Wattbike Training Tips

The Perfect Position

Whether you’re out on the road or training indoors, bike fit is an essential element of riding which every cyclist should carefully consider. A correctly fitting bike brings about many benefits including; A comfortable riding position, making hours training in the saddle slightly more bearable. Injury prevention, meaning you won’t lose precious training time due to a preventable injury. No wasted effort, meaning every session counts towards achieving your goals.
Find out how to get the perfect position.

Training with Power

Training with power offers many benefits including efficient training and precise measurement of performance, but did you know training with power can also help improve your speed? Find out how training with power can enhance your performance.

Heart Rate and Power Zones

Did you know that training in heart rate and power zones can make your training extra efficient as they ensure you're riding at the exact intensity that's right for you. Discover how using training zones could turn your goals into a reality.

Bike fitment

A bike which fits correctly can bring about numerous benefits including; Injury prevention, ensuring training time isn’t lost through preventable injuries. Comfortable riding, making long training sessions slightly more bearable and no wasted effort, ensuring every pedal revolution counts towards achieving your goals. Visit the Wattbike site for an in-depth insight into Bike Fit.

Power to weight ratio

Recent research by Wattbike reveals that Mont Ventoux is the most coveted climb among British cyclists. If you're looking to undertake an epic climb, improving your power to weight ratio could help.

Train for cobbled riding

If the recent fourth stage of the Tour de France has got you wondering how to train for cobbled riding, you're in the right place. Wattbike ambassador Ian Richards has shared his top tips for riding on those pesky cobbles:
"The best place to have your hands is on the top of the bars, most pros double wrap their bar tape here as it's the last protection between the harsh vibrations and your body".
Read more tips from Wattbike about training for cobbled riding.

Power to weight ratio 2

Your power-to-weight ratio is an important number to understand. It allows you to compare yourself to your fellow riders and is a great indicator of just how well you ride in the hills. Wattbike have put together a comprehensive guide and some tips on how to improve your power-to-weight ratio.

Include a cool down

Recovery starts before you even step off the bike when you include a cool down into your session. When you cool down, you gradually reduce your heart rate whilst keeping the blood pumping around your body, this helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, which aids recovery. Try one of our recommended cool downs to get your recovery off to the right start.

Don’t ignore the rest days

If you’re using a training plan to structure your training, it will include rest days and it’s important not to skip these. The allocated rest days help your body to repair itself after a tough session and ensure you’re fully prepared for the next one. When you have a rest day, you should be doing just that, resting! However, if you’re itching to include some sort of activity into your day, try something like stretching, yoga or walking the dogs.

Stay hydrated

Keeping hydrated during your session is essential, but it’s just as important to focus on hydration during recovery too. Once you complete your session you can aid recovery by drinking to thirst, if your session was particularly sweaty, you might want to add some electrolyte or salt tablets to aid hydration. Read our full guide to hydration for more hints and tips.

Get your nutrition right

To optimise your recovery, you should take advantage of the 30 minute ‘window of opportunity’ post-training. Try making something quick that’s easily absorbed, and a mix of carbohydrates and protein. Examples include 2 eggs on toast or a chicken sandwich. Read our full guide to nutrition for more hints and tips.

Don’t skimp on sleep

When you’re sleeping well, your body works on repairing your muscles which aids recovery. Most athletes need at least seven hours of sleep and some sleep experts suggest that the hours slept before midnight can be more effective than hours slept after midnight, so you might want to start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual.