Save £285 on a CycleOps Classic Powersync Virtual Trainer

Keep fit all winter with 39% off this ANT+ compatible turbo trainer

Smart turbo trainers have been all the rage in the last few months – they can hook up to apps like Zwift or The Sufferfest, replicate resistance and be tailored to desired power zones.

The CycleOps Classic Powersync Virtual Trainer is one such smart option – and it’s currently reduced by 39% as part of Ribble’s Black Friday deals. 

The trainer has an RRP of £725, but has been price dropped to £439.99 – with the deal lasting from today until Cyber Monday, whichever comes first.

Buy now: Cycle Ops Classic Powersync Virtual Trainer (ANT+) at Ribble for £439.99

The virtual trainer allows intensities to be controlled by power ranges, power zone, slope or target power – and duration can be based in distance or time.

The unit uses a closed loop resistance control, which allows you to target and lock in on an exact power output, or slope – this provides a platform for precise interval training as the level of resistance changes immediately.

The trainer is ANT+ ready, so you can hook it up to an app like  Zwift, The Sufferfest or Trainer Road.

Buy now: Cycle Ops Classic Powersync Virtual Trainer (ANT+) at Ribble for £439.99

The trainer itself uses the classic frame utilised by Cycleops for several years – with folding legs so it’s easy to store. A turbo ready quick release is supplied along with a power cable – and you get a lifetime warranty.

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Black Friday deals at Le Col: up to £80 off bib shorts

Tempting discounts on luxury clothing – with new deals appearing daily

Le Col is a cycling clothing brand renowned for making luxury threads – and weaving them together in just the right way to make breathable, weather ready kit you can sweat in.

Quality kit often comes with a somewhat elevated price tag – but Le Col is offering a range of discounts across the Black Friday weekend – and we’ve got an exclusive heads up on what’s coming your way if you’re a fan.

>>> Best Black Friday cycling clothing deals

Who are Le Col?

Founded by ex-pro and GB rider, Yanto Barker, Le Col kit is described as having a ‘single minded focus on performance’ – all the gear from shorts to skinsuits to socks is designed to work with the rider in the given conditions.

Le Col wanted to ensure quality at all times – so it owns its own factory in Treviso, Italy – an area home to a number of high profile cycling brands.

>>> See all Le Col reviews at Cycling Weekly

What are the offers?

Le Col is offering a new deal every day, for four days. We’ve got the gossip on what’s reduced, and when – to help you bide your time to make the perfect purchase:

Le Col Black Friday deals

Day One – Friday November 24 is all about bib shorts – up to £80 off them to be specific. No rider can be without a good pair of bib shorts, and whilst we’re mainly wearing tights or teaming them with leg warmers at this time of year, summer will be here before you know it – and there’s always those turbo (and track!) sessions to dress for.

Review: Le Col Cycling Aqua Zero Thermal bibshorts

See all Le Col bib shorts, reduced by up to £80: men’s // women’s  

Le Col Black Friday deals

Day Two – Saturday November 25 moves on to jerseys. Discounts will peak at £50 off. The range includes winter ready long sleeve jerseys as well as some replica versions of the Storey Racing kit for women.

See all Le Col jerseys reduced by up to £50: men’s // women’s 

Le Col Black Friday deals

Day Three – Sunday November 26 and the discounts are perhaps the most relevant to November conditions: jackets.

At this time of year, a quality jacket with wind and waterproofing – or at least water resistance – can turn what could be a miserable winter ride into a fairly pleasant experience…

Review: Le Col Sport Winter Jacket

See all Le Col jackets, reduced up to £50 off: men’s // women’s 

Le Col Black Friday deals

Day Four – Monday November 27 – otherwise known as Cyber Monday.

At this point, the deals cease to be available on specific product groups, instead there’s a blanket offering of a £20 gift card with any spend over £50.

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Save up to £300 with the Tredz Spend and Save scheme this Black Friday

Not found a Black Friday saving on something you actually want? Save up to £300 on anything you fancy (within reason)

Cycling retailer Tredz is offering cash savings as part of its Black Friday discounts.

The offer is available until 23:59 on Monday November 27 – though you can’t use the Spend and Save codes alongside any other discount or gift voucher (Tredz does have to make a profit somewhere).

The Swansea based store and online retailer is offering a range of discounts on individual items – but this special deal allows you to choose what you want to save on.

Once you spend over £250, you can get 0% APR finance – too – without paying a deposit.

