Between them, James Mattis and Ted Huang have logged a lot of miles atop a bicycle. James is the 2011 World Amateur Road Race Champion and 2008 US Amateur Road Race Champion. An Olympian in windsurfing, Ted is the former team manager for the Webcor Pro Cycling Team and former board member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Together they’ve founded World Champ Tech with the goal of not just capturing data from a bike ride — distance, duration, elevation — but the experience itself. “It’s really James’ brainchild,” said Ladera resident Ted. “Both of our training has always been quality over quantity.”
Added James: “We don’t think most people get excited looking at their numbers. Using GPS, instead of numbers, our app tells a story.”
In addition to the Bike+ app, available in the Apple app store, they also have apps for hiking, walking and running. Bike+ gives users the ability to record standard GPS data and more advanced data such at automatic real-time climb detection and categorization as well as the ability to tag and share ride hazards and incident locations.
But as Jame and Ted underscore, it’s not just about the data. Their app gives riders the ability to share ride memories by exporting Garmin TCX and GPX files, posting ride details to Strava and Twitter, and creating and sharing highlight videos. Bike+ also features custom Pebble watch integration, giving the cyclists data — speed, distance, altitude, grade and more — without reaching for their iPhone.
The duo’s latest project is a Kickstarter campaign to develop a Pebble bike mount. “The Pebble smart watch makes a fantastic bicycle computer when paired with our ground-breaking Bike+ app,” emailed Ted. “The only thing missing is a great bicycle mount for the Pebble smart watch.
“We’ve got some fantastic rewards for project supporters including the bike mounts (once they are made), cool #bikemore t-shirts, and signed copies of the production drawings for the bike mounts. And, all supporters will get an exclusive, behind the scenes look as we take this project from prototype to production.”
Photos by Irene Searles