Stages Link and Dash
Stages Cycling launches complete power training ecosystem with introduction of Stages Dash and Stages Link
Stages Dash, a performance GPS head unit and Stages Link, a cloud-based training service, guide athletes to their best performance through easy analytics, education and custom coaching
Stages Cycling introduces a complete training experience with the announcement of two new products for 2017 to complement the Stages Power meter. Stages Dash is a power-training-optimized GPS head unit that seamlessly integrates with Stages Link, a new cloud-based training and analytic system that includes custom-tailored coaching and education for cyclists of any ability. Stages Link will be in beta release fall 2016 and Stages Dash will be available early 2017, with a MSRP/RRP of US$399/€399.
“When a rider buys a power meter, they’re looking for something more than a number—they have a goal,” said Pat Warner, SVP of Stages Cycling. “After three years providing power to Team Sky, we’ve realized that athletes from professional to recreational have similar aims: they all want to meet their goals and they need simple guidance and immediate feedback to succeed. This new Stages ecosystem enables all riders to maximize their performance and meet their goals, with a simple and intuitive interface featuring unrivaled customization, and training programs that learn and adapt from each rider’s unique characteristics and achievements. “
The Stages Dash performance training GPS head unit is specifically designed to coach a rider to his or her best performance. In the five years since launching the Stages Power meter, Stages Cycling has optimized its use with 3rd party cycling computers, but discovered a need for a highly-focused, customizable, training device. Stages Dash answers this unmet need with the delivery of robust Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity to Stages Power and 3rd party devices, plus GPS capabilities, while introducing new features including the ability to offer guided workout coaching and specific provisions to manage critical training metrics across all devices.
Stages Dash also offers unique features like the ability to orient the computer in landscape or portrait mode and eliminates the need for workout notes taped to you stem with downloadable, onscreen guided workouts. The Dash is also compatible with other ANT+ and Bluetooth devices meaning riders can use the Dash with other power meters. There is no mention of ANT+ FE-C at this time meaning.
Stages Link is a hub of cloud-based coaching, education, training analysis and equipment management tools, which were developed collaboratively with the analytics experts at Today’s Plan. The system is backed by the industry’s most advanced analysis capabilities currently being used in the professional peloton. Stages Link custom tailors training plans and daily workouts to benefit rider performance and enable performance goals, whether the goal is to simply improve fitness or target specific races over multiple seasons. Stages Link will also help you quickly set up your Stages Dash and keep tabs on your Stages Power meter, all while being open and compatible with 3rd party devices. Stages Link plan pricing is TBD, however, riders who purchase Stages Power or Stages Dash will receive complementary access for two months.
Stages Link will be a new competitor for the ever popular Training Peaks but it also looks like it offers features that Training Peaks does not such as dynamic training plans (without a coach) and the ability to wirelessly upload your scheduled workouts to the Dash.
“We’ve developed a complete experience that will personally guide a rider through the process of living with and meeting their performance goals with power,” said Warner. “This system we’ve developed is an easy and fast way for a rider to achieve their best performance.”
With the release of the Dash and Link, Stages has once again made training with power accessible to more riders by simplifying data and making it more approachable so that everyone can achieve their goals.