• Garmin Vector 3 and 3S

    Garmin Vector 3 Pedal-based power meter

    The Vector 3/3S features a sleek new design providing cyclists with greater cornering clearance and improved stack height for smarter ergonomics, while LED lights on the pedals display important setup and maintenance information. The Vector 3/3S is a direct-measurement power meter – the sensors are housed in the pedals – so it delivers reliable, accurate data1 on every training session.

    “As cyclists aim to beat their personal best on their next race or Gran Fondo, the affordable and innovative Vector 3/3S will help them ride farther, stronger and more often,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “By redesigning the pedal and eliminating the pod, cyclists have the ability to quickly transfer from bike to bike and still receive advanced performance data that takes their training to the next level."

    With the Vector 3 dual-sensing pedal-based power meter, cyclists have the ability to see right and left leg power independently. Measuring cadence, total power, left-right balance and advanced cycling dynamics, the Vector 3 shows cyclists how and where they are producing power and helps them tailor their training around their specific strengths and weaknesses to improve their form. The Vector 3 tracks Seating/Standing Position to determine when and how long cyclists are in each so they can gauge position effectiveness, while Power Phases show how riders are currently producing power with every pedal stroke, and Platform Center Offset helps determine where power is applied on the pedal, ensuring proper cleat position.

    The affordable, single-sensing Vector 3S uses the forces detected on the left pedal to measure cadence and approximate total power, and can easily be upgraded later to the dual-sensing system. The Vector 3/3S fully integrates with the Garmin cycling ecosystem, including the VariaTM Rearview Radar, Varia UT800 Smart Headlight and the new Edge® 1030.ANT+ ®technology not only lets cyclists receive structured indoor training by pairing their Vector 3/3S with power-based training systems like TrainerRoad, Zwift and more, but they will also gain access to compatible 3rd party training platforms including Strava and TrainingPeaksTM. Meanwhile, Bluetooth® technology allows post-ride analysis, data sharing, mapping, route planning and more to be integrated into training through Garmin ConnectTM – an online community where people can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and share their triumphs via social media.

    The Vector 3/3S features up to 120 hours of battery life. The Vector 3 has a suggested retail price of £849.99 and £499.99 for the Vector 3S. The optional Vector 3S upgrade pedal has a suggested retail price of £399.99. The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers,multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals. For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Edge 1030

    Garmin Edge 1030 Bike Computer Sundried

    Using billions of miles of ride data from Garmin ConnectTM, new TrendlineTM popularity routing provides cyclists with the best on and off-road routes possible, allowing them to ride with greater confidence. Whether hitting the trails or streets, cyclists will benefit from the Edge 1030’s preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps that feature turn-by-turn directions for all terrains, and alerts to sharp curves ahead. Ideal for riding no matter the weather conditions, the Edge 1030 features a 3.5-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch panel display that is quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust the screen’s brightness making important key training metrics and advanced performance monitoring tools easier than ever to view day or night.

    “Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin – the Edge 1030,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “This innovative GPS cycling computer iscompatible with our suite of cycling products, including the new VectorTM 3 and 3S power meter, as well as our VariaTM cycling awareness products like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia UT800 Smart Headlight. This means cyclists can now ride faster,farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”

    Enhancements in navigation and course planning on the Edge 1030 were made with the cyclist in mind. New Trendline popularity routing uses billions of miles of ride data from Garmin Connect to provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists. Using the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect allows cyclists to generate even more bike-friendly routes based on popularity data. Preloaded on the Edge 1030, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and new alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead.

    While riding, cyclists will receive elevation information, see points of interest and be able to search for addresses – allright on their screen. By inputting a distance and starting direction, the Edge 1030 will give riders up to three round-trip routes to choose from and will guide cyclists back to the route if they stray away. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter sensor capabilities also provide accurate ride data so cyclists know how far, fast and high they ride. While out for a ride, the Edge 1030’s smart connectivity features mean cyclists won’t have to reach for their phone.

