In order to participate, you’ll need a turbo trainer and have downloaded Zwift.com
There are a few steps setting up the tech to join our group online sessions. Whilst this may initially be a bit of a faff, once it’s done and you’ve successfully connected the platforms work exceptionally well. You’ll get the same training and social aspect online as if you would in the studio class, in addition to a training plan and any tech support.
1) First off is to download Zwift ideally onto your laptop: https://zwift.com/uk/download
2) Please check out all the Zwift how-to videos for cycling. Take your time viewing all of them to limit set up issues. Here are the links for the how-to video’s for both cycling & running: https://zwift.com/uk/video/how-to-cycling
3) Once you launch Zwift on your computer you will be taken to a ‘pairing devices’ page where you can link your bike turbo trainer, heart rate, speed and cadence sensors via either bluetooth or ANT+ wireless signal. This next bit is very important:
PLEASE INVEST £10 IN AN ANT+ DONGLE WHICH PLUGS INTO YOUR LAPTOP (LIKE A LITTLE USB) WHICH WILL BE A FAR SUPERIOR THAN BLUETOOTH … IN FACT IN MOST CIRCUMSTANCES THE BLUETOOTH DOESNT CONNECT WELL AND YOULL WASTE A LOAD OF TIME TRYING TO USE IT … SO MAKE SURE YOU PAIR ALL YOUR DEVICES (CERTAINLY THE TRAINER) USING ANT+ CONNECTION. IF YOU HAVE BEEN USING ZWIFT WITH BT WITH NO PROBLEM THEN OF COURSE YOU CAN USE IT.
4) Once you’ve succesfully connected to your devices then click on OK. This will then take you to a screen where you can choose either a “routes” ride or select a “training” ride. See the Zwift how-to videos to find out more about the difference between the two. Once you’ve picked either a route or a training workout, then click RIDE!!!
5) Test out zwift on a few rides by yourself to see what it’s all about and if you need any assistance or having issues please contact us and we’ll try to help. Next step is to get the other software going needed to join group rides and communicate with others via a chat channel.
6) Next step will be to download the Zwift Companion app on your iphone or android device. The app icon background is blue rather than orange, so when searching for a zwift app you’ll see the main platform (in orange) or the Zwif t “COMPANION” app (in blue).
7) Once you’ve downloaded the Zwift Companion app, then open it and connect to myself (PAT LEAHY) and I will be able to then send you invites to the group sessions (Zwift Meet Up’s in Events). To connect to me as a friend please click on the “more…” button on the bottom navigation bar. Once clicked you will then click on “Find Zwifters” where you can search my name or other friends names. Please take time to watch some of the how-to video’s I’ve put together here on this website:
Speedlab Zwift Group Training – Pat Leahy’s How-ToVideos
8) Now you’re connected to me you’ll get an invite to join various meet-ups (classes) through the week as per the Online Timetable. YOU MUST ACCEPT THE MEET-UPS YOUWOULD LIKE TO ATTEND IN ZWIFT COMPANION. IF YOU DONT ACCEPT THE INVITE BEFORE THE CLASS YOU WONT GET IN!
9) Once you’ve accepted any classes, then please have Zwift up and running a good 10-15minutes before the class starts. You can ride as part of your own warm up, until 3 minutes before the start you will get a pop-up invite to join the meet up directly on your laptop. Accept this and you’ll be taken to the meet up and your charater will be spinning their legs on a virtual turbo trainer on the side of the road waiting to start. If for whatever reason you arent taken to the meet-up, you may need to quickly quit out and re-launch into zwift and then it should come up. You’ll only have 3 minutes to do this if you get this issue.
10) Now you’re riding the class as a team!!! You’ll see your name and other class mates names lit up in green on the right side of the screen. This green highlight indicates we are grouped together regardless of individual speed or power allowing everyone (of any level) to train together. Whether you pushing out 1w/kg or 5w/kg … you’ll stick together!!! 🙂
The next question will run you through setting up the Discord app which we use to communicate with each other, much like a chat room or conference call. You’ll be able hear the ride leaders instructions and socialise with friends.
Cycling Kit: Please wear cycling shorts and jersey (pref your club kit) or a gym t-shirt/vest top. Chamois cream is always a good idea on any ride inside or out!
