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USA Pro Challenge – Lookout Mountain (Pillars to Post)

Below is a video of the experience I created for my riders this past week. It takes them up the famous Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado with the participants of the USA Pro Challange.

USA Pro Challenge – Lookout Mountain (Profile and Video)

To download:

  • Open post by clicking on title
  • Press the play button on video
  • Right click on video
  • Select Download Video on a  Mac or Save Video as in Windows
  • The video will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on a Mac or the folder of your choice on Windows computers.

If you’re an indoor cycling instructor and your facility uses Stages Flight you can find my Dennis Mellon – USA Pro Challenge Lookout Mtn. Profile in the Instructor Cloud.

 

 



 

Equinox – INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FINEST INDOOR BIKES

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FINEST INDOOR BIKES

We’ve partnered with Stages Indoor Cycling to bring the most technologically advanced indoor bike to Equinox, setting your success in motion with the smoothest, smartest and strongest ride of your life.

Simple and fast bike adjustments allow you to refine your ride from posture to pedal stroke. Reliably accurate data puts your performance into perspective. Designed with an unmatched outdoor road feel, your cycling experience is as elevated as your highest goals.

BELT DRIVE

A carbon-fiber belt replaces the bike’s chain for the most efficient and silent transfer of energy, delivering the most natural road feel.

SPRINT SHIFT

Adjust gear resistance to build workload rapidly or gradually, or drop it instantly to recover between power intervals.

HARD DATA

Whether counting calories or logging in-depth stats, the StagesPowerTM meter ensures the most accurate results from the most competitive workouts.

PERSONAL POWER

More than just measuring your power, the EcoSCRNTM stats-crunching computer display feeds off your physical output to give you more detailed input.

COMFORT ZONE

Easier to set up for a harder workout, the Stages SC3 indoor bike for Equinox is engineered for maximum comfort and ergonomic efficiency.

Source: Fitness Regeneration, Active Regeneration – Regeneration at Equinox

This is Red Rocks – Profile 1 (Profile and Video)

Twenty-two years about I moved out west to Denver.  I had never been to Colorado, all I knew is that it was full of fitness fanatics, the Mecca for triathletes, John Denver made it sound like Heaven, and it was the home of an amazing concert venue named Red Rocks.

I’ll never forget the day I first heard about Red Rocks.  I was hanging out with a high school friend, Ken McCown.  Up to that point, I mostly listened to classic rock.  But Ken was more of alternative guy.  He just bought a new album, “Under a Blood Red Sky (Live)”, by this new band U2.  As we listened, Ken predicted that U2 would be the next Led Zepplin, to which I laughed, and he spoke of the venue where this album was recorded, Red Rocks Ampethiature like it was a mystical place where magical things happened.

Well, Ken was right.  U2 became the next Led Zepplin, and magic does happen at Red Rocks, just ask anyone who has ever experienced a show surrounded by the red rock while gazing onto the Great Plaine viewing the curvature of the earth.

Last year I was hired by Stages Cycling to be the Brand Manager for VisomX, an indoor cycling group display system.  Stages recently acquired VismoX and renamed it, Stages Flight.  The goal of an indoor cycling group display system is to create a magical experience for class participants.  Most of these systems show rider metrics on a large TV or are projected onto a screen.  This keeps cyclists accountable and competitive and improves the rider experience, but if that’s it there’s no room for progression.  You only get a board full of numbers.  Other systems display rider metrics and include a video game feel to the experience with avatars and team or full class challenges like racing through a time warp or creating a circle of fire.  Cool, but as any gamer knows the lifespan of a game that doesn’t progress or add levels is about a week as experiences get boring very quickly.

Stages Flight gives the instructor all the features of the above-mentioned systems plus the flexibility to create their own signature experience.  Stages Flight will display rider metrics, has an avatar based race mode, will allow for team and full class competitions, but will also enable the instructor to incorporate their own video and vision into the riding experience. This can be a music video, cycling footage, slideshows, scenery, or anything the instructor feels will enhance the rider experience.  With Stages Flight, instructors are no longer limited by the code written by developers; they are set free to let their imaginations soar and create a riding experience that could only have been dreamed of a year ago.

Below is a video of the experience I created for my riders this past week. It takes them to that magical place in Morrison Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

This is Red Rocks version 1 (Profile and Video)

To download:

  • Open post by clicking on title
  • Press the play button on video
  • Right click on video
  • Select Download Video on a  Mac or Save Video as in Windows
  • Video will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on a Mac or the folder of your choice on Windows computers.

