LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS

SAM JIROUŠ - 08/12/2020

Get to know the latest news from the ROUVY world!

 

Dear ROUVY Rider,

We’ve had many exciting years at ROUVY, but for me, none so thrilling as 2020. If you asked me to describe this year so far, I would say it is a year full of learning.

 

The world seems to have changed overnight, but our goal remains the same - putting a real indoor cycling experience into the center of what we do.


When I was studying, I loved going out with friends for a ride, competing with my mates outside or simply exploring new places. To have this feeling at any time was mine and my brother’s vision when we were writing the first lines of the ROUVY app code. Today, the app allows you to travel the world from your living room, with friends from around the world, even if it is raining outside, already dark or there is simply too much traffic.


With ROUVY AR, iconic destinations that you may never travel to in real life became even more exciting and realistic. I am glad that at the beginning of the year, we were able to share this excitement with many professional riders that took part in “The Digital Swiss 5” racing series organised with the Tour de Suisse.


Gathering feedback from professional riders has helped us to understand what is missing from ROUVY when riding in a group. Drafting was one of the key discussion topics with the PRO riders, as you can feel a real difference when riding with your mates in a peloton. You can enjoy this feature soon, set for release at the beginning of the ROUVY season. In the meantime, look forward to a series of drafting races!


Becoming the official cycling platform for the IRONMAN races has opened our eyes to new ideas within racing itself. Time-Trial bikes with new aerodynamics or regular weekly races are great examples of how the athletic community can join together.


I believe that every athlete’s goal is to improve performance whilst having fun along the way. This is the same for us, the ROUVY Team - we are powered by constant improvement of the app that makes your sport activities fun.


We put you, avid athletes, explorers, into the heart of everything we do.


I admit, not everything always goes according to our plans and time schedules. The ANT+ support for ROUVY AR is long overdue and I am happy that we finally finished the implementation for this and the feature will be released as public beta on August 19th.


To be able to work on desired features, we need resources that would allow us to grow our team. In the last 21 months, Whilst  ROUVY AR has been uncharged, we have introduced over 130 AR routes, new avatars with custom jerseys, new races with our partners and much more.


To manage sustainable development, we feel the need for the introduction of a subscription plan for ROUVY AR and an update of the existing pricing plans. That is why, after 21 months of keeping ROUVY AR free of charge, we are now introducing a subscription plan.


Please find below the explanation of what this change means for you personally.

We are at the start of a new era for ROUVY and we would have never been able to achieve this without you. We value the relationship that you have with us and your loyalty. ROUVY is made up by people passionate for sports, whether in the ROUVY office or you, the rider on the road.


We want to keep moving with you towards more roads and features and we count on your support. Only together can we build something extraordinary!


Thank you.

Petr Samek, CEO

 

Find out more about the new subscription plans here.

