Goodbye Rouvy

Over the past few years, I’ve been writing about Rouvy a couple of times to keep you informed about how they were becoming a serious contender in the online training platform market.

I started using Rouvy in the winter of 2014 – 2015 I think. At the time, it was still ‘under construction’ and the quality of their video footage was no match for Tacx TTS, so I didn’t spend a lot of time in their virtual realm.

In the beginning, I wasn’t really aware or serious about the ‘career mode’ they offered either, but when I eventually started participating in their challenges, I also started to work on my career and I reached Legend status somewhere during the 2016 season.

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Rouvy Career Update & Tips

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Much to the surprise of its members, Rouvy did a career reset on October 1.

Not the date was – or should have been – a surprise, but the fact that this year they reset everyone to ‘starter’ level, was a big – and nasty – surprise to many.

Last year, only Legends could request a reset to starter, but all others would be reset to the beginning of their current level.

While I do not mind either way, it would have been a lot better had Rouvy informed its members timely / properly. As usual, they have come up with an explanation after the fact – you can read more about it here.

Obviously, the objective to keep the league of Legends a bit exclusive, is something I can understand, as is the fact that it should be hard to become a Legend. But not impossible…

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Rouvy Double Legend

Rouvy (Double) Legend 2017-2018

Earlier this month, I reached Legend status again, which makes me ‘Rouvy Double Legend’ and should bring me ‘intergalactic respect’ *.

I’ve written about the new Rouvy career concept a few posts back and when they published the new schedule for upcoming challenges, I anticipated finishing my 2017 – 2018 career early June.

I accumulated a lot of TSS points and even finished a challenge I thought I wouldn’t be able to during my holiday – after that and 4 other completed challenges by mid-May, the wait was for the final required challenge, which was the 100K PowerTap Endurance challenge starting on June 4th.

Oh, plus one required route ‘in race mode’…

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Sensa Dura Integra – First Impressions

Sensa Dura Integra

Introduction

(Not interested in the ‘how the Dura Integra came to be’? Jump to the actual review)

Earlier this year, while at the LBS for some preparations on my Sensa Trentino, I was going through the latest brochure of Sensa Bikes.

As you (probably / should) know, I have modified my Giulia G2 to look like a TT bike, by replacing the standard handlebar and aero bar clip on with a 3T Vola cockpit.

However, I quickly found out that this meant I couldn’t (comfortably) ride any serious mountain stages, so I got the Trentino. And as it also didn’t quite fit the profile of a true TT bike, the pages in the brochure with Sensa’s TT and Tri bikes, caught my eye.

Sensa offers two bikes in that segment: the Dura Integra and the Dura Triathlon. While I figure(d) the triathlon bike will offer a slightly more comfortable geometry and position because of the length of the courses you will ride with that, I didn’t quite like the look of it.

Not that it would matter much, because surely there was no way in hell the boss would allow the purchase – or even trade in – of my just over a year old Giulia, right?

Wrong…

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A Well Deserved Holiday

Since I had my fair share of fun during last year’s ‘Tour de France‘, we have no cycling adventures scheduled for this year.

Instead, it was Paula’s turn to book a trip, which basically means she picks a location where we get close to ‘100% sun guarantee’.

This usually means Egypt, but since we have been there so often already, she settled for a little less certanty by booking an apartment in Playa del Inglés.

On Gran Canaria…

You remember what happened that time she decided to go to Mallorca, right?

So, although I only knew it was close to Tenerife – but not close enough to have a shot at going up El Teide – it didn’t take me long to figure out that Gran Canaria is probably as much a cycling heaven as is Mallorca.

After swearing lying that I was only going to have one or two trips up to the ‘Pico de las Nieves’, Gran Canaria’s equivalent of El Teide, she reluctantly allowed me to take a cycling kit with me.

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