RGT Cycling | Indoor Training Software First Look

RGT Cycling | Indoor Training Software First Look


– Improved technology
has seen indoor training become far more immersive,
interactive, and stimulating, and as part of our series
looking at the latest indoor training options with Elite, today, we’re going to take
a look at RGT Cycling. (air whooshes)
(metal screeches) RGT Cycling is a virtual
reality cycling app that allows you to ride virtual courses based on real places for example the Stelvio Pass in Italy or Cap de Formentor in Mallorca. Now in this video we’re going
to tell you all about it, all the features of RGT Cycling and how you can use it yourself, but before we do be sure to subscribe to
GCN if you haven’t already and also click the bell
icon to get notifications. You know the drill. It helps support the channel. (chill music) Indoor training used to
be a horrific ordeal. For many of us, it typically
involved struggling to breathe while sweating profusely and trying not to die from boredom as you stared mind-numbingly
at your garage door. Well fortunately those days
are well and truly over. So as mentioned RGT cycling
is a virtual reality app that allows you to ride
courses based on real places like the Stelvio Pass
which I’m on right now. Now Stelvio Pass, it’s an
absolute bucket-list destination for any discerning cyclist. So the ability to ride it virtually in the comfort of your own home, well, it’s pretty amazing, especially when you pair it
with a smart turbo trainer like this tourou from Elite. The resistance can automatically adjust depending on the gradient of
the road that’s before you. The great thing about this is what I mean it it looks amazing on screen and were you to actually
make your pilgrimage, you visit the Stelvio Pass, you could use this as
an amazing way to train to be able to ride up it, but even if you’re not doing that, it’s just more stimulating than looking at the
aforementioned garage door. You can see also I’ve got
all my metrics and data up on screen as well,
more on that in a minute, but at the time of making this video, there are currently eight
virtual courses you can ride including Pienza in Italy, the Paterberg, Stelvio, we’ve got here, and also Cap Formentor in Mallorca, one of the most beautiful
roads in the world, one I’ve ridden in real-life many times, and commonly referred to
as the Lighthouse Road. So I think we’re going to boot
that one up and have a look. (chill music) So here we are on the beach
road at Port de Pollenca, and I think it’s a
testament to the graphics that anyone that’s been here I’m confident they will
instantly recognize this place. It’s amazing how close
it looks to real life, and on screen there you can
see my avatar pedaling away. Now your avatar is customizable. At the moment you’ve got a choice between Ridley, BMC, and 8bar bikes, and there’s a variety of
clothing options as well. At this stage the options
are fairly limited but this is something that’s
likely to grow in the future. It’s early days for the app. You can also change the camera angle. So we’ve got this kind of
third-person view at the moment, but using the app on the phone I’m just going to switch this up so we can go to a first-person view if that’s your bag. I’m going to switch to the moto camera which is to simulate
if like, I don’t know, you had a motorbike with you and it was sort of filming
you from various angles a bit like in a race, and then we can switch to the drone camera which is pretty cool. There we go. It’s like a drone following you. Quite like that one. We’ve got a race camera as well which kind of is static cameras placed around all over the place. So here I am approaching it. So one of the cool things about this is, well, it looks just like the road in real life to Cap de Formentor, but it has the advantage
that there is no cars. The physics in RGT Cycling
is really quite interesting. So there’s a simulated braking feature which acts to automatically slow you down around corners and when descending, and at the moment it’s not set up to any actual sort of hardware. So you can’t pull your brake levers and it slows you down in the app, but in future it is conceivable that this could be something that could be developed and integrated especially with the next
generation of smart bikes which have brake levers on that we saw at Euro Bike last year. (chill music) There’s simulator drafting and
collision avoidance as well, and according to RGT
the simulated drafting is really close to real life, and when coupled with the braking and the collision avoidance it means that races play out much more
like races in real life, and they say that it means
that the tactics in a race are far more important. So positioning is really
