This is my world of cycling and just a fun way for me to share my experiences, thoughts and joy I have for cycling. Thanks for visiting Cycle Jabber and good luck in your training! Dirk Friel

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I had an inquiry this week at TrainingPeaks about how to record and analyze data from one ride when both a power meter and a GPS device are used. I used an SRM and a Garmin Edge on October 13th while on a ride in Italy and that post can be seen at

I also dug into my TrainingPeaks Daily Log and found a date back in May where I used a Garmin 301 and an Ergomo powermeter on a mountainous ride.

I downloaded and then uploaded the Garmin into TrainingPeaks by way of the free Messenger (see ). I downloaded then uploaded the Ergomo by way of WKO+. I could have used the WKO+ software to download and upload the Garmin device. Either way is fine.

You can see a screen shot of my WKO+ Calendar which shows the two ride files for the one day.

- I've also added a screen shot of the Map view from within TrainingPeaks which shows the arial photo of my ride overlayed with the route recorded by the Garmin device.

Here is a screen shot taken from WKO+ of the Garmin file. I highlighted the main 5,000ft climb I did that day.

Here is the screen shot from WKO+ of my Power file. I also highlighted the main 5,000ft climb here.

posted by Dirk at 7:36 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Giro d'Italia 2006

"norberto987" did a nice job creating this video. If you have a few minutes it is worth the watch to recap the 2005 Giro.

posted by Dirk at 7:38 PM | 0 comments

Monday, November 06, 2006

T-Mobile Team rider Aaron Olsen Interview
This interview was conducted at the team meeting in Lugano, Switzerland on October 15th.

Aaron talks about his experience so far with T-mobile (this was only his second day with the team) and gives us his perspective on doing his first grand tour in 2006.

Look for more rider interviews to come this season..

posted by Brad Culberson at 10:01 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Today I headed out for a nice 3hr cross ride and ended at the Boulder Cup Cyclocross event. What a great race. The fans really showed their support today on a warm and sunny Colorado day.

(Chris Horner pictured above)

Here is a video of the start of the race. It takes awhile for the riders to reach my position but you can see just how many riders there are and how brutal it is to stay at the front.

Here is another video of the finish sprint:

Fast Freddie was on hand as a spectator today.

posted by Dirk at 4:50 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Group ride with Petacchi and Jorg Jaksche!

One side adventure I did while in Europe in October was to go on a group ride along the Tuscan coast of Italy between Viareggio and La Spezia. This was no ordinary group ride however. This ride meets everyday of the week, 365 days a year. Quit a few of pros who live in the region regularly show up and allow the local amateurs to test themselves against the top ranked pros.

I showed up on a Friday morning at 9:30am and within about 15 minutes we had close to 100 riders heading out along the long boulevard along the beach.

I used my Garmin Edge and SRM on this ride and they worked like a charm. Take a look at the below link to see a map of the ride. I have also pasted in a screen shot of my SRM/WKO+ file from that day. I posted a CP5 of 401 that happened on a 9-minute climb. I had to hold 385 watts for 9 minutes just to hang on to the front group.

I have also added a short video I made on the ride. This is a segment where I am on the back of a group of about eight guys. The front two riders, who are hard to see, are Petacchi and Jorg Jaksche. You can also see a Quickstep-Innergetic rider come off the back of the group near the end of the video.

posted by Dirk at 3:50 PM | 1 comments