“Our reviewers were similarly surprised by the ability of Global Ride video to provide a tangible riding experience. One reviewer could not stop remarking how “awesome” the experience was, while our triathlete reveled in the fact that it was a welcome departure from the spin class like cycling training videos to which she had already become immune.” From the cycling blog, Triple Crankset
After those 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, but with the 6th title release from Global Ride, the total comes to 16.
“From the start, our vision has been to create box sets of three DVDs per year. We ride and race bikes when we’re not shooting and editing, and so we need these as much as our own customers. We know that you can’t just have one type of terrain and one type of ride to get stronger, fitter, faster. The box sets give us an opportunity to vary the type of workout, the objectives each of our coaches choose, and of course, the scenery. In the future, we plan on living up to our name of “Global Ride” by providing rides in areas where many riders or indoor “spinners”
There are a number of reasons why this approach to indoor training has not been the norm for most facilities; most notably because Spinning® or Indoor Cycling simply hasn’t been structured and oriented towards the outdoor cyclist. However, with new titles becoming available with greater frequency each year, it’s likely that we may be on the brink of the “new norm” for Indoor Cycling classes. John Macgowan, from the popular Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast calls it "Indoor Cycling 2.0". Essentially it means moving the typical class from exercise to training; making the indoor class beneficial and more directly related to outdoor riding. Generally this also involves upgrading tools on the bike so students can see their heart rate, their cadence (RPMs - how fast they are pedaling), and even their power. If we add virtual cycling to the mix, it stands to make the experience more compelling, more motivating... hey, maybe even more fun!
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About Cycling Fusion: Cycling Fusion is a company dedicated to bringing the best of indoor and outdoor cycling together. By promoting changes to the indoor cycling environment and teaching techniques, Cycling Fusion aims to bring more outdoor cyclists inside to train, and more indoor cyclists outside to experience the joys and adventures of riding outside. Cycling Fusion is also the founding company of the Giretto d’Italia, a multi-stage elite level charity ride in Italy to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.