Team Sky have announced a new technology partnership with Australian startup, Today’s Plan, who have developed an advanced Analytics and Training System for coaches, athletes and everyday riders.
Development is underway now, with Team Sky migrating fully to the Today’s Plan platform for the 2017 season.
The platform will be the primary tool used by Team Sky’s coaches for training prescription and analysis of the rider’s performances and training load. The platform supports not just on-bike and on-body sensor data, but also integrates in external data such as weather, nutrition and wellness data from a range of fitness systems – allowing extensive data correlation for enhanced decision making.
For the riders, the platform’s ecosystem of mobile and desktop apps, and the main website become their daily touch point for recording ride data, and other subjective inputs, and to review their training progression as they prepare for the world’s pinnacle bike races.
Ben Bowley, Managing Director of Today’s Plan "The best demand the best, and we are working closely with Team Sky, who have won the Tour de France on four of the past five occasions, to meet the specific requirements of the riders, coaching and performance staff.
"The beauty of our partnership with Team Sky is that it will benefit all users of Today’s Plan. We will work with Team Sky’s coaches, sports scientists and other specialists to enable the team to advance their use of training prescription, analytics and other data sources to support performance. This drive in innovation will make Today’s Plan a stronger training tool for every cyclist – from professional riders through to people new to training."
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team Sky: "I believe the next real advantage will come not from which team can acquire the most information, but from which team can best put the insights gained from that information into practice – day to day, week after week. This partnership with Today’s Plan will give Team Sky that advantage. Successfully and efficiently sharing that information with coaches, the Sports Directors, performance staff and riders will drive improvements, both now and in the future”.
Fran Millar, Team Sky’s Director of Business Operations: "Through Sky, Team Sky has created a legacy of cycling participation. In the UK alone, one million people have taken part in over 100 Sky Ride events. Our partnership with Today’s Plan will take that to the next level by sharing some of our techniques and methodology with everyday riders with insight from our coaches and riders.
"For the first time, anyone who has a goal to get fitter and faster in a structured way will be able to do it with help from us. We’re really excited about working with Today’s Plan to bring this to life and we can’t wait to get started".