Part 2 on Mechanical Doping sees Greg chat with Mechanical Doping mastermind Mark Barfield on how he took a blank sheet of paper and developed a strategy for the UCI’s successful management of Mechanical Doping! Plus, Matt & Greg talk about Grand Tours, Crashing, Tadej Pogacar and Zwift Academy!

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Episode 57 - New Training Plans And Post-Natal Training, Part 2

September 29, 2020

Just 11 days after giving birth to her son, Ted, Dani Rowe sits down with Kristin and Zwift’s very own Kate Veronneau to talk about all things post-pregnancy training in Part 2 of our deep dive into pre- and post-natal training. Kristin Armstrong imparts some valuable wisdom on motherhood, getting back on the bike, and dealing with the post-pregnancy pressure. Kate joins the fun, chatting with Dani and Kristin about the two new training plans that she's been working on.

Haute Route Special - Kristin Armstrong Talks to CEO Julie Royer

September 18, 2020

As Zwift prepares for the second round of Haute Route rides up the new Ven-Top, Kristin Armstrong sits down with the CEO, Julie Royer. They talk Haute Route history, how to prepare, how taking Haute Route to Zwift just makes sense, and Julie's own ascent to CEO status.

 

Haute Route rides start today on Zwift, so get your climbing legs ready for a brutal 3 stage weekend of climbing, group riding and beautiful views!

Episode 56 - Mark Barfield on Mechanical Doping Part 1

September 17, 2020

Former Technical Manager for the UCI, Mark Barfield, sits down with Greg Henderson to discuss all things mechanical doping from bike weight to the impact of new bike tech. Greg also fills us in on what the opening week of the Tour de France looks like for a team staff member. Don’t miss Part 2 of the chat with Mark Barfield which sees Greg and Mark tackle mechanical fraud - coming soon! 

Episode 55 - Athlete and Mom and Beyond—Training Through Pregnancy PART 1

August 27, 2020

Training is tough. Pregnancy is tough. Training while pregnant...well, you get the idea. Kristin and Dani cover everything about training hard with a bun in the oven, as well as how to move forward after the baby is born. How to look after the body, ways to listen to your body, as well as why keeping track of your heart rate is so important! The pair also get into the latest at Zwift, new pro teams, and try their hand at explaining a few cycling terms.

 

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Virtual Tour de France Wrap Up

July 31, 2020

In the final instalment of the Virtual Tour de France specials, Matt, Greg, Dani and Kristin take one last look back on the first Virtual Tour and talk about what the future might hold. NTT Pro Cycling Team Principal Doug Ryder also joins Kristin for a chat about what it took to sweep all the virtual jerseys and the team's valuable charity work. 

Virtual Tour de France Stage 5 and 6 Winner Interviews with Ash Moolman Pasio, Mike Woods And More

July 24, 2020

The Virtual Tour de France has come to an end but that doesn't mean we don't still have some winner interviews for you to sink your teeth into. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Mike Woods, Lauren Stephens and Will Clarke all dominated over the weekend and Kristin Armstrong got the inside scoop from them all the moment they stepped off the bike! Plus we have an extra interview with Rachel Hedderman, DS of Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, as well as a chat with Doug Ryder, DS of NTT Pro Cycling which will feature in next week's episode.

 

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France

Virtual Tour de France Special: Mont Ventoux, the Champs-Élysées and Stages 3 and 4

July 17, 2020

The final stages of the Virtual Tour de France might be looming but there is so much to get excited about as the pros take on Mont Ventoux and the Champs-Élysées this weekend - two legendary routes which will soon be available in Zwift. It's a full house as Matt Rowe, Dani Rowe, Kristen Armstrong and Greg Henderson also take a look at last weekend's action to debate the age old topic, when do you use your PowerUps in races? And just when you think we couldn't pack more into this episode, Dani and Kristin talk about their new training program which launched last week!

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France

Virtual Tour de France Stage 3 and 4 Winner Interviews With Tanja Erath, Freddy Ovett And More

July 13, 2020

After a weekend of amazing racing, it's only fitting that the PowerUp hosts sat down with the 4 stage winners of the middle weekend of the Virtual Tour de France. Greg Henderson chatted to Tanja Erath (CANYON//SRAM RACING) and Matteo Dal-Cin (RALLY CYCLING) to see what tips the pros could offer listeners. Then Dani Rowe grabbed some time with returning stage winner April Tacey (DROPS) and Freddy Ovett (ISRAEL START-UP NATION), who was vying for a win after his close second place in last week's Stage 2. Plenty of tips, stories and laughter to be had!

