Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to technology.
If there is a gadget that can make my life easier, there is a good chance I already have it.
So each year around the start of the cycling season, I check all the app stores and online to see if there are any new apps out there for cycling.
Of course, I’m well versed with both MapMyRide and Strava and use them both.
I wrote about each of them last year. In short, if your looking to turn your $500 smart phone into a cycling computer, they both do the job fine.
Neither, really does much to improve your health and make you a better cyclists.
But now, there is an app for that.
MyoCycle promises to be just the tool to keep cyclists healthy and on their bikes.
“The app demonstrates how to prevent (common cycling) injuries through preventive exercises through preventive exercises as well as treat ten through corrective and therapeutic exercises and stretches,” Myomedic’s Ally Lancaster said in an email.
MyoCycle is the brainchild of professional cyclist Brett Lancaster, who rides for the ORICA-GreenEdge team, and his therapist Cher Hetherington.
It’s based on Myotherapy. Myotherapy has been around since the 70s. As you would expect from Lancaster description of the app, it involves a lot of stretching and massaging.
When launched the app displays a picture of Brett Lancaster with links on key areas that can be clicked for information.
“The app is designed to be used by cyclists of all levels,” Ally Lancaster said.
MyoCycle is available from the iTunes store for $2.99. According to Ally Lancaster, an Android version is in the works.
Robbins speaking at Sicklers
On of the area’s top triathletes will be stopping by Sickler’s in Exeter for a talk at 6 p.m. on May 6.
Sean Robbins, a veteran Ironman racer and a two-time Greater Wilkes-Barre Triathlon winner, will discus the methodology behind training as well as the dynamics of triathlon racing.
Races and rides planned
I had a chance this week to talk to Sickler’s Phil Cable about cycling season.
There is plenty planned, according to Cable.
There is the Tour of Scranton today and Habitat for Humanity’s Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride is set for May 5 in the Back Mountain. (For more on the Habitat ride go to www.bikeforhabitat.org.)
The Pennsylvania State Championship Time Trial will be coming to the Nicholson on July 21.
And the Great 100 ride will return in the fall. There may even be another century ride centered the Fourth of July weekend.
And, of course, Cable was quick to point out that Sickler’s hosts a variety of weekly rides.
The best way to stay on top of all the local events planned? Other than reading Cycling Scene, of course, is befriending you favorite bike shop on Facebook.
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Joe Soprano is a page designer for The Times Leader and an avid cyclist. His Cycling Scene column appears every other Sunday. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 829-7164.