The Tacx Trainer software 4, Advanced is the most complete software package currently available, with many extra options to make your indoor training sessions more enjoyable and more exciting.
In the TTS, you can create your own training programs based on slope, power output or heart rate. For example, you can ride for 10 minutes at one heart rate and then another 10 minutes at a different heart rate. You can also import training sessions from Strava. Or you can use preprogrammed, professional training programs and fitness tests. You can also just cycle, without following a program, based on an incline, your power output or your heart rate.
There are more than 100 km of roads available in our virtual worlds, where you are accompanied by other virtual cyclists. There is a wide choice of terrains for mountain bikes, racing bikes and track bikes. Ascents, descents, ramps, tunnels and sensationally sharp corners, you come across everything. The Tacx Trainer software 4 distinguishes itself thanks to its wonderful VR terrains: Golden Circle (based on Asia), Paradise Island (based on Hawaii), Montagna (mountainous terrain in Italy), Valeggio (rolling hills in Italy plus a criterium through an Italian village), Downhill Valley (an unbelievable natural landscape in America) and US Metropolitan (a criterium in an American city).
Realistic gameplay in the VR terrains offers lifelike interaction with people, cars and other elements. You race against intelligent opponents with realistic cycling behaviour, such as a sudden breakaway. You do not know in advance what will happen, just like in a real race. In these worlds, you can fully personalize your bicycle, clothes and avatar. This makes the experience more intense and more exciting, so that you can keep up your indoor training sessions for longer.
Intensity training (FTP)
It is also possible to perform training sessions at a certain intensity, based on your FTP or lactate threshold.
FTP, or Functional Threshold Power, is an indication of your stamina. It is your power output at your lactate threshold. Above this point, your body produces more lactate acid than it can remove, so that the creation and removal of lactate acid are no longer balanced. You can maintain physical exertion above your lactate threshold only for 5 to 15 minutes, while at your lactate threshold, you can maintain physical exertion for an hour.
It is also possible to perform training sessions based on your lactate threshold. Your lactate threshold is the inflection point for your heart rate.
You can increase your power output at your lactate threshold by training based on certain percentages of your FTP within certain training zones. The same is true for your heart rate at your lactate threshold. It is possible to perform this type of training session using the TTS. You create or import a training program and perform the training session at your specific intensity.
Analysis and export
Regardless of which function you use in the Tacx software, your performance is saved so that you can analyse it at a later time. Your performance is displayed in a graph, where power output, cadence and speed are plotted against time or distance. You can scroll through the information and view your performance at any time during a training session. Follow your development and become a better cyclist step by step.
It is possible to export a training session to BikeNet, TrainingPeaks, Strava and the Indoor Bike League immediately after the training session. You can also export training sessions to a PC as a GPX, TCX, XML or HRM file and then import the file into other software.
GPS courses (license required)
Thanks to geographic data, outdoor cycle routes can now be reridden indoors and experienced again. Lifelike, but without the disadvantages of outdoor cycling, such as wind, rain and cold. You simply import your data into the Tacx software or create a route using the