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The global pandemic has greatly affected the cycling community, and many cycling enthusiasts have switched to indoor riding. Since Malaysia has imposed strict limitations on personal movement, virtual riding has quickly emerged as a safe and convenient alternative.

During the lockdown, Zwift has also become increasingly high-profile and the most popular cycling application in the virtual world. As much fun and exciting as Zwift has been, here are our top Zwift alternatives to keep your indoor riding fresh.

1) TRAINER ROAD ($19.95 USD/month = RM 80 or $189USD/year = RM764):

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TrainerRoad is an all-in-one training system that makes you a faster cyclist. Riders get structured indoor workouts, discipline-specific training plans, and easy-to-use performance analysis tools.

TrainerRoad takes cyclists through structured, power-based workouts and training plans.  It comes from the fact that they get very specific in your training depending on what your cycling goals are and where you are in your season. 

Backed by over 1,000 coach treated workouts, the application has over 100 plans that take riders through base, build and specialty training phases which are tailored to individual rider types. TrainerRoad offers training plans for climbing road racers, criterium riders, time trialists, rolling road racers, century riders, triathletes, XC Olympic, XC marathon, short track XC, cyclocross, gravity and general fitness riders.

TrainerRoad is compatible with Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Click Here to check out TrainerRoad.

2) THE SUFFERFEST ($14.99 USD/month = RM60 or $129 USD/year = RM521):

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Acquired by Wahoo, Sufferfest combines personalized workouts with yoga, mental and strength training to help you reach your potential as an athlete and take your performance to the next level.

Same price like Zwift, you get unlimited access to a huge library of structured cycling, triathlon, and running workouts with exclusive footage of professional races, soundtracks, and fun engaging storylines. You can connect to your fitness devices and train to specific performance targets, like heart rate, power, and cadence. Sufferfest also recently introduced their Four-Dimensional Power (4DP)™ profiling that uses 4 key metrics to personalize your power targets.

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The Sufferfest is compatible with Windows, Mac, iPad and iPhone devices.

Click Here to check out The Sufferfest.

3) ROUVY ($12 USD/mont = RM48 or $120 USD/year = RM485):

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Rouvy offers a range of real life routes and augmented reality courses for you to ride on. Unlike other apps such as Zwift and RGT Cycling, which simulate virtual worlds or offer simulations of real roads, Rouvy uses video recordings of real roads and combines them with elevation data.

If you like riding real courses, Rouvy might be what you need. Rouvy lets you ride anywhere in the world. You can either pick one of the available courses or upload your own GPX file. Rouby is $8/month for premium membership or $12/month for two additional family members.

Your subscription includes:

Streaming access to hundreds of video routes or thousands of GPS profiles.

Select a pacer to keep you on track or try out a new race strategy on your favorite course.

Custom interval courses can also be created with targeted power outputs and each ride is shared with the Rouvy community so you can see how you stack up against other Rouvy users.

Rouvy is compatible with Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Click Here to check out Rouvy.

4) KINOMAP ($10 USD/month = RM40 or $80 USD/year = RM323):

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Kinomap is a complete end-to-end platform for creating, hosting, sharing and using motion videos for user-generated videos. Kinomap allows uploading motion videos shot with a GPS camera or a common camera coupled with GPS track from another device.

Kinomap gives you access to hundreds of fully geolocated videos created by the community or you can upload your own videos. However, if you are looking to do structured workouts, you will need to download Intervals by Kinomap. Intervals cost $25 UDS/year. With this subscription, you will be able to use their workout library or create your own workout. Export workouts to Strava any other applications.

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Kinomap is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Click Here to check out Kinomap.

5) BKOOL SIMULATOR ($10 USD/month = RM40):

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Bkool simulator offers real video routes, 3D routes, or just follow along on a map. You will also have access to a workout library, instructor-led workouts, velodrome, multiplayer, and leagues. You can also upload your own GPX file with or without a video to create your own route in 3D.

Bkool simulator is compatible with macOSX, iOS, Windows, and Android. It can connect to most smart trainers via ANT+ FE-C and control it to simulate routes or ERG mode workouts.

Click Here to check out Bkool Simulator.

6) TACX TRAINING SOFTWARE (FREE – OPEN BETA)

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Tacx just released a completely overhauled version of their training software and cloud-based platform. You will be able to create your own workout, or pick a workout from their training plan library that is specific to your goal.  You will also have access to their large library of HD quality videos of real courses from around the world.

Tacx Software is currently in open beta, meaning you can download it and start using it now for free. Currently, it’s only available for Windows but a macOS version is coming next year.

All of the above applications offer a free trial so you can test them out and decide which one you like.

Do you know of other applications that you think worth trying out? Please let me and others know in the comment section below.

Click Here to check out Tacx Training Software.


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