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Week in Review: July 19th, 2020

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Sports Tech Deals of Note:

Ok, not much left this week. Sorta a lull. But hey, if ya need a GoPro Hero 8 Black, it’s still on sale!

ProductSale PriceAmazonClever TrainingSale Notes
Apple Watch Series 6 - 40mm$15 offIt's not the biggest deal ever...but hey, it's a deal (and the only deal!).
Apple Watch Series 6 - 44mm$15 offIt's not the biggest deal ever...but hey, it's a deal (and the only deal!).
Apple iPad - Latest Model 8th Gen (32GB)$30 off (10% off)I use my iPad primarily for TrainerRoad as well as Zwift when not with a larger display. I also occasionally use it for other apps, namely The SufferFest - but I pretty much test every smart trainer app on it. This is the latest iPad that was just announced barely two weeks ago, so not too bad to see it on sale already (US AMAZON DEAL ONLY).

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:

Sunday: Week in Review–July 12th, 2020
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Wednesday: Tacx Flux 2 Smart Trainer (2020 Edition) In-Depth Review
Friday: Behind the Scenes on Zwift’s Tour de France TV Broadcast, Plus Zwift’s New RaceView

YouTube Videos This Past Week:

Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!

Stuff I Found Interesting Around The Interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks to clear out the backlog):

1) GCN announces annual Race Pass, live race coverage: I think this is pretty substantial, and finally something I might actually pay for (if the TdF ends up happening). My challenge has always been that I mostly want to watch an English feed of a race, yet reside in non-English speaking countries (France and now Netherlands). So this is potentially perfect for me. I’m hoping they get out an Apple TV app quickly, since I find AirPlay a bit cumbersome for watching something like sports long-term in the background. Also not super clear to me is what happens if I travel (to other countries), do I lose any access? Is it based on country of credit card used, or current locale of my phone? Of course, travel isn’t really an issue right now…

2) Zwift to do Super League Triathlon Live In-Person Event in August: This could be pretty interesting. Basically the swim occurs in an Olympic swimming pool, then the bike on trainers, and run on a treadmill. They’ve got some pretty big names signed up. It’s happening in Rotterdam, so perhaps I’ll jump on a quick train ride and check it out. We’ll see, depending on if the situation remains the same here in the Netherlands or not. (via Eric Min Twitter)

3) Huge list of US bike businesses who received PPP loans: Obviously, this isn’t every business – but, it is interesting insights into things. Sports tech companies included Saris, Lezyne, Niterider, and Specialized. Keep in mind that the point of these loans is to keep people employed. So while some aspects of a company like Saris would be booming (trainers), other aspects wouldn’t be (their bike rack business).

4) Skydio gets $100M in new funding round: Holy balls, that’s a lot. Obviously, expansion of their enterprise space is driving quite a bit of that. But it’s good to see them explicitly noting that they have no plans to leave the consumer space, and in fact expand production there.

5) Horses vs Human Running Races: And why if the deck is stacked enough, humans can actually win.

6) How Paris is shifting the cycling landscape: It was cool seeing this when we lived in Paris, but even our own street we lived on looks dramatically different now than it did the day we left. Despite having been one of the two main river streets that pulsed with traffic day and night, it’s now got bidirectional bike lanes and more. Oh, and way less vehicle lanes.

7) NPE adds Apple Watch Connectivity for Runn Treadmill Sensor: If you remember, Runn is the Treadmill Sensor that transmits your pace and cadence (and even incline) to Zwift and other apps. Rather than having to deal with a footpod (ideal for multi-user setups). Anyway, this now transmits this all to their dedicated Apple Watch app.

Sports Tech Device Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software, and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one-liners are perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?  Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin and a few other firmware updates.

Stages Bike (SB20) Firmware Update: This adds back dual Bluetooth connectivity (ideal for monitoring shifting). This was technically the week prior, but I missed it.

Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM Series Firmware Update: Stability enhancements

Thanks for reading!

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30 Comments

  1. Koen

    There’s another update (version 2.4.0) for the Stages Dash M50/L50 headunits. Major new feature: “Add graphs to data pages for five key metrics: power, heart rate, speed, elevation, and cadence.”

  2. Tim Shears

    Such a missed opportunity by Eurosport Player. I love the Kirkby/Kelly commentary, but cannot access it when travelling. Despite subscribing in the UK. I am sure they could sort the issue if its technical, Or sort themselves out if it is procedural.

    • Phil

      Strange. I was able to use the Eurosport player for English cycling commentary during 2019 in the UK and Sweden.

    • Garry

      In Australia – no Eurosport Player access. Eurosport have onsold access to an obscure pay TV coy called Fetch. And you need to purchase a Fetch box for $449 AUD to access it. Previously it was on Foxtel, the biggest pay TV provider in Australia but they decided not to renew with Eurosport. Very disappointing and a lot of people not happy. Would sign up for the Player in a heartbeat.

    • Gareth

      Garry, if you use Optus Broadband in Oz you can get Eurosport for $8.99 per month.

