Sufferfest Blog

Cycling Tips profiles the ‘fest

Wade Wallace over at CyclingTipsblog.com has created one of the best cycling blogs on the internet today. And he’s done it in only a couple of years. Pretty impressive stuff. The other day, he asked us if we’d write a little bit about the history of the ‘fest. We jumped at the chance. Here’s the full article that appeared athttp://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2011/09/the-sufferfest-from-the-beginning/ The Sufferfest – From the Beginning December 8, 2011 A few years ago when I was experimenting with helmet cams during road racing I was introduced to David McQuillen who was starting a series of videos called “The Sufferfest”. I

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Thoughts in A Very Dark Place

When I started working on A Very Dark Place, it wasn’t called that. I simply called it ‘Five’ – after the five intervals – in my notes and in my filing system. It took awhile for the name, and the full experience, to reveal itself to me. I say ‘reveal itself to me’ because I never truly know what I’m going to end up with when I start creating a Sufferfest video. I have a basic idea, of course: this one was always going to be 5×4:00 intervals and feature the races that it does (Paris-Nice, Liege, Fleche, Paris-Roubaix, Dauphine),

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Reviews of A Very Dark Place

It’s been getting dark now for a couple of days, and in that time a few reviews of A Very Dark Place, our new cycling workout video, have popped out. Obviously, the video was not hard enough if these bloggers were able to pull coherent thoughts together afterwards, but do have a read. Industry Outsider – “Phenomenal.” Team HasBean – “No punches pulled.” Training Wheels  – “Rode it last night at 8pm. Took till 11am to recover.” Quadrathalon – “Masochistic.” Gazzetta CC – “My face spent much of the time about 2cm from my stem.” Anello Grande – “50 minutes

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Some recent mail to Sufferfest Studios

Got some mail in the past few days that I thought I’d share with you guys. I love it when fellow Sufferlandrians kick some ass! —– David, You dont know me but your videos helped me more than I can thank you for. I started riding in 2006 to loose weight (270 lbs) droppped about 40lbs and in 2007 decided to try racing. Well every race I entered I got dropped, same in 2008, 2009, and 2010. This winter I decied to bear down loose more lbs and set up a training plan. This is where you come in, I

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Cycling DVD Review – EpicPlanet.tv’s Epic Vermont

Cycling DVD – EpicPlanet.tv’s Epic Ride Vermont Price – $29.95 Rating – *** (out of *****) Summary – First-person, high-quality footage of a group ride through the Vermont hills, rather simple terrain and poor music NOTE: Since reviewing this DVD, we’ve done some of the newer videos (2013) from EpicPlanet. They’ve raised their game, with better music, nicer graphics and even better footage. If you’re looking for ‘real rides’ kind of videos, these guys are a good place to start. Nothing warms up to the Sufferfest spirit on snowy winter days like getting cycling DVDs filmed in sunny places. The

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Cycling DVD Review – Global Ride’s StrenDurance in Hawaii

Cycling DVD – Global Ride’s StrenDurance in Hawaii Price – $29.95 Rating – *** (out of *****) Summary – First-person, “helmet cam” style footage of a Hawiian ride, with a solid workout but poor audio Dear Sufferfesters, you know how we feel about watching people ride spinbikes on a video podcast or DVD. It’s one thing to be in a class and feel the excitement and energy around you, and a complete other thing to watch a bunch of people ride bikes on your video iPod while you bore yourself to agony trying to focus on what the instructor is

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Spinning Podcast Review – iFitGourmet

Spincast – iFitGourmet Price – $5.00 for video, $2.00 for audio Rating – *** (out of *****) Summary – Typical spinning class workout while watching someone ride a spinbike. It isn’t often that we’re sitting on the spinbike with someone shouting “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” in our ear (usually that’s us muttering to ourselves as we suffer through another interval), but this podcast does just that. iFitGourmet is one of the only other spinning video podcasts out there, and it combines traditional spinning class techniques with, unusually,  a “Indie Christian Rock” soundtrack. iFitGourmet follows the standard spinning podcast concept – film

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Review – Tri Harder Indoor Cycling Podcasts

Spincast – Jamie Morton’s Tri Harder Price – Free Rating – **** (out of *****) Summary – Indoor cycling podcasts for cyclists, with great workouts Now, dear readers, this is what a spincast should be – good, hard workouts, great music and solid instruction. I did a few of these over the past few days and really, really enjoyed them. I know there is a huge, huge spinning community out there that loves the motivational instructor, the near-religious fervour of the class, and the personal development that comes out of pushing yourself so hard. As a cyclist, rather than a

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Another free indoor cycling music podcast

Cadence Revolution – available to subscribe  in iTunes. This is a weekly podcast with free workout music. Each episode is about an hour long, with around 5-10 minutes of warm-up music, then around 40minutes of good, solid tempo stuff and then a warm-down. I’ve listened to a few of them, and the music is really good. The episodes I listened to were a mix of dance, electronic and soul (as well, one of the episodes has a bit too much salsa and reggae for me). Good, uptempo stuff. I’ll probably take some of this out with me while mountain biking.

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Review – Why Not Thrive?

Spincast – Why Not Thrive? Price – Free (and that’s always good) Rating – * (out of *****) Summary – Live recordings of spinclasses don’t work well as spincasts I stumbled on a promising-looking collection of spincasts tonight at a blog called Why Not Thrive? Turns out it’s the same group that also has some podcasts at iTunes under the “IndoorCyclingWorkout” label. I checked out a few of them – oddly, they’re hosted at the Internet Archive, and there is a whole host of audio download options. What seems a promising start, however, is a bit of a let down.

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