Until now, Stages users have had to pair the power meter with a third party head unit in order to display data - but the American firm's now launched a GPS computer with cloud-based training plans to create what it calls 'the complete power training ecosystem'.

Stages describe the Dash computer as a 'power-training-optimised GPS head unit' and it will be available from early 2017 with an RRP of US$399/€399 (UK pricing to be confirmed).

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Since launching in five years ago, Stages say they have optimised the crank-based power meter, used by Team Sky, for use with third party computers (Team Sky opt for the Garmin Edge). However, as a result, they've also seen a gap in the market for a head unit which truly focuses on training and power - or, as Stages say, a 'highly focused, customisable training device'. That's where the Dash comes in.

Besides offering the huge range of data you'd expect from a GPS computer which has ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, the Dash is designed to coach a rider via Stages Link, a cloud-based training system which provides custom-tailored coaching in partnership with Today's Plan. Link can supply bespoke training plans and daily workouts to help a rider achieve a goal.

Stages Link will also be open to users of third party devices, and while the pricing plan is to be confirmed, riders who purchase a Stages power meter or Dash computer will receive two months free access.

"When a rider buys a power meter, they’re looking for something more than a number - they have a goal," said Pat Warner of Stages Cycling. “After three years providing power to Team Sky, we’ve realised 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.

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"This new Stages ecosystem enables all riders to maximise their performance and meet their goals, with a simple and intuitive interface featuring unrivaled customisation, and training programs that learn and adapt from each rider’s unique characteristics and achievements."

Meanwhile, Stages have also announced a power meter compatible with the next generation Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupset will be available from the first quarter of 2017, with an RRP of US$649.99/€799 (again, UK pricing is to be confirmed).

Website: Stages Cycling