But there’s still a place for base – it’s a great addition to indoor training, improving your bike handling skills (especially in the wet) and a chance to ride new roads at a relaxed pace. But really, it’s just a good excuse to ride with mates and eat plenty of cake, so here are a few tips from the team to plan the perfect base miles…
a) Ride with mates. Sounds obvious, but arranging to meet mates forces you out – you don’t want to be that guy that texts to cancel while everyone else is waiting in the cold to set off.
b) More coffee, more cake. Base rides should have at least two coffee stops. You can use the ELEMNT Route Me Anywhere feature to find and route you to the cafe stop of your choice. Then procrastinate going back into the rain as long as possible by trying more of their cakes.
Again, a fairly obvious one, but your ride will be a lot more enjoyable if you have the right kit. A good rain jacket, thick gloves, waterproof overshoes, and mudguards are a must. It took me a good few winters before I invested properly but it’s worth it, no ride is enjoyable if you’re cold and wet.
Winter is a great excuse to explore new roads. If you live in a city, you’ve probably got your exit and entry routes dialed. Use them as a template for your ride, then add a new point of interest – a cafe, castle, village or pub – as your half way point. You’ve then got your beginning, middle, and end. Keep dragging the points in between to quieter, more interesting lanes, then throw in a couple of climbs as well. The ELEMNT keeps you heading in the right direction and on bicycle friendly roads enabling you to explore to your hearts delight.
I read somewhere that for a base ride, your heart rate should stay in Zone 2, 65%-75% of your maximum heart rate. That’s great for an easy ride but a bit boring. I like to add in a couple of efforts, normally hill climbs, to keep things interesting.
Strava Live Segments on the ELEMNT is perfect for this, especially if you’re riding solo. Just star the segment you want to attack in Strava then it’ll appear on your ride, either versus your PR or the KOM. It’s best to do this on roads you know but probably not a good idea to go all-out if it’s wet or slippy.
Admittedly, though, there are still those mornings when the rain is hammering down outside, and the bed wins.
Winning a seventh Green Jersey is goal number one for one of the strongest teams on the World Tour. We caught up with riders Daniel Oss and Max Schachmann on the Tour, riding, and life. Daniel is a Tour legend and has proven himself as a loyal teammate while Max is starting his first Tour and will be looking to gain experience while riding in support of three-time World Champion Peter Sagan. Here is what they had to say.
Cyclists love new gear. If you haven’t heard, we’re rolling out a groundbreaking addition to the cycling market: the KICKR CLIMB. We’ve replaced your front wheel with a carbon steel attachment that simulates real world elevation. As you pedal on your smart trainer, you’ll tilt in real-time to the same grading changes that your route dictates. It changes the way we interact with Zwift and our bike trainers. It lifts your training with real burn and feel as you’ll have to stand up and adjust to the new angles. Your pain cave just got taken to new heights.
For those riding on thru axle systems, we’ve made an another welcome upgrade to the KICKR: 12×142 and 12×148 thru axle systems compatibility! Your favorite bike can plug right into your indoor bike trainer without the need of an adapter. The newest edition of the KICKR is making it easier to get right into the fun.
It’s time to get your hands on the KICKR. If you’re a new adopter to smart bike trainers, or looking to upgrade, you’ve picked the perfect time to check out the new KICKR.
And don’t worry: it’s okay to obsess over your metrics. We obsess with the numbers too. This is a safe place.
New Thru Axle compatibility means all of your bikes can be used on the KICKR. We heard your needs and engineered a more capable ride. Set up your indoor training space with the bike you want and save time. Busy schedule? No excuses not to ride with the new KICKR.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, chart your own course — the KICKR CLIMB can handle it. Fly through a -10% descent or rise to an insane +20% gradient; the choice is yours with a tap of the remote. Your bravery is only the limit.
Did you follow your friend on Live Track while they attempted Super Flag, and now you want to try? The KICKR was crafted to help you better prepare for the ascent. With the introduction of the CLIMB to the Wahoo Fitness ecosystem, you can train for your next cycling trip by downloading your favorite Strava segments and experience the hills in real, elevated immersion.
