After seeing it advertised on GCN and with my Zwift membership about to renew, I though I’d save a bit and give RGT a go alongside my TR workout.
First impression were that I liked the UI, very clean and well presented. I tried the Formentor climb first off since I live 20mins from it and was impressed with the detail and graphics - not fully immersive but not as ‘gamish’ as Zwift.
However downside is I’ve been having plenty of tech issues, dropouts, freezing, routes not loading, workout not uploading. Considering little bugs was one of my main frustrations with Zwift, it’s annoying RGT seems to have plenty too. Why can’t everything work as smooth as TrainerRoad!? The upside of course is that for the moment it’s free.
Some of this may be related to wifi connection as my setup only has a weak wifi signal, so might try with 4G tomorrow.
I have done all of one ride in it a few weeks ago. Runs well on a mid-high level gaming PC from about 1-2 years ago. There are some oddities to me in the setup, pairing and such, but the overall experience is OK. I like some of the UI and info options when compared to Zwift.
The currently small number of courses and number of users is a step back towards the old days of Zwift. It is largely empty. For free, it is fine. I don’t think I’d be willing to pay the price to jump to the premium version. I still prefer Zwift and TR combo at this time.
They are facing a big uphill battle with trying to pull users from Zwift. There are some nice options, but not sure they are enough to pull people out of Z and effectively restart in a new app with small communities.
Tbf every course I’ve riden has had around 80-100 people on it which isn’t bad for 8am central european time
Yeah I’m not particularly attached to Zwift since I only had it around 5or6 weeks, but can see this being a huge problem. Combined with the marketing and publicity of Zwift will likely be most people’s first place to try but maybe the markets big for people who want something else, or not happy with Zwift
Same experience for me. I was excited to try the update, but it died twice on me. The power would be still registering but my avatar would stop pedaling, then RGT would tell me the screen app got disconnected. In the modern software era, I didn’t have patience for this nonsense.
Only one ride on the new platform and it went perfectly but couldn’t get it running with TR on the second try. Was trying to reproduce same dual app setup as with Zwift. Might give it another try on Sunday. I like their older setup better and don’t like having to run my phone currently.
RGT is offering their full version with the Premium features, free to all in light of the current state. No clear statement on how long this will last, but it’s a nice offer and a way to try all the features they offer, at no cost.
To access RGT Cycling for free, download the app and register for the free subscription.
Users can access the Premium features by sending an empty email to email@example.com from the same email account they used to register for RGT.
(Pulled from their FB post)
We have made the decision to make all features free for all cyclists for the foreseeable future.
The decision has been made in response to the developing situation with COVID-19.
This is a unique time in the history of our sport. We feel a moral obligation to uphold cycling values.
We truly hope that opening up the platform in this way will enable us all to keep riding and enjoying the benefits of cycling.
How to access RGT for free:
Download the app and register for the free subscription
As a start-up business, we’re bearing all the costs of this initiative for the good of cyclists worldwide. You can choose to pledge your support by subscribing to the Premium features in the usual way.