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Zwift Vs Road Grand Tours Vs VIRTU GO

Let’s Face it.  Zwift is the king right now of the Virtual Training World.  They have incorporated a huge social component through their races and training rides that puts Zwift at the top for virtual training software.

Zwift Vs Road Grand Tours Vs VirTu Go Cycling Software Review

To give you an idea of how popular Zwift is, Zwifters logged a total of 122,140,586 miles (196,582,313 kilometers) in 2017 and around 6 billion feet or 1.8 billion meters.

Yet even with all their success, Zwift is often slow to react to customer requests.  This of course gives competitors an in to create something that answers these requests or even possibly provides a better overall experience through graphics or functionality.

Atari-800-Computer

Zwift’s Interface is something that is really lacking.  While it can get the job done, it has the feel of something made in the 90’s.  Heck my Atari 800 had software that had a better interface and graphics (Sort of joking, but not really).  Considering all the advancements in technology and software it is rather a let down to see how Zwift’s interface is currently structured.

Coming from a computer programmer’s background I can sort of understand why Zwift had to dumb down the graphics and interface.  In essence it is to allow the software to work with more systems and to provide a speedier interface experience.  That said, I bet most Zwifters probably have relatively good computers and/or graphics at their disposal.

Road Grand Tours Cycling Software

Road Grand Tours is currently in Beta, but the software promises to provide a better graphical experience.

Posted by Road Grand Tours on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Currently one limitation to Road Grand Tours is that it requires an ANT+ connection.  That said I have found the ANT+ protocol to be superior to Bluetooth when using trainers.  Bluetooth has a tendency to not connect as well and also have more dropouts.

The software works with both Widows and the Mac, so no issues there.

Road Grand Tours - Software Requirements

I currently don’t have access yet, but I have read that users are experiencing freezes and timeout issues.  I am sure these will be workout since it is in Beta right now.

VIRTU GO Training Software

Virtu Go software looks REALLY promising.  The interface makes much more sense and is dramatically more user friendly than Zwifts.

Currently there is a waiting list to get into the Beta (Even I am on it).  You can sign up for the Beta HERE.

Virtu Go Wait List

Like Road Grand Tours, Virtu Go requires an ANT+ connection and doesn’t have any Bluetooth compatibility.

Virtu Go System Requirements

Zwift Vs Road Grand Tours Vs VIRTU GO

While Road Grand Tours and Virtu Go have very promising graphics, they are still in beta with all the bugs and issues that go along with being beta software.  It  will be interesting to see if they can make it out of Beta and start attracting an audience.

For now Zwift doesn’t have to worry about these small time competitors, but should they make it out of beta, they could give Zwift notice.  Hopefully either becoming better than Zwift or making Zwift become better.  Either way it should be a win for cyclists.

About The Author

Tom Crandall

Tom has been writing about photography, cycling, running and fitness since 1988, covering everything from the product reviews to the latest in fitness trends. Tom is the Editor-in-chief of GearMashers.com, 10KstepsDaily.com, EndTheTrendNow.com, AntiqueOutings.com, MiniatureReview.blogspot.com and a few other publications, he began racing in college while getting an Information Resource Management degree at George Mason University. Based in the photography and cycling-crazed city of Austin, Texas, with his wife Kathleen and pug Olaf, Tom enjoys running, walking or riding most every day.

3 Comments

  1. Geoffrey

    RoadGrandTours seems to have died a death. Months since there has been any update and whenever I log on (admittedly not very often) there’s rarely anyone using it.

    At the moment the best alternative to Zwift seems to be OneLap. Just need to learn Chinese…..

    Reply
    • Tom Crandall

      Hey Geoffrey,

      I will have to give OneLap a go sometime.

      Reply
    • Wences

      I’d say that the best cycling simulator today is BKOOL.
      Every route you want, ERG mode, Velodrome games, workouts… even fitness classes!!!
      Both Ant+ and Bluetooth connection.

      In my opinion, the best choice without a doubt.

      Reply

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