The Suffer Fest: Downward Spiral


I hate riding indoors, and readers of this blog know that I will endure freezing temperatures to avoid using an indoor trainer.

But given the ice around at the moment, I thought I’d take a look some training videos suggested to me by friends. offers two new training videos that make hard, indoor training “almost” fun.

From the web site:

At Sufferfest Studios, I make the hardest, most exciting, most get-on-your-bike-and-suffer-your-ass-off cycling training videos in the world. Our videos are the only ones to feature officially licensed footage from professional race organisers like the ASO and the UCI, brilliant, hand-picked music, and structured workouts that you simply need to follow (if you can).

Today I did “The Downward Spiral.” The video is great. Lots of recent Paris-Roubaix footage. I almost died trying to stay on Tom Boonen’s wheel. 😉 There is no way I could work this hard on a trainer just watching TV.

How hard did I work? Below is my heart rate graph. Anytime it spikes into red …. it hurt. A lot.

I highly recommend The Suffer Fest videos.


PS – to my Aussie friends: The “rest” parts of the video is riding in an Australian club ride Peloton (in search of a donut store I assume).


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  1. Hi Thomas,

    So you’re not doing the 4th way (by mountain bike) as well ;).

    Wow, that will be a crazy day. I am entered in La Ventoux cylosportive in June. It only does one side (wimps).

    Near Geneva, there is a similar club for climbing the super steep Le Grand Colombier. Apparently a local coach noticed that doing the four sides of this was similar amount of ascension as the three sides of Ventoux that he did in his youth.


    Good luck with your challenge …. it actually has crossed my mind before ….. who knows. 😉

  2. It’s good to hear your feedback. I’m reminded about the DVD’s a lot because I follow Sufferfest on twitter.
    I don’t think things would be boring in the man cave with a DVD like the Downward Spiral rolling.
    I hope you don’t have too many more icy days… because if you spend them training like this I’m going to be scared of you on the climbs of the Pyrenees in June!

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