be hitting the second hand market at bargain basement prices as users look to upgrade.

Here are the first details.


Garmin® announces the Vector 3/3S – a completely redesigned pedal-based power meter

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Vector™ 3/3S, a completely redesigned pedal-based power meter. Unlike previous versions of Garmin Vector power meters, the Vector 3/3S does not have a pod and installs like any other pedal, making it easy to transfer from one bike to another without professional assistance. Once installed, the dual-sensing Vector 3 measures total power, left-right balance, cadence and advanced cycling dynamics while the single-sensing Vector 3S reports cadence and total power.

Garmin Vector 3/3S

The Vector 3/3S features a sleek new design providing cyclists with greater cornering clearance and improved stack height for smarter ergonomics, while LED lights on the pedals display important setup and maintenance information. The Vector 3/3S is a direct-measurement power meter – the sensors are housed in the pedals – so it delivers reliable, accurate data on every training session.

“As cyclists aim to beat their personal best on their next race or Gran Fondo, the affordable and innovative Vector 3/3S will help them ride farther, stronger and more often,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “By redesigning the pedal and eliminating the pod, cyclists have the ability to quickly transfer from bike to bike and still receive advanced performance data that takes their training to the next level.”

With the Vector 3 dual-sensing pedal-based power meter, cyclists have the ability to see right and left leg power independently. Measuring cadence, total power, left-right balance and advanced cycling dynamics, the Vector 3 shows cyclists how and where they are producing power and helps them tailor their training around their specific strengths and weaknesses to improve their form. The Vector 3 tracks Seating/Standing Position to determine when and how long cyclists are in each so they can gauge position effectiveness, while Power Phases show how riders are currently producing power with every pedal stroke, and Platform Center Offset helps determine where power is applied on the pedal, ensuring proper cleat position.

The affordable, single-sensing Vector 3S uses the forces detected on the left pedal to measure cadence and approximate total power, and can easily be upgraded later to the dual-sensing system.

The Vector 3/3S fully integrates with the Garmin cycling ecosystem, including the Varia™ Rearview Radar, Varia UT800 Smart Headlight and the new Edge® 1030.

ANT+ ® technology not only lets cyclists receive structured indoor training by pairing their Vector 3/3S with power-based training systems like TrainerRoad, Zwift and more, but they will also gain access to compatible 3rd party training platforms including Strava and TrainingPeaks™. Meanwhile, Bluetooth® technology allows post-ride analysis, data sharing, mapping, route planning and more to be integrated into training through Garmin Connect™ – an online community where people can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and share their triumphs via social media.

The Vector 3/3S features up to 120 hours of battery life. The Vector 3 has a suggested retail price of £849.99 and £499.99 for the Vector 3S. The optional Vector 3S upgrade pedal has a suggested retail price of £399.99.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.