Scott Neyedli at IRONMAN Wales - Joe Beer advice

What tyre pressure should I use at IRONMAN Wales?

Joe Beer talks bike technology: tyres and rolling resistance

“Wider tyres, lower pressure…”

Recorded earlier this year at the Giant Store St. Paul’s (www.giant-stpauls.co.uk) as part of their Triathlon Evening Specials, Joe Beer (www.coachjoebeer.com) talks bike technology and recent developments, with a particular emphasis on tyres, tyre pressures and wheels.

With IRONMAN Wales coming up soon, how did Scott Neyedli use Joe’s advice to help him win the race in 2013? Watch the video for some great advice of preparing for the course in Tenby and much more!

endur8

endur8 launches the first nutrition app for endurance athletes

Unique fitness app simplifies nutrition-based performance for cycling, running and other endurance activities

endur8 has today launched a unique nutrition app that alerts endurance athletes exactly when to refuel during training and competition.

Using a science-backed, peer-reviewed formula for carbohydrate intake, endur8 calculates the optimum fuel consumption for an individual using their personal data and endur8’s proprietary algorithm. Tailored to their personal profile and the demands of their specific sport or course, whether cycling, running or other endurance activities, it then alerts the user when to fuel and by how much.

Aimed at endurance athletes of all standards, from beginner through to elite, the endur8 app not only gives users the tools to fuel correctly but it also stores and applies data for training and event use. It is available on iOS at launch and shortly afterwards on Android.

“Knowing exactly when to take on fuel is crucial to success as an endurance athlete,” commented Daniel Slight, co-founder at endur8. “We created endur8 to boost an athlete’s training and refine their race performance. Performance nutrition is incredibly complex and cannot be left to guesswork, so we designed endur8 to simplify and manage nutrition intake, enabling the athlete to focus solely on their personal performance, safe in the knowledge that endur8 will tell them when it’s time to take on fuel.”

Endur8

Before a training session or event, the user inputs their profile data, nutritional preferences and chosen discipline – from running, cycling or triathlon – and uploads or designs their training or competition route or course via endur8’s web-based interface. endur8 then uses Google’s mapping software to incorporate factors such as changes in gradient and calculates when they will need to refuel at the optimal times, based on the user’s predicted pace or time to complete their training or event.

Full functionality of the app will be available on iOS from launch and athletes will be able to receive alerts on their iPhone in the form of visual (on screen), audio (voice command) and vibration alerts. They will shortly be able to receive fuelling prompts via the Apple Watch or via their Fitbit or Garmin devices. The app also works alongside other existing training and monitoring apps, meaning it will send push notifications even when running in the background.

Users can log workouts, store performance information, and access event-focused and distance-oriented training programmes, enabling them to record and monitor changes in performance, times and nutritional variants. endur8 works for endurance athletes at all levels, whether they are an aspiring athlete looking for guidance on when to fuel, an intermediate athlete who needs to take the guesswork out of refuelling or an elite athlete needing to draw on the latest in performance nutrition research.

The app’s use of Google Maps, GPS location technology and endur8’s proprietary algorithm enables it to precisely identify the changing demands of training courses and race routes – such as elevations or user behaviours on different roads – and in so doing it adapts the nutritional intake alerts to match the individual and the course.

Specific features – including a dark background for the app and reduced API calls – extends battery life and is suitable for even the longest training session or event. Additional features – to be added shortly – will include access to professional coaches for tips and training insight, and the ability to follow other endur8 athletes who’ve reaped the rewards for their training programmes and race planning.

Whilst endur8 works alongside existing apps, it’s been specifically designed to be a very different tool. It serves to instantly inform and assist the user and, as local training routes are ‘drawn’, built into the system and shared by individuals, it will benefit whole communities of runners and cyclists.

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Technogym launch MYCYCLING™ Smart Trainer

Technogym MYCYCLING™ launch at Triathlon Show: London

One of the most talked about new products at the Triathlon Show: London 2017 was the new Technogym MYCYCLING™ Smart Trainer.

