FROM A DIY JOB TO A SCIENTIFIC ONE
The cold is pungent and going out on a bike is out of the question. You hear that many are already riding, the most aggressive have moved to the heat to emulate the professionals of the pedal. For you, cycling is a great passion, but you would never want to be a 2-wheeled fundamentalist. You like to ride when work and family allow it. But you understand that the sport of cycling has changed a lot. We’re talking about watts and high-intensity work. New instruments are used, such as the power meter, and it is necessary to interpret the data so extrapolated. It is not only necessary to measure, but also to understand, interpret and plan the work done. It’s a different workout than you’re used to. A type of training based on scientific criteria to be set even without a coach to follow you every mile with the car. This transition, from a DIY job to a scientific one, costs a certain initial effort, especially mental. It can happen to amateur cyclists who have not kept up with the times, or to young people who change competitive categories. It means getting out of one’s routine and into an area that is feared in some ways, because it is unknown to many. That’s why Sport Plus Health can guide you easily thanks to its app. Let our virtual coach, or a real coach, guide you. For example, start with the FTP evaluation test, plan work and rest periods. Remember, however, there are not only watts and miles. An individual also suffers external tension and stress, which affect the proper functioning of the body. That is why we are also developing a project related to HRV. Follow us carefully and download Sport Plus Health.
SPH AND COLPACK BALLAN
The Colpack Ballan team, Continental and Under 23 players, makes use of the support of SPH. The Bergamo team counts on some of the best young people on the international scene such as Antonio Tiberi, time trial world champion, Andrea Piccolo, European junior champion, Alessio Martinelli, vice world junior champion on the road.The 2020 sporting directors will be Gianluca Valoti, Ivan Quaranta, Flavio Miozzo and Giuseppe Dileo. ROASTER: UNDER 23 Davide Boscaro Yuri Brioni Francesco Della Lunga Francesco Giodano Nicolas Gomez (COL) Leandro Masotto Sergio Meris Michael Minali Davide Persico Nicola Plebani Thomas Trainini Gidas Umbri TEAM CONTINENTAL: Davide Baldaccini Caiati Aldo Alessio Martinelli Giulio Masotto Andrea Piccolo Luca Rastelli Alessio Riccardi Tommaso Rigatti Antonio Tiberi Karel Vacek (REP CECA) Samuele Zoccarato
RESEARCH: BECOME AN HRV TESTER
Hello, we kindly ask you 45″ of your time. The SPH staff works with the goal of a more and more complete product for you athletes. Our energies are directed to the completion of the analysis platform, releasing complex data in simple form. For this reason, we’re creating an index that can help you in assessing the state of your fitness. To refine this index, we need your cooperation! In fact, we are looking for athletes willing to try a preview of a new feature of the app, related to the calculation of your daily HRV and analysis of workouts. A very useful parameter to discover physical tiredness in the athlete’s body. The HRV can also be measured in simple ways, for example by using the phone’s camera (or with specific heart bands) and indicates the difference in contraction times between one beat and the next. Become our tester! Help us in this search and you will receive a one-year subscription to SPH. If you’re interested please contact us, send an email to email@example.com
IMPROVE YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION WITH FSA POWERBOX & SPH
Bicycling components company Full Speed Ahead are proud to announce their partnership with Sport Plus Health for the upcoming months. Sport Plus Health are the developers of an integrated platform for professional training analysis that uses data from sensors to record sessions and show a wide range of information in real time. Over the next months all those who purchase the FSA PowerBox powermeter crankset will have an opportunity for a 6-month free subscription to the Sport Plus Health App and will also be able to access all the services provided by the application. This is certainly an offer not to be missed when purchasing an FSA PowerBox crankset. Thanks to the App, based on validated physical test, the riders can track their data from their FSA PowerBox “live”, saving them to plan future trainings and monitor the performance trend over time. Through the App, you can acquire valuable data tracked by the FSA Powerbox. Its most important upgrades include: • Right / Left Balance: the L/R balance shows you the percentage each leg is contributing to your total power output. (power left = pressure on the left pedal + pull up on the right pedal; power right = pressure on the right pedal + pull up on the left pedal). • Pedal Smoothness upgrade: Pedal smoothness is an advanced metric for riders who want to optimize their pedalling. It shows you how evenly power is applied throughout the whole 360- degree pedal rotation. FSA PowerBox power meters collect the data for both legs combined. Please note that transmission of this data to your bike computer is only possible via ANT+. • Torque upgrade: Torque is an interesting value especially for sprinters and track riders who want to measure their peak power output. This value shows you the power independent from your cadence. Please note you must check if your bike computer can show the torque value before upgrading your FSA PowerBox.