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France

 

Virtual Tour de France Special: All The Racing Analysis From Stages 1 And 2

July 9, 2020

The opening stages of the Virtual Tour de France might be over but Matt Rowe, Dani Rowe and Greg Henderson have all the racing analysis to help you race like a pro. Looking back at stages 1 and 2, they reflect on what the riders said in their post-race interviews (see previous episode) and how to master the super tuck. But with stages 3 and 4 looming, the hosts can't resist talking about the next two courses on the brand new France routes! 

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France

Virtual Tour de France Stage 1 and 2 Winner Interviews With April Tacey, Julien Bernard and More

July 6, 2020

As the opening weekend of racing comes to a close, Matt Rowe and Dani Rowe sit down with the winners of each race. The adrenaline is still pumping and most of them are still on their trainers, so we get the freshest insight into just how hard the first two stages of the Virtual Tour de France were. April Tacey (DROPS), Ryan Gibbons (NTT PRO CYCLING TEAM), Lauren Stephens (TEAM TIBCO - SILICON VALLEY BANK) and Julian Bernard (TREK-SEGAFREDO) share all, and Greg Henderson analyses the small details of the weekend's racing.

 

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France.  

Virtual Tour de France Special: The Tour de France Is Coming To Zwift!

June 29, 2020

It's official! The Tour de France is coming to Zwift with 6 men's and women's races over the course of 3 weekends called Virtual Tour de France. That's right, women will be taking part too! And that's not all, there will be new worlds for riders to explore in game as France and Paris both make their Zwift debuts. The Zwift PowerUp Cycling Podcast is launching 3 weeks of Virtual Tour de France specials as Matt, Greg, Kristin and Dani chat to the winners of each virtual race and share their own stories and insight in mid-week updates.

Catch post-race interviews every Monday and mid-week updates every Thursday until the end of the Virtual Tour de France. 

Episode 54 - Maize Wimbush on Aiming to be the First Female African American Olympic Cyclist

June 25, 2020

Kristin Armstrong talks with 14-year-old, future star cyclist Maize Wimbush about the passion of wearing the red, white and blue and representing your country. Maize opens up about her dream of being the first female African American to make the Olympic Team in cycling, before receiving advice from 3x Olympic Champ Kristin Armstrong.

Episode 53 - Ash Moolman Pasio on Lockdown Life and Zwift Racing

June 16, 2020

Say hello to Ashleigh Moolman Pasio! The South African pro cyclist was the first-ever World Tour Pro winner of a Zwift Classic—you might remember her crushing the third round at Trofeo Bologna. She and PowerUp host Matt Rowe catch up in Episode 53, chatting about life in lockdown as well as racing and training on Zwift. Plus, Matt, Kev, and Greg offer advice on how to factor split days into your training.

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Episode 52 - Nicola Cranmer on Team Twenty20’s History and Future

June 10, 2020

Kristin Armstrong talks with Nicola Cranmer, with 16+ years at the helm of women’s pro cycling teams. We count ​4 Olympic medalists and 17 World Champions with her backing, and more trophies on the way. Her show stopping women of TWENTY20 are regular Zwift users, smashing max power limits and honing their mental game. Nicola also looks into her crystal ball and offers predictions for the future of bike racing.

 

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Episode 51 - James Piccoli on Winning Races In Lockdown With Israel Start-Up Nation

May 29, 2020

So who’s James Piccoli? He’s a Canadian. He’s a millennial. He’s a next-level professional road racer, currently riding for UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation. James chats with PowerUp host Greg Henderson about the unusual scenario of turning WorldTour Pro but having no real-life races to compete in! James talks about the transition to professional life, what he’s been up to in lockdown, as well as racing on Zwift!

 

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Lockdown Check-In With Nick Frendo On Mental Health

May 22, 2020

A short episode during Mental Health Awareness Week sees Matt catch up with Movember Ambassador; Nick Frendo. Nick opens up about his story, fundraising efforts and how he is now using Zwift amidst Lockdown!

Episode 50 - Legendary Coach Jim Miller Talks Mindset and His Return To Team USA (Part 2)

May 20, 2020

Part 2 continues in to the fascinating mind of Jim Miller, where the conversation turns to mindset and TrainingPeaks amongst other topics! Matt and Kev also talk ‘detraining’ and how the pro peloton may come back stronger than ever after lockdown!

