@Glen.Coutts @DameLisa Thanks both for the insights! Was able to queue up the free trial for both RGT and Rouvy for my should-have-been-outdoors-but-it’s-been-raining-for-five-days weekend training rides, recovery ride Saturday and surge and holds on the menu for Sunday. I frankly enjoyed both of them quite a bit, and the hours went quick.
Used RGT for the recovery ride, and uploaded my home training loop .gpx to the “magic roads”. I think my one-off impressions would mirror your comments, @Glen.Coutts: the graphics were pretty generic, but I also found some of the features really impressive. As I know the loop well, I could readily tell where I was on the circuit, and it was hysterical turning the final corner and seeing a giant finish-line balloon right in front of my house! I would also note that the town name signs were a cool touch, and accurate. Also - as you mentioned - was really impressed with the drafting feature and visual. I spent an inordinate amount of time seeing how well I could wheel-suck on the bot racers on my route.
Speaking of, I failed to note, on initial setup, that the ride forced 11 more-or-less competitive bots onto my training ride. What with the drafting mode and my [ahem] slightly competitive spirit, my recovery ride got a little heated. And yes, I MAY have drafted into a sprint over the final 300m to my house (sorry, Eduardo-bot, but you should’ve seen me coming!)
Tried Rouvy for my Sunday long ride, but went with the Ironman Canada 40km just to have a route to work in, vs. uploading my own loop. Flat with a bump in the middle, worked out really well for the interval sessions, except that #2 of 3 found me cresting a 7.5% incline and blasting downhill, so just went along for the ride and completed the interval once I hit the bottom. I have to say, Rouvy’s VR mode was REALLY impressive, once I figured out how to change camera view so I didn’t have to look at my corny avatar. The live roads were much more “Sufferlandrian-esque” (there’s a word), and I found more to my taste than RGT’s “Zwift-ness” game feel.
Both apps installed and loaded easily, and both connected with all of my sensors (Wahoo Snap, HRM, cadence) via Bluetooth - frankly easier and with less hassle than SUFF. I didn’t experience any drops or haywire readings from either platform - at least on these single outings. I often have to toggle the BT on my MBP on-and-off a couple times to complete pairing with everything correctly in SUFF. Not ideal, ESPECIALLY given the SUFF/Wahoo partnership…
Have to say, the one thing that stood out technically in the apps was RGT’s two-device setup (iPhone and MBP in my case). I was prepared to be annoyed, but in the end I really liked the setup, which allowed me to have my iphone on the bike to manage settings and make changes.
I would actually love to see Sufferfest adopt a similar setup. I would like to have my phone close to hand, say to change between ERG and levels, or to +/- power settings on the fly, rather than gingerly try to reach for my laptop keys out front of my handlebars while cranking. (are you listening Minions?)
TL;DR - tried both RGT and Rouvy. Thought both were good, but for me Rouvy was great. My RGT trial will get me through the WBR ride, but then will likely subscrive to Rouvy as a backup/complement to SUFF.
Man, two app subscriptions now. Wife is going to kill me.