The Cyclo-Club is a brand new membership-based website for cyclists created by cyclist and personal trainer, Graeme Street. You may recognize his name because he also developed the Cyclo-Core and Cyclo-Zen training programs that I’ve reviewed before (and still use almost every day.)
What Cyclo-Club boils down to is a cycling website and club rolled into one. First of all, it is a website, and it’s full of information from training plans and advice to a nutrition center. Secondly, and just as important, is that it’s very similar to an actual cycling club. You have to pay your dues, but once you’re a member, you get all the benefits – members-only discounts, personal discussions with experts and more experienced cyclists, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from being a part of a group.
Now, let’s look at exactly what you get as a member:
It’s a big club alright! Just check out all these departments:
Quick Workouts. As you can imagine, this section is full of workout ideas that are quick. For the most part you could do these in 10 minutes or less – for example, I looked at the “8 Minute Cyclo-PLAYGROUND Workout” and the “Cyclo-CORE At the Desk Energizer Workout.” Each week there are new “quick workouts” added to the Club, and this could be the most useful and practical department.
Training Center. This is a big section full of articles, special reports, videos, secret tips, and more. It contains everything from training and racing tips to complete training plans. Most of the training info comes from Graeme, although some pro cyclists contribute, too. For example, there is a “5 CROSS SECRETS OF A PODIUM FINISH” special report from Jeremy Powers, a pro cyclist on the Jelly Belly team.
Nutrition Center. The Nutrition Center has features and articles from the experts at Hammer Nutrition. There are lots of thorough articles along with some audio interviews and other neat things. Of course there are articles that mention Hammer’s products, and some of the articles are a little long, but there are good insights and interesting points as well.
Techniques & Drills. This section is similar to the Training Center, but it focuses more on technique and technical skills. Various pedaling techniques are covered, but I was hoping for more mountain biking advice for technical singletrack, too.
Ladies, Let’s Ride! This section features Georgena Terry, founder of Terry Bicycles and women’s cycling expert. It covers various cycling topics related to the women’s cycling market along with a variety of cycling information from a woman’s standpoint, such as, “Ladies, shopping for a new bike?” and “WSD bicycles and 650 Wheels.”
Coach Al’s Corner. This advice section is from Coach Al, a triathlon coach and 8-time IRONMAN finisher. He covers off-season training, riding and training skills, racing information, and nutrition for before, during, and after you train, all from what he learned over the last 25 years in the sport.
Some of Al’s articles include “Improving Core Strength and Stability to Avoid Injury” and “One Leg Drills: Muscle Firing Action!” and “Triathletes: Get Stronger – Run FASTER!” (There’s some good info there; this is another of my favorite sections.)
Bike Fit Pro. This could be my absolute favorite section though, thanks to Paul Swift of BikeFit.com, who shares his bike fitting tips and videos. It covers a wide array of bike fit principles, from bike fit basics to intriguing fit methods I’ve never seen anywhere else. This guy knows his stuff!
Features include “Video Fit Tip: Road Bike Brake Levers” and “Bike SIZING & Bike FITTING — What’s the difference?” and “Trouble Shooting – Quick Fix Chart.”
Tech Reviews. This is the obligatory product review department. Right now it contains reviews of wheels, saddles, and a couple 29″ bikes Graeme started riding, but I’m sure there are more reviews in the works.
You Can Fix it! This section features bike repair and maintenance tips and tutorials, with most of them on video! The head mechanic is Levi Bloom of BloomBikeShop.com. His articles cover basics of setting up a home workshop, basic repairs like fixing a flat tire, and intermediate/advanced repairs like adjusting derailleurs.
More Stuff From Cyclo-Club
Along with the specific departments, you get lots of other cool stuff and member benefits.
Discussion forums. All topics are up for discussion in the member forums. The forum participation is still on the low side, but the nice thing about the restricted access is the friendly environment – these forums aren’t full of trolls who like to bash people for no reason. Sometimes the club experts even stop by to answer your questions!
Member blogs. There are a variety of blogs for you to enjoy if you like to read personal stories and experiences. Graeme Street writes a cycling entrepreneur blog, Cat 1 racer Josh Liberles (Colavita Sutter Homes) writes a “Watch Me Race” blog, and then there are many others like The Dad Racer, MTB Chick, etc. The blogs are entertaining, although I didn’t see any commenting system built-in.
Contests. Yes, you get to win stuff! Submit tips or submit recipes and you could win prize packages, such as a Cyclo-Club jersey or a nutrition sampler pack from Hammer Nutrition.
The Downloads Center. Oh man is this good! You get to download all kinds of good stuff, from exclusive interviews and round table discussions to the actual Cyclo-Core line of workout programs! (Big files though!)
Members-Only Discounts. Members get certain discounts, like a hefty discount on all Cyclo-Core workout programs and training plans, and there might be a discount at the Hammer Nutrition store and some others, although I haven’t figured that out for sure.
The base price to join Cyclo-Club is $10 per month, but you can save $20 by paying for a whole year in advance (that’s $100 instead of $120.)
To get some of the best features, go with the Platinum membership. As a Platinum member you’ll get more free downloads and access to private forums where Graeme Street and other experts are available to answer your questions. That is about $200 a year (no monthly payment option,) and it has a limited membership, but go for it if you can.
I mean, it is $200, but you get access to download over $1000 worth of downloads, over $700 of which are straight from the Cyclo-Core DVD line of products! How can you pass up that deal? (Of course, I still prefer to have the actual DVDs to watch, but still, it’s a steal.)
My final verdict is…
Cyclo-Club is an awesome website for being so new. The $10 monthly fee is not bad at all considering the content – especially with all the free video downloads of the Cyclo-Core workout programs!
While some departments were low on information, I have a feeling the club will keep expanding and providing even greater value to the members. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this is if you have no time whatsoever to log-in to the website. However, you apparently have the time to browse CoachLevi.com, so take a look at Cyclo Club!