1 of 28

The Truth About Cross: Part 2 – Key Workouts

02. November 2016 - 1 month and 1 day ago

Key Workouts: The whole goal with this article series is to set you up with all the tools that you need in order to make this season, as well as the seasons to come, as successful and enjoyable as possible. With that said, and as a follow up to yesterdays’ article, let’s dive right into the good stuff! VO2 Max Workouts: When we refer to VO2 Max workouts, we’re talking about workouts that train your body’s ability to get the maximum amount of oxygen in to the lungs. The power (effort) which is required to do this is quite high, so plan on a tough session. Here is one such workout that will increase your VO2max and performance at the next cross race: The CrossMax Workout: 4x5min Max Efforts with 5min Rest Between Intervals (RBI) Warm up: 15-20min easy spinning with 3x30s “Openers” and 90s RBI Main Set: You can do this on the road or a cross bike, but since we’re in the season, let’s use that cross bike. The key is the intensity. From a standing start, stomp hard on the pedals, spike the power up into Zone 6 or above for the first 10-15s (as you would in a Cross race) then aim for Zone 5 (or a 9/10 out of 10 perceived effort, since it’s a max effort) and 90-100rpms for the remaining portion of the interval. Spin easy at moderate cadence (80-90rpm) for 5min between intervals, then repeat a total of 4 times. Feeling frisky? I doubt it. If you are, do a 5th interval, but no more… remember, you’ve got a race coming next weekend! Cool Down: 5-10min easy spinning as you head home. For those of you visual learners, let’s look at what this workout looks like on the new SRMX analytical software. We’ll use a workout from Alex Grant of the Cannondale 360 Fly Factory MTB Team: 

0 comments views

The Truth About Cross

28. October 2016 - 1 month and 4 days ago

Intro: Let’s start with the obvious: Cyclocross is fun. For anyone who loves bikes, training, competition, all in gnarly weather conditions, this sport is for you. As a seasoned athlete, or a novice, Cross has much to offer. There are drawbacks, however. It is hard. It’s intimidating, and training for this goofy sport can be confusing. That’s the truth. Over the next few months, I’ll be walking you through a series of short articles that will help shake those drawbacks, allow you to train properly, and orient you in the proper direction so that the fun-factor is maximized. Whether you’re in the hunt for that gold medal or just want to cross the finish line for the first time, if you have prepared well, you’ll come closer to performing at your best while having a darn good time doing it.  

0 comments views

Building an SRM PowerMeter

08. October 2016 - 1 month and 25 days ago

Did you know that the SRM PowerMeter is hand-built in Germany (Julich), USA (Colorado Springs), Italy (Lucca) and New Zeland (Christchurch)? We will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the eight-day work process that goes into every PowerMeter. From prepping the chassis, to applying strain gauges, soldering reed switches, and calibrating a finished product, you will see the level of pride and perfection that is part of the SRM legacy. SRM's principles; accuracy, precision, and durability are founded on a level of quality found only in handmade material; check, re-check, test, re-test, ride, re-ride… We are engineers, we are pioneers, we are cyclists. Ride with us. Ride SRM. 

0 comments views

Amy D. Foundation Auction

05. October 2016 - 1 month and 28 days ago

The Amy D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Amy Alison Dombroski, whose love for cycling and life touched many people around the world. The Amy D. Foundation encourages and supports young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams. Amy Alison Dombroski passed tragically at age 26 while training abroad in Belgium. She was a versatile cyclist with U23 National Championship titles in road, mountain, and cyclocross.  Still early in her career, she was considered by many in the sport to be a rising talent and serious contender at world-class cycling events. In her short but full life, Amy touched the hearts of communities in the United States and Europe.  Amy had a passion for life that transcended the sport of cycling; she loved to share this passion with the friends and family that surrounded her.  She also had an uncanny ability to transform challenges she faced in her own life into intense positive focus.  The tattoo of a lighting bolt that Amy bore on her wrist served as a remembrance of her mother’s tragic death, and provided her a daily source of motivation. SRM is honored to support the Amy D. Foundation and has donated an SRM Training System to their annual auction, which will take place from the 15th to the 22nd of November. Please visit http://amydfoundation.org to learn more. 

0 comments views

Ironman 70.3 Timberman

28. August 2016 - 3 months and 5 days ago

SRM sponsored triathlete, Michael Weiss, raced Ironman 70.3 Timberman as a key training stimulus for October's Ironman Kona. A solid swim performance, the day’s fastest bike split with a new course record and a controlled half marathon ensured a stellar 2nd place overall with a finishing time of 03:49:22, only beaten by former 2x short distance Olympian Tyler Butterfield. Race day temperatures were ideal and directors ruled a non-wetsuit swim for pros. In the swim Michael immediately found a rhythm exiting the water after 26:20 in 11th position only 2’20” behind the top group. Once on the bike course, he immediately moved up through the field, eventually taking the lead with a course record bike split of 2:01:44. The Austrian pro arrived to T2 in first position going into the half marathon and was eventually only caught by race winner, Butterfield. Weiss finished second, saying “this was probably my best IM 70.3 performance to date!”  Now let's take a closer look at the SRM data. 

0 comments views