The codes to use are:

Spend £100 – Save £15 – Use Code: SAVE15
Spend £250 – Save £40 – Use Code: SAVE40
Spend £500 – Save £75 – Use Code: SAVE75
Spend £750 – Save £125 – Use Code: SAVE125
Spend £1500 – Save £250 – Use Code: SAVE250
Spend £2000 – Save £300 – Use Code: SAVE300

See what’s on offer at Tredz here. 

There are a few brand exclusions, namely Giant, Liv, Specialized, Cube, Genesis, Ohlins, Endura, Powertap, Bianchi, Lapierre, Nukeproof, Garmin, GoPro, Madison, Fox Clothing, Cannondale, Scott.  Cycle to Work and Nearly New Bikes are also excluded from the promotion.

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Cycling Weekly readers get an extra 10% off the best cycling tech at ProBike Kit this Black Friday

Deals across shoes, wheels, clothing and more – plus an extra 10 per cent off for Cycling Weekly readers

Promotional feature with ProBikeKit

It’s Black Friday and Pro Bike Kit are running some seriously fine deals this year, and even better Cycling Weekly users get a bit of an exclusive.

In fact, if you’re part of the first 100 users you will get an exclusive 10 per cent off (that’s a max of £15) if you use the code CW10 at checkout.

We’ve had a look through and plucked out the finest.

Sportful Super Comfort bib tights

Now that it’s winter, you need something proper to keep yourself warm on those long winter rides. The super comfort bib tights have been engineered with comfort in mind plus their special fabric overlay to make them even warmer.

There’s more brilliant Sportful deals in here, including the Sportful Hot Pack Ultra light jacket. It easily fits in your back pocket and definitely keeps the worst of it out.

You can see the Sportful deals here 

Lazer Z1 helmets

Lazer Sport Z1 road helmet with Aeroshell best helmets

Couple the Lazer Z1’s serious light weight (just 225g) and its unique “Rollsy” retention system and you’ve got a lid you’ll forget that your wearing. Plenty of vents also make this helmet cool enough to wear in even the hottest weather.

You can see the Lazer Z1 deal here 

Vittoria Corsa G+

Read more: Vittoria Corsa G+ tyres review

One of the best tyres in the world, and now you can get two of them for a barnstorming 40 per cent off. It has a special four compound construction and a Corespun K casing for that extra side wall protection. Plus, they roll like a dream.

You can see the Lazer Z1 deal here

Schwalbe One clincher

Now, this is a bonafide Black Friday banger.

The Schwalbe One is probably more of a racing tyre, perfect for the summer months. Happily, it’s discounted by half, so now’s the best time to pick a pair up.

You can see the deal on Schwalbe One Clincher here

Up to 40 per cent off Fizik

Fizik deals

There’s a wide range of deals on Fizik products – including 40 per cent off on the Cyrano R3 handlebars (£86.99 reduced to £52.19) and the same price slash is applied to the Fizik Arione VS Carbon Braided Saddle (£154.99 reduced to £92.99).

See all discounts on Fizik bars and saddles at ProBikeKit here

30 and 35 per cent off on Giro Empire SLX and Factor Techlace shoes

Giro cycling shoe deals

Giro cycling shoe deals

Giro is renowned for making incredibly comfortable, but stiff soled, cycling shoes. The SLX’s are mega light, 175 grams in a size 42.5, with stiff Easton EC90 SLX2 high-modulus outsole to provide optimum power transfer. These are reduced by 30 to 35 per cent – from £289.99 to £202.99 and £188.49 in a range of colours.

>>> Review: Giro Factor SLX shoes

>>> Review: Giro Factor Techlace shoes

The Factor Techlace shoes feature Boa dials and laces – offering both the micro adjustment of laces with the convenience of the dial. In orange they’re down from £299.99 to £202.99.

See all discounts on Giro shoes at ProBikeKit here

25 per cent off 4iiii Precision 2.0 3D Power Meters

4iiii Precision Power Meter

4iiii power meters are crank based and work off one side – but if you know you’ve got a discrepancy, you can use the associated app to correct the data in light of this.

ProBikeKit is offering 25 per cent discounts across the range, with prices dropped on Shimano 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace versions.

>>> Review: 4iiii power meter 

The Shimano 105 crank arm, with power meter, which retails at £379 is now down to £284.99.

See all 4iiii power meter reductions at ProBikeKit here

Easton EA90 SLX Clincher Wheelset – was £1169.98, now £584.99

Easton EA90 SLX Clincher Wheelset

Easton EA90 SLX Clincher Wheelset

A top of the line aluminium wheelset, the EA90 SLX hoops are race ready wheels – but they’re strong enough for daily rides, or even cyclocross.

With durable Echo hubs, the set weighs in at 1400g. Thee rim depth is 25mm and these use 16 radial spokes.

