Perform well in endurance sports and life with nutrition and daily energy management advice from Coach Matt Dixon.
Read More 09.18.18
Learn all about this key power training metric from powerhouse coach and expert, Hunter Allen.
Read More 08.20.18
Cycling coach and engineer, Casey Lamers, weighs in on which data to display on your cycling computer.
Read More 08.06.18
Expert power training coach, Hunter Allen, weighs in on “no-go” power zones.
Read More 07.16.18
Pro-triathlete turned pro-cyclist, Jen Luebke, on what it’s like to switch sports and offers up tips that helped her make the change.
Read More 06.25.18
In part three of this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon discusses the role of strength within a larger endurance training lens.
Read More 06.12.18
In part two of this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon addresses key elements in fueling for sports performance and daily energy in work and life.
Read More 05.03.18
In this four-part series, elite endurance coach Matt Dixon weighs in how to map your training.
Read More 03.23.18
Coach Tim Cusick dives into the data of our Product Manager at a recent base training camp.
Read More 02.15.18
Learn more about the new speed or cadence sensor from PowerTap.
Read More 08.17.17
Coach Gordy Paulson weighs in on the watts vs. heart rate debate.
Read More 07.26.17
A look at the study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Read More 07.18.17
Coach Matt Dixon discusses how to balance race power with terrain demands.
Read More 05.16.17
Coach Hunter Allen weighs in on the differences between single-leg, dual-leg and bi-lateral power meters.
Read More 04.14.17
Quality sleep can help bring your cycling and triathlon performance to the next level.
Read More 03.17.17
Meredith Kessler reflects on her third consecutive win at Ironman Arizona.
Read More 12.07.16
French Cycling Federation teams up with scientists to test P1 versus SRM.
Read More 12.01.16
Introduces New Single-Sided Pedal Option.
Read More 10.01.16
We're teaming up with Kona experts to bring you not one, but two online events on training for Kona.
Read More 09.12.16
Within Redesigned PowerTap iOS Mobile App
Read More 08.29.16
The sky’s the limit with this incredibly customizable meal.
Read More 08.18.16
Dietitian Bob Seebohar takes a closer look at a study examining carbs and time-trials.
Read More 03.22.16
Tips to help emerge from the off-season as a stronger cyclist.
Read More 02.11.16
New Pricing and Features Added for New Year
Read More 01.04.16
In the first of what is sure to be many posts about how to harness left/right power data, power coach and expert, Hunter Allen, gives his two cents.
Read More 12.28.15
With the recent release of the P1 pedals, there are new metrics that coaches and athletes alike are adding to their benchmarks.
Read More 12.10.15
Did you know that you can set up an auto interval in your Joule GPS+? Learn why that matters and more in part three.
Read More 11.18.15
From surge counts to peak power to display averaging, part two covers them all.
Read More 11.05.15
Cyclists today have access to powerful training data right on their handlebars. In this series we’ll cover what metrics may be of interest to power training coaches and their athletes.
Read More 10.12.15
With much excitement, PowerTap announces the launch of their C1 chainring power meter.
Read More 08.25.15
Author of THE book on power training, coach Hunter Allen touches on why a cyclist should have a power meter
Read More 08.14.15
Swedish professional triathlete, Camilla Lindholm, on how training with a power meter has helped improve her performance.
Read More 08.12.15
Get a glimpse into the life, training and recovery of a pro-athlete.
Read More 08.05.15
In this video coach Matt Dixon discusses how a power meter can, and should be, integrated into your training life.
Read More 07.29.15
In March pro-triathlete Meredith Kessler claimed her fourth straight Ironman New Zealand victory. We caught up with her coach, Matt Dixon of PurplePatch Fitness, for a brief review of her bike effort.
Read More 07.20.15
When used properly cycling power meters are great for not only optimizing your training, but for helping pace during target events.
Read More 07.01.15
Do you obsess about training hours, and working hard, but tend to
neglect components such as recovery? Is it challenging to truly go easy
on the lighter training sessions prescribed? Do you aim to integrate
functional strength, but find it increasingly falling by the wayside as
the season progresses? You are not alone.
