Indoor Training

How to Experience Tour de France On Your Smart Trainer

So you want to ride Tour de France? Luckily with the help of your smart trainer, you can now experience some of these grueling stages without leaving your home.

Here is a list of the best available options. This is a quick list that I created. I will probably be updating it as I get more feedback. Please send me an email or comment below if you know of better options that I didn’t list here or have any question.

You can find a full list of GPX files which you can use to upload to your Garmin and ride on your trainer. Your trainer will have to be ANT+ FE-C compatible for this to work.

  • MapMyTracks has a good list of all the stages. You can download each stage and upload to your device or cycling app. Just click on the + sign next to the stage you want to download and then click on replay event. You will see an option to download the route in GPX, TCX, or TML format.
  • Strava: I don’t know why I can’t search routes using Strava website. Am I missing something? But here is a list of Tour de France 2017 routes courtesy of Google search.

Once you download the GPX files, then you have the option to either use a cycling app that allows you to create routes, like CycleOps Virtual Trainer, Kinomap, or Elite MyEtraining app.

Other options are also available with videos and more interactivity. Plus, you don’t have to deal with GPX files. However, you might have to pay a little to get access to these videos.

  • Full Gaz
    This is my favorite option and the easiest. All you need to do is download the app and create your account. You will have to download each video separately which might take time depending on how fast your internet connection is. Plus, right now, FulGaz is offering a 6-climb challenge for a chance to win a Kinetic Smart Trainer. The challenge is available until July 23rd. After that, the routes will remain in their app and available to use.
    FulGaz has 14 days free trial period. After that, subscription cost $9-$11 depending on the length of your subscription.
  • TACX Trainer Software
    These stages are available to download on Tacx Trainer Software available for Windows PC only. You will have to pay for each video separately and cost between $12 to $75.

    StageParts filmed
    5 – VittelLa Planche des Belles Filles
    9 – Nantau to ChamberyCol du Colombier
    Chanaz to Lac du Bourget (Mont du Chat)
    12 – Pau to PeyragudesPort de Balès & Col de Peyresourde
    13 – Saint Girons to FoixCol d’Agnes & de LaTrape
    17 – La mure to Serre ChevalierCol du Glandon
    Col du Télégraphe
    Col du Galibier
    18 – Briançon to IzoardCol du d’Izoard
  • Kinomap: Only some videos are available here but I expect to see more as more people create these videos. You can also use GPX files to create your own Tour de France map and ride it on your smart trainer.
  • Cyclops Virtual Training. I couldn’t find any videos of the Tour. However, CycleOps Virtual Training offers one of the best to create and ride a route. Just import any of the GPS files I listed above. You can try VirtualTraining for two weeks. Monthly subscription cost between $9-15/month.

 

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