Want to ride the world from the comfort of your home? Rouvy has just the thing for you – famous cycling routes in augmented reality video
It comes around every year, that time when you sit back and start making a list while weighing up your budget – not for Christmas, but for all those cycling trips you want to go on next year.
The trouble is there are just so many to choose from, and even if you have some spare cash under the mattress there aren’t enough holidays in the year for you to ride them all. If only there was another way…
Thanks to Rouvy, there is. Rouvy is an indoor cycling app that allows you to travel the world and ride some of the planet’s most famous, iconic cycling routes – all from the comfort of your saddle in your own living room.
Better still, these routes are real, using immersive high-quality video and augmented reality to bring you as close as possible to the roads you’ve always dreamed of riding.
All you need to do is link the app to your device – options include monitors, phones, tablets and Apple TV – and connect it to a smart bike, direct-drive, wheel-on trainer or even your own favourite road bike. And then you’re off!
Famous cycling routes
Rouvy allows you to explore some of the world’s most famous cycling routes, including Italy’s legendary Passo dello Stelvio, the mighty Col du Tourmalet in France and jaw-dropping Kona in Hawaii, plus many more.
In fact there are more than 700 augmented reality routes to choose from, covering more than 15,000km of roads that go up, down and around just like they do outdoors – this is video, remember, not make-believe.
Rouvy also allows you to compete in races, take part in challenges to win prizes or join group rides. It’s up to you how you want to use it.
Either way, you will enjoy real routes in augmented reality, helping you to feel the ride the same way you do outside. And you can use Rouvy in multiple ways – you can train on routes that you plan to ride in the future or you can visit far-flung locations that you more than likely will never get to see in real life.
The rest is up to you – take it easy and enjoy the scenery or use it to help take your training up a notch.
Rouvy isn’t a sightseeing tool (unless that’s how you want to use it, of course). It offers structured workouts from an extensive library and you can also access training plans from TrainingPeaks.
There’s a five-week training plan for beginners if you’re new to all this, and the app even offers real-time feedback on your ride effort.
Rouvy also now includes Strava Live Segments to increase your connection with the outdoor world. On Rouvy, your Segment ride will show up next to two avatars: your best result on the segment (PR) and the fastest rider, the King or Queen of the Mountain (KoM or QoM – you know the score).
It’s also worth pointing out that Rouvy isn’t intended to replace your outdoor rides, even in winter. In fact, you can even count your cycling efforts in the great outdoors towards your Rouvy Career.
Career, you say? That’s right, the Rouvy Career allows you to earn coins for every pedal stroke – indoor, outdoor, races, training rides and even your warm-up and cool-down.
You can then spend those coins later on new kit and also earn rewards, including discounts on some great cycling brands. That will make you feel even better when you’re tackling that famous climb, scenic city route or stunning countryside on your cycling world tour.
• Interested? Then you’re in luck because Rouvy is offering a free 30-day trial to Cyclist readers. Simply visit rouvy.com/cyclist