See all Easton wheel deals at ProBikeKit

Don’t forget to use the exclusive Cycling Weekly code – the first 100 users will get an exclusive 10% off (a max of £15) – the code is CW10. 

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Davis Cup final: France drop Nicolas Mahut for doubles against Belgium

David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Davis Cup Final: France v Belgium
Venue: Pierre Mauroy Stadium, Lille, France Dates: 24-26 November
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Sport website and Connected TV 13:00-21:00 (Fri), 13:00-20:00 (Sat), 12:30-20:30 (Sun)

France captain Yannick Noah has dropped Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau from the doubles before the Davis Cup final against Belgium begins on Friday.

They have been replaced by Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for Saturday’s doubles in Lille.

In Friday’s opening singles rubbers, France’s Lucas Pouille takes on Belgium’s David Goffin before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Steve Darcis.

The final is live on the BBC Sport website from 13:00 GMT on Friday.

World number seven Goffin was runner-up at the ATP Finals in London, losing in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday.

Herbert played alongside Mahut in the doubles in the same event but the pair withdrew from their final group match because Herbert had a back injury.

Herbert and Gasquet have never played together but Noah said: “There’s a first time for everything – I believe their style of play works very, very well together.”

“Last Thursday it was hard to imagine Pierre-Hugues playing, but I had the chance to pick him at the last moment. He’s been excellent over the past three days – he’s our best doubles player.”

France Belgium
17 (W9-L8) Previous finals Two (W0-L2)
Yannick Noah Captain Johan Van Herck
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (15) Players (world ranking) David Goffin (7)
Lucas Pouille (18) Steve Darcis (76)
Richard Gasquet (31) Ruben Bemelmans (118)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (81) Joris de Loore (276)

Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore will be Gasquet and Herbert’s opponents, with the reverse singles ties on Sunday.

Nine-time winners France have lost their past three finals, in 2002, 2010 and 2014. Belgium have lost in their two final appearances, including against Great Britain in 2015.

They have not won a Davis Cup tie in France for 65 years.

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Motivation to Do the Hard Thing!

In this episode we motivate you to do the hard thing in endurance and life! We speak with Rob Jones, a double amputee who just ran 31 marathons in 31 days. Plus, Trevor recaps his Spartan Beast race in South Carolina and Angie gives a survey of the toughest races in the world -which will change your definition of hard.

Rob Jones was wounded by a land mine as a combat engineer with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan in 2010. His injuries required double above the knee amputations and extensive recap. He was fitted with prosthetics at the Walter Reed Medical Center where he relearned how to stand, walk, run, ride a bicycle and row.

photo credit: Rob Jones Journey

Rob trained for the 2010 Paralympics where he got a bronze medal in rowing. In 2013 he did a solo self supported transcontinental bike ride where he rode 5200 miles across the US in 181 days. His most recent challenge was running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days to raise awareness and funds for wounded veteran charities (we talked to him on day 28).

Rob successfully finished his 31st marathon on Veterans Day 2017 -running 812 miles total and raising over $150k for charities.

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Rethinking What We Call Hard

Life can be full of pain and if you doubt that then a few minutes of listening to the news should be sufficient to change your mind. Although life is also good it can be hard and there is value in doing the hard thing. One benefit of challenging yourself is that through chosen discomfort you can build better resilience to face the pain that we don’t choose and can’t control. Building mental, physical and emotional resilience can make you a stronger and more compassionate person.

One great things about training for marathons is that it can help us redefine what is truly hard in life. In the grand scheme of things most of the irritations we experience on a day to day basis are first world problems.

The dictionary defines this as “a relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world).” Many first world problems include not finding a close parking spot, having to take the stairs, not having WiFi 24/7, not having a Starbucks nearby, having little leg room on a flight, dealing with a grumpy waiter or service professional, etc. These things are not truly hard.

Marathon training gives us a broader framework to experience the world. And if you’re at the point in your fitness where you don’t find the marathon hard anymore there are always lots of other hard endurance races to choose from.

