Its been a while since my last update on how using the Rouvy app is going, so I thought I would pen a few brief thoughts.
Across the summer I have used it a lot less due to the hot weather. Yes, even here in the UK!
But there has been a number of updates for stability and the launch of the new group ride feature which is out to rival Zwift on that score.
I have yet to join one, so I won’t pass comment until I do, but the feedback in the Rouvy Facebook group has been broadly supportive.
As I am not riding regularly indoors I have stepped away from the levelling up process. Last winter I was keen to get a couple of grades up and really enjoyed the racing needed to get there.
The rides needed to be completed in TT mode though are quite long and the thought of 2-3 hours indoors on a trainer whilst the sun beats down isn’t one I wanted to contemplate.
But you can still rack up points (based on your suffer score on a ride) without needing to complete mandatory routes. So the fun remains.
I have also been riding some routes regularly enough to be able to insert the virtual me’s to try and beat, something that helps me find more pace.
I don’t want to lose to the early season less well trained version of me!
I think the app will continue to come into its own over the winter months. I am planning to race again this winter and use Rouvy to keep me out of the rain and cold.
There are of course plenty of alternatives to do that, but I like riding the augmented reality riders on a real world video. It works for me.
One negative has been the ongoing issues getting it to work with a tablet. You do need to check the high specs needed to run the app by clicking here. Fortunately the family laptop and my mobile phone rescued me when the Samsung tablet wasn’t able to run the software.
There is always lots going on behind the scenes here at Beers of Belgium CC and I am looking forward to getting the jersey on and getting out there promoting this page of the Fendrien website.
This will hopefully coincide with the return of bike racing and we will be able to recreate that moment when a beer is sipped in front of the TV after a strenuous training ride where you have pretended to be Greg Van Avermaet.
So keep an eye out for the kit delivery and our team jersey out there on the roads.
The company was supplying AquaBlue when they went bust mid season and haven’t been seen on pro faces since, so it will be interesting to see if they pay to have this range in a teams kit for next season.