Challenges Special: Willie Smit on Conquering Zwift Challenges

May 14, 2020

During lockdown, some Zwifters have taken on some seriously massive challenges! Take South African pro cyclist Willie Smit for example. The Burgos–BH rider headed to Watopia on April 14, where he tackled a continuous 1,000-kilometer ride, covering every meter in 37 hours. After broadcasting certain parts of the ride live on YouTube, he posted the final data on Instagram. 8,150 meters climbed. 17,081 calories burned. Kev chats with Willie about the next-level undertaking in this episode.

Episode 49 - Jim Miller on Helping USA Cycling to Win 14 Olympic Medals

April 28, 2020

Coach Jim Miller may not be a household name, but his influence on cycling in the US is momentous. Between TrainingPeaks and USA Cycling, he’s helped the United States rack up over 14 Olympic medals over the last two decades. Fun fact: he’s also been Kristin Armstrong’s life-long coach! Greg and Kristin catch up with Jim, and later on Matt talks about getting the balance right between riding up and down categories.

Episode 48 - Philippe Gilbert Talks Training, Classics, and Zwift

April 11, 2020

Matt chats with a legend of the sport, Philippe Gilbert about his favorite training session, the classics, consistency with training and more! Plus, Kev and Greg join with insight into how much carbohydrates you need to consume for Zwifting! 

Covid-19 Host Check-In with Kristin Armstrong

April 7, 2020

Matt catches up with Kristin to talk about juggling life as a cycling coach, an entrepreneur, a mom and a school teacher! Plus, Matt and Kristin chat about the latest Zwift feature—Clubs!

Covid-19 Host Check-In with Kev Poulton

March 31, 2020

Matt catches up with Kev to discuss how pro cyclists are coping amidst COVID-19, plus a new power profiling protocol and peak Zwift! Matt and Kev even share their best jokes!

Covid-19 Host Check-In with Greg Henderson

March 27, 2020

Matt catches up with Greg who talks about how COVID-19 is impacting his daily life in isolation. Plus, what it means for the World Tour Pro Cycling Team to have no IRL racing to train for!

Covid-19 Host Check-In With Dani Rowe

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of life, from travel to dining to finance to fitness. PowerUp host Matt Rowe speaks about the impact of the coronavirus with his wife, Olympic Champion Dani Rowe. They touch on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, speculating on what the pandemic might mean for athletes. 

 

Disclaimer: the UK was not in lockdown nor had the Olympics been postponed when this episode was recorded.

 

Episode 47 - International Women’s Day Special with Zwift’s Kate Veronneau

March 6, 2020

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re rolling out a special episode hosted by Dani Rowe, Kristin Armstrong, and Zwift’s very own Kate Veronneau. The topic of the day is, of course, what it’s like being a woman in cycling. From equal pay to parity to sponsorship and beyond, these remarkable women cover gender topics while dishing on stories from their own lives in this jam-packed episode. Why did Dani retire? Will Kristin’s son follow in her footsteps? What’s it like working at Zwift? (Spoiler, there's a lot of lycra!) Learn all that and more in Episode 47.

Episode 46 - Sleep Special with Dr Ian Dunican Part 2

March 5, 2020

This episode brings you more insight into the power of sleep and how it can help improve your cycling, from turning standby lights off to why you should let teenagers sleep in! Plus, Kev delves further into the science behind caffeine and training!

Episode 45 - Sleep Special with Dr. Ian Dunican Part 1

February 22, 2020

Here’s a free major performance enhancer you should know about–sleep! Kev chats all things the land of nod with sleep expert, Dr. Ian Dunican. Plus, a look at delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) with Kev diving into the world of scientific journals so you don’t have to.

Episode 44 - James Phillips Talks Zwift Esports

February 4, 2020

Matt chats with British National Zwift champion, James Phillips, who’s juggling a lot these days. He’s got a full-time job, a father to two, and is a semi-pro racer for the world’s first eSports team – Canyon ZCC. He shares his journey on Zwift to date, and how he’s training to meet his lofty 2020 goals. Greg also talks candidly about working at Tour Down Under while Australia battles wildfires.

Episode 43 - André Greipel on Sprinting and Managing Nerves

January 22, 2020

Matt, Kristin and Kev reconvene for the first podcast of 2020, featuring a chat between Greg and 22 x Grand Tour Stage Winner Andre Greipel! Sprinting is of course discussed, plus the chat turns to managing your nerves and the usual host of chat around the latest goings on in the world of cycling and Zwift!

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Episode 42 - Zwiftmas Special With a 2020 Message From Craig Edmondson, CEO of Zwift Esports

December 20, 2019

Matt, Kev and Dr Greg talk all the latest goings on in the world of Zwift and the world of cycling! Early thoughts on Crit City, World Cup Track Cycling, plus the podcast choir sing a festive tune to wrap up what has been an amazing year! 

