There are obvious benefits to indoor cycling: it’s time efficient, there are fewer variables and interruptions, you can focus on technique and there’s no such thing as bad weather, among others. It’s still believed by many to be really boring, to the point that some would rather not ride at all if they can’t get outside, but spinning your legs while going nowhere doesn’t have to be such a drag. Long gone are the days of riding your bike on the turbo or rollers, just staring at a wall or watching a movie while you dream of breathing some fresh air. Seeing dramatic improvements over the years, indoor training is now more immersive, more fun and more social.
For some, cycling indoors is a way to maintain or improve fitness through the colder, darker months. For others, it provides more focussed training so more is gained during shorter sessions when time is limited. No matter what kind of rider, indoor training is hugely beneficial and apps such as Zwift have been game changing. Communities of cyclists can now ride and race together in a virtual setting, distracting from the mundaneness of pedalling in the living room.
There’s been a massive boom in indoor cycling over the last decade, particularly since the emergence of COVID, with people desperate to maintain fitness or relieve the boredom of lockdowns and quarantines. Constant innovations mean advancements in technology have come thick and fast, and features and training tools on offer are extensive.
Whatever you’re in it for: fitness, competition, finding a community of like-minded riders, Zwift provides just the thing. All rides are super immersive but you can choose between more goal-oriented structured training, racing against the global community or simply ‘just riding’. Zwift is one of the best all-round apps available and has entire virtual worlds with high-quality graphics, incorporating real roads, routes and famous climbs. Huge numbers of cyclists around the world take part in regular leagues and races, and use Zwift as a training tool. Setup is super easy and once done, every ride should just be a matter of putting the bike on the trainer, logging in and connecting everything. Simple and quick.
Indoor cycling is now fully interactive
Modern turbo trainers and even some rollers offer smart technology, meaning they can interact directly with third-party apps. Even if you don’t have a smart trainer, using a speed and cadence sensor at a minimum and a…