This is Red Rocks version 1 (Video Only)

To download:

  • Open post by clicking on title
  • Press the play button on video
  • Right click on video
  • Select Download Video on a  Mac or Save Video as in Windows
  • Video will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on a Mac or the folder of your choice on Windows computers.

If you’re an indoor cycling instructor and your facility uses Stages Flight you can find my Dennis Mellon – This is Red Rocks 1 (w/FTP) Profile in the Instructor Cloud.

 

 

 



 

Stages Flight – The Best Indoor Cycling Experience in the World

 

Stages Indoor Cycling 2017 from Stages Cycling on Vimeo.

This video brings tears to my eyes everytime I watch it!

So many people on the Stages Cycling and VismoX teams have worked so hard and believe so strongly in this product.  Stages Flight and Stages Indoor Cycling bikes provide the best indoor cycling experience in the world.

When I’m old and gray, maybe I should say grayer, and I look back at my life, my boys, Seth and Christian will always be considered my greatest accomplishment.  I believe, Stages Flight will be second on that list.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Stages Flight Hardware and Network Setup



Stages Cycling acquires VismoX Group Cycling software platform

Stages Cycling has announced the acquisition of a Norwegian developed group cycling software platform dubbed VismoX, something that the firm

Stages Cycling has announced the acquisition of a Norwegian developed group cycling software platform dubbed VismoX, something that the firm already handled global distribution for.

VismoX is the software at the heart of Stages Flight, the suite of comprehensive indoor cycling experiences and management tools. Stages Flight features web-based club and instructor tools for the creation, scheduling, and management of Stages Flight classes, as well as participant accounts with user histories and community engagement. All of this is powered by in-studio software and hardware featuring precise power measurement and ANT+ capabilities to deliver an engaging, dynamic, and immersive indoor cycling experience.

“At Stages Cycling we’re focused 100% on cycling. Our goal is to help commercial studios create the best cycling experience possible and to help their members be their best – the acquisition of VismoX builds on our ability to do just that,” says Jim Liggett, CEO of Stages Cycling. “We now have the capability to offer our customers an industry-leading ecosystem that is unrivaled.”

“We depend on Stages Cycling to provide innovative products and technology that help us create a unique and exhilarating cycling experience for our members,” says Christian Mason, Managing Director of Virgin Active South East Asia. “The combination of Stages Flight and Stages indoor bikes is a proven winner for us. We’re excited to see what the Stages team comes up with next.”

Stages Cycling also announced record-setting Q1 financial results, posting 163% growth in 2016. Strong sales of Stages SC studio bikes and global deployment of the Stages Flight group cycling platform contributed to the firm’s strong financial performance.

Source: Stages Cycling acquires VismoX Group Cycling software platform



Stages Indoor Cycling Announces Acquisition of VismoX Group Cycling Platform

Stages Indoor Cycling announces the completion of the acquisition of VismoX, a group cycling software platform.

Portland, OR — Stages® Indoor Cycling is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of VismoX. VismoX is an advanced group cycling software platform originally developed by Virtual Cycling AS of Norway. Stages is the leader in using power data to inform and inspire athletes’ performances, with a range of indoor bikes and indoor cycling software, as well as power meters, GPS units, and coaching software for outdoor cycling. Stages has been the global distributor for VismoX and the acquisition is effective immediately.

VismoX is the software at the heart of Stages Flight, the unrivaled suite of comprehensive indoor cycling experiences and management tools. Stages Flight features web-based club and instructor tools for the creation, scheduling, and management of Stages Flight classes as well as participant accounts with user histories and community engagement.  All of this is powered by in-studio software and hardware featuring precise power measurement and ANT+ capabilities to deliver the most engaging, dynamic, and immersive indoor cycling experience in the industry.

“At Stages Cycling we’re focused 100% on cycling. Our goal is to help commercial studios create the best cycling experience possible and to help their members be their best – the acquisition of VismoX builds on our ability to do just that,” says Jim Liggett, CEO of Stages Cycling. “We now have the capability to offer our customers an industry-leading ecosystem that is unrivaled.”

“We depend on Stages Cycling to provide innovative products and technology that help us create a unique and exhilarating cycling experience for our members,” says Christian Mason, Managing Director of Virgin Active South East Asia. “The combination of Stages Flight and Stages indoor bikes is a proven winner for us. We’re excited to see what the Stages team comes up with next.”

Stages Cycling also announced record-setting Q1 financial results. Stages Indoor Cycling is the fastest growing indoor fitness equipment company in the world with 163% growth in 2016. Strong sales of Stages SC studio bikes and global deployment of the Stages Flight group cycling platform contributed to their strong financial performance.

