Indoor cycling sucks...

… well that’s what I thought before ZWIFT came around. And especially before I got to know ZWIFT GROUP WORKOUTS. But not so fast. Let me give all you indoor newcomers and haters a little introduction.

What I love best about riding my bike is being outside, being free, enjoying time with my friends, not looking at my mobile every 5 seconds. I thought indoor cycling cannot give me all that. I will miss my friends, the fresh air and I gotta watch at another screen to train. And I thought I will never stand 1 hour on a fixed bike in my living room.

What you need to ride in ZWIFT

Photo: Chris Steinweg.

Photo: Chris Steinweg.

Then we got lucky and our team, the CANYON RAD PACK, got hooked up with smart trainers by Wahoo and free trials by Zwift. And that’s basically all you need. Any smart trainer that you can get and a Zwift subscription.

Don’t waste too much money on a Smart Trainer. We know that our Wahoo KickR is more than 1.000€ and that not anyone can afford it. But you can get very good deals on Ebay or Amazon for any used smart trainer. Or you just buy a cheaper one. It’s basically like an expensive bike. The more you pay, the more fun it makes…

Then of course your road bike and a laptop.

Photo: Chris Steinweg

Photo: Chris Steinweg

And a Zwift subscription. Zwift is an online training plattform for cyclists and runners. There are group rides, workouts or many virtual rides. You can create your own avatar (that pretty much looks like yourself), you can connect to all of your friends that are already in the game. And then you’re ready to go: You simply put your bike in your smart trainer, you log on into Zwift and you’re connected super easy through Bluetooth. You can sign up for free and test it HERE. After the test period you gotta pay a monthly fee worth a few beers in a bar. The only difference: it makes you not drunk but very fit in the winter time :-)

You never ride alone…

RAD PACK x ZWIFT GROUP WORKOUTS

RAD PACK x ZWIFT GROUP WORKOUTS

When we are riding ZWIFT, we are never alone. All of our friends and other teams that we know from races are on Zwift and every once in a while there are even professional riders next to you (try to stay on their rear wheel, it’s so much fun when they are riding intervalls…). So what we do is that we are starting a Skype Group Call so we can all chat with each other while we’re in the game. And this is what makes it special for me: that I am back on the road - even if it is a digital one - with my friends. I can talk to them or most of the time during VO2 Max intervals I just hear them breathing.

Then we discovered GROUP WORKOUTS…

You never ride alone

You never ride alone

… and this is the best thing ever. It doesn’t matter how fit or strong you are. How much you can push or how many watts you can hold for one hour. In Zwift Group Workouts everyone stays together. Everyone suffers with his/ her own possibilities. The group stays closed and there are no breakaways or racing elements. When you discover this you never wanna ride alone anymore. Promise. For me personally it’s sometimes even better than riding VO2 Max intervalls on the road because then you always loose your friends. Someone is always faster or slower. But in Group Workouts in Zwift we all stay together, ride our own pace and power but we stay connected.

RAD PACK x ZWIFT GROUP WORKOUTS…

So from December 5 2019, every wednesday 6.30pm we teamed up with ZWIFT to start our RAD PACK GROUP WORKOUTS again. Every wednesday we lead a big group of hopefully a few hundred riders through some serious VO2 MAX intervals. Everyone is invited. You can join for free. Just join the event in the Zwift Companion App or in the game itself. We are starting with an FTP Test (FTP means you can hold this power for 60 minutes theoretically and you need a precise FTP to train right!) and then we’re hosting 11 weekly workouts that will make you suffer. Promise.

Any questions?

Feel free to write me an Email so we can help you with your set up. Join our workouts HERE and hopefully we see us in Zwift. Everyone who finishes one workout can keep our RAD RACE cycling kit and there’s weekly competition prices from RAD RACE partners & supporters. We feel very honored that our kit is in Zwift and that it pretty much looks like the real thing. Stop Racism - Start Raceism.

The RAD RACE cycling kit in the real world…

The RAD RACE cycling kit in the real world…

The RAD RACE cycling kit in the digital world…

The RAD RACE cycling kit in the digital world…