Zwift Launches Structured Training And Monthly Subscription Plan


Later this month on the 29th, Zwift, an indoor cycling fitness entertainer, will introduce a new structured training program for a monthly fee. Living in the Pacific Northwest and self employed, if I’m inside riding, then the weather is REALLY bad or I didn’t plan my work week right. But for those that appreciate a good hard workout in front of their TV or computer with other players, Zwift is popular and over 300,000 rides covering 4.5 million miles have been virtually ridden. The structured training

  • Will launch as a Beta product with a selection of workouts
  • Will start with some pre-programmed workouts and will move to supporting user generated/created workouts
  • Others will be able to see when you are doing a workout by color coded hologram screen out front so they’ll know when you’re giving it a hard effort
  • ERG mode is supported on most smart trainers, to help you do near perfect intervals

Even though I have the worst-possible trainer discipline and will ride in all conditions but golf-ball hail and fog, I did spend time on the trainer a few seasons ago getting ready for CX Worlds. At that time, using the applications were harder than the workouts because of the software. Zwift is successful because they figured out a marketing opportunity and how to easily onboard users and make it fun. Call it gamified or whatever, Zwift is more entertaining than the reality TV I’d watch with the 80s metal playlist blasting, sweating into a towel.

When it launches, the new service will cost $10 or £8 with no commitment, except for you to get on the trainer. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me on there too….

SRAM Tech Wins Kona

As I wrote about earlier this week, SRAM’s involvement at Kona 2015 is as extensive as the aero tech crossover to road. Their live data feed was impressive too, providing metics and telemetry like we saw at the Tour this Summer from Dimension. The race finished a hour ago with Jan Frodeno winning with eTap and a Canyons bike.

Sally Avoidance


There’s a story here, but for now I’ll just say, “Hodala!” and I’m totally avoiding Raleigh’s Sally, so I don’t have to give this Roker LTD back. Read more about riding the open road with tires and wheels like that in Issue 29 of our magazine dropping later this month. ‘Till then see this Vine too

Issue 28 is on the newsstands now and is about food.

World’s Biggest Jumps with Nico and Brendan

A Friday morning big-air edit from Scott Sports with Nico Vink and Brendan Fairclough.

Force 1 Arrives at Kona

Kona 1x

Two athletes running Force 1 this weekend at Kona

Ironman Kona is the World Championships for long-course triathletes and increasingly where manufacturers show off their tech as the road season winds down for the year. Today, in SRAM’s Kona PR, spotted an interesting bullet point:

SRAM Force 1 is a single chainring drivetrain that delivers the perfect gear range in a simpler, quieter and more secure design.

It’s interesting to note that Force 1 evolved from MTB and Cross to Tri bikes and not the other way around, as we’ve seen with wheels and aero road bikes. One chainring systems are really being pushed across the board for performance, even for cutting edge road bikes. As Mark V has chronicled, we’ve been running various 1x iterations with SRAM road levers and MTB derailleurs for years and are currently running aCX1 setup with hydro for cross. Off-road, 1x was done to avoid derailleurs getting torn off in muddy conditions; you don’t need that many gears for what amount to grass crits, and when cold hands turn to frozen blocks, shifting a front lever can become nearly impossible.

As much benefit as was derived from these early drivetrain hacks, they required finesse to get the right shift, were finicky, and sometime under geared on hilly course. Chains tended to fall off, too! CX1 from SRAM was welcomed; 1x11 brought us more gears and pie-plate cassettes to fix that undergearing problem. The new single-specific chainrings and clutched-derailleurs keep the chain on in even apocalyptic conditions, and as a system it just works. CX1 does what we wanted the hacks to do, but much better.

Photos: Andy Bokanev

Allez Sprint with Force 1. Photo: Andy Bokanev

We didn’t expect to see Force 1 spec’d on triathlete bikes or crit bikes, but it makes sense in these days of a bike for every niche. We’ve rarely had to shif a front derailleur in a crit and while not triathletes, we’ve ridden the roads of Kona and that’s as long and lonely a stretch of lava field highway as one could ever encounter. Simplification makes sense. One less thing to worry about while trying to ride, eat, and keep focus on the 112 mile bike race to the marathon start.

New Addict CX with CX1 and Hydro

It’s a different way of doing things, and it’s probably not something you’re going to wind up with on every bike in your garage, but when 1x is the right choice, it’s the perfect choice. No extraneous distractions or complications, just the gears you need. Make sure you spend time on it and get used to the feel, and that you’ve got all the gear ratio bandwidth you’re going to need if (or when!) you bonk, though. No more bail out gear safety margin. Cards on the table here; multi-sport racing isn’t our thing, but so much tech carries over now, we’re paying attention to the racing this weekend.

SRAM’s Kona involvement is extensive, and includes Zipp wheels, cockpits, new eTap electronic shifting, and power meters from Quarq.

Follow the action from Kona on Twitter and Insta. I’m watching for what ZippSpeed teased last week. What can they do after Firestrike?

For a recent take from me on getting in race shape with Quarq, see my Swakane Canyon story in Issue 25 on iTunes, the Web, or Medium; and Mark’s posts on 1x

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