THE STORY OF THE BELGIAN PROMISE FIGHTING FOR A PLACE AMONG THE BIG ONES
World champion: tall, blond with blue eyes, degree in architecture, part-time worker and student in the evening to become also a trainer. Maxim Pirard, a 22-year-old Belgian, is certainly not one who likes to stand with his hands in his hands and strives to fulfill his dream of professional cycling. Elegant on a bike and with gentle manners once you get off the saddle. His power data also impressed the Belgian CT Rik Verbrugghe: 427 watts on 20′, 505 watts on 5′ and 812 watts in 1 minute. But let’s go with order. The Pirard smart guy is not exactly an unknown in the world of 2 wheels, he has in fact played a dozen races among professionals in the jersey of Bahrain Merida (he participated in the Tour of Germany pulling for hundreds of kilometers). A young boy of 183 cm and weighing 70 kg in 2019, he also distinguished himself in the Gran Fondo, in Poland, where he won the world title in specialties. He also has an important curriculum in the youth categories. “It’s true,” he tells us during a ride in the heart of Flanders organized by Sportful, “my great passion is cycling and I have always achieved good results. For various reasons I have not yet fulfilled the dream of professionalism.” He explains that he was close to us several times, but he always had to leave the place to others. For example, the formation of Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa had to hire 3 Asian riders and the Belgian talent remained in the wind. Pirard is not a springing guy. He hasgathered around him a pool of sponsors, who accompany him into the present, and shows clear ideas about his future. He reveals this interesting combination of the activity of Under 23 and granfondista. “I like hard runs. Cycling is hard. Personally, I have given myself one more year to pass, since from 2020 I will be Elite, and I will do my best to highlight myself”. Before saying goodbye, Pirard tells us about another episode he hasn’t digested yet. “In the Paris Roubaix won by Ganna I was in the run of the top 10, but a break of the saddle put me out of the game. It still burns me.”
RETIREES, ONLY 29 YEARS, TAYLOR PHINNEY, UNVOICED TALENT
Quit at 29, after a nine-year career at the highest level. Although, it must be said, it has been a long time since we have seen that beautiful promise that dazzled us Italians, and not only, with a sparkling pink jersey of the 2012 Giro. The American Taylor Phinney passed Prof with Radioshack, it seems an eternity passed, and then immediately came to light at BMC where he played for 5 years before wearing the Cannondale shirts and then Education First. He has competed everywhere from the Olympics to the Tour de France to the cobblestones of Roubaix. He won numerous junior titles on the track and took part in the individual test at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the 2012 London Olympics four years later. Last season he finished eighth in Paris-Roubaix, his favorite race. His career was penalized by an injury in 2014 that during a time trial saw him crashing into a guard rail with a fracture of the tibia and fibula and causing a knee injury. At that time, he began to meditate on a life outside of professional racing… focusing on art and music, “Let’s say it was my body that sent me clear signals” – explains the American who added: “This decision was something that I struggled with for a long time, and for a long time I mean a couple of years, and in the end, I feel like the my body had made this choice for me. I’ve been hurt longer than I was hurt as a professional athlete. And I felt it was a good time to click and change my trusts and get out of the casino.” Obviously Phinney thanked the whole cycling environment and the teams he played for.
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