This coming Monday at 2010GMT is the fourth in our eight-week series of Hammer Time rides on Zwift in association with CycleOps. Ride #4 is another group workout, with the emphasis on sweet spot riding (above 90% of your FTP) and active recovery. The series will culminate in a Fondo on Zwift 23 April, and if you ride one of the series rides and the Fondo then you'll be in the hat to win a CycleOps Hammer direct drive trainer worth £999. And we'll be live on facebook this week too!
Monday's ride is a group workout. That means everyone gets to to do the workout at their own level (based on the FTP they've set in Zwift) but the group stays together, even if you're putting out 150W and the rider next to you is doing double that. So you get the feel of a group ride and the benefits of a customised workout. Clever stuff. If you're still not sure about what that looks like, then we helpfully broadcast last week's session live on facebook, and we'll be doing the same this week too. Here it is:
Like we said above, if you're a UK rider and you ride one series event and our Fondo on 23 April then you'll be in the hat to win a fantastic Cycleops Hammer direct drive trainer worth £999. We've reviewed it on road.cc and we really rate it: great road feel, sturdy build, easy to connect to all your devices.
There's a spot prize every week awarded to one UK rider too, and this week you'll be in the hat to win a CycleOps training mat worth £55. Just for showing up!
For full terms and conditions head to road.cc/hammertime
If you've never tried a smart trainer then you can give one a go at one of CycleOps' demo centres. There are currently 11 in the UK, with more to be announced soon. Head to paligap.cc to find your nearest demo centre.
If you buy a CycleOps Hammer or Magnus smart trainer before the end of April 2018 then you can get 3 months free on Zwift or 6 months on Rouvy. That's £39 of training on Zwift, or $66 on Rouvy. Both offer a range of training options, with structured training plans and interactive features. Check out zwift.com and rouvy.com to see what they offer. See the full details of the offer at paligap.cc.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.