Monday, 27 October 2014

The Sufferfest - The Rookie

In cycling we're known for taking #foreverbuttphotos. Now we've got a #foreverbuttvideo!

Sir Mix-A-Lot (not a real Knight) was the original pioneer when it comes to butt videos. Recently we've had new comers Nikki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Iggy Azalea all riding on the coattails of his success. Now our favourite cycling video creators, The Sufferfest are in on the action too! 

Sir Lot, circa 1992.

The latest release from the team at The Sufferfest, made in collaboration with Team Giant-Shimano and CyclingTips, wedges you right into the thick of the action.

Butts left, right, and center!

On-bike cameras give the video a true racing, butt-chasing, bunch feel. There are twitchy riders, sketchy cornering, gaps opening and closing, snapping gear changes, and the stress-filled kilometers of a race leadout into the final sprint. It's all there, and all so real you can almost smell it. (Thankfully technology isn't that advanced, yet).

For fitness/recreational riders this will be a real eye opener as to how hectic being in the professional peloton really is.

For the serious racer the footage won't be unfamiliar. Just put on some noise cancelling headphones, crank it up loud, and immerse yourself.

Dropping Gossy during an easy part of an interval..... very realistic!
(caption by me, not The Sufferfest..)

The cut-scene storyline with The Rookie might be cheesy for some, but you can tell they've had a lot of fun making it, and it doesn't get in the way of the meat of the video - 3x10min of solid leg burning efforts.

If you follow the effort scaling properly (outlined at the beginning of the video), you'll end up with a workout TSS of around 70-75 for the 55 minutes. In non-technical terms, I give it 8/10 on the hardness scale. The Rookie is a valuable and unique addition to the ergo video collection. 

Official site: The Sufferfest - The Rookie

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