Read More 06.09.15
This year Brad vowed to actually rely on the sophisticated electronics and his analytical brain for a strong finish.
Read More 06.08.15
Power meters provide instantaneous feedback during your workout. Whether
you're struggling up your local climb or sweating on the trainer this
winter, there is no more guessing or cheating when you train with power.
Read More 05.19.15
Coach and power training expert, Allen Lim, discusses the basics of using a cycling power meter to train.
Read More 04.16.15
PowerTap reasserts its position as market leader with the addition of two new power meters to their portfolio with the P1 pedal and C1 chainring. Through years of observations, testing, development and hard work, PowerTap is committed to providing power measurement products with the accuracy that cyclists deserve. With the introduction of these new products, PowerTap will lead the industry by becoming the first and only cycling power meter company with a complete portfolio of power meter products for multiple locations on the bike.
Read More 03.17.15
No doubt about it, the power meter market has changed immensely since we came on the scene in 1998. In those days we were one of two companies offering cyclists a way to measure power. Through the years one constant remains – power is the most accurate and reliable way to measure cycling intensity.
Read More 03.06.15
For athletes who have been in their sports for a long time, as in several decades, performance declines as they move north of 50 years of age. The research tells us that there are two reasons for this.
Read More 01.28.15
Post-season is a time we all look forward to as our competition seasons
come to a close. It allows more time with friends and family, more
opportunities to indulge and stay up late - more time to be less
Read More 12.23.14
Coach Kirk Nordgren of Carmichael Training Systems discusses the do's and don'ts of power training
Read More 12.22.14
Unlike 15 years ago when power meters were just beginning to appear on
the market, consumers now have a litany of options and feature sets to
chose from. Those options include the location on the bicycle, the cost,
weight, and sensor design.
Read More 12.18.14
By Ben Senkerik, MTBer The 2014 season is finally over. Well, I shouldn't say finally because that makes it sound like I'm ecstatic that it is over.
Read More 12.11.14
Ever wonder how to tell if your computer or PowerTap hub is running low on batteries? Look no further than your Joule or Joule GPS - it'll notify you when something on your bike is low on batteries.
Read More 12.02.14
Sometimes truly negative stages of life can end up pushing you to see things through a different lens, and this was certainly true of my own experiences as an athlete, and subsequent development into a coach.
Read More 11.25.14
As a cycling coach, the ease at which PowerTap goes on your bike is a huge advantage! Athletes stop by our PCG headquarter all the time and want to test power, and with PowerTap, we just stick it on their bike and go!
Read More 11.19.14
This season has been long, but also very successful. It started off in South Africa with the Cape Epic. There my teammate and I ended up 4th in the General Category and took a third place in two of the race's hardest stages. Following that I traveled all over Europe to compete at many cross country races before winning the German stage race, Trans Schwarzwald in August.
Read More 11.13.14
Hunter Allen recently held a power training camp in Panama City, Panama with Latin Bikes, the leading bike shops in Panama. There were 10 riders from Panama, each using a PowerTap power meter and some great riding!
Read More 11.03.14
Looking to improve your functional threshold power? How about edging
out your competition at the finish line sprint or attacking on the run
up of a cyclocross race? All of these require specific training in
certain power zones but this type of training is hard. Enter nutrition
science and the supplement beta-alanine.
Read More 10.21.14
In the weeks leading up to the Ironman National Championships we had a chance to ask Meredith Kessler about how she prepares to take the world's stage in Kona.
Read More 10.07.14
We started this year full of hope and potential: we had better sponsorship, a deeper roster, and were ready to prove we belonged at the sharp end at the national level races. Personally, I was also nervous about running the program at a higher level.
Read More 10.03.14
Everyone is probably familiar with the story by now: how Trevor & Heather Wurtele left the creature comforts of home behind, live in a dedicated and focused life in a RV, travelling the globe in search of excellence in Triathlon. It's not only a great story, but both Trevor and Heather are excellent athletes, excellent people, and the results have been impressive.