    New rider-to-rider messaging lets cyclists send prewritten messages directly from their Edge 1030 to other riders using the Edge 1030. Cyclists can also view and respond to missed calls or texts with prewritten replies. Built-in incident detection will automatically send a cyclist’s location to emergency contacts if they run into trouble, while GroupTrack and LiveTrack5 let friends, family and other cyclists keep track of a rider’s location in real time. The Edge 1030 comes with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, featuring more competition and better segments.

    Cyclists who upgrade to Strava Premium will gain access to everything from real-time races against their personal best, to the most popular nearby segments. Cyclists can star their favourite Strava segments, and while riding, will receive an upcoming segment alert as they approach a start. Riders will then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of their performance against their most relevant competitor and will race against their actual speeds – not just their average. The new Segment Explore feature lets riders view popular and marquee segments around them directly on their Edge.

    Preloaded with the new Strava Routes Connect IQ app, starred routes can now be wirelessly synced to the Edge 1030 so cyclists can navigate and compete on their favourite Strava segments at the same time. Installed on the Edge 1030, the new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app puts daily workouts right on the Edge device. It guides cyclists through a workout in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations.

    After a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks will provide cyclists with a detailed analysis of their ride, as well as the ability to measure progress toward their goals.Linking the Best Bike Split Race Sync app with an Edge 1030 means cyclists will have all their current race plans available at their fingertips. Best Bike Split allows riders to see how changes in weight, power and drag affect their goal race time, while helping to create the perfect power plan for race day. The Edge 1030 works with the new flush mount, keeping the device in line with the handlebars – not above them – giving it a lower profile.

    Featuring up to 20 hours of battery life, the Edge 1030 is compatible with the new Garmin ChargeTM integrated battery pack accessory for in-ride charging and power, giving riders an additional 40 hours to finish even on the longest of rides. The Edge 1030 has a suggested retail price of £499.99. A bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of £549.99. The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers,multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

    Read our review of the Garmin Edge 1030 here.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Announces The Edge 1030 Bike Computer And The Vector 3/3s Power-Meter

    Garmin Announces New Cycling Accessories Bike Riding

    Today, Garmin has announced the release of not one but two exciting new cycling accessories. The first is an enhanced version of their classic Edge bike computer, and the second is a completely revamped pedal-based power-meter.

    Garmin Edge 1030 Bike Computer

    The Garmin Edge is already a very popular bike computer, relied upon by pros and novices alike. The latest technological advance is Trendline popularity routing, which works by analysing Garmin data and proving cyclists with the best possible routes both on and off road. Garmin Cycle Maps are preloaded onto the device and provide step-by-step directions and even alerting of sharp turns ahead, leaving nothing to chance.

    The bike computer is touch-screen sensitive and works even in the rain or when wearing gloves. Smart light sensors automatically adjust the screen brightness so that you can transition from day to night seamlessly and not miss any of your vital training metrics.

    For those who are squeezing a ride into a busy schedule, the Edge 1030 allows you to message other users with pre-written messages. It also allows you to respond to missed calls and texts with similarly pre-written messages. Now nothing can come between you and the open road.

    Installed on the Edge 1030, the new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app puts daily workouts right on the Edge device. It guides cyclists through a workout in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations. After a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks will provide cyclists with a detailed analysis of their ride, as well as the ability to measure progress toward their goals.

    The Edge 1030 has a suggested retail price of £499.99. A bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of £549.99.

    Garmin Edge 1030 Bike Computer Cycling Riding Strava Data Statistics

    Garmin Vector 3/3s Pedal-Based Power Meter

    The Vector 3/3S features a sleek new design providing cyclists with greater cornering clearance and improved stack height for smarter ergonomics, while LED lights on the pedals display important setup and maintenance information. The Vector 3/3S is a direct-measurement power meter – the sensors are housed in the pedals – so it delivers reliable, accurate data on every training session.

    The Vector 3/3S features up to 120 hours of battery life. The Vector 3 has a suggested retail price of £849.99 and £499.99 for the Vector 3S. The optional Vector 3S upgrade pedal has a suggested retail price of £399.99.

