Indoor Training Tools Revisited

The new Rouvy AR interface

A few years back, I wrote a post on indoor training tools / apps which I had used or intended to investigate further.

That post has had two inline revisions and another revision would not make it more readable, so I’m dedicating a new post to it ūüôā

Disclaimer: this post may, like the previous one, get reviewed or updated every now and then. The reviewed tools / platforms also frequently get updates or added features. As a result, I cannot guarantee that features or prices mentioned here are still accurate at the time you read this post.

First, I realized that I only mentioned the Sufferfest in one of the revisions, but the original post had no entry on Sufferlandria at all.

This was probably due to my voluntary exile out of Sufferlandria, but in hindsight, I think it was unfair to leave them out altogether.

So, let me first right that wrong…

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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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Rouvy Legend

I became a Rouvy Legend somewhere last year, meaning I completed all the tasks of the career path. Which would have meant that I could finally retire and die in peace, if it wouldn’t have been for a drastic change in the career concept.

You can read about that – and the addition of branded challenges – here¬†and here. You can read my ‘Legend interview’ with them here.

After my ‘Tour de France 2017‘, I had a few spins in and just outside my backyard, but by October 1st, I was ready to start the indoor season.

My main app for training is obviously Rouvy which has been my favorite for the past two and a half years or so (see my original post on indoor apps from February 16, 2016).

As I own a vast collection of films with footage from just about every major EU/US climb, scenic ride and Ironman track, I have enough to watch while training, other than what Rouvy itself offers. And sometimes I use ‘free ride’ mode for a recovery spin, in which case I put on one of these films too.

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