The Covid 19 restrictions have seen cycling activities on the road grind to a complete halt. The restrictions have seen members turn to technology in an effort to get their fix of pedaling. The most popular online cycling platform is Zwift. Members pay a monthly subscription to access the platform. A stationary trainer is used, and connected to a computer. This relays the cyclists data such as power output to Zwift. The platform allows cyclists to partake in a virtual group ride, or even race against other members. It also allows members to cycle some of the most iconic roads in the world such as the Alp D'Huez. The platform has been used by professional cycling teams also to train and race. Some teams allow amateurs to ride along and test themselves against the best in the world.
The club has also organised virtual cycles using Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service that can be used to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats. The cycles are virtual turbo training sessions. The session is run by leader, who gives instructions. Each participant uses a stationary trainer in their own home. The Zoom platform allows participants to interact with the session leader and also with other participants. These sessions have proved very popular with members. It gives everybody a chance to maintain fitness, and to have a chat with club mates. It is absolutely amazing to think how far technology has advanced. Only a few years ago, winter turbo training involved bringing a television and DVD player to the hall in Watergrasshill to train for an hour.