TLDR: The Giro on RGT - so much potential, needs investment, well worth your patience.
Stage 1 closes 11th May
So as a Friend of The Cycling Podcast (TCP), when they announced that one of their presenters had designed a Giro with the chance to come “race” it on simulations of the real roads, it was enough to make me download and try RGT.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect, and perhaps like my kids at Christmas I expected too much. It does have real roads but it doesn’t have representative scenery. On Stage 1, I was surprised not to be riding through the streets of Budapest (or at least a generic city-gen).
However, I do believe what TCP have done by putting together this multi-day event has amazing potential. While I understand that genning isn’t feasible for every “Magic Road” upload - if companies were to sponsor single/multi-day events then I’m sure this could cover the cost of StreetView read/gen and could take us to more iconic places around the world.
As for the “racing”? well the drafting is cool, I mean the potential for a peleton working together to catch the break, before a bunch sprint is there. Let me just repeat the potential is there, the software not quite yet. This is mostly to do with the reaction time between me and my avatar.
And the software (or perhaps underlying server power) is not quite there yet in the number of times it need to retry loading the course, or the fact that the two app connection often drops.
But that said it has something. I can see what they are trying to do and where they could go and its a good place. Its good intentions allow me to be patient with it. Maybe it’s because there is little road racing/crits in my area (even w/o this lockdown), but this feels like all the TR training, and all the Podcasts I’ve listened to about tactics might actually have somewhere to express themselves. I’m only on Stage 2 of 21 but right now I believe I would add future events to my Calendar and Plan Build the whole block as an A Race. For now though I’m just going to up my Build from LV to HV for the next 20 days - today (Stage 2) was Andrews (the last day of recovery).
In fact, if a company that provides the best, most stable, most focused Training software, a company with no intention of moving into the Gamification market were to team up with Gamification company that needs help with the robustness of their product, together they could be a match for that other behemoth of the industry.
@Nate_Pearson - you want racing, you need racing, I would so love to see you, Pete, Brandon et al on the General Classification board.
Any other TR users there? Remember Stage 1 closes 11th May, hopefully see some of you there.