Read More 09.30.14
I'm a lawyer. My profession — generally speaking — prides itself on the 80-hour workweek or the mega-billable hour year. In short, attorneys love to wear their work hours on their sleeves like a badge. I've been in the profession 10 years now and I have always been the one swimming against the current
Read More 09.23.14
As most of us are likely training year round and do not have the ability to escape the summer heat, we all recognize that it is harder to train when it is HOT! The perceived effort is greater, and race and training times typically suffer accordingly. Why does this happen?
Read More 08.27.14
There's no doubt that power data can be incredibly helpful in the life of an athlete. It can also be quite intimidating, pro athlete or not. We recently had the chance to ask pro triathlete, Meredith Kessler, who describes herself as "mechanically challenged", about how she became a literal PowerTap pro. Here's what she had to say:
Read More 08.05.14
Most people purchase a PowerTap to help them reach new levels in their training. It is an amazing tool for that. Just like pacing on the track, or stroke rate in the pool, it can be a wonderful way to monitor progress and push you to reach higher thresholds. Similarly, power can also help you maximize what your body can offer during those sessions of high intensity when used as a tool to facilitate proper recovery during periods of active rest — a very critical component of training with power.
Read More 07.30.14
Ever wondered what a professional triathlete eats in the days leading up to a race? How do they ensure their bodies are ready to perform optimally? PowerTap sponsored athlete, Emma-Kate Lidbury, gives us an insight into what she typically eats — and why — in the days leading into a race.
Read More 07.23.14
The widespread availability of reliable power measuring and feedback devices has provided a great toolset for more focused training in endurance sports like cycling and triathlon. However these tools can also be utilized to give advantages during competition.
Read More 07.14.14
It's been a few months since PowerTap announced its partnership with Retül and Alphamantis in support of the Positioned for Speed Course that sees Retül fit philosophy paired with the Alphamantis track aero system and PowerTap power meters to optimize a riders position for...well, speed of course. I made a trip out to ERO Sports (pronounced Aero) at the VELO Sports Center in LA for the second edition of the course June 3-4.
Read More 07.09.14
After McCabe claimed 2nd at the 2014 US Professional Road National Championships, Justin sent in a race recap complete with Travis' power files.
Read More 06.24.14
Most of us who lead active lives also lead healthy lives. That includes striving to get enough sleep, have balance, be physically fit and eat well. At times, some or all of these can be a challenge and we have to adapt and be willing to try new approaches to stay successful.
Read More 06.18.14
We recently had an opportunity to catch up with pro triathlete, and four-time Wildflower winner, Jesse Thomas. He called us from the airport en route to Ironman 70.3 Eagleman to give us this report:
Read More 06.17.14
I live in the Midwest, Central Iowa to be exact. Iowa is not blessed with mountains or ample public land. We are known for pigs, corn and miles of gravel roads. A few years back I discovered a gravel race in SE Minnesota known as the Almanzo 100.
Read More 06.10.14
Italian team, Bardiani-CSF, arrived at the 2014 Giro d'Italia as the youngest team (average age of 24.8 years). One of four Pro-Continental teams invited to participate in the race, Bardiani-CSF proved to be the only Wild Card team to pull off a stage win.
Read More 06.02.14
Whether you are a fulltime professional who trains 30 hours a week, or an age-group competitor balancing family and work commitments, we all want to use our training time as effectively as possible.
Read More 05.13.14
Our recent partnership with Peaks Coaching Group has lead to a series of webinars focused on the benefits of power training. Lead by power expert Hunter Allen, these free webinars focus exclusively on all things power.
Read More 05.08.14
This coming Friday marks the start of the Giro d'Italia, the first of the Grand Tours that occur every summer. Teams participating in the Giro are staring down 21 stages of racing, pedaling 3445.4 kilometers (or 2140.87 miles), and thousands of meters of climbing over the next three weeks. So how does a rider get ready for such an undertaking?
Read More 05.07.14
With all six of our pro women toeing the line at the US Pro Championships at Ironman 70.3 St. George and a recovering Jesse Thomas defending his three Wildflower victories, we knew this weekend was going to be a big one for our sponsored athletes.
Read More 05.05.14
I have been traveling to North Carolina for spring training camps for the last 11 years. Most of them have been as an event coordinator setting up the UW Madison cycling team's annual spring break trip. This year was a little different as I came to Brevard, NC to work with the coaches and athletes of Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) as a representative of PowerTap.
