Saturday, December 31, 2011


People don't pick their folks, so each of us has a certain, special style. So what is that style? It's the one that works for you!

The game has changed. As in all sports, humans get better each year. Cycling has turned up the heat in the last few years and we again are not just going to follow, we lead and we are going to add to the fire! This science works, we have been testing and it has made a difference.

"Every pedal stroke counts"

Think of making the perfect pedal stroke. If you don't miss even one of them, you have just improved.

Coming soon!

Friday, December 23, 2011

OMG - UCI to enforce saddle tilt rule in 2012?

In 2011, we took real time measurements of saddle while a person rode their choice of saddle. We found many things that could hurt you, or get you off the bike.

This is crazy? People really have different shape sit bones and have different volumes of soft tissues! What's next, a MRI to make sure your bones are normal?

UCI to enforce saddle tilt rule in 2012.
Governing body to introduce allowable incline limit to allow for individual rider comfort

uciThe International Cycling Union (UCI) is to enforce its saddle tilt rule in 2012, BikeBiz reports. The regulation, as part of the raft of rules that govern the shape of frames, and riders’ positions, does not allow for saddles to be tilted; while the rule was generally ignored by riders, mechanics, and the UCI for many years, the governing body began to enforce it during this year’s Tour de France; mostly concentrating on time trial bikes.

UCI technical coordinator Julien Carron announced the decision in a letter to bike manufacturers yesterday; but stated that, instead of the draconian enforcement of the existing rule, the UCI would introduce an allowable incline limit.

UCI rule 1.3.014 simply states: “The saddle support shall be horizontal. The length of the saddle shall be 24 cm minimum and 30 cm maximum.”

The simple rule does not appear to allow any room for interpretation but, since it was a rarely enforced regulation, riders have ignored it and been allowed to do so for many years.

Many riders like to tip their saddle forward slightly, to aid comfort, while a few like to tilt it backwards. The late Frank Vandenbroucke used to have his saddle nose pointing upwards quite prominently, with the Belgian’s team mechanic once remarking that: “Frank likes to hurt his balls.”

To allow for riders to keep their comfortable positions – and to allow for the occasional Vandenbroucke-style masochist – the UCI is to amend the rule to allow for a tilt of up to 2.5 degrees, with a tolerance of 0.5 degrees, in either direction.

"As a result of many discussions and comments concerning Article 1.3.014 on the horizontality of the saddle, the UCI has decided to clarify the situation by introducing a tolerance to the measurement of the saddle angle,” Carron wrote. To determine the value of this tolerance, the UCI has taken into account many measurements recorded in competition, numerous scientific articles published on the subject describing biomechanical issues as well as discussions with several saddle manufacturers.

“The concept is to grant the rider sufficient freedom to allow a comfortable position to be adopted,” he added, “reducing the pressure on the perineum, while avoiding any deviation through an excessively sloping saddle that could improve sporting performance to an unacceptable degree by the addition of a lumbar support."

As with the majority of the UCI’s regulations of this kind, the saddle tilt rule will mostly affect time trial bikes, and this is likely where it will be enforced the most. Bikes are already scrutinised by technical commissaires before riders are allowed to start, and this will be just one more check for them to make.

Unless a rider turns up to the start line with an obviously sloping saddle however, bikes are unlikely to be scrutinised on anything more than a random basis in road races; the prospect of checking up to 200 bikes at once is surely enough to make even the most zealous commissaire baulk.

A forward-tilting saddle on a time trial bike allows a rider to make the lower positions more comfortable, thus allowing them to get more aerodynamic. If they are forced to bring their saddles closer to the horizontal – if, under the revised regulation, not actually to it – many will find themselves forced to bring their frontal position a little higher or risk losing power.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Read about Conor & Kevin Mullervy at

Read about the "Ginger Twins"

They look alike from the outside, but we know better!

Interview: Team Exergry's Conor and Kevin Mullervy
By Luke Allingham
Date: 12/18/2012
Interview: Team Exergry's Conor and Kevin Mullervy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Exergy USGP - Bend, OR Results #2

Tim Butler WN'er 45+
Someone will ask the question? Why do we care? We can do what they do?
That's it! Our racers don't just ride like the others!

WN cares because it's our job, our fit and what we learn really makes a difference for all. Sue Butler a pro husband Tim also races. Tim just sent us a thank you with pics. He not only took the WN on Sunday, but took a 2nd on Sat. Tim had a great day, a great weekend, a great season!