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Stages Cycling LLC, with offices in Portland, OR and Boulder CO, launched the Stages Power meter in 2012, immediately making waves in the power measurement category. Stages has expanded into the commercial and home fitness categories with the SC3 commercial indoor cycling bike, with groundbreaking features designed to improve rider experience and increase durability.  In 2016, Stages completed the outdoor power training ecosystem with Stages Dash, a performance GPS head unit, and Stages Link, a cloud-based training service, guiding athletes to their best performances on the road and indoors through easy analytics, education, and custom coaching. More information at stagescycling.com

 

Source: Stages Indoor Cycling Announces Acquisition of VismoX Group Cycling Pl



Virtual Indoor Cycling Classes Ep. 2 – Ramp and Hold (Video and Profile)

Enjoy the stream or download:

To download:

  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
  4. Select Download Video
  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer

If you ride the Stages SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike, use the Stages Flight ios app to see and feel the future of indoor cycling.

Subscribe to my iTunes podcast to experience more of my class recordings.

Here’s a chart that explains each of the 7 power zones:




Virtual Indoor Cycling Classes Ep. 1 – Strength, Speed and Power (Video)

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  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
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  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer




Virtual Indoor Cycling Classes Ep. 2 – Ramp and Hold (Video)

Enjoy the stream or download:

To download:

  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
  4. Select Download Video
  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer



Virtual Indoor Cycling Classes Ep. 1 – Strength, Speed and Power (Video and Profile)

Enjoy the stream or download:

To download:

  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
  4. Select Download Video
  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer

If you ride the Stages SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike, use the Stages Flight ios app to see and feel the future of indoor cycling.

Subscribe to my iTunes podcast to experience more of my class recordings.

Here’s a chart that explains each of the 7 power zones:




Stages Flight YouTube Tutorial Videos

Click Here to be taken to this playlist in YouTube.




How to Create a FTP Test Profile in Stages Flight




How to Set Up Your Stages Flight Online User Profile




Indoor Cycling Virtual Class – 2 (No Instruction).

Enjoy the stream or download:

To download:

  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
  4. Select Download Video
  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer

If you ride the Stages SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike, use the Stages Flight ios app to see and feel the future of indoor cycling.

Subscribe to my iTunes podcast to experience more of my class recordings.

Here’s a chart that explains each of the 7 power zones:




Dennis Mellon’s Stages Flight Virtual Classes
Dennis Mellon

dennismellon@me.com

Dennis Mellon’s Stages Flight Virtual Classes
dmellon6@gmail.com

These podcasts are virtual indoor cycling classes that can be ridden anywhere using the world’s most advanced group display system, Stages Flight.
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Indoor Cycling Virtual Class – Strength, Speed and Power Profile (No Instruction)

Enjoy the stream or download:

To download:

  1. Open post by clicking on title
  2. Press the play button on video
  3. Right click on video
  4. Select Download Video
  5. Video will be downloaded to the downloads folder on your computer

If you ride the Stages SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike, use the Stages Flight ios app to see and feel the future of indoor cycling.

Subscribe to my iTunes podcast to experience more of my class recordings.

Here’s a chart that explains each of the 7 power zones:




#GetItRightTheFirstTime and if you don’t #MakeItRight

What an amazing few days for me and my team at Stages Indoor Cycling. On Friday morning I left Denver with seven laptop computers. Five were loaded with the most advanced indoor cycling group display system on the planet, Stages Flight, the sixth machine was MY Stages Flight demo laptop, as a backup and seventh was an old friend, my trusty Mac book. That Mac book has been with me for over 5000 classes, through my progression of harmonic music mixing to using those harmonic mixes with videos to adding visual intensity profiles to my classes to using a hodgepodge of programs to the give my riders the best multimedia experience that was technologically possible. I probably don’t need to travel with my old friend anymore, but I have such a hard time leaving it home and as any presenter knows you need to be prepared for anything and I know this old and tired Mac will always come through in the clutch. Besides all this computing power I also needed to bring power supplies for all the computers and the Stages Flight system comes with its own network so I also had to pack five switches/routers along with their power supplies, five Ant+ antennas, WASPs, and all the necessary Ethernet cables to let these systems communicate with our bikes. I also travel with tools, just in case a few of the bikes need a tune up. I found a little extra room for some clothes and a toothbrush.

