App for users of Apple's smartphone gets makeover ahead of 2013 season...

Team Sky has launched a new version of its iPhone app, continuing its partnership with Map My Tracks to allow all users – ranging from the team’s star riders to its fans – to log and share rides.

The app – officially, Team Sky Cycling Version 3.0 – can also connect to ANT+ devices such as SRM or Powertap power meters, meaning that users can also stream performance metrics such as power output, cadence, heart rate and speed in real time.

Upgrading the Training section of the Team Sky app to take full advantage of the new features requires an in-app purchase of £2.99.

Available in both English and Italian, the app, which you can download here, also includes a news section , rider biographies, details of races and more. If you already have the app installed on your iPhone, it's simple to upgrade to the latest verison through the App Store.

Fran Millar, Head of Business Operations at Team Sky, commented: “Giving our fans access to training and tracking technology with Map My Tracks is a great way for them to get an insight into Team Sky and how our riders prepare throughout the year.

“The app also encourages riders of all levels to analyse and record their own data and then share their results with fellow cyclists.”

Nick Tatt, who founded Map My Tracks in 2007 and entered into a four-year partnership with Team Sky in 2010, added: “We have worked hard with Team Sky to ensure the Team Sky Cycling app is easy to use and will help people with their training.

“The app takes advantage of our very latest live tracking technology which lets friends and family follow a rider’s progress live and comment on their performance as they hit the climbs.

“With the addition of live heart rate, power and cadence it makes the Team Sky training app an obvious training accessory to take on any ride.”

The app is not currently available for Android or other platforms, but we've checked and there is a good reason for that - here is the official line: "For Android users - TeamSky.com has been better optimised for mobile web browsers so you can always keep up to date with the team. You can also download the training portion of the app for Android here."



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.