February 3, 2022
Funding will drive expansion of The Breakaway’s fitness platform and community
Truckee, Calif. /SPORTSWIRE ENDURANCE/ – Hot on the heels of the completion of Y Combinator’s 2021 summer batch, The Breakaway has announced the closing of its seed funding round. The Breakaway uses power data generated by riders during regular indoor or outdoor rides to create personalized assessments, workouts, and challenges that help riders work on specific skills. Additionally, The Breakaway allows runners on digital platforms, including Peloton, Garmin and Zwift, to use the group challenge feature to improve their performance alongside friends and teammates. The Breakaway is available to download from the App Store for a $3.99 monthly subscription that includes a one-month free trial.
This investment will drive team building, growth and community development for The Breakaway in 2022 and beyond. “We’re just getting started, but we’ve received nothing but positive feedback from the community, the team we’ve put together and the investors we’ve recruited. We are mission driven and now have the resources to act quickly to help cyclists and eventually endurance athletes across multiple disciplines, everywhere,” said Jordan Kobert, co-founder and CEO of The Breakaway.
This initial funding round included participation from, among others, General Catalyst, Norwest Venture Partners, and Zone 5 Ventures, some of the same investors who recently funded Zwift’s latest funding round. “From our inclusion in Y Combinator’s Summer Batch to launching our riding community and closing our seed funding round, 2021 was so much bigger than we could have ever dreamed of. With this funding and our momentum, we recruited the founding team who are excited to help people make sense of their data and find simple ways to see progress. Nothing excites us more than when we see people progress – it’s not just addictive for them, but also for us,” added Kobert.
The Breakaway was created by co-founders Jordan Kobert and Kyle Yugawa, who were part of the first team behind fitness app Strava and helped that company grow. Since its inception, The Breakaway team has grown with a team of developers, including former Tour de France cyclist Christian Vande Velde and sports developer/scientist Robby Ketchell (formerly of Team Sky/INEOS and marathon effort under two hours from Nike Breaking2).
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Founded in 2020, The Breakaway is a connected training app for cyclists. The Breakaway brings together data generated by athletes, starting with cycling, to help them find actionable insights. Today, The Breakaway uses data generated by cyclists through regular training on Zwift, Peloton and on the road or on land with Garmin or Wahoo devices to create personalized challenges and targeted workouts that help them exceed their limits. Additionally, The Breakaway makes it easy for users to improve alongside friends and teammates and see their strengths and weaknesses evolve. The Breakaway was chosen from thousands of entrants to win a spot in Y Combinator’s Summer Batch 2021.