Photo: A proper roller tyre thanks to club mate Sean. Officially a ‘wheel-on indoor trainer’ even though it’s on the balcony (no room in the apartment).
My heart’s calculatin’
My true love will be waitin’
Be waitin’ at the end of my ride
In these times of isolation Jan was just a few metres away.
Climbing hills that didn’t exist and having to pedal downhill. This was my experience of my first ride on my new rollers. At the moment we are still allowed to ride outside for exercise, once a day. In anticipation of a complete lockdown I ordered a set of rollers.
As I have a Wahoo ELEMNT I went for the Wahoo KICKR SNAP. It worked a dream. Easy to set up and the tech all worked. I read The Times and listened to Radio 2 to help pass the time. I wore my ICC kit but selected a classic Pansèr route – the Via Panoramica. I’ve ridden this ride in real life more than 50 times. I know it well.
My ELEMNT tracked me along the map just like real life. That’s where the similarity ended. A mini hill along the completely flat road to Pesaro and 9% inclines along the Panoramica that just don’t exist. Obvious really but I realised that I had to pedal downhill to keep going. No freewheeling at 60km on the descent from Gabicce Monte.
I’ve always resisted getting rollers as I much prefer the open road. My first experience hasn’t changed my mind. A 67km / 783m ride took nearly 4 hours elapsed (I did stop for a real coffee and sandwich along the way). So much slower than I have completed the ride so many times. Strava didn’t even credit me with the climbing. Not much fun.
This is what it should have looked like:
But I did get some power figures that I’ve never seen before:
Next step is to give the Zwift, FullGaz and Rouvy 30 day trials that came with the Wahoo a go to see if it makes it any more interesting.