First Ride: FulGaz Training App

A lot has changed in the indoor training world over the past couple of seasons. No longer is it the norm to hammer out intervals in a dingy shed, staring at numbers on your Garmin while bolted to a turbo that’s louder than a jet engine. These days there’s quiet direct drive trainers, smart turbos and all manner of fancy programs from the likes of Zwift, Trainer Road and The Sufferfest.

One of the newer players on the scene is FulGaz. Having been a Zwift junkie for quite some time, I thought I’d check out the competition.

The FulGaz training platform offers real-life HD quality video of cycling roads throughout the world for you to ride in the “comfort” of your training cave! The software takes into account your weight and power output – from a powermeter or smart trainer – and adjusts the video speed (and hence rider speed) accordingly.

Cruise along real roads with real HD footage filmed by real cyclists!

It’s a great little App that’s easy to set up and get going on. You can either download the route videos direct to your device or stream them over your WiFi connection. As I’m currently without broadband in my new house, I downloaded the App and a couple of videos onto my iPhone at work and then was able to ride at home without a connection.

There are many ways now to pimp out your pain cave!

Once you long into the App (currently iOS only) it will quickly pair with your devices over Bluetooth and tak you to the ride menu where you can choose from a number of varied routes, including famous European climbs, race routes and popular cycling roads from across the globe.

Even when punching out over 500 watts you never, ever catch that guy…

The resistance changes when hitting virtual climbs was smooth and reactive giving a great ride feel. There’s plenty of data on screen including wattage, heart rate (optional), distance, etc. I particularly liked the route profile along the top showing what’s coming up!

Unlike Zwift though, it’s not quite so interactive. There’s no racing or group workouts or even chasing down other riders. No matter how many watts you put out, you’ll never blow past that rider in front of you. I did get quite engrossed in the video though and found myself pedalling hard to try and catch them nevertheless. That is a big rub though and the biggest downside to apps such as FulGaz – I really like the competitive and interactive edge of the Zwift world.

Aside from that though, FulGaz is a worthy contender and a fantastic training App for those with smart trainers and iOS devices.

PROS:
Video quality is top notch
Offers real routes and many famous climbs
Large selection of rides
Can be used totally offline

CONS:
Only available on iOS
Less interactive than other platforms
No u-turns or open style maps
No racing, workout mode or competitive angle

Visit the FulGaz website or download the App.

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