Alternatives to Zwift

3 March, 2021
Best alternatives for Zwift
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Thanks to virtual cycling platforms, you can work out, race and attend a lot of events with different cyclists in order to keep or improve your physical condition, without the need of going outside. They’re an excellent way of working out during autumn and winter months, as during this period it’s colder outside and daylight is much scarcer.

The Zwift virtual cycling platform became the favourite environment of most cyclists during past-year lockdowns. It’s an online VR platform that you’ll be able to use if you have a trainer with a sensor compatible with this platform, and also if your bike has speed/cadence sensors or a power meter.

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Keep reading and you’ll find a comparative table with 5 alternative VR platforms that will allow you to perform activities similar to those available on Zwift, together with some highlights about each one.

Comparative table

BKOOL
Virtual reality
Personalised trainings
Sensors needed
Create your own routes
Unlimited test time
Premium account: €9.99/month
RGT CYCLING
Virtual reality
Personalised trainings
Sensors needed
Create your own routes
Unlimited test time
Premium account: €14.99/month
SUFFEST
Virtual reality
Personalised trainings
Create your own routes
Premium account: €14.99/month
ROUVY
Virtual reality
Personalised trainings
Sensors needed
Create your own routes
Tiempo de prueba: Ilimitado
Premium account: €10/month
BEST CYCLING
Virtual reality
Personalised trainings
Create your own routes
Premium account: €9/month

1. Bkool

Bkool is one of the best-known VR platforms, together with Zwift. Its software is aimed to work together with their own trainers, with excellent functionality, connectivity and feeling. Bkool trainers offer a very realistic experience inside the platform, where routes are easy to set up and the design is attractive. With Bkool, you’ll manage to do different activities – follow real routes, customised training sessions, divided by zones, and also create your own cycling routes from GPX files.

It’s compatible with the leading trainer and e-bike brands currently on the market. You’ll be able to enjoy this experience with any trainer/rollers you have. If you have a basic trainer or a trainer that’s not Bkool, you’ll need a power meter in order to use the virtual platform.

Bkool offers a wide range of events, races and leagues you can join in free mode. Take into account that some options are limited, and will require you to create a Premium account for 9.99 €/month.

bkool virtual cycling platform

2. RGT Cycling

RGT Cycling – or Real Grand Tour, in full – is a powerful free platform where with a

well valued cycling simulator, that gives a heavy sense of reality to users and includes a large number of events and workouts. In order for it to work, your bike or trainer will need a power meter.

One of its best features, that also makes it different from Zwift, is that it incorporates 8 different cycling environments with real-life image, such as Mont Ventoux, Stelvio and Cap de Formentor.

One of RGT Cycling’s major assets is how real it looks. It’s able to simulate the cyclist’s movements, sudden braking and sprints. Also, it allows for the creation of your own GPX files, that can be transformed into virtual routes. Thus, you’ll be fully able to simulate a real-life outdoor training session in RGT.

As most virtual platforms, RGT Cycling has a free account mode, with a large array of functions available – many more than Zwift, and also a 14.99 €/month premium mode.

rgt virtual cycling platform

3. Suffest

The Suffest trainer software was acquired by Wahoo, the GPS brand. They started by offering videos onto it, but now there’s a large quantity of planned indoor workouts. One of this virtual platform’s strengths is its Four-Dimensional system, with which you’ll be able to create your own customised workout routines depending on your physical condition and goals.

It can be used without the need for sensors, and every training session can be customised, as if you were in a spinning class. As all virtual cycling platforms, it can also be used together with smart trainers, with more options available that improve Suffest’s functionality and quality.

It has several payment installations and a 14-day free trial mode.

suffest virtual cycling platform

4. Rouvy

Rouvy offers real 3D images of different routes in order that the indoor cycling experience resembles outdoor cycling as faithfully as possible. It’s one of the main cycling platforms in the world, and it includes a large set of routes that will let you race, join a cycling groop or ride individually. Many users choose Rouvy because of the many different settings it offers. You can also import your own video routes in GPX format.

As Zwift does, Rouvy allows you to create meeting points and join other users to participate in an event together. If you have a classic trainer, you’ll need to add power meters, and cadence and speed sensors in order to make it compatible with Rouvy.

Rouvy offers a 14-day free trial and a Premium mode for 10€/month.

rouvy virtual cycling platform

5. Best Cycling

This app is aimed at indoor cycling instructors specifically – a tool offering a lot of guided cycling lessons. Moreover, it lets you customise your training sessions and create graphics from them in order to have a more visual insight of your workout.

Best Cycling has a community with which you’ll be able to share your classes and use others’ classes to train yourself. You won’t be needing any specific sensor in order to join Best Cycling’s activities – a spinning bike will be enough for you to do workout routines according to your needs.

It has a free mode with a limited number of guided lessons. After these, you’ll be able to pay a monthly quota in order to access all of Best Cycling’s services without a limit. There are two inscription modalities: individual and gym inscriptions. It will allow you to contact with instructors at Best Cycling, who will help with your doubts or questions.

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