Shoes: If wearing cycling shoes you’ll need SPD cleats which are the small cleats often used for spinning bikes, mtb and commuting. If you don’t have these then you can wear gym trainers/running shoes. The pedals are like most spin bikes with a dual side for either SPDs cleats or flat pedals w/Straps.
Hydration: Bring a water bottle. There is a few water fountains at H2 you can fill and re-fill when needed. You may want bring an energy drink for longer classes and FTP testing.
Towels: They are provided at H2 (both small ones will be on the bikes and larger ones available at reception)
Bike Parking: If you are cycling over to H2 they have a large secure bike racking area which you can park your bike whilst there.
Changing Rooms: H2 has large male and female changing rooms with lockers, showers and toilets. You’ll need to grab a locker card from reception when you arrive. Towels, body wash and shampoo is all there.
All ability and fitness levels are welcome!
All classes are run around a percentage of your FTP so you ride to your personal zones. This keeps the intensity similar for all riders during a class. You control the resistance on the spin bikes, so can make it easier if needed or re-adjust your FTP if the zones feel to high. Speak to the instructor to help you gauge what FTP you should ride at initially if you don’t know your FTP.
If you have any health issues, heart problems or injuries please tell the instructor at the start of the class or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance so we can offer any advice pre-class.
Check the Course Dates Page for all upcoming dates and which H2 location (Soho or Victoria) that course is at. Generally all our 8wk course classes start at 7:15pm with Tuesday’s and Thursdays being held at H2 Soho and with Wednesday’s being held at H2 Victoria;
Soho: H2 Clubs, Dufours Place (just off Broadwick St), London. W1F 7SP
Victoria: H2 Clubs, 10 Bressenden Place, London. SW1E 5DH
All classes range between 60-75 minutes, usually building up the duration through the course.
We will be using the Stages spin bikes with Stages power meters which link to both an on-bike console and Stages Flight software on the big screen. It is very important you sign up to the Stages Flight software (as in above step) so you can see your power gauge (as a % of FTP) on the big screen and follow the intervals correctly.
Once the class has ended Stages Flight will send you an email with all of your data stats and you can also sync it to send straight to Strava & Training Peaks.
HRMs (Heart Rate Monitors): You can wear a HRM and they will sync to the stages on-bike console via ANT+ (which most straps are). There is a specific process to sync them correctly and I will run through how at the beginning of the class for those using them. Often its quicker and simpler to bring your own bike computer or watch and sync both the HRM and bike to that (if it has a power function on it, which again most decent garmins/wahoos etc do). The class is really designed around power zones so this will be the primary reading from the Stages bikes.
Devices: As mentioned above you can also bring your own device which is always good as a back up in case of any tech problems. You will be able to sync the stages power meters via the add sensor function in your bike computers menu.
No Device or HRM: Don’t worry if you don’t have or bring either. As mentioned the classes really focus on power which will be picked up on the Stages Flight system.
A lot of you will be using Strava and Training Peaks to track your data so will want to set up the sync between Stages Flight and these apps. You’ll need to do this before you ride your initial class so it automatically synchronises all the data at the end of every ride.
In the left side navigation options under ‘Settings’ within the Stages Flight software choose “Apps” and then enable which apps you’d like to sync – simple as that! 😀
To change your FTP or heart rate zones go to the left side navigation options in ‘Settings’ within the Stages Flight software and choose “Heart Rate & Watt” and then edit your zones accordingly.
If you haven’t enabled ‘FTP lock’ in this area your FTP will automatically update every time you do a class which contains any kind of tests. We would recommend that you enable the ‘FTP lock’ so that you have to manually go in to change your FTP after any testing protocols. The reason being that you may do a test on a day where you’re perhaps feeling unwell or still fatigued from previous training that week, so you’ll likely not hit your true FTP as you would being totally fresh.
In preparation for any kind of session which contains either a short or full FTP test we recommend you take a rest/easy day the day before and ideally not have done a high intensity/high volume session for at least a few days.
As you’ll be working mainly at and above threshold in z4 and z5 you’ll be working very anaerobically and burning a lot more sugar/carbs that fat, so you’ll want to bring an energy drink (rather than water) on testing days to give your best performance and not bonk halfway through the test.
Stages Flight uses color coded zones based on FTP (functional threshold power) to help guide you through intensity levels based on color. The gauges within the class will change colors based on where you are riding in relation to the FTP set in your profile.
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