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Computrainer launches Real Course Videos

February 7, 2008

Earlier this week, CompuTrainer released their latest product, interactive real course videos. They filmed 16 Ironman races as well as the Tour of California and developed new software to precisely synchronise the film speed with your speed on the Computrainer.

The software’s features are similar to the current 3D software and include SpinScan, performance recording and detailed performance data.

Each course comes on a separate DVD. I really would’ve liked the course videos to be made available via download.

I’ve personally recently opted for the Erg Video solution, placing my order a few days before the Computrainer release. I’d keen to try both products and compare how they perform against each other. Being a huge fan of the Computrainer, I know I’m going buy at least of few of their new course videos. Perhaps only in a few months thou.

The Ironman Coeur d’Alene DVD is currently available to order online. They also have a list of the upcoming releases.



View the CompuTrainer and the Real Course Videos on the Today Show.


Computrainer 3D Update

August 6, 2007

RacerMate have released an update to their Computrainer 3D software. The update includes the following:

  • Added a new Drag Factor routine to allow you to adjust for the speed/watts relationship seen when riding in an more aero position. This update requires a new Handlebar Controller program (version 45.43 or higher) and this can be purchased after this version passes BETA.
  • Added a post-race performance report. At the end of the race, a “save report” request will appear and a HTML report with the same name save structure as performance files will be saved in the CompuTrainer 3D V3 folder.
  • An improved Autodetection. If you had troubles with this, this version should fix it.
  • Replaced the Build A Course and Let’s Ride buttons.
  • Fixed the Time-Delay Pacer to operate the way it’s supposed to.
  • Added First Person rider view.

00000165_df_window_riders.gifLink to the download
Link to ActiveWorx which is the South African Computrainer dealer

Tour de France: Rasmussen Sacked

July 26, 2007

After watching an amazing mountain stage win last night by Rasmussen, I read today that he has been sacked by his Rabobank team after they learnt that he lied to them about his whereabouts in June. Contador now assumes the race lead for four days remaining.

I suppose there is not much else to say. This will be my last Tour de France related post.

Link to BBC article

Tour de France: 11th Stage dope cheat arrested

July 25, 2007

Earlier today it was announced that a competitor in this years Tour de France was found positive for testosterone from tests conducted after the 11th stage. When I first heard this I felt a little sick to my stomach. South African Robbie Hunter, one of my cycling idols won the 11th stage and by so doing was automatically tested. is reporting that the dope cheat is in fact Italian Christian Moreni and that he was arrested after today’s 16th stage. The article goes on to say that his team’s hotel room was also raided by police. Moreni is a member of the Cofidis cycling team.

Link to the article

Tour de France: Final Nail?

July 24, 2007

The BBC is reporting that Vinokourov has failed a tour doping test. The tour favorite tested positive for blood doping after Saturday’s stage which he won.

Astana, Vinokourov’s team, have withdrawn all riders from the race.

“According to the ethical code of the Astana Cycling Team Alexandre Vinokourov has been suspended from the team with immediate effect. The rider has asked nevertheless for a B-sample analysis.

“Informed by the Astana management, the organisers of the Tour de France invited the team to withdraw, which was immediately accepted.”

Link to BBC Article

Live Tour de France Tracker

July 14, 2007

logo.gifUbilabs has created the perfect Tour de France companion, a live ticker which plots the exact position and additional data (heart rate, cadence, speed, power) of the racing cyclists on an interactive map. Even if you lucky enough to find yourself in front of a TV during the stages, this is a must. It gives visitors a glimpse of what it is really like out there.


Live Tour de France Feeds

July 6, 2007

Training Peaks, the developers of Cycling Peaks WKO+ has just announced that they will be broadcasting live feeds from this years Tour de France featuring selected riders. You will be able to track their GPS position on a map, see speed, power, heart rate and distance all live.

You will also be able to  download the riders data files after each stage and use Cycling Peaks WKO+ to compare a stage to your own training.

Normally I would be really excited about the race, but I afraid with all the recent doping news I’m not sure which riders I trust enough to support. I would still love to be in London for the start of the race thou.

Link to the 2006 Tour de France Data

Tour de France, got a spare R66k?

May 29, 2007

VIP Sports Tours and Championchip have a special currently running which offers up to 22% discount on the three packages below. (Click the package headers for full details)

Package 1
16-22 July.
Accommodation, all meals, test riding SCOTT bikes, luxury private coach travel & VIP Accreditation included.
Price: 2750 euros*

Package 2:
14-21 July.
Accommodation, breakfasts & dinner, luxury coach travel & participation in the Etape du Tour (an actual stage of the Tour de France)
Price: 3050 euros*

Package 3:
23-30 July.
Accommodation, all meals (including a dinner-show at le Lido/Crazy Horse on Day 7),
test riding SCOTT bikes, luxury coach travel, grandstand seats for the final stage on the Champs-Elysees & VIP Accreditation included.
Price: 3250 euros*

*all prices exclude flights

So lets do a quick calculation: I’ll use the middle package for an idea of total cost.

  1. Package 2 (3050 euros) =
    +- R29 200.00
  2. Flights from Durban to France and Back (SAA Economy) =
    +- R26 500.00
  3. I’d estimate at least R10 000.00 for spending money.

That’s a massive R65 700.00 for a week at the Tour de France. With the current state of cycling, I really think you have to be crazy or have way too much money to consider spending this.

I guess I’ll be watching the highlights on Super Sport.

Former Tour de France winner Riis admits doping

May 26, 2007

Another huge blow for my favorite sport! 

From CyclingNews:

riis.jpg1996 Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis, who is now the owner and manager of Team CSC, admitted doping in a Friday press conference at CSC headquarters in Lyngby, just outside Copenhagen. The Dane, who was then riding for Team Telekom, said he took EPO in 1996, the year that he ended Miguel Indurain’s five-year Tour de France winning streak.

“The time has come to put the cards on the table,” said Riis. “I have done things which I now regret and which I wouldn’t do again. I have doped. I have taken EPO. For awhile it was part if my life.”

When a journalist questioned Riis about what else he took besides EPO, he responded that he also took hormones and cortisone.

Besides winning the Tour de France, Riis also won the 1997 Amstel Gold Race, several stages in the Giro d’Italia and multiple Danish national championships.

Read the full article here

Landis Hearing: He Said – He Said

May 21, 2007

The current state of professional cycling is a disgrace. As a keen cyclist, I love to watch the major events of the year. The Tour de France has been a sporting highlight for me over the past 3 years. This year, I really don’t know if I’ll invest the time in watching the tour.

As if from a movie script, former TDF winner, Greg LeMond, testified last week that Floyd Landis admitted to doping during a heart-to-heart conversation in 2006. LeMond then later received a threatening message from an unknown source who was found to be Landis’s manager. Landis has subsequently fired his manager.

The latest news is that Floyd Landis has now testified to his innocence under oath. He vigorously denied the charge that he ever took testosterone or any banned substances during his cycling career. He also rejected the claim of Greg LeMond that he admitted to doping.

“Well they should believe me because people are defined by their principles and how they make their decisions. To me, bicycle racing was rewarding for the pure fact that I was proud of myself when I put the work into it, and I could see results and get something out of it.”

“Whatever those results were, as long as I knew that I did the work, that I earned what I got, that was satisfying for me – obviously trying to win – some win more than others – but nevertheless, it’s a matter of who I am. And it wouldn’t serve any purpose for me to cheat and win the Tour because I wouldn’t be proud of it and that’s just not what the goal was in the end.”

I cant wait for the ending!