important for a sprint or you need to get to the front when there’s a big climb
coming up and things like that. With the drafting you
can draft real players but also bots as well, and a really cool feature is
that when you do start drafting a draft drop off curve appears on the side in the top left corner
and it shows you in watts exactly how much you’re
saving, and it adjusts so the faster you’re
going, the more you save, but also the closer you
are to the rider in front, the more you save as well. I really like that, it’s really cool, and another nuance there
is of interest to people who like racing is that all the physics it all happens on the server which means that everyone playing the game sees the exact same
thing on their screens. Within the app you’ve got
the option to do free rides on any of the eight courses like what I’m doing now
on Cap de Formentor. You can also do races. They’re organized if
that’s your thing as well, but if you want to ride on a
different course, you can do. You can simply upload a GPX
to their magic roads feature, and then that’ll do the rest and create that GPX into a virtual world for you to ride in complete
with elevation changes, and then you can add up to
99 bots into that as well for you to ride with or against. So for an example of a magic
road here, we’ve uploaded a GPX of La Planche Des Belles Filles in France, a very famous climb that’s used in the Tour de France quite a lot. You remember Chris Froome
winning a stage up there, and also recently Guerin Thomas gapping Julian ala Philippe
in there in last year’s tour. La Planche Des Belles Filles
literally translates as the Plateau of Pretty Girls. Anyway if you wanted to recon this climb, you doing it as part of
your route, you can do. But if you’d prefer to do
some structured workouts, some intervals, well, the app has that too which are ideal if you want
to target specific areas of your fitness such as recovery, recovery rides are my favorite, or endurance if you want
to target your endurance or threshold workouts or VO2 max workouts to give you some punch or some an aerobic workouts
to target your sprint. In addition, whole training
plans devised by expert coaches are also available and can
be integrated into the app via third-party apps
such as Training Peaks. There’s a whole host of plans available. So there’s ones specifically for large hundred-mile
ground fondos or sportyves. There’s also Road Race and
Criterium specific plans and Time Trial specific plans as well, and Cyclocross as well, depending on the demands of the
event that you’re targeting. Pretty cool as well. I’ve just had a look on the
app at up-and-coming workouts, and I’ve actually had a workout that’s automatically come into the app that’s what my coach has set
me on Training Peaks for today. Standing starts. Yum. (chill music) Well, you’re going to
need a turbo trainer, direct drive one or a we along one like this Elite tourou. You’re next going to need some
kind of power measurements. That can either be built
into the turbo trainer itself or separately on your bike such as my Quark I’ve got here, but an important thing to point out is that you can’t just
have a non-smart turbo and a speed sensor as you
can on some other apps. That won’t work here. You do need some kind
of power measurement, and to get the most immersive
experience out of the app, I would recommend a smart trainer because they adjust the
resistance automatically depending on the gradients
that come before you in the app, and it just
makes it much more fun. Next you’ll need two apps. A mobile app which is
either iOS or Android, and then a separate screen app which can be AppleTV,
iPad, Windows 10, or iOS. So you download the mobile
app from their app store, and register and then download
the screen app as well. Start up both apps and then follow the on-screen
instructions to set it up, and then it’ll ask you
to connect your sensors. Once you’ve done that the first time, they connect automatically the next time. Perhaps the best news
about RGT Cycling is that to access many of the
features is completely free. So if you want to ride
the Stelvio virtually or Formentor like I’ve done in
this video, then you can do. It doesn’t cost you anything. However to access all of the features, so things like structured
workouts and the magic roads, there’s an additional
$15 a month subscription. I hope you’ve enjoyed
this look at RGT Cycling and found it informative, and if you have, then please give this video a thumbs up, and why not try it yourself? I know I sound like Neal
B. Canon from Art Attack, but it is free so give it a go, and if you’ve got any
questions about the app, let us know in the comments,
and we’ll aim to answer them, and for another video on indoor
training, click down here.