Goldsprint racing is a rising offseason cycling activity that melds a stationary bike trainer with a video game. Riders pedal to move wheels on a computer-connected roller system, transferring power output to its virtual equivalent onscreen, where an animated biker ticks along.
I tried this strange -- and physically taxing -- activity last month while on assignment for the local newspaper in Minneapolis.
My effort on the bike yielded a virtual 1,200-foot distance in the first round's allotted 20 seconds, a middle-of-the-pack score. Physically, the goldsprint format was unlike anything I'd ever done, as you're forced to go from a resting heart rate immediately to your max physiological output.