After these two behemoth’s in the training DVD business came two new comers to this current trend in indoor training; EpicPlanet and Global Ride. By the middle of 2009, there were as many as 13 virtual cycling DVDs among these 4 companies, and with the release of the first ride from Italy, the total comes to 14. In fact, with the release of this Italy DVD, Global Ride joins both larger companies with a total offering of 4 separate virtual cycling titles.
“We intend on releasing one series of 3 DVDs from a different country every year. With our good fortune of following a number of the same roads as the Tour of Italy in 2009, it gave us the idea of trying to do that in each country where we ride whenever possible. In 2010 we will be traveling to Australia and doing a good bit of filming on the roads used for the Tour Down Under, as well as possibly New Zealand. We plan on living up to our name of “Global Ride” by providing rides to our viewers in areas they’ve only dreamed of riding, and might never get a chance to visit in person.” Said Gene Nacey, director and producer of Global Ride’s DVDs
There are a number of reasons why this approach to indoor training has not been the norm; most notably because they simply haven’t been available. However, with 14 titles currently available and more on the way, it’s likely that we may be on the brink of the “new norm” for cycling training indoors. These titles are also widely available on many online retail sites, including a new site dedicated to only cycling DVDs. This too did not exist until 2008, so it may be that there are a lot more cyclists finding indoor riding a lot more interesting these days.
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Global Ride Productions is a video production company serving the indoor cycling or Spinning® community. Global Ride produces virtual cycling training DVDs for both the home and group classroom environment. The company is based out of Global Ride Training Center in Lower Burrell, PA. The indoor cycling studio boasts two digital projectors and two 11 foot screens to provide a perfect test environment for the video footage shot all over the world from Global Ride’s filming crew.