    Garmin Vector 3 Pedal-Based Power Meter Bike Cycling Professional Riding

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  • The Inaugural Collins Cup Set To Shake Up Triathlon

    Collins Cup Trophy Sundried

    In July 2017, it was announced that the inaugural Collins Cup will be hosted by The Professional Triathletes Organisation, Challenge Family and Challenge Roth in Germany in 2018. Aiming to follow in the footsteps of the Ryder Cup for golf, the Collins Cup sees teams of triathletes from the USA, Europe, and the rest of the world compete for the title of dominating region in the sport of triathlon. 

    Each team will send 12 athletes - 6 men and 6 women - who will win points for their team based on their performance, and the team with the most points overall will win. Four-time Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington will be heading up the team for Europe thanks to her world ranking status.

    Germany has failed in its bid for the Ryder Cup the past two years, so Challenge Roth CEO Felix Walchshoefer said that they are very excited to be hosting the inaugural Collins Cup. The event is set to be iconic in the world of triathlon and could give a breath of fresh air into a sport that is gaining popularity every day and becoming closely watched as an international sport. The Collins Cup is the first global event of its kind and is sure to bring the world together in their love for the swim, bike, run multisport. 

    Chrissie Wellington Cycling Roth Germany Triathlon

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  • Training Update from Sarah Outen MBE Adventurer

    Sarah Outen MBE Adventurer Canoeing Yukon River

    Sarah Outen MBE rose to fame after spending 1,676 days looping the globe by biking, rowing, and hiking. Her London2London adventure was a huge feat and took its toll both mentally and physically, but she is still enjoying a life full of adventure. She updates us on what she's been up to. 

    Sarah Outen Adventurer MBE Globe

    After a very frustrating six months of ill health at the start of the year, spending five weeks in June celebrating my honeymoon in Alaska and the Yukon was a perfect time to unwind and recharge. It was also a time to start rebuilding my fitness. My wife and I used our borrowed truck as a base for covering the big miles and then camped or slept in hammocks if we weren’t out on biking or canoeing trips where we camped on river beaches beneath spruce-lined skylines. We cooked over open fires, improvised shelters, hunkered down through rain storms and hail, washed in rivers and lakes, and watched wildlife watching us.

    One of my favourite things about being outside and on a trip like this is the chance to reconnect – with nature, with others, and with myself. The pace and the simplicity of life unhurried and where the main tasks of the day are to find somewhere to sleep, something to eat and something to drink leave space for a settling mind and growing sense of calm and balance. It is definitely my happy place.

    Coming home from a journey I often struggle to maintain that balance and sense of headspace and often find myself promising to put my health first. It’s so easy to let that slip and get swamped by being busy and making excuses.

    I’m really pleased that this time I have managed to sustain the progress and balance I found in North America. Since coming home in early July, I’ve made it my routine to start the day with meditation and yoga, grounding myself physically and mentally. On the days when I’ve been away from home and unable to do yoga, I have missed it physically. On returning home and restarting, I realise my mind misses it too. For in some way, perhaps yoga gives me something that being outside also does – that connection to myself, mind and body balancing and grounding, and just a simple task to focus on. I think it’s something about being, coming inside of ourselves to see what’s going on for us in that moment. Becoming aware of ourselves.

    A year ago I was in the midst of a breakdown: the fragile antithesis of everything I am right now. Afraid of myself and of the darkness that had engulfed me, I struggled to look after myself and complete even the simplest task. Bit by bit, daily meditation, yoga and exercise helped save my life at that time and in the months to come it helped me regain some sense of balance and connection. While I wish I hadn’t had the turmoil and terror of another breakdown, I am grateful for the insight it gave me and the renewed reminder of what’s important. That is to stay connected to myself, aware and grounded if I am to maintain balance and peace.

    Sarah Outen Tent Camping

    Sarah Outen Sundried Ambassador Hiking Biking Running

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