Way back in February, Jack and Joe were set a six-week training plan by XC-shredder, superstar coach and all-around nice guy Tom Bell, with a goal of improving their VO2 max and overall fitness.
For Jack, what followed was a crash course in structured training, riding with power and true on-bike suffering, and for Joe… well, this is pretty much exactly what he gets up to throughout the year anyway.
As full-time excuse makers, neither of the boys managed to stick fully to the training plan, but how much of an improvement did they make in their short time? Or have they gone backwards and ended up slower than before?
If you want to find out, or, if you just want to watch two pale skinny men gurn on an exercise bike for 15 minutes, episode 13 of BikeRadar Diaries is the one for you.
If you have any questions for the pair or have suggestions for future challenges, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments here or on the BikeRadar YouTube channel.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been a Senior Staff Writer at BikeRadar for three years now and is currently testing an All-City Mr Pink as his long term test bike.