If WN is fitting you correctly, teaching you correctly, the results will tell us if we have done our homework. Each year we vest money into the science and each year WN learns something that makes a difference and pass that on to our users. It gives them an edge as the sport reaches another level. We love a good race, it makes WN dig and find something that will make a difference next year or years to come. The past year, we found yet more ways that make a difference. We are still testing something that is going to help everyone. Just the facts and you will improve. Like it or not, truth will take you to the next level. You might have a mind set, but science makes a difference. The key, is to be open and willing to work for it.

There are many body types, sizes, etc... (men, women, kids) many types of people and to claim they all think the same is so "wrong'. Everyone is different (feet, legs, knees, hips, spine, arms, brain). To have a great day, weekend, season comes only after you're best practice, you have to believe in what you're doing, trust in bike fit, the support and ride light the wind.

You can have good days or bad, but the way we set up the bike really makes a difference over time. Learning the correct pedal stroke makes a difference, you just need the best solution and believe that you can!!!

Please understand, there is no sliver-bullet. Not all make the grade, that's the nature of sport. Close is not good enough. Our solution is the best fit you will ever have. There are difference styles, but you can't change the way the muscles and bones work "like it or not".

"The golfer who just hit their perfect ball, turns around and wants more because they didn't know when they had the swing?"

We are very pleased with the great results of the hard charging racers who use WN. They can hold their heads high with their results.

Pro women:

1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:37:24
2Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:09
3Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:00:12
4Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:00:35
5Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:54
6Susan Butler (USA) Hudz Subaru0:01:03
7Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt0:01:08
8Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:01:11
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob'S Red Mill Pb Seven Cycles0:01:15
10Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Exergy Twenty120:01:30

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exergy USGP - Bend, OR Results


1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:43:36
2 Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:00:19
3 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:00:20
4 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus 0:00:53
5 Susan Butler (USA) WN/RiverCity 0:01:05
6 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:01:22
7 Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:01:35
8 Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt/WN 0:01:36
9 Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club 0:01:47
10 Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing 0:01:54

Meanwhile, across the pond, Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) won her 2nd race of the weekend on Sunday, taking a muddy Vlaamse Druivencross in Overijse.

The US women are some of the best in the world!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Ask Eddie O'Dea if pedal stroke focus makes a difference.

Eddie not only performs WN fits in GA., he also makes time and races. He knows first hand what can make a difference in the cycling game. A WN fitter sees everyone improve after a precise fit and a little instruction.

Eddie just took his state championships in GA, in single speed X-Cross. The fact, when you have your mind on the things that make a difference you get results.

What's more important, is a WN precise fit and pedal instruction is not just for the top dog, it helps improve the gal or guy e.g. golf swing. It is not uncommon to see a eye-poping (50 to 100 watts) out of someone. Now that makes a difference over time for anyone. Not all fits do this!

Eddie also just had one of his customers make it on the Olympic Long Team list for 2012 MTB. Her name is Kristin Park should you care to look her up. He has put forth some great performances.

It's very hard to know what truth is today!!! There are many fits that are only eyeing it. They don't have a 3D software that measures everything in your body. The truth, if we can get someone to get a WN fit, listen to what we have learned about pedal styles, they can take their game to another level. We have done this for many years now and with the best in the game. Note our world, national, state and local results and you make the decision.

What's improvement worth? You can spend a lot of money on the gear, but it's still the human who works the tool!

Congrats Eddie O'Dea & Kristin Park!

LA Cyclocross

Butler, Duke make up the podium

Being competitive among the world's fastest women is not a walk in the park.

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles/WN) grabs holeshot for the second day. The Second lap Nicole Duke (Cannondale/ and the previous day's winner Meredith Miller (Cal Giant/Specialized) gained some ground on the others.

Then with two to go Miller attacked and Butler went with her. The two were together then with one to go Miller gained ground on Butler. Butler gave Miller a good fight and stayed ahead of Duke for second and Krazniak rolled in a few seconds behind Duke for fourth.

The women chasing behind were working hard all day. In the end it was Devon Gorry (Team Rambuski Law) who rode off the group to roll in for fifth and the final podium position.

Full Results

1Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant / Specialized0:35:44
2Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicycles/Ridley/)0:00:08
3Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld / Spy0:00:12
4Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:00:19
5Devon Gorry (USA) Team Rambuski Law0:01:26
6Katherine Sherwin (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:01:45