My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Furka-Grimsel-Susten 2015’ route…
While i wasn’t planning on any silly long rides for a while, i felt ok this morning after a nice lie in and as i had to conquer this one for the Rouvy career level i gave it a go and finished it off. Video quality is excellent and the scenery and route is everything you could ever wish virtual cycling to be.
I definitely plan to come back to this one day in the future when i’m fitter and stronger, but there in lies the problem with Rouvy – there’s just so many great routes to ride that there isn’t enough time to try them all, let alone come back for another go. We shall see. For now though, i’ve got lots and lots of flatter courses to ride to finish the ‘Spring Classics #2’ challenge. I’ve got 703.93 miles left to ride in the next 31 days. All good fun as i’ve got a lot of nice looking flat courses bookmarked to work through.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘El Portillon’ route…
Not a bad climb if you’re just looking for a nice bit of road to complete a quick workout. I’ll be back over next few days to do this with more power, i was on a recovery ride for this attempt.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Pocol → Passo Giau’ route…
Not the most inspirational of climbs, and could certainly have done with being filmed on a really nice sunny day in better quality, but it’s a reasonable way to get through an hour interval training. Just switch off and let the road roll past.
Averaged 3 w/kg for 55:41 with an average HR of 116 bpm and max’d 4.88 w/kg @ 135 bpm – so pretty pleased with the old ticker as 135 is only the low end of my zone 2. There’s certainly a lot more to come in these interval training sessions as i make them progressively harder.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s – ‘Challenge Kraichgau‘ route…
Great quality video and an even better quality route, especially for anyone training for a 70.3 triathlon. Riding rolling roads through delightful villages and countryside in Germany on a nice sunny day while improving my fitness is a great way to spend a few hours hours.
I look forward to coming back and having another go at this route when i’ve improved my 3 hour power a bit more. Definitely one for the favourites folder.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s – ‘Mt Constitution Road Climb‘ route…
It’s a short climb but reasonably challenging. Video isn’t the greatest quality but it kept me happy doing a hard HIIT session. A good way to take a quick hard ride if you’re pushed for time.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s – ‘Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio)‘ route…
Another fantastic Rouvy route for those who can’t afford to go to Europe riding these epic climbs, or for those who are going but would like to get in some practice. Wonderful stuff.
I have the 3rd lowest heart rate on the whole leader board – not bad for an old git. 😀
My first attempt at Rouvy’s – ‘Col du Galibier (Col du Telegraphe)’ route…
It’s rides like this is why i love Rouvy so much. For those who can’t afford to go to Europe riding these epic climbs, or for those who are going but would like to get in some practice first, look no further than Rouvy. Hopefully one day i’ll get to ride the real mountains, but until then, i’m more than happy having found Rouvy where i can get a taster of things to come.
I’m really not missing Zwift at all.
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Below are a list of my favourite routes on Rouvy.
All have beautiful scenery, good video quality and present quite a challenge to complete. So start a free trial and get your times on the Rouvy and Strava leaderboards.
My first attempt at Rouvy’s – ‘La Palma Southern’ route…
This is one seriously beautiful ride with great quality video. Well worth signing up to Rouvy for a free trial just to do this one ride. It ain’t easy but well worth the effort.
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