Read More 04.22.14
Did you know that we've been making power meters for over 15 years? PowerTap has always been on the cutting edge of power meters, and 2014 is no different. We are now proud to offer a 2 year warranty worldwide on all of our power meters, making ours the longest warranty in the industry.
Read More 04.18.14
Last week, Alphamantis and Retül announced our industry-first, tri-fold partnership. Through this collaboration, riders will be able to better understand the importance of bike fit (Retül), aerodynamic principles (Alphamantis), and their relationship to power (us). The relationship between these three key race and training components will be covered under a new course in Retül University's bike fit series for professional bike fitters: Positioned for Speed.
Read More 04.14.14
Nutrition and fueling for training is one of the most confusing components of endurance performance, with not only plenty of conflicting and poor information on the subject, but also plenty of data found in the labs of scientists that don’t necessarily translate to the real world.
Read More 03.29.14
My first trip to the Santa Ynez valley was in the early 2000's in support of the Saturn Professional Cycling team. Saturn was one of PowerTap's first large sponsorship deals, and they were gathering the team for product training, bike fits, team building and of course—early season miles. Every pro team holds these kinds of camps, and the formula works just as well for amateur and recreational riders as it does for the pros.
Read More 03.19.14
March 2, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of Ironman New Zealand. It also marked the day that Meredith Kessler secured her three-peat of the event and shattered course records.
Read More 03.03.14
PowerTap today announced that the leaders in endurance sports coaching, Carmichael Training Systems and Peaks Coaching Group, have selected PowerTap as a preferred power meter.
Read More 02.06.14
Cyclocross season is certainly here, with almost a month of racing past already. Oregon and Washington seem to get started earlier and earlier each year, and the team I run and race for during 'cross season went out to our first race back on August 31st.
Read More 09.30.13
Courtney Pollman began triathlon in 2011 after a running injury forced her to abandon her training for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Never shy from taking on challenge, Courtney and her coach came up with a new goal, and with a borrowed bike she began training for a 70.3 distance race last fall. Courtney qualified for Ironman 70.3 World Championships at 70.3 Raleigh, and will be heading to Vegas this week to test herself against the best age groupers in the world. Our discussion with Courtney follows.
Read More 09.04.13
Reilly was introduced to triathlon through a TT series at work, and soon after found himself lining up at Escape From Alcatraz. Reilly found almost immediate success once he began training seriously, and now learns from some of the best - Gerry Rodriguez and Matt Dixon - as he prepares for his 3rd go in Vegas.
Read More 08.30.13
I've spent the last 15 years wondering how to truly define the best power meter. When we first introduced PowerTap the focus was simply how could we offer an accurate power meter and how could we do so at a fair price? Shortly after the introduction and initial success of PowerTap, the requests for new products and features started coming in.
Read More 08.08.13
Despite being one of the best triathletes in the world and simply a wonderful person, Meredith Kessler has not had the best career in terms of luck. She's had to navigate through several recoveries from injury, the latest being the result of a head-on bike collision in Eagleman two months ago which left her in the hospital and with a long road of PT to return to training, let alone racing.
Read More 07.25.13
I asked my little nephew the other day if he knew what a calorie was and he quickly replied, "It's what makes you fat." I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry. While he was technically correct and his response was unknowingly witty and oddly in tune, I also realized that I might have exposed him to too many pro cyclists and that a three year old shouldn't be concerned about his power to weight ratio.
Read More 07.17.13
On Thursday the Tour will tackle the Col de Manse, Col d'Ornon, and Alpe d'Huez (twice!). Last month we took a trip with Vacansoleil-DCM to recon the stage, so we could share the data with the rest of the team. Get a peek behind the curtains and see what goes into a recon with a WorldTour team.
Read More 07.17.13
It's Tour time, and Vacansoleil-DCM is putting some serious wattage out and have consistently been represented in the breaks. No wins, yet, but check out some of their power data during three key stages of the first week of the Tour de France in our latest infographic.