With a price tag of £1,700 and classy Italian looks to match there was plenty of interest in this new addition to a fast growing sector of the market. We chatted to product manager Paul about the new trainer.

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Here is the official word from Technogym on the launch…

MYCYCLING™: transform your performance

Technogym launches the new indoor training solution for cyclists

Technogym launches MYCYCLING™, the new home training solution that totally transforms your outdoor cycling performance.

MYCYCLING™ combines a hi-tech smart trainer, a native app with personalised programmes, and a network of professional coaches able to guide you and develop a tailor- made training programme for you.

MYCYCLING™ also includes a specific and totally innovative training system dedicated to cyclists – TNT – Technogym Neuromuscular Training™ – that will help you improve your performance every day.

The new TNT system is born of the collaboration between Technogym’s Medical and Scientific Research Centre and the best athletes, coaches, physiologists and sports trainers, and aims to enhance metabolic and neuromuscular characteristics to improve outdoor performance.

The unique combination of elements, developed by Technogym for training using the TNT™ system, is based on:

SMART TRAINER – THE PRODUCT

MYCYCLING™ is designed to offer maximum stability during training, especially when simulating outdoor sprints. The heart of the product is the electro-mechanical brake that controls with acute precision every second you are in the seat. MYCYCLING™ also features a torque sensor able to directly measure your power with a precision tolerance of +/-1%. Optical sensors analyse the thrust at all times, and allow you to visualise the smooth circular pedaling stroke as well as the symmetry between left and right foot. The fly-wheel has been designed to ensure a natural pedaling sensation providing you with the same sense of inertia you feel when pedaling outdoors.

MYCYCLING™ APP – THE DEDICATED APP

Tests, programmes, personalisation, routes and bio-feedback: all these are part of the MYCYCLING™ App. Place your smartphone on the handlebar support to take control of MYCYCLING™ via Bluetooth and start training. You can also connect the MYCYCLING™ App with your Garmin or Strava accounts to enjoy an overview of your indoor and outdoor training data and drive yourself towards increasingly higher performance levels.

Thanks to the MYCYCLING™ App you will be able to ride along some of the world’s most iconic cycling routes such as Passo dello Stelvio, Col de l’Alpe d’Huez and many others. Don’t just ride on your own: the App technology will allow you to engage in challenging competitions with other MYCYCLING™ users.

PERSONALISED TRAINING PROGRAMMES

With MYCYCLING™ you will discover a range of personalised training programmes which will greatly enhance your performance thanks to TNT – Technogym Neuromuscular Training™. TNT starts with a preliminary test to determine your anaerobic power and cadence thresholds via 2 tests carried out indoors: the Technogym Maximal Test and the FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test. The results will dictate your 18 week personalised training plan, which will be made up of 3 phases, each lasting 6 weeks: preparation, development and transition. You can start from the first phase and follow the entire programme or begin from a later phase, ideally integrating it with outdoor, long-distance, weekly sessions. The TNT™ programme consists of 40-70 minute training sessions, constantly changing the cadence and power levels for comprehensive neuromuscular activation.

A NETWORK OF EXPERT COACHES

Whatever your goals are, you can access the MYCYCLING™ App and select one of the programmes designed by professional coaches for specific training goals. Thanks to MYCYCLING™ Coaching you can also choose to train supported by some of the best cycling experts in the international cycling community certified by Technogym, whether you are an amateur, an athlete or a coach.

MYCYCLING™ is compatible with road bikes, mountain bikes, and track bikes.

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Vittoria and Graphene

Vittoria apply Graphene technology

It’s not just bike frames – Graphene in tyres and wheels too

Hopefully you’ll have learned something about the almost miracle qualities of the material Graphene, if you’ve watched our catch-up with Dassi Bikes (honestly, it is fascinating stuff!). Well, Graphene has properties that are useful in many products, not just bike frames.

Graphene is already in use for example (and available to buy now) in tyres and wheels, and while at Dassi HQ we had a quite chat to Jon Heasman from Vittoria (www.vittoria.com) about their ‘Graphene Plus’ range.

Find out more about Vittoria via www.vittoria.com and you can follow them on Twitter: @VITTORIATYRESUK.

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