So, I get all this into two roller bags, one I check, the one with the laptops I carry on. I have TSA Pre-Check, but that doesn’t help too much when you try to send seven laptops through the scanner. TSA was great and had a sense of humor about this ridiculous site. I did have to run all the machines through the scanner separately, bit I did get to leave my shoes on. The next challenge was going to be getting this bag in the overhead compartment. It weighed way more than fifty pounds, and luckily they don’t usually weigh carry-ons. I was a little concerned about being able to overhead press this bag, and if I dropped it, I could kill someone. So I made sure there were no Asian doctors or moms with twins around, braced my core by sucking in my belly button back to my spine, making sure to breathe deep into my diaphragm and functionally lifted that technology filled suitcase like a caveman and got it into the overhead compartment without a single viral video. The trip into Baltimore was noneventful; I took a nap as I tried to store up some energy for a weekend that I knew was going to be mentally and physically taxing.

The Washington DC area has quickly turned into a major Stages Flight hub. We have six facilities in Baltimore, two in DC and two more in Richmond:

Gold’s Gym Dundalk
Gold’s Gym Glen Burnie
Gold’s Gym Marley Station
Gold’s Gym Ritchie Station
LifeBridge Health & Fitness
Gold’s Gym Willow Lawn
Gold’s Gym Meadowbrook
Off Road DC Capitol Hill
Core Cycle Studios

I was scheduled to install five Stages Flight systems and lead four four-hour trainings over the weekend. These trainings were taking place at the Gold’s Gym locations. I was attempting to train over 100 instructors in this short period, on a brand new group display system while hoping I could get their systems up and running in the thirty minutes before each training. I have to thank Kimberly Murphy, Gold’s Gym Group Exercise Director, for being with me every step of the way and helping make this insane schedule run so smoothly. I also cannot express how impressed I have been with the instructors at Gold’s Gym, not just in the Baltimore are, but all over the country. They are open-minded, willing to learn and always so excited to learn and try new things. I have to admit; I had some doubts that we were going to be able to pull this feat off, but we did, and now these facilities are equipped with the world’s best bikes and most advanced group display system and can create a member experience that is second to none.

I had added an extra day to my trip so I could install my last Stages Flight system at LifeBridge Health & Fitness in preparation for their training and launch the following weekend, but as I was running from facility to facility, I kept noticing some small issues with the bikes. Nothing major and things that only someone who knows these bikes inside and out would recognize. Just to be clear, these bikes were installed properly and functioning fine, but the perfectionist in me wanted, well, perfection. So I called my supervisor at Stages, Cameron Chinatti, and explained the situation. She asked me to let her make a few calls and would get back to me shortly. Cameron got approval for me to extend my trip by two days and to have all the necessary parts shipped overnight so I could not only fix these minor issues but give them all the cool new features that our engineering team in Boulder Colorado have been developing.

So I got to work, and I’m happy to say that the Gold’s Gyms in the Baltimore area as well as LifeBridge Health & Fitness and Core Cycling Studios, who are all part of the Stages Flight Squadron, have the most up to date bikes in the country.

At Stages Indoor Cycling we do our best to get it right the first time, but if we don’t, we’ll always make it right. This weekend and then Monday and Tuesday proves our commitment to excellence and customer service. I have heard some grumbling from some facility managers that we are always updating our bikes and software. I look at this as our greatest strength. We only do bikes. Every day is spent trying to find ways to improve the cycling experience. When we find a way to improve this experience we pass it on to our Stages Indoor Cycling and Stages Flight facilities. If you want a mediocre bike and a mediocre experience you should go with a different bike company. If you want the best bike and the best indoor cycling experience you should go with Stages, understand that experience will require a bit more work, but it’s worth it.

Welcome to Stages Flight

For studios, Stages Flight immediately becomes a powerful marketing tool to attract and retain members. Its unique immersive approach to indoor cycling makes it highly attractive to both experienced and casual riders. Plus, it lets you leverage Stages’ established position at the forefront of outdoor cycling technology, achieved through the success of our power meters. Your members can ride with technology from the same company chosen by numerous world-class cyclists. For the first time, you have a strong attractor to bring serious outdoor cyclists indoors. The competition mode of Stages Flight is irresistible to cyclists of all kinds, and they quickly see that they can get an equally satisfactory workout indoors as they can outside.

www.StagesFlight.com

IHRSA 2017 with Stages Indoor Cycling

 

 

Follow the link below to reserve your spot at IHRSA 2017 Early Morning Workouts or Demo Rides for my signature workout “Fly Away”

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VismoX Master Class #1 (No Instruction)

Check out the world’s most advanced indoor cycling group display system at www.VismoX.com.

Here’s some YouTube video of The VismoX Experience.

If you ride the Stages SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike, use the VismoX ios app to see and feel the future of indoor cycling.

Subscribe to my iTunes podcast to experience more of my class recordings.

 

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