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Sufferfest release ‘The Rookie’ training video with real Giant-Shimano on-bike footage

Train with the pros in the latest training video release from the Sufferfest

The Sufferfest - popular indoor training videos using real life racing footage - have released their latest video ‘The Rookie’ which uses Team Giant-Shimano on-bike cam footage from the Tour of California and Tour of Switzerland, putting you right in the action.

Giant-Shimano have been trialling on-bike video cameras in certain races this year authorised by the UCI, and so far has provided a very unique glimpse into the hectic world of a professional peloton, including some crashes and the drama of a sprint leadout.

This is the first Sufferest training video to make use of this on-bike video footage. It’s a 55 minute video, costs $12.99 and take you through the team’s training camp and then provides specific tasks during three 10 minute race simulation intervals, including providing a team sprint leadout. The workout has been devised by elite coach Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching in Boulder, US.

“Through our partnership with Team Giant-Shimano, one of the best teams in the world, we’ve crafted a story-line that feels more like a cinema film than a training video,” says Sufferfest CEO David McQuillen.  “The viewer is cast in the role of a promising Sufferlandrian who, having won the Tour of Sufferlandria in spectacular fashion, is given a chance to try-out with the team.  They’re then thrown into the heart of the peloton as it races its way through various stages of this year’s Tour of California and Tour de Suisse. The on-bike camera footage is simply incredible.”

Here’s a short sample of the new video:

With the weather turning increasingly unpleasant and many cyclists leaning more towards the turbo trainer to target specific training goals or simple a way of keeping the miles up during the winter, the Sufferfest videos are a good way to provide the necessary motivation in an exciting and goal orientated package.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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fennesz | 9 years ago

I've just done The Rookie. It's ace. You should do it too.

andyp | 9 years ago

like 'good AIDS', innit?

steviewevie | 9 years ago

"good crashes"?  7

adrianoconnor | 9 years ago

The on-bike footage is really great, but looking at that sample video I don't think I'd want to train with their crazy sound effects and music -- I would much rather just have a good few hours worth of plain old bike-cam video to stick on, with maybe some target stats/power/effort numbers to try and match.

Not that they should listen to me, I'm definitely not in their target audience -- I don't have an indoor trainer and I'm more than happy going out in any weather. Bring it on, winter  1

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