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But with so many options, understanding what trainers do and which one is right for you can get overwhelming. In response, here’s our beginner’s guide to answer all of your indoor bike trainer questions when searching for your next indoor trainer.
Something to Consider: Generally flywheel-type trainers aren’t as portable as other types of trainers, but the features they provide to riders tend to outweigh the cons.
Wahoo’s KICKR and KICKR SNAP fit in this category. With both of our smart trainers, you’ll have total connectivity though new apps, software, and attachments. We’ve built our smart trainers to last and fit the specific needs of the rider. Everyone trains differently, so it’s important to have options.
For those using TrainerRoad or Planned Workouts, the KICKR pairs directly with your ELEMNT. Your KICKR’s resistance will adjust according to your downloaded route in real-time. TrainerRoad and Planned Workouts are ideal for training and following a workout plan. This kind of integration is seamless and provides tons of value.
In the end, the choice is yours. So many factors play into choosing a bike trainer, and it’s your decision to decide what works best for you and your training style. We take the aforementioned questions into careful consideration when designing our trainers. Our goals are to make a product that fits all the needs of the modern cyclist. The KICKR, for example, is what we believe to be the most advanced, flexible, and complete bike trainer on the market. And with the innovative modulations we’re always building to accompany it (like the KICKR CLIMB), we’re always upgrading your bike trainer to the latest in bike tech.
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WITH THE FEATURES OF THE ELEMNT, YOU CAN CONVINCE YOUR SPOUSE IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR BIKE COMPUTER.
Sandefur Porter is a wife of a Wahooligan, a mom and an avid runner. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, training for races with her dog, Aspen and adventuring outdoors.
When I decided to start my winter training journey, my goals were pretty simple. Having grown increasingly tired of the colder months meaning the same thing year after year, all of the miles I had put in during the warmer seasons becoming a distant memory and leaving me on the other side of winter, fatter and slower, it was time for a new approach. As someone who has never really “trained” before, I did not have much in the way of specific fitness goals, other than to break those bad winter riding habits.
With a couple of weeks behind me and one stronger than normal ride on the road, I quickly realized how powerful this tool could be. Not only would I be combating the dreaded winter chub, but I might also actually see myself hitting spring with more fitness than I have ever had! I needed a new goal. The first thing that came to my mind is something that takes place on one of Boulder’s most iconic climbs…Super Flagstaff.
I have climbed it dozens of times in the five years that I have lived in the area, but this particular goal had been well out of my grasp. I could always talk myself out of it by saying things like, “well, I do not really train” or “I do not really ride to be fast.” However, the truth is, I have looked at the number more times than I care to admit. That number is 30:00 or more accurately, 29:59. Under thirty minutes is somewhat of a benchmark for the locals. An unspoken initiation into the, faster than average club. I know it sounds silly, trying to hit a number that is more than 6 minutes off the Strava KOM, but you have to remember, I am just an ordinary Joe and the names that go much faster than 30 minutes are usually paid to ride their bikes. More on the 29:59 goal later, but for now, I am up to my sweaty eyes in base training, and I cannot wait to see where I will land when Spring comes!
Why Wahoo KICKR? This one is simple to answer. If you have ever spent any time with a traditional indoor trainer, you know it is about as close to having a door to your own private, boring, sweat-drenched hell, as it gets. Sure, the sweat is still a very real part of your indoor cycling life, but EVERYTHING else about the KICKR is better. No more worn out tires. No more absurdly loud whirring sounds. No more unrealistic feel. The super simple connectivity with apps like TrainerRoad and Zwift took all of the guess work out of how to structure my training and allows me to focus on getting the work done.
Cyclists don’t just ride for the fun of it. They do it for the sweat, the burn and even the pain because ultimately these things lead to great results. In the past, indoor training has sucked for those cyclists that are used to training outdoors. Understanding that struggle, we decided to do something about it. Enter: KICKR 16, Wahoo’s new smart trainer, created for cycling masochists who crave a good ass kicking (because they know it will help them become a machine).
Team Sky has been using the KICKR for the past three years. At the 2016 Tour de France, Chris Froome used the new KICKR in his warm-up before winning the stage 18 mountain time-trial. If the best in the world approves, you should too.
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