The fresh air, wind in your hair, and scenery beyond compare. There's nothing more relaxing than a leisurely bike ride on a Sunday afternoon. But you're not that kind of cyclist. You're looking to train for a cycling race or triathlon. You want to bike boldly where no biker has biked before. These seven workout apps will train you, direct you along your routes, and analyze your performance, so you hit that finish line -- no matter your goal.
With Zwift (Android, iOS), users can ride outdoors while propelling their avatar along Zwift's virtual mountainous or city-based worlds. After downloading the app to your smartphone (iPhone or Android device), iPhone and Android users will put pedal to pavement using one of Zwift's many training plans and workouts. If you're feeling bold, join others for group rides and take part in challenges.
While Zwift is free to download, to enjoy an unlimited number of rides requires a monthly subscription, which runs $14.99.
AllTrails (Android, iOS) helps users uncover thousands of the best biking trails in your area and around the world, with maps, photos, and reviews from mountain bikers such as yourself. Let the app's GPS tracker guide you so you don't get lost, and save your favorite trails so you don't forget them. Now, you can also earn badges for completing recorded rides.
With an ad-free AllTrails Pro subscription, you can download offline maps to show you your exact GPS location (even out of range) and get enhanced, more detailed maps with terrain info and real-time map overlays with air quality and satellite weather -- all for $29.99 per year or $99.99 for a lifetime subscription.
3. MTB Project
MTB Project (Android, iOS) is your guide to the best expert-curated online and offline mountain biking trails, featuring detailed topographical maps, full GPS route info, elevation profiles, hi-res photos, and more. There are 77,000 miles to explore with the app, so go get it.
Strava (Android, iOS) enables you to map and record your cycling route while tracking and analyzing your fitness activity, including distance, pace, speed, elevation gain, and calories burned over each ride and over time. You'll stay inspired with new cycling routes and maps and challenged with monthly competitions. Strava automatically posts -- or boasts -- your stats on your Strava feed, so your friends -- or foes -- can read them and weep. Friends can also boost your motivation by giving you kudos and commenting on a workout.
With a Strava Summit subscription, which starts at $2.99, you'll get customizable training and workout plans, live feedback, and advanced analysis and extensive performance metrics.
TrainingPeaks (Android, iOS) helps you achieve your cycling goals by enabling you to access your workouts from anywhere and track your fitness progress, training stats, peak values, and even equipment usage. With a Premium account ($19.99 per month; $119.99 per year), you can plan workouts, create a long-term training plan, communicate with a coach, and more.
As its name implies, Relive (Android, iOS) lets you relive your favorite bike rides with 3D video stories that you can then share with friends. Just go out, track your activity with GPS, see your key stats and location IRT, and take some photos. The app will then turn your activity into a 3D video story, featuring photos, highlights, and more.
With a Relive Club subscription ($10.99-$109.99), you can add music, explore every detail in 3D, add up to 50 photos, relive even longer rides, and get unlimited video editing.
7. Bike Doctor
Bike maintenance is expensive, so you'll appreciate that Bike Doctor (Android, iOS) teaches you to do it yourself with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions suitable for beginners. With the app, you'll learn how to safety check your bike, detect problems, and repair issues that arise.
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