Thursday 19th November 2020
Honestly, we've never been big into watches, just wasn't our thing. But since Mrs NITP gave her hand me down Fitbit, we've seen the obsession with the daily fitness stats. If you're ahead of the game and clearly ahead of us when it comes to watches, Wahoo have released the Rival, a device quite geared towards the triathlon contingent with it's quite neat features such as the Touchless Transition...oooo!
Wahoo, the leader in connected fitness devices, has today announced the launch of its brand new ELEMNT RIVAL GPS multi-sport watch. Utilised by Olympic heroes, Alistair and Jonny Browlee, the new device brings a user-centric design and unblinkered focus on functionality to triathletes, runners and cyclists. Featuring innovative Touchless Transition technology, multisport athletes can now seamlessly switch from swim to ride to run without touching their watch - allowing them to focus solely on their performance.
“The real magic of RIVAL is that we were able to take everything we did with the ELEMNT bike computer and create a perfect parallel, giving triathletes and runners the same ease of use that cyclists have had access to since 2016” said Chip Hawkins, founder of Wahoo. “A key design concern was making a watch with looks to match its performance. This is a stylish, high-performance multi-sport watch that should be the choice of any athlete looking for a lightweight GPS watch with an unbelievable battery life to track the longest races.”
ELEMNT RIVAL is the first sport GPS device to innovate the way data follows an athlete through the stages of a multi-sport event. This proprietary Touchless Transition technology, developed for RIVAL, allows users to seamlessly transition from swim to ride to run without touching their watch. As a part of the Wahoo ecosystem, RIVAL’s Multisport Handover mode allows it to interact with ELEMNT GPS cycling computers to transition race data from the watch to a cycling computer during the bike leg of a multi-sport activity such as a triathlon, ensuring that race data is always easy to see allowing athletes to focus solely on their race.
RIVAL incorporates several class-leading features including a ceramic bezel and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight. Other must-have features include a battery that lasts 14 days in watch mode or 24 hours in GPS mode, a barometric altimeter, an optical heart rate sensor, and live tracking.
Wahoo’s first entry into the multisport watch category uses the same easy-to-set up, easy-to-use platform and mobile app as Wahoo’s ELEMNT GPS cycling computers. RIVAL tracks all standard run, bike, and swim metrics and can also track advanced running dynamics when paired with the Wahoo TICKRx heart rate monitor. Following workouts, data is available in the Wahoo companion app and can be automatically uploaded to third-party platforms like TrainingPeaks and Strava. RIVAL also connects with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors and can control Wahoo KICKR smart trainers.
RIVAL is already being used by some of the world’s best triathletes, including Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno, American Ironman World Record holder Heather Jackson, and two-time Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
Commenting on the new ELEMNT RIVAL GPS multisport watch, two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee said: “Jonny and I are both really fond of Wahoo’s gear and have been using some of their products for a number of years now. Being able to rely on your equipment is completely essential for training and racing at the highest level. When preparing for the big races, you’ve got to be able to focus on what you’re doing one hundred percent and not worry about your kit. The ELEMNT RIVAL helps me track all my metrics during a training session without distracting me from performing to the best of my ability - be that in the water, on the bike or when running”.
ELEMNT RIVAL is available today and can be purchased for £349.99 at WahooFitness.com