Episode 41 - Say Hello to Zwift’s Newest Feature: Off-Road

December 12, 2019

In Episode 41, Zwift’s very own Matt Noble chats with host Matt Rowe about the latest update, which brings off-road bikes into the game. Eager to get your dirt on? We review the new mountain bike and gravel-specific training plans! Matt R., Kristin and Greg also cover the usual topics, including tips on how to prepare for your next Zwift Fondo!

Episode 40 - Peter Kennaugh and Dr David Spindler on Mental Health in Pro Cycling

November 28, 2019

Mental health is a subject everyone deals with, yet so few of us discuss it. Matt and Kev chat with Dr. David Spindler and Peter Kennaugh for an honest discussion that digs into common misconceptions, and the role psychology can play for everyone, including World Tour teams. David Spindler is a Sports Psychologist, who works with Team Dimension Data. Olympic gold medalist Peter Kennaugh draws from personal experience after recently stepping away indefinitely from cycling to focus on his own mental health.

Episode 39 - Chloé Dygert on Her Younger Years and Overcoming Adversity

November 12, 2019

When eight-time World Champion Chloé Dygert comes to chat, it’s time to listen. Her coach, Kristin Armstrong, not only speaks with her about her sensational performance at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, but they also peel back the layers and look at the sports-filled childhood that contributed to Chloé’s many successes. The record-smashing highs as well as the lows—how she came back from a concussion after years honing her mental strength.

Episode 38 - Six Day Special with Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani, Katie Archibald and more

October 28, 2019

In a 6 Day Special we let Events Specialist Dani Rowe loose on track centre at the London Velopark - where she won her Olympic gold medal in 2012. She discusses all things track, goals and cheat meals with some of the biggest names in the game - Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani and Katie Archibald, just to name a few. Dani grabbed Cavendish just as he'd come off the track (you can still hear the action going on in the background!) and she cornered Barbieri in a treatment room to talk girl power, so it's a jam-packed episode bursting at the seams with stories, ambition and winners!

Episode 37 - Post World Championship Catch Up

October 15, 2019

As business returns to normal after the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, Matt Rowe, Greg Henderson, and Kristin Armstrong go over a crazy week of podcasting and cycling action. Just because the big week is over doesn’t mean this episode is any less packed. We chat about the juniors who truly stood out as well as how Mathieu van der Poel could have learned from Greg’s own experiences with bonking (detailed in the Alex Dowsett episode). Greg gets fired up about one particularly controversial moment in Yorkshire, and Kristin discusses having to follow Chloe Dygert's explosive TT win from the other side of the world.

World Championship Special: Rohan Dennis and Craig Edmondson, CEO of Zwift esports

September 30, 2019

In the final instalment of the World Championship Specials, Matt, Dani and Kev cover all possible topics, from where Rohan Dennis keeps his rainbow jerseys, to what the future of Zwift esports is. Sitting down with both Rohan Dennis and Zwift esports CEO Craig Edmondson, the final episode winds down from a jam packed week of racing and podcasts. There’s also an esports exclusive thrown in to soften the blow of no more Worlds week Specials. Join Greg Henderson and Kristin Armstrong on the next episode as business returns to normal. 

World Championship Special: Ben Swift, Quinn Simmons and Max Walker

September 29, 2019

As the World Championships start to wind down, Matt, Kev and Dani are joined by some of the most successful Juniors of the day, Quinn Simmons (Junior Men's Road Race winner) and Max Walker (Men's U23 Yorkshire Challenge winner, held at the Zwift Draft House), as well as British hopeful Ben Swift. All the hard questions are covered - how will the rain affect race day, who is going to which teams next year, and how much Five Guys can you eat post-race.  

 

Photo credit: Léon van Bon 

World Championship Special: Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe, Ella Harris, Julie Leth and Audrey Cordon-Ragot

September 28, 2019

The 4th episode of the World Championship Specials brings the best of Zwift and pro tour athletes to the podcast as Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe, Ella Harris, Julie Leth and Audrey Cordon-Ragot join the hosts to talk about Zwift Academy, juggling fatherhood with the pro-tour, and their top picks for the up coming events. It’s a jam-packed episode but it doesn’t stop there, there’s a 10 minute exert from the latest Watts Occurring podcast which was recorded live in the Zwift Draft House in Yorkshire by our very own Matt Rowe. 

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World Championship Special: Chloe Dygert, Alex Dowsett and Dan Bigham

September 26, 2019

Episode 3 dives into all the action of the first half of the World Championship week. With stellar guests in newly crowned TT World Champion Chloe Dygert, 5th place finisher in the men's TT Alex Dowsett and Bronze medalist in the Mixed Relay Dan Bigham, the hosts cover all events whilst also sharing a taste of the World Championships.