Here are some of the hardest endurance races in the world:

  • Marathon de Sables– Sahara Desert, Moroco: 150-156 mile stage race split over 6 days through the blistering desert.
  • Hardrock 100– Silverton, CO: 48 hour time limit through the San Juan Mountains, 33,000 feet of ascent with the highest point at 14,000 feet and 33,000 of descent through tough terrain.
  • The Everest Marathon– Mt Everest Base Camp: participants are required to spend 3 weeks in Nepal prior to get acclimated to the elevation which starts at 18,000 feet and finishes down the mountain at 11,300 feet in very cold conditions.
  • The Barkley Marathons– TN: very hard to get entry, 100+ mile course: 120,000 feet of climbing, having to navigate and finish in less than 60 hours. Only 15 people have finished in the race’s 30 year history.
  • Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc– France: 106 mile course loops through France, Italy and Switzerland through tough and gorgeous mountains.
  • The Patagonian Expedition Race– Chile: this team event has a different course of 375-500 miles every year and requires navigation and survival skills as well as rock climbing and sea kayaking within a 10 day period. The race course is not announced until 24 hours before.
  • Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile– NY City: longest certified road race where runners start at 6am and run through midnight for 52 days in a row.
  • Badwater 135– Death Valley, CA: starts at the lowest part of Death Valley in July and finishes at the end of the road on Mt Whitney. Over 14,600 ascent, 6,000 feet of descent and extremely hot conditions.
  • Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon– Manitou Springs, CO: Starts at 6,300 feet and winds along a narrow trail to 14,115 feet on top of Pike’s Peak and then turn around and make the descent.
  • The Munga– Belfast, South Africa: Along the Munga Trail where you have 120 hours to navigate around 400k (250 miles).
  • Iditarod Trail Invitational– Alaska: You can run, fat bike or ski the 1,000 mile course. Only about 58 individuals have finished since the event was started in 2000.
  • The Jungle Marathon– Amazon Jungle, Brazil: It’s called the world’s “wildest eco race” that transverses jungles and swamps through 100 degree heat and humidity. They offer a marathon, a 4 stage 80 mile ultra and a 6 stage 158 mile ultra.
  • Spartathalon– Athens, Greece: 150 miles+ along the route that Pheidippides ran from Athens to Sparta. Dean Karnazes talked a lot about this in his book “Road to Sparta.”
  • Other honorable mentions include Western States 100 in CA, Eastern States 100 in PA, Leadville Trail 100 in CO, HURT100 in Hawaii, Bob Graham Round in UK (hits 42 peaks in the Lake District), The Dragon’s Back Race in Wales (5 day, 188 miles, total climbs double the height of Everest 56,000 feet), Grand to Grand Ultra (Grand Canyon in AZ to summit of Grand Staircase in UT- self-supported 170 miles in 7 days), 6693 Ultra (choose 120 or 350 miles across the Arctic Circle, described as coldest, toughest and windiest), Ultra Trail Mt Fuji in Japan (105 miles in 46 hours), Plain 100 in WA (100-112 miles in 36 hours, totally self supported).

Also Mentioned in This Epsisode . . .

The Spartan Beast in South Carolina

Spartan Race

Does this look fun?

Trevor completed his Spartan Trifecta -running 3 distances in 1 calendar year. Read his race recap here.

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Shout Out!

Hi Angie and Trevor, I am a relatively new listener and live in San Francisco. 5 years ago I was hit by a truck as I was crossing the street. My journey to return to health has been long but in some ways that accident was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It helped me to understand in a profound way how important our health is in order to live an enjoyable life. Somewhere along that journey I got it into my head that I want to try a half-marathon. I searched for a podcast on running tips and motivation, found yours, and it became my favorite right away. I wanted to suggest the book *Running With the Mind of Meditation* as a recommended read. The idea to recommend it came to mind during a couple of your shows, particularly in the Munich marathon recap where Trevor mentioned the emotional feelings he experienced during that race. Thank you both again for all of the good work you are both doing. Warmly, -Michelle

About Angie Spencer

Angie is a registered nurse and running coach who empowers new runners to conquer the marathon, run faster, and take their health and fitness to the next level. Join the Academy

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(Video Interview) Zach Apple Explains Whirlwind of Successful Summer

Zach Apple’s breakout summer brought him a fourth-place finish in the men’s 100 free at U.S. Nationals and then to the World Championships, where he received a relay gold medal for his role on the U.S. men’s 400 free relay team.

At Golden Goggles, Apple discussed how he’s still processing the emotions associated with his ascension into the country’s categories of elite swimmers, and he also explained why he was worried he would not recognize half of the U.S. women’s team at the event.

Watch more video interviews from the red carpet at Golden Goggles.

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Black Friday bike deals: the best discounts from the cycling retailers

Black Friday deals are already arriving online – here’s everything you need to know to grab a bargain

The official start date for Black Friday is Friday 24 November – but retailers began dropping their prices as early as November 1 and there has already been some excellent deals.

The first deals in cycling came from Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles, and several others quickly followed suit. There’s a steady stream of new offers being pushed out from the major retailers on a daily basis so it’s well worth checking back, as well as checking our other pages listed below.

The Black Friday sales can present a fine hunting ground for anyone after a good deal on a bike, discounted cycling clothing or an offer on a piece of technology such as a GPS cycling computer or helmet camera.

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Here’s a look at the retailers that have already unveiled their Black Friday offers – plus more information on what Black Friday is all about further down the page…

Wahoo Elemnt GPS – was £249, now £189

Best Black Friday Bike deals

24% off barn storming brand Wahoo and its excellent Elemnt GPS computer. It brings an innovative design, using LEDs an can display all your key cycling metrics.

Buy now: Wahoo Elemnt GPS at Chain Reaction Cycles for £189

Garmin Edge 520 GPS – was £279, now £167

Best Black Friday Bike deals

Garmin’s top of the range performance pusher has just had over £100 lopped of its price tag. For £167 you get a device capable of navigation, and loads of premium performance tools.

Buy now: Garmin Edge 520 at Chain Reaction Cycles for £167

Zipp 202 Firecrest carbon clincher wheelset – was £2,070, now £931

Best Black Friday Bike deals

We can’t quite believe our eyes, Cycle Surgery has discounted this carbon Zipp wheelset by a staggering £1100, making one of the best deals we’ve seen so far. At 32mm deep they’ll behave in crosswinds and won’t be too heavy, either.

Buy now: Zipp Firecrest carbon clincher wheelset at Cycle Surgery for £931

Mavic Cosmic pro shoes – was £210, now £100

Best Black Friday Bike deals

If you’ve got size 8, 9 or 11 feet, consider yourself in luck. These snazzy Mavic Cosmic Pro racing slippers are discounted by £110, bringing them down to the very palatable price of £100.

For your money you’re getting a stiff carbon sole, Mavic’s dial fit system and much more.

Buy now: Mavic Cosmic Pro shoes at Cycle Surgery for £100

Mavic Cloud Women’s Jacket – was £69.99 now £24

Best Black Friday Bike deals

Mavic Cloud Women’s Jacket

A go-to jacket for commuters and road riders, you’ll find wind resistance and a light rain protective layer, reflective highlights and an Air Mesh inner to provide ventilation.

Buy now: Mavic Cloud Women’s Jacket at Cycle Surgery for £24

Men’s Mavic Ksyrium Elite Jacket – was £75, now £36

Best Black Friday Bike deals

Men’s Mavic Ksyrium Elite Jacket

A high performance softshell with DWR water resistance, with an a-symmetric zip for an added nod to style. Fleece lined collar, elastic waist to keep it all in place and a three layer membrane offers high stretch.

Buy now: Men’s Mavic Ksyrium Elite Jacket at Cycle Surgery for £36

Oakley EVZero Path Sunglasses with Photochromic Lens – was £170, now £102

Best Black Friday Bike deals

Oakley EVZero Path Sunglasses – Photochromic Lens

However Black the skies are, you need cycling sunglasses – in the winter they keep grit and dirt out your eyes.

The rimless design of the EVZero glasses means they don’t get in the way of your vision, and they offer a three-point fit which holds the lenses in place without creating pressure points.

These glasses will do the job all year round – at their heart is a Plutonite photochromic lens which will change colour pending on weather conditions, offering you protection at all times.

Buy now: Oakley EVZero Path Sunglasses – Photochromic Lens at Evans Cycles for £102

Read more: Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Road sunglasses review 

Exposure Strada 1200 lumen with DayBright front light – was £289.95, now £202.96

Best Black Friday Bike deals

Exposure Strada front light

The 1200 lumens that this light puts out is more than enough for road rides on unlit lanes – and this one comes with a Remote Switch. The Strada is tailored for road riding, with a wide and flat beam that offers plenty of side visibility without dazzling oncoming road users. The body is CNC aluminium and battery life is 3-35 hours depending upon the mode used.

If this one isn’t quite what you’re looking for, check out what else is on offer – Evans Cycles has 30% off on a range of Exposure lights. 

Buy now: Exposure Strada 1200 with DayBright Front Light for £202.96 at Evans Cycles 

Exposure TraceR 75 lumen rear light with DayBright – was £39.95 now £27.96

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Exposure TraceR 75 lumen rear light with DayBright

With a run time of three to 24 hours, mode dependent, the TraceR can put out 75 lumens on a wide angle beam which provides side visibility. It’s USB rechargeable, and has a fuel gauge which shows how much battery is left. The DayBright pulse mode is specifically designed to draw attention to the rider during daylight hours, cutting through distractions on the road.

Buy now: Exposure TraceR 75 lumen rear light with DayBright was £39.95 now £27.96

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