What is The Wahooligan Tour?
The Wahooligan Tour is a 7-day challenge showcasing the amazing and diverse workouts across Wahoo X. Taking you beyond the borders of Sufferlandria into the world of Wahoo X, this is an event that takes you to new places, testing your mental toughness and physical limits - and all to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and their quest to help people with Parkinson’s live well today.
Why isn’t this the Tour of Sufferlandria anymore?
In 2018, the Sufferfest became part of the Wahoo family and in 2022 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Tour of Sufferlandria. Just as we made the legendary Sufferfest content accessible to more people by placing it within the SYSTM platform, we wanted to expand the Tour by adding more experiences beyond The Sufferfest. With The Wahooligan Tour, we can include a variety of stages that The Tour of Sufferlandria never could – whether that’s dropping into the middle of the World Tour Peloton with a ProRide, taking on a challenging session from A Week With or trying to keep up on the climbs of On Location. Not only that, but with RGT now part of Wahoo X, we can bring a sense of community and real-time interaction that was never possible before.
Is this still raising money for the Davis Phinney Foundation?
Absolutely. The Tour of Sufferlandria has been a key event for Sufferlandrians and more recently Wahooligans with the primary goal of raising funds and awareness for the Davis Phinney Foundation and its programs to help those affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Since the Tour began in 2013, participants have raised over $1.5M for the foundation allowing them to increase their reach and programs offered to help everyone with Parkinson’s disease live better. We believe that by expanding the Tour in this manner, more people will take on the challenge and we’ll raise more money for the Davis Phinney Foundation than ever before.
If you haven't ridden a virtual Tour before and are wondering what to expect, read on.
How It Works
- Register by donating $15 USD to the Davis Phinney Foundation through the Wahooligan tour event page. By registering, you automatically earn one chance to win from the extensive prize pool.
- For every additional $10 you donate or fundraise, you earn one additional chance in the prize pool. So for example, if you register with the initial $15 donation and raise or donate an additional $100, that gives you 11 chances to win. Even better: Start a fundraising page and ask your friends to donate to your cause.
- For seven days in a row, ride the workouts that are part of the Official Route on the designated days.
- Make your Race Bib and wear it proudly!
- Load Your Plan in the SYSTM app.
- Want to be a part of the community? Join the Wahoo X Forum. It's the Official Race Village where challenges are made, tales of glory are shared, and prizes are lusted after. Not required, but totally worth it!
- Tune in for our live sessions for each stage of the Tour
- When it's all over, if you completed all of the stages on the designated days, you’ll earn the Wahooligan Tour badge in your virtual trophy case. If you want extra memorabilia, you can also purchase the official tour poster
- One week after the Tour ends, we’ll tally all the donations and randomly select winners for the prize pool. Remember, the more you fundraise, the more chances you have to win.
The Wahooligan Tour is a chance for the community to come together to help make a difference. It's fun, it's challenging, and you’ll earn the chance to win some amazing prizes. Most importantly, it's a chance to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation and their programs that help those affected by Parkinson’s.
What You Need:
- A stationary bike, turbo trainer, or rollers
- A subscription to the Wahoo X training platform which includes both the Wahoo SYSTM Training App as well as Wahoo RGT
- A device that’s compatible with SYSTM (Windows, Android, iOS, or MacOS)
- Register and make at least a $15 USD donation to the Davis Phinney Foundation
- Complete each stage, ideally when it starts and ends in your timezone, though you do have a 50-hour window
The Tour Prep Plans
The coaches at Wahoo Sports Science will create a series of Tour Prep Training Plans each year to help you get ready for the demands of the Tour. You will be able to find them in the Training Plans library in the SYSTM app and apply them directly to your calendar. Once the official route is announced, we'll release the Tour Route plan that you can also apply to your calendar so you know which workouts to do on each day.
You can tailor the volume of the plan to suit how much time you have to train. You'll also be able to add optional yoga, strength training, and mental training sessions.
How to ride the Tour
This year, our Wahoo Sports Science Team has created a route that is challenging, but should be possible for everyone. They recommend hitting each stage at the suggested efforts, but reducing the intensity on days when you feel you need more recovery.
Getting Your Spot Ready
Take some time to set up your trainer station with everything you’ll need for the week. At a bare minimum, you’ll need your bike, trainer, and a device with BOTH Wahoo X apps installed. Other possible additions include:
- A fan to keep you cool
- A towel
- Plenty of water
If you haven’t used the apps before, don’t wait until the start of the Tour. The Help Center has a wealth of information regarding minimum hardware requirements, tips on connecting devices, and basic troubleshooting.
We highly recommend going through the following checklist:
- If you want to connect heart rate monitors, cadence sensors, or power meters to the app to capture performance data, make sure you have everything you need to allow the app to talk to your sensors (ANT+ USB2 dongles, any adapters if necessary).
