Pro Pain Cave: USA's Brian Duffy Jr. and his World Championship-ready custom trainer platform

Brian Duffy, Jr. pain cave Zwift
(Image credit: Brian Duffy, Jr.)

Back in December 2021, a video came across my feed that I could not stop watching. In it, you can see Brian Duffy, Jr. preparing for the sprint at the end of a Zwift race. 

The bottom left-hand corner of the screen shows Brian in real life as he locks his hands onto the hoods and waits until 1000 feet to go before unleashing his finishing kick. And then, slowly but surely, he begins exiting the screen. I'm not talking about the Zwift screen, or his avatar in Zwift; I'm talking about Brian in real life, moving pedal stroke by pedal stroke, out of the camera frame, whilst riding a bike that's supposed to be stationary. You can watch it here

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Zach is a freelance writer, the head of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and e-racing. He writes about everything cycling-related, from buyer's guides to product reviews and feature articles to power analyses. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all abilities and ages at ZNehr Coaching. After entering the sport at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included winning the 2017 Collegiate National Time Trial Championships and a 9th place finish at the 2019 US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors with NeXT eSport.