Tired of someone stealing your 1st place rank on the leaderboard of all your favorite Strava segments? Now you can train all winter to be the KOM with the new Segments app from Wahoo Fitness. Paired together with the KICKR Power Trainer, you can compete head-to-head with any rider on any particular Strava segment, all while riding indoors out of the rain.
For those of you not familiar with the KICKR Power Trainer, it uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and ANT+ technology to connect to your iPhone to provide you with full resistance control during your training session. With a wheel off design and super flywheel, the bike trainer produces a realistic road feel. A direct power measurement at the hub provides consistent and accurate power data to help you train.
Instead of just blindly turning the pedals on your KICKR Power Trainer this winter, the Wahoo Segments app allows you to take segments and entire routes from Strava and incorporate them into your training session. The Segments app automatically controls resistance to match the elevation profile of each route, meaning the KICKR realistically simulates the grade of each Strava segment’s climb in real-time.
Resistance adjustments are instant, making it easy to replicate everything from a flat or rolling hill course, to a monster climb with steep descent. Once you are done, you can upload the session to your Strava profile as an indoor workout and see how you compare. I think it would be super fun to practice riding a famous course such as the Tourmalet or parts of the Giro d'Italia to see how you would perform.
The Wahoo Segments iPhone app is available for download and retails for $31.99.