Training With Team Sky

Training With Team Sky


– We’ve been invited here, to Team Sky’s Mallorca
training camp by Wahoo, to join the team in an
indoor training session, where I’ll be riding along with the likes of Michał
Kwiatkowski and Wout Poels, and I must admit, I am
looking forward to that. – Bucket. Bucket for Matt. – Before we do that, we’re also going to look at how Team Sky integrate the Wahoo KICKR into their training routine. (dance music) – First up we spoke to Tim Kerrison, to ask how important home trainers are to Team Sky’s training strategy. – Yeah, power trainers
are really important to all professional cyclists at this time of year, in winter when they, when the weather’s a bit unpredictable. The guys do quite a lot
of work on the KICKR to replace what they’re
not able to do on the road. – What about the warm down as well, warming up and warming down, because that’s where Team Sky have been a bit of a trail blazer in the Pro scene for the last few seasons. – Yeah, warming up and warming down’s really an important part
of what we do in races. I think because it’s
such a demanding sport, and the riders, the stage alone is so demanding, I think when we came into the sport the approach was, well
you don’t want to do any more than you have to do, but actually we’ve found, if done at the right intensity, and with the right fueling plan around it, that investing a little bit of time in warming up, if and when it’s required, it actually helped the riders to recover and start the next day in better shape. – So that’s the
perspective of the coaches, but what about the riders? How will they use home trainers? Hi Luke, on a bit of
a light warm down now, but I’m interested in what
sessions you actually use, especially given your race programme, because you’ve got, you
do the Northern Classics, but then you move ahead on to the Tour de France as well, generally. – Yeah, I think for me
it’s more of a tool for, and I guess it’s similar to most people, it’s more of a bad weather tool. If I have the option to go on the road, I’ll always take it but,
you know for me, often, leading up to the Classics is often predominantly where you
get the bad weather, so it’s, with a system
the way you can set it up you can really put a lot of torque and do some really low cadence stuff which is kinda like
climbing a cobble climb, when you’re really grinding up it, so it’s really good for
the torques type work. And that’s predominantly
what I use it for, in the off season and the winter. – [Matt] Since you’re on
your own in that zone, what do you like to listen to? What gets you pumping? – Yeah, everyone’s pretty different what they listen to, everyone’s got their own little thing. But for me I think it’s just a good bit of old school rap really. – Oh really? – I say old school, not old old, like, I’m not that old, so. I mean, to you , old school
rap is a different thing. – Yeah, slightly different. – You probably call it new.
– Mine’s Grandmaster Flash, and you’re like Dr. Dre for example. – I’m Dr. Dre, 50 cent, Eminem, you probably still call
that modern, wouldn’t you? – It is relatively modern
for me though, yeah. – Big question for you Ian. Do you think training with accurate power has improved your race day performance? – Ah, most definitely. Yeah, you know I remember when I had my first home trainer and it was just the tyre on the little wheel and you try to train,
and you try to get power but you just wind up tyre slipping, you wear your tyre out
and you don’t really get and accurate or consistent
training session. – [Matt] Describe to me then, I mean we’ve all done some
pretty brutal training sessions, can you remember the
hardest training session that Tim has ever given you? And what the soundtrack
to that session was. Was it silence, your beating heart? Or were there some beats involved? – I think the most challenging Turbo session I’ve ever done was probably 2014. We were actually out here in Mallorca, and we’d done a three hour ride, and it was like three degrees and raining, we’re all like, Wiggins is like, we’re going back, this is ridiculous. So we came back, came in the hotel and they’d already set up our bikes up on the Turbo. And I was like, I’m not sure if we’re going to do this right away. First I’m going to need
a shower and warm up. So I went and showered. I think we did a session, it was like an hour and a half with three 15 minute blocks of threshold. Which after we’d already been outside I think it was the last day at camp, so we were mentally kind
of already checked out, but we got through the work out. I think it was Wiggins, myself and maybe Ben Swift in the room. – So some good company. – And I didn’t have headphones, I just wanted to get it done. You know, I was just looking at the power do the workout, and get off and go home for Christmas. That was the worst, well just the mentally most difficult session I’ve ever done. – So you, as well as being a Track World Champion and a time trial specialist as well, and I’ve noticed that you do, rather than use rollers
to warm up for the track you use a home trainer, so I mean, that’s quite interesting
from a track rider. They normally sort of go
with the least resistance? – I mean, when I first started with GB on the track
three or four years ago, it was always roller, would
always just do rollers, and then we switched to Turbos just to get that more resistance in. And certainly they looked
at the warm ups a lot, and you can get a lot of
cadence on the rollers, but that’s about it. But, especially for a
Team Pursuit, you know, the start of a time trial, you need your big power straight away, and the only way we could do that is by getting some
resistance in the warm up. – [Matt] So whereabouts do
you like to situate yours? Do you like to be with the family, or do you like to be
alone and kind of focused? – Well, I’ve just moved
to a new place actually, got a nice Terrace in the sun now, so hopefully be out there. But where I was in Manchester, we had a sort of
designated bike Turbo room, so it was you know, like just a little grim room, just Turbo here, Turbo there, and you went in and,
yeah, just got it done. But yeah, I’m looking forward to it now, big terrace looking over the sea. – So, it’s very clear that the home trainer plays a vital part in every aspect of
training and competition. Now, if you haven’t
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