Winter is here, which means it’s trainer time. Gone are the days of simply staring at the wall for hours during those mentally taxing indoor rides. You no longer have to throw on old Tour de France videos to make the time go by. With virtual indoor training apps, you can make the time fly as you get your ride on, and it’s never been easier.
Beautfiul and scenic routes
The Rouvy indoor cycling app has levelled up the virtual realm of cycling adventures, enabling you to embark on some truly extraordinary cycling routes.
It’s very different from, say, Zwift, which offers much simpler, less realistic graphics. Instead of solid and bland backgrounds, it really looks and feels like you’re very much in the various locations—which could be anywhere. You can ride in Hawaii, you can ride in Beverly Hills. You can ride by the iconic Copacabana Beach in Rio, or the famous Californian Pacific Coast Highway. Since most of us probably won’t do a Grand Tour anytime soon, you can also ride stages in all three: whether it’s the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, or Vuelta a España. It’s a total trip to be able to ride the same roads you’ve seen on TV during those iconic events.
Get ready in minutes
Setting it up is a breeze. To do so, all you need to do is connect the app to your device of choice. You can use a laptop or desktop, a tablet or Apple TV. You could use your smartphone, but I recommend using as big a screen as possible to really immerse yourself in the Rouvy worlds. Next, pair it with your own road bike on a direct-drive trainer or a smart trainer and you’re good to go. The interface is super user-friendly and it took no time at all to familiarize myself with it. There’s a short tutorial that introduces you to the features, too. Next, start pedalling and get ready to take a trip around the globe!
The visuals are stunning. If you’re a gamer, it’s akin to some of the best video games out there. And not the gameplay graphics, but the cut-scene stuff you see in some of the well-known video games. Rouvy is the closest virtual experience you’ll have to being real. One of the things that adds to this experience is the obstacles we normally encounter as a cyclist outdoors. It makes it fun, it keeps you alert. When you’re riding on a bike path or on a busy road, you may occasionally see a pedestrian or vehicle–but don’t worry, your Rouvy avatar you see on screen will avoid them. It adds to the fun and…