Chris explained it as follows:
“At Coaches Corner this is managed with training equipment that allows the measurement of power produced by a cyclist in Watts. This data is then used as a basis to create a personalized training plan to match the individual’s capability and goals.
Training with power has been the gold standard for top cyclists for several years now because it is a much more accurate method of measuring performance (and improvement) than the more traditional methods of heart rate and perceived exertion. It is used globally by all the top riders and teams, as unlike other sports, cycling is a man + machine activity to which the machine can easily be fitted with an instrument to measure the power produced by the cyclist.
However, the cost of such devices remains high and is not generally affordable, but the launch of CCC Watt Worx makes the process of training with power readily available.”
The studio is equipped with CompuTrainer™ electronic bicycle ergometers that are acknowledged as the ultimate indoor trainer. The bicycle, one’s own or that provided, is clamped into position so that the back wheel drives a load generator that is controlled electronically by the appropriate training program software. As well as the dedicated CompuTrainer™ software, training programs are created using ErgVideo™ and Train for Real™ reality videos (www.ergvideo.com) which together, provide an unlimited capability to service each person’s very specific training needs and goals. The range is infinite from basic beginner’s keep-fit programmes to fine-tuning for the elite athlete out to win a championship.
The Train for Real™ videos are of actual places; rides include some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France and are displayed on a large screen together with the rider’s performance data being displayed on an auxiliary monitor.
The facility can be used by an individual or group of up to 8 people training at the same time – each one working at their own personal level! The group scenario is fun and is found to act as a stimulus for better achievement.
The training studio is aimed at attracting people to cycling from all walks of life and beginners are most welcome. The development of young riders is a particular passion for Chris.