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How Wyckoff Studio Uses Technology To Train Cyclists, Triathletes

Paul Hackett and Andrew Jessup own the Pain Cave Cycling Studio in Wyckoff. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Bob Goodheart of Midland Park cycled cross-country after training at the Pain Cave. Photo Credit: Bob Goodheart
Athletes from throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties train at the Pain Cave. Photo Credit: Paul Hackett

WYCKOFF, N.J. – The owners of the Pain Cave Cycling Studio in Wyckoff were used to early morning training rides on local roads.

Then “we were riding outside and we had a mishap with an automobile,” said Andrew Jessup, of Wyckoff.

Jessup said the accident caused him to slide about 60 feet and get road rash, and it left his training partner Paul Hackett, of Franklin Lakes, with a concussion.

The incident led the pair of longtime triathletes to find a new – indoor -- way to train. And they are now leading others to join them.

At the Pain Cave, which they first opened in Ridgewood and now run out of the Lake House at the Wyckoff Family YMCA, the pair use state-of-the-art technology to create high-intensity training programs tailored specifically to each athlete.

The technology ensures “there is no hiding,” Hackett said. “Every minute you are here you will do the prescribed workout.” It also allows athletes to maintain the social aspect of the sport by riding together, while still pushing themselves individually, they said.

The software “virtually” recreates courses, which they say is an advantage for athletes training for specific races.

Cyclists and triathletes bring their own bicycles to the studio, and the bikes are hooked into the system so they are comfortable with the bike position while riding.

Bob Goodheart, of Midland Park, said the studio “makes goals happen.”

He should know. At 61, he just returned from a cross-country ride to raise money to help combat multiple melanoma. Goodheart said the folks at the Pain Cave not only prepared him for the trek, they also helped him raise $18,000 for the cause.

“We want to be part of the community. We are passionate about the people who come through the door,” Jessup said.

The Pain Cave is holding an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will view a live demo, as well as learn about the training process, the Pain Cave’s destination races and a program to help new athletes gear up for the annual Wyckoff YMCA triathlon in June.

The Pain Cave is located at 691 Wyckoff Avenue in Wyckoff. For more information or to RSVP to the open house, email

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