World Championship Special: Alex Dowsett

September 24, 2019

Team Sky. Movistar. Team Katusha-Alpecin. Top road racing teams all graced at one point or another by Alex Dowsett. He joins the hosts to chat about his early years in the pro scene as well as using Zwift to train ahead of the time trial event at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire. All while sitting in a Glasgow bathtub before the Tour of Britain!

World Championship Special: Matt Rowe, Dani Rowe and Matt Stephens

September 22, 2019

Matt Rowe teams up with Dani Rowe and Matt Stephens to discuss all things Yorkshire Road World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Introducing a 5 part ‘Worlds Special’ that will feature special guests, analysis, and behind the scenes stories! Plus, Kev Poulton will be on the podcast, offering a unique insight in to life as a coach for riders targeting the podium having used Zwift in training.

Episode 36 - Nathan Thomas on Life as a Physio for Team Ineos

September 12, 2019

When victory is often a matter of inches, mobility on the bike matters. Matt Rowe sits down with Welsh wizard Nathan Thomas, physio for Team Ineos, to discuss what mobility work is best for Zwifters, who works the hardest at Team Ineos, and which countries love physio! Also covered: Kev checks back in after France, Kristen on coaching Colorado Classic winner Chloe Dygert, and an exciting podcast announcement!

Episode 35 - Professor Jim Cotter on Heat, Humidity and Bathroom Training Part 2

August 19, 2019

With less than a year until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the conversation on riding in heat and humidity continues. Otago University’s Professor of Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Jim Cotter, gives the lowdown on how to get the most out of your training when the sun just won’t quit. Matt Rowe, Greg Henderson and Kristin Armstrong take on how beneficial warm-ups truly are, as well as how to earn Drops the smart way. They also dive into Greg’s old habit of training in the bathroom. Want to know why? Tune in to Episode 35!

Episode 34 - Professor Jim Cotter on Heat, Humidity, and You

August 6, 2019
There’s less than a year till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Summer heat and humidity won’t make for a fun time, but Professor of Exercise and Environmental Physiology Jim Cotter at Otago University discusses how to maximize your efforts alongside the Power Up crew—including his former student: our very own Greg Henderson! 3x Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong also weighs in on everything from the psychological impact of pre-cooling to electrolytes and the Gatorade era.

Episode 33 - Ella Harris on Life in the Pro Circuit

July 25, 2019

With Zwift Academy just around the corner, Kev chats with 2018 Zwift Academy winner Ella Harris about the program and her new life as a pro cyclist. Plus, the podcast has a new guest host: 3x Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong!

Episode 32 - Geraint Thomas on the Tour de France vs the Olympics

July 8, 2019

Hear what it takes to win the Tour de France with current champ, Geraint Thomas. In Episode 32, he opens up about the kind of prep that goes into the greatest bike race on Earth. Periodization, training phases, so on and so forth. The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist also compares the demands of the Olympics versus the Tour de France. Plus, we get into his favorite Zwift course and first time racing at 14.

Episode 31 - Jolien D’Hoore​​ On​​ Balancing Uni And Racing

June 25, 2019

At 29 years old, Jolien D’Hoore has racked up an impressive number of achievements. Olympic medalist. World and European Champ. Belgian National Champion, 33 times over. She stops by in Episode 31 to chat with the crew about balancing her life as a pro while pursuing a university degree, as well as her favorite course on Zwift. 

Episode 30 - All About the 2019 Giro d’Italia

June 11, 2019

Welcome to our recap of the 2019 Giro d’Italia.

 

Matt, Greg, and Kev go over the highs and lows of the year’s first Grand Tour. From crashes and missing team cars to Marco Haller and Miguel Angel Lopez getting into it with fans, there were a lot of standout moments from this year’s Giro. The crew also discuss Zwift and eSports getting in on the Giro action and how technology helps the sport improve. Plus, predictions for the 2019 Tour de France and the usual Q&A.

Episode 29 - ​Part 2: Joshua Poertner on Marginal Gains, 3D-Printed Helmets, and More

May 24, 2019

Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Joshua Poertner.

The Silca Velo CEO continues to offer his insight into marginal gains, those little performance improvements that can be made when everything that goes into riding a bike is considered. Episode 29 then pivots to pro cyclist Victor Campanaerts’ new UCI Hour Record, 3D-printed helmets, and heat loss through your wrists! We also get into Kev’s favorite gear—the granny gear—and why you might use it.