Indoor cycling can become boring over time. After all, you have lost the elements of the outdoors, the blur of trees and people as you flash by, and your fellow cyclists pushing you to be better. Or have you?
With these next cycling apps, you can challenge yourself, race with your friends and experience some pretty cool visual effects. Just think of them as video games. Except they are totally better because you are killing your workout and prepping your body for your next outdoor ride. We call that a win-win.
With Zwift you can ride with anyone in the world at any time of the day. Whether you’re meeting new friends or connecting with old ones, you will be placed into detailed, 3D landscapes with other cyclists from around the world. Zwift is the latest in online gaming, and as they like to say, “It’s the greatest innovation in cycling since the bicycle.” We pretty much agree.
This social app/ training tool gives you everything you need to become a faster cyclist. TrainerRoad connects with your ANT+ or Bluetooth devices to measure your metrics and uses the data collected to customize a training plan that best fits your fitness level. Plus, this app keeps track of all of your ride history and performances, which helps you grow as a cyclist. Want to train with your best pals? TrainerRoad has a companion feature that allows you and your fellow athlete to train at the same time.
Sufferfest is a mix between trainer workouts and video content. Each workout guides the athlete through pro tour race footage as they burry themselves in lactic acid and tears. If you are looking for a training platform that takes no excuses then Sufferfest is your go to. On and off the bike, Sufferfest is the only app that trains body and mind so you can take your fitness to the next level. Like the others, it uses your KICKR trainer along with others sensors including cadence and heart rate to guide you through each workout. The new 4DP training protocol goes well beyond your typical FTP based workouts. It uses four distinct metrics to reveal who you are as a cyclist and personalize every target in your workouts to match your unique profile.
Velo Trainer is a social indoor training app allowing you to train and even race with your friends in real time. Velo has proven that cyclists who use their app can get up to 10 percent faster and 25 percent more productive by training with a partner or having a friend on the track. This app also syncs with your other devices to store all of your cycling sessions.
Kinomap turns your bike or home trainer into a powerful device. With thousands of motion videos, you can watch your icon progress across the map and altitude graph as you try to follow the original video. Don’t want to cycle alone? You don’t have to with this app as they have a multiplayer mode. Up to 10 players can train on the same video at one time. You can find the perfect video to help you and your friends train for your outdoor rides by filtering your video search by distance, duration, quality, map and average positive slope.
No matter which app you choose to use for your cycling group, you will be challenged. Have a favorite that wasn’t mentioned here? Share it with us! We might even add it to the list.