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  • gjbradford - 09/30/2020
    Another frustrating ride 40 min ride 30 m in spent messing with video that does not work then it starts then stops then starts. I think I have had one decent ride
  • swaimkm - 09/06/2020
    I can’t seem to get any response on a problem we have had connecting our Cycleops 400 Pro trainer to Rouvy AR. We first tried on iPad since that worked before on Rouvy. We upgraded IPad and got a 30 pin to lightning adapter for the Wahoo Ant+ Key. No connection. I then bought the Ant+ USB Dongle and installed on Win 10 laptop. The AR app sees the dongle but can’t find any sensors. The menus for Saris don’t even list Cycleops 400 Pro. Please get me help!!!!!!!
    • TonyVilla - 09/15/2020
      Hello I have the same problem, support said they dont have the script yet for that indoor bike, but I would like to know when they are going to have something cause I am using only the augmented routes and them dont work fine in any app..
      • TonyVilla - 09/15/2020
        may be they are trying to find the way the app recognize the 400 pro automatically, but I think would be good it work like rouvy workouts, selecting the sensors manually
        • ROUVY - 09/15/2020
          Hello, we are very sorry, but CycleOps 400Pro is not fully supported in Rouvy AR. Thank you for understanding. Rouvy Team.
          • TonyVilla - 09/15/2020
            I would like to know, if the 400 pro is not going to work with rouvy ar , are you going to repair the augmented routes in rouvy workings app?? (cause I have some issues), if augmented routes only are going to work in rouvy ar and in rouvy workings are going to be erased, cause I only use that function, it is not going to work for me. thanks
  • palal - 08/31/2020
    So we can search routes with specific criteria. Great, but then we will not be aware of most routes because of the limitation of 50 routes as you have stated. We will miss many routes because of this. How do we know what to search for? You could make it more tedious but I doubt it. (sarcasm). We are loyal and I for one love what your doing however, you can do better, especially in this area.
  • lonerider399 - 08/26/2020
    I any thoughts on making the routes and videos more realistic? There are two problems in my opinion 1) Video recorded by a car at car speeds, which often looks weird when replayed at bike speeds, 2) The camera seems to mounted fixed to the dashboard, which means that as the recording vehicle goes up a slope, the camera is tilted, and on the screen, the slope looks just like a flat section. As much as I enjoy riding real world routes, the visual representation of incline never feels realistic in Rouvy.
    • carstenrlv - 09/24/2020
      Ad 2: Indoor training is not a bicycle simulation. I have tested a horizontal camera position and it looks like shit... Uphill you can only see the road in front of you, downhill only the sky. Even sudden pans to the side are very annoying. Finally, you can see quite good gradients on objects at the roadside.
  • iank101 - 08/23/2020
    Since the most recent update the AR Category is removed. From what I have read on FB this is by design. If so, it seem to me to be a mistake. I now find it much harder to search for AR routes on both the web site and the app.
    Seems odd to hide your flagship product and make it harder to search with the AR routes now interspersed with Std video routes.
    • bigmuflon - 08/23/2020
      Hi iank101. AR routes are in all categories except TOP non-AR routes right now. Therefore we removed the extra AR category... So, we try to make the AR route selection simpler. For all that, we recommend marking your preferred routes as FAVOURITE and that's the easiest way how to find your the most preferred routes quickly.
      • iank101 - 08/24/2020
        Hi Bigmuflon

        Thankyou for you response.

        The fact that the AR routes are now interspersed with Non AR, makes it less easy to use and less intuiative imho.

        My main use case is that a group of us ride together each weekend. Thus AR Route.

        We have our common routes set in favourites so no problem there.

        From time to time I would search the AR Routes on the web site to look for any new ones which might be suitable for our group ride.
        Previously, this was quite simple. Go to the AR Category - set to seach via distance or ascent and checkout any likely candidates - have a quick look at the video and email everyone the link if it seemed OK.

        Last weekend, I seached the flat rides, found one with AR properties (https://my.rouvy.com/virtual-routes/detail/34186) that we hadn't riden before.

        Unfortunately, the properties of the ride were incorrect and it is not an AR ride.

        Scrolling though a large number of rides to find the AR ones is not particularly efficient. Even if there was a toggle button to "Show only AR routes" as a filter in the search function would be way better than current.
        • iank101 - 08/24/2020
          Correction - the ride we did was https://my.rouvy.com/virtual-routes/detail/34244
  • radwansk - 08/15/2020
    Rode a portion of Kona this morning. It was that experience that cemented my decision to cancel zwift. As cool as it is, I much prefer riding in the real world. When I can't ride in the real world, Rouvy is as close as it gets. I am happy to sign up for a premium subscription so the Rouvy team can further the platform. I can't wait to see how Rouvy continues to develop.
  • iank101 - 08/15/2020
    Love the platform - cannot see myself ever going back to Zwift.

    As with Tigostar, I only see 67 Routes - Are we missing something. Would love some new AR routes to explore.
  • tigostar - 08/12/2020
    „we have introduced over 130 AR routes“ —> „Found 67 virtual routes in category AR Routes.“…what have I missed?
    • ROUVY - 08/31/2020
      Hello, we have made a few changes with the catalogue of virtual routes - https://support.rouvy.com/s/article/ROUVY-AR-Catalogue-of-virtual-routes?language=en_US. On the website it does not show all of the AR routes in one file - we have categorised them into several categories for greater clarity! If you look for a specific route, you can search on the website with the magnifier and set multiple conditions.

      ROUVY Team
    • tigostar - 08/24/2020
      Hi Rouvy Team - I am still missing a feedback on this one .....
  • palal - 08/12/2020
    I have no regrets paying for premium. Cancelled my other app subscriptions because Rouvy has all I need.

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