- If your trainer station doesn’t have good internet connectivity, download the videos for the next stage the night before the start. That will prevent any interruptions that might be caused by streaming issues.
- If you have a smart trainer, make sure the firmware is up to date. Contact the manufacturer for additional information.
If you have a power meter, smart trainer, or conventional trainer set up for virtual power, take the Full Frontal fitness test a few days before the Tour and get your complete 4DP® profile. Designed to determine your Neuromuscular Power, Maximal Aerobic Power, Functional Threshold Power and Anaerobic Capacity, Full Frontal will allow the app to customize all of the power targets to match your unique 4DP™ values. If you’re using a trainer where your rear tire is in contact with the trainer, buying a spare tire (or a trainer-specific tire) is a good idea.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let me get this right. The Wahooligan Tour is simply donating $15 to the Davis Phinney Foundation and then doing the specified workouts over 7 days?
You got it.
Is it a race?
No. It is simply you against yourself to see whether you can push yourself for 7 days. We believe you can.
Where does it take place?
Mainly in the SYSTM app but you will also need the RGT app to be more engaged with the community.
How do I know what stages to do?
We'll provide details of the Official Route before the start of the Tour. You can also apply the Tour Stages training plan to your calendar in the SYSTM app.
How do I sign up?
You register by making a $15 donation to our partner charity, The Davis Phinney Foundation through the Official Tour Registration Page (coming soon). For every additional $10 you donate, you’ll earn another chance to win one of the amazing prizes in our prize pool. As an incentive to kickstart your fundraising efforts, for every $10 you raise or donate up until the start of the Tour gives you TWO chances.
You're raising money for what?
For the Davis Phinney Foundation, which helps people with Parkinson's Disease lead better lives. Read all about them below.
Can I donate money, not ride any of the Tour and still be eligible for prizes?
Absolutely. Donate Here!
Can I raise funds and get other people to donate in my name and then I earn more prizes?
Yes. When you register through the Davis Phinney Foundation event page, you’ll have the option to set up your own personal fundraising page. Send the link to that to everybody you know and even people you don't know. Get them to support you and this cause.
Do I have to do the stages at 100%?
The Wahoo Sports Science team recommends hitting each stage at the recommended efforts, but depending on how you are feeling, you are in control of your own destiny and can adjust the intensity of each stage on days when you feel you need more recovery.
For stages with more than one workout, do I have to do the sessions back-to-back?
Ideally yes, but we understand that not everyone has the luxury of doing each day's stage in one session. As long as you complete the workouts included in a given stage within the 50-hour window, you're golden.
Do I have to do the stages on the exact dates?
You actually have a 50 hour window in which to do each stage thanks to the wonder of a round planet and multiple time zones. To feel part of the Tour experience, we strongly encourage you to ride the stage during that window.
How do I get the Wahooligan Tour Badge in the app?
To get the badge, you have to do each stage in the app within the 50-hour window.
What kind of bike do I need for this? Can I do it on rollers?
As long as you can do the workouts, we don’t care what kind of machine you use.
Can I post graphs of the data from my rides in the SYSTM Forum?
We far prefer that you post pictures of you doing the workout. We're all doing the stages, we all know the route profiles and we all know how the data looks. We're already proud of you for doing the stage and we really don't want to see your data. But if you really insist on boring everyone to tears, then go ahead and post your graphs BUT YOU MUST:
- Make your post funny
- Donate an additional $10 to the Davis Phinney Foundation
After The Tour: What Now?
Assuming you survive all seven stages, you're probably wondering, what now? Here are a few recommendations for what you should do after the Tour:
- Donate to our charitable partners, The Davis Phinney Foundation, and help to make the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease a little easier.
- Tell the world about the massive goal you’ve just achieved by getting the word out on social media.
- Give yourself a week to recover, then test yourself by completing the Full Frontal fitness test again to get your new 4DP® profile. If you completed Full Frontal in the week before the Tour, you'll most likely see quantifiable differences in your fitness. If you didn’t complete Full Frontal before the Tour, now’s a great time to see exactly who you are as a cyclist, your strengths and weaknesses, and to start training with personalized power targets.
- Start one of our SYSTM training plans. Designed by world-renowned coaches Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin of The Wahoo Sports Science Division (and available for riders of all levels), these plans are tailored to your 4DP® profile to provide maximum benefit with minimum time.
- Have you considered your quest to become a Knight of Sufferlandria?
- Start planning for the 2024 Tour. It's never too early.
Our Charitable Partners
The Davis Phinney Foundation is committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease. The DPF was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2000 at the age of 40.
Davis has an impressive palmares, including two stage wins at the Tour de France. His wife, Connie Carpenter, was the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the first Women’s Road Race and a World Champion on the track. Davis set up the Davis Phinney Foundation to help those affected by Parkinson’s disease.