Yeah! I’ve been slacking this week. That big football game last Sunday and food was eaten. Not the greatest food, mind you – but the kind that bloats you up and makes you feel like (literally) rolling down the street. Of course, there were leftovers that just had to be eaten. I hate for things to go to waste. Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. Excuses. Excuses. I guess that’s one of the main reasons I’m not a professional cyclist – just a guy who likes to ride whenever he can.
But, as usual, I digress. You came to this post for my review of Spinervals Virtual Ride 3.0 – Workout B. This is the Gates Pass loop. I think it’s no secret that this entire DVD is my absolute favorite of the entire Virtual Ride series (see Workout A’s Review for the full scoop). Both Workout A and Workout B are fantastic workouts – and a heck of a lot of fun!
The Gates Pass (Workout B) loop is very much like the riding I do around Central Pennsylvania – except for the cacti and desert landscape. The rolling roads with a few hard climbs are very characteristic of many of the rides our group does. That’s probably why this ride is so appealing to me (which reminds me – I need to do a post on our Perry County Loop sometime).
Essentially, this loop has you cross over a mountain, do a fairly flat loop and then come back up over the mountain. Like most mountain passes, one side is typically harder than the other. In this case, the second mountain climb (at the end of the workout) is much more intense than the first one. From minute 10 down to about 6, you’re climbing hard. Coach Troy’s coaching intensifies as you get closer to the top of the climb – getting louder, faster, louder, faster, more intense……until you hit the peak! (I think I could use a cigarette – and I don’t even smoke….ahem.)
Oh! I forgot to mention. As you get ready to do that final climb, you get to pass a couple of other bikers. The guy in the yellow jersey reminds me of how I think I look in a jersey – not the smallest rider (though, in reality, that guy’s probably skinny compared to me). I like when we get to pass riders in these virtual rides. Is it weird that I like to hurl mild insults at those other riders and tell them to pick up the pace? Just wondering…
Coach Troy uses several times in the video to teach you useful riding tips as you experience different parts of the ride. He tells you about riding in the wind, with the wind behind you – and even when you’re hitting a crosswind. He reminds you to be a good cycling steward and share the ride with automobiles (and that was right after you get to witness him almost getting squished by two large trucks)! His tips stay in my mind when I’m actually out riding in the warmer months – the “knees in the top tube” and “get yourself mentally prepared for the climb” mantras stick with you.
The video and audio are both very good in this workout. No loud wind or missing audio in the close-ups of Coach Troy. If you’re not sure what I mean by the close-ups, think of the camera shots from inside the cars during the Tour de France when the riders are talking to the drivers/coaches. It’s sort of like that. Coach Troy talks directly to you and encourages you to keep on moving.
Of course I have my #favCoachTroyisms on this workout. “Holy Smoky Doodle!” Need I say more. That one’s hard to beat. The other one: “They’re probably saying……look at that idiot! He doesn’t even have a motor on that bike………..That’s alright.” That saying comes after you get passed by a few motorcyclists (one nice enough to wave at you).
May I just insert that I noted in Workout A that there was a bonus ride to the top of Mt Lemmon that I never did. I took a sneak peek at it before I started Workout B – just in case I wanted to do that. It was a no frills, unsupported ride. No commentary, no Coach Troy (I think he booked back down the mountain and let you do this part yourself). Needless to say, I didn’t do it. The speed of the Car Cam didn’t seem like it was as realistic as the other parts. That being said, it’s bonus material – not part of the main DVD – so just use it if you want.
So, all be said, if you have to choose ONE of the Virtual Ride DVD’s/Video Downloads – this is THE ONE to buy!
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