I’ll write this as my first ride experience as well as Willunga Hill feedback.
Computer: not quite the minimum, PC Windows 7, i3-3240 @3.4 with 4GB RAM HD7700 1GB
Bike setup : Tacx Bushido T2780 (used as trainer), Stages power meter (used as rpm), Stages HR strap
My training today: Free ride, twice the basic loop and one time on Willunga Hill. I did only few minutes Sunday on Willunga to make sure everything was working fine so I could ride tonight.
Launching: the resistance on my trainer was too hard during the launching period (from when you pick the ride) which was very long, I listen to a 5min song during the process. (What’s Up from 4 Non Blondes) I was warm-up and I had to stay about on 36t-19t to ride easily.
VirtuGo setup: was not able to ride smoothly with a higher setting than “Simple” and I had FPS around 45 (few drops during but nothing annoying). Could not use “Windowed”, which could be interesting to control my computer only with my mouse. But the program take so much ressources that I could not even run Chrome et iTune. I do this with the competition program w/o any problem.
Graphic : You hit tree leaf (in the first section before the downhill) or branch on the road and sand a once toward the end. The quality for me is not an issue, but the gradient perception is really important for me. I think there is a lot to improve for that. If there is a big change in front of you, you can see it, but when you are on a 10% hill you should see it (not only with the trainer feel). I think the only relevant view is the first person shooter, but it’s like if you are in a big truck when passing a BOT. We are way to high. I know I see it for real, but I would like to see a little bit my front wheel in the screen. This would be useful when drafting in the futur.
Metrics: Numbers is general are too small. There is no w/kg. The route to come should show only few meters to come and the entire profile could be at the bottom for many km. The message for the KOM or sprint to come are in the way so you can’t see where it is. Could be shorter in word and higher on the screen.
Feeling on the road: I think the most important thing for me. First, I could not find where to change the trainer difficulty. I read in a post that was a possibility. Is this suppose to be in the first windows when launching?
The upper part seems to be missing something… With the competition program I ride at around 75% and it’s look to me like outside.
Like many people are saying, the change in gradient is brutal. It’s like there is no freewheeling.
- you have to change gears constantly even when going over very short small hills at a great speed
- going uphill it’s hard on gear shifting.
- It’s also funny how your speed going downhill is dropping even when you go from -10% to -8%. The algorithme doesn’t seems to take the kinetic energy into account.
I don’t know if the trainer difficulty can make a nice job, but the gradient look too hard. The speed look pretty good, but the rpm/gear are not realistic. I’am normally on my 50t ring for up to 2-3% outside, but can not do that in VirtuGo. When over 3-4% i’am in the middle of my cassette and over 8% i’am almost running out of gears (running 12-25). The feeling from 9 to 11% was horrible and could not put out big numbers. Next time I will use my Garmin to double check the power, but I guess my Tacx was ok on that, I guess I’am just not used to low rpm since I didn’t start outside very much yet. I think the feeling was from 2 to 4% higher then normal throughout the entire gradient range.
BOT : In the basic circuit it was hard to catch one that was going at 2.9w/kg even if I was going over 3. When in the wheel I needed to keep the same output to follow… The are way to constant. But it’s not really important I think. What fun about riding it’s doing it with real people when the program will be ready.
Strava import: nothing to say except it should import as Virtual ride automatically.
I have a hockey tournament on Saturday, so next week I will try a training.