  3. Matthew Cervi

    I don’t understand why Garmin can’t produce a change log page for each device that tells what the current firmware is and the history of changes. Most other companies (including Wahoo in the cycling device space) seem to have figured that out.

    • GLT

      Doing an internet search for “Garmin DEVICENAME updates” returns results for many current devices.

      EX;

      link to www8.garmin.com

    • Yeah, they have a page for each product, but god help you finding that page from a centralized resource. Impossible.

      And atop that, I don’t really understand why they make it so difficult to quickly determine the current/latest version. For example, each one of those pages linked to above can be variable, sometimes they’ll show more current updates, and sometimes it’s just a snapshot in time for a given product’s firmware version (e.g. 8.60). I don’t understand the pattern of why some pages are dynamic and others totally static snapshots in time.

      I’d say that the general gist of what Suunto has is easiest to jump off to firmware update pages: link to suunto.com

      Though, I wish they just put a little date/FW version below each header image. Would save me/anyone a click.

    • GLT

      Agreed getting the information isn’t very smooth. Using the update summary’s navigation breadcrumbs to back out a level takes the user from the land of science into the land of marketing.

      Within GC web you can create a Dashboard with a “Device” widget for each of your registered devices. The widget will paint an “Update Available” icon if there is an unapplied firmware update for the device. A little less cluttered than Garmin Express which includes all the TrueUp chatter in the device update counts.

  4. giorgitd

    Hmmm…in the US, GCN says ’24 live events plus highlights of the three grand tours’. Highlights, not live grand tours. I’m sure that this is due to existing agreements for the tours in the US, but certainly makes this far less compelling for me.

    • Mike

      Agreed that it’s not as good as it could be but for $20 you get a bunch of live races that we wouldn’t otherwise get or could only get from cobbling together different services.

    • Yeah, it’s really too bad the grand tours aren’t available in the US here. Which, sorta gets to my question of whether the toggle is via billing address or physical locale.

  5. Ryan

    Also for Deals, DJI Osmo Action for $249 (Amazon) showed up in my feed.

  6. Dr_LHA

    Regarding bike racks – just like everything else bike related out there, they’re sold out. My wife has been bugging me to get a 5 bike rack for our mini-van, and I can’t find one in stock anywhere. So I think bike racks have been selling just fine during COVID.

    • Yeah, Saris actually does two core types of bike racks:

      A) Racks for cars
      B) Bike parking racks for businesses (and as far as I understand, most of their biz is in the US right now)

      It’s that second lot, primarily in the US, that I imagine is challenging right now. And actually, that second half is more of so-called ‘Bike Infrastructure’ that is both business and government/city focused: link to sarisinfrastructure.com

  7. Sim

    Re: race pass. They’ve confirmed (in Twitter comments) that the pass works moving regions. You’ll just have access to whatever that region has access to, so the occasional event not available to some regions, most likely RCS events)
    Given they are a discovery / Eurosport company, you’ll have the same as the player would show, just with the addition of pre and post race analysis sometimes, and no ad breaks.
    This has clearly been the plan for Eurosport / GCN for some time, and its great to see it come to life.
    Easily worth the $20 or so.

  8. Nedim

    Unfortunately gpsinformation.net is down for a week or so now :/ Starting to fear it’s not coming back.

  9. Paris

    Hi there,

    the link to gpsinformation.net is not working any more

  10. Bertram Redmeijer

    Amsterdam – Rotterdam is just 75 km by bike. Just saying..

  11. Michiel

    Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT/ROAM Stability enhancements – well, on my Bolt it crushed Live Tracking and iPhone-Bolt connectivity. Again. Bleh.

  12. Akiva Wasser

    Hammerhead finally released the first part of their interface overhaul to the public this week.

  13. Shannon

    Regarding the PPP loans, I suspect that even bike racks are selling well right now. My N=1 is that I was recently in a bike store and the only kuat rack in my mid-size city was at that bike store – sold out everywhere else.

  14. Theresa

    Hey there! I am in the market for a bike computer and thinking about sticking with the Wahoo brand for it. I am mostly leaning towards the Bolt rather than the Roam (based on your awesome reviews, thanks!).

    I wanted to know if you thought that the Bolt was too old at this point, and if I should wait to see if Wahoo has any newer options coming out in the Bolt price point, or if there are updates to the Roam that would make it more worth it?

    I am not in a rush to purchase something, as my phone has been working okay for my recent rides. But I am looking forward to having a dedicated bike computer.

  15. ReHMn

    ..maybe the hackers are also sportsmen.
    They had enough of crappy Connect and for years they collected suggestions and complaints from the Garmin forum and the time has come to implement those…

  16. Anon

    GCN app and Race Pass (iOS in the UK) is very buggy and poor at the moment. Eurosport much better option at the moment, and Eurosport is pretty terrible itself.

    • Yeah, internet broadcasting with numerous players is hard. I suspect it’s going to take a bit before things stabilize. Which, honestly, is fine – no better time than now to figure it out…