Read More 07.17.13
As athletes we develop our "North Star" goal early on. From there, with the help and collaboration of coaches and/or advisers, a long-term plan is put in place to achieve that dream. It may be to compete in the Tour de France, to represent your country in the Olympic Games, to win an Ironman, or even just get in shape or ride 100 miles.
Read More 07.03.13
Juan Antonio Flecha made the first breakaway of the 100th Tour de France, and stayed there from the first few kilometers until 37km to go, averaging 261 watts (3.3 w/kg) for 5 hours! What does it take to stay away for that long? See below:
Read More 07.02.13
Emma-Kate Lidbury has put together a string of phenomenal races and is becoming a regular on top of the podium. Emma-Kate recently completed a 'Dirty Double', racing back-to-back 70.3's on consecutive weekends in Raleigh & Kansas (taking a 2nd and a win). We thought it was high time for another chat, and wanted to talk to her specifically about the Double and gain some insights as to how to do it successfully.
Read More 06.25.13
PowerTap has been around 15 years. We're no longer the new and shiny kid on the block, and O.K. with that, because we can honestly say it's taken 15 years to build a power meter that is thoroughly tested through the passing of time, trusted by the experts, and true to what a good power meter should be: lightweight, durable, accurate and reasonably priced.
Read More 06.17.13
Over 1,000 men and women representing more than 100 college clubs competed in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Ariz., a few weeks ago. The athletes were not only challenged by racing against one another, but also had to contend with racing on a new course since the previous year's championships were held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. As the level of competition keeps growing, athletes looking for an edge can benefit from analyzing the course and understanding how to execute a smart race.
Read More 06.10.13
Heather Wurtele is coming off a big win at Rev3 Quassy this past weekend, which saw one of the most competitive fields outside of 70.3 World Championships. Heather is one of the strongest cyclists in the sport, and improved upon her 2nd place in 2012 by taking a very impressive win by improving her splits across all 3 disciplines. We had a chance to ask Heather a few questions after her race.
Read More 06.05.13
It was early summer, 1987, when I fell in love with the bicycle. I'm not talking about a childhood, new-bike-for-Christmas type of crush, but one which has endured the test of time, and one which still exists today. I had just finished a massively epic ride and was sprawled on the couch when some friends came over. They asked questions and responded appropriately: "You're crazy!" "That's insane!" Yep - I had just ridden my bike 19 miles. Without stopping. It was a sweet red Schwinn le Tour 10-speed, and I was feeling like a total badass.
Read More 06.03.13
When I attend races I am always amazed at the lack of thought and effort that athletes put into a proper warm up before the race. Even many of the elite athletes seem to greatly under-prepare for the rigors of competition, limiting any warm up to a gentle jog and a few arm circles, before launching into a high intensity effort. It seems that as the distance of the event goes up, the length of warm up generally decreases, which is certainly a mistake.
Read More 03.29.13
The basics of power….. On the bike, power is the amount of turning force (torque) generated multiplied by speed (angular velocity). Simply stated, it is how hard you push on the pedals and how fast you are pedaling. Therefore, the basics to boosting power are to train to push harder and train to push faster. Simple!
Read More 03.29.13
Validity and Reproducibility of the Ergomo Pro Power Meter Compared with the SRM and PowerTap Power Meters
The Ergomo®Pro (EP) is a power meter that measures power output (PO) during outdoor and indoor cycling via 2 optoelectronic sensors located in the bottom bracket axis. The aim of this study was to determine the validity and the reproducibility of the EP compared with the SRM crank set and Powertap hub (PT).
Read More 03.31.07
Validity and Reliability of the PowerTap Mobile Cycling Powermeter when compared with the SRM Device
This study, done by Universite de Franche Comte, Besancon, France, tested the validity and reliability of the PowerTap by comparing it with the most accurate (i.e. the scientific model) of the SRM system. It concluded that The PowerTap must be considered as a suitable device for PO measurements during sub-maximal real road cycling and in sub-maximal laboratory tests.
Read More 03.28.07
This study, published by the American College of Sports Medicine, studied the accuracy of SRM and PowerTap
Read More 12.25.05
From preparation to race day bike splits, Jesse shares his thoughts on his 2nd Ironman win.
Read More 01.01.01