Power Meter Calibration – Getting the Best From Your Equipment

Met up with Simon, one of my riders, this weekend to work through calibration of his different power meters. Simon has three power meters all on different bikes, 2 No. Stages (Ultegra & 105) and a Quarq (SRAM Red). The session was not to look at the absolute powers from Simon, but instead to determine offsets between the power meters for when training/racing on the different power meters. Its accepted that for most situations the difference would not be noteworthy, but the results were useful to correct for, when doing very controlled training sessions and racing.

My Wahoo KickR was used as the control device, as it can hold you at constant power adjusting in real time for variations in cadence and pedal torque. The testing was performed in as controlled conditions as possible, including that all devices were temperature stabilised and calibrated, same recording head units, and the same range of power and cadences were used for each of the power meter tests.

It was expected that the two Stages would read similar to each other with the Quarq at a different offset to them both. All of the power meters were expected to differ from the control KickR. The outcomes however were surprising….The Quarq, Stages 105 and KickR were all with +/- 2 watts. However the Stages Ultegra read about 8 watts lower.

Without going into detailed review of the products themselves (plenty online!), the surprise and the key point to take from the testing was that the power meters from the same manufacturer (Stages), using identical calibration protocols, produced different measurable results. The other power meters all from different manufacturers experienced minimal offset. As stated above the offsets are not significant for general power zone training, but were worth correcting for to get the best out of the (expensive) equipment and to optimise training and racing.

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Escape the Winter with Overload Week Abroad

February and March is a great time to get away from the winter weather and head for warmer climates to give your training a boost. A number of VC riders are currently following their training plans abroad including locations of Tenerife, Majorca and California. If you’re thinking of heading abroad and want specific coaching support, learning when to rest as well as how to train, get in touch and make the best possible use your time away.

KOM Sportive Steps Up

Great news that organisation of our local King of the Mountains Sportive has this year has been taken over from Deeside Thistle CC to be run by local event organising company, Fire Trail Events. Bringing a professional edge to the event, three routes are available including 25 miles, 100 Km and 100 miles so there is a distance for everyone. If you are considering entering and want specific coaching support, get in touch for a tailored plan with inside knowledge of the course demands. Be at your best and conquer the toughest!

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Welcome, Velocita Coaching provides multi-disciplined one to one cycle coaching, based in Aberdeenshire. Regardless of your ability, the aim of my coaching is to maximise your training, ensuring each session brings you a step nearer to achieving your goals. A full range of monthly coaching packages are available together with additional support services. Packages are set to suit your requirement, with coaching individually tailored to each rider.

Level 3 – MTB Coaching Qualification

Another feather in the cap for VC after successfully passing my British Cycling MTB Level 3 practical assessment last weekend and moved another step closer to achieving my full qualification.

Thanks to both my XC and DH riders for handing me their lives for the past 3 months as part of the qualification. Looking forward to submitting the final paperwork now and turning the 120+ hours of coaching into a ‘pass’ certification.

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Training Equipment – Maintenance for Consistent Training

Coaching is more than just building engines or skill in riders. Of equal importance but often over looked is teaching robust psychological and preparation techniques. A good example is with winter coming and increases in training volume, often in dark and cold weather. Having your kit in top working order is vital to ensure consistant and safe training sessions. Now is the time to check your equipment, I did my winter checks this week and reinstated a wheel I knew to be on its last legs after several seasons including racing the cobles of Belguim and long coaching/training miles. I’m fully CYTECH approved for supporting my coaching services but if you’re not confident make sure you get your equipment serviced by a competent mechanic. Its vital assurance for your head when miles from home in the dark.

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Training Peak University – Back to School

Spent this weekend at the home of British Cycling in Manchester at the Veldrome, with the Training Peaks team led by Joe Friel.

Having flown in from the USA for a rare UK delivery with detailed product training followed by a 1 to 1 interview exam. I’m delighted to announce all modules were passed and that Velocita Coaching is officially certified!

All VC riders are provided their own Training Peaks account, for receiving their training and posting their session data & feedback. Access is easy and efficient through both a mobile app and desktop PC so you can keep up to speed at home, work or on the move.

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Dirt and Dust

Cracking morning sessioning the DH course at Scolty with 1 to 1 rider session delivering technical coaching for their racing at the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA) series.

Getting big air and ripping up the dust using the long travel hardtails to really focus the technique.

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Level 3 MTB – Day 1

Level 3 Mountain Bike coaching course this weekend in Manchester. Great two days talking sport science and developing the MTB specific ‘coaches eye’ on the nearby woodland trails.

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Tooling Up Workshop – Repair it Yourself

This weekend was the delivery of a keenly awaited Roadside Repair & Home Maintenance workshop for 30 local Aberdeenshire riders.

Hands on experience in changing tubes, splitting/re-joining chains, measuring wear, changing brake pads and indexing gears, as just some of the areas covered.

If you’d benefit from a group or individual session, get in touch now.

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London 100 – Group Coaching

Perfect weather for today’s group coaching session with the lads from Amec. They are preparing to ride the London 100 charity event which requires close quarter group riding, cornering and braking.

The track at Alford provided the perfect venue free from traffic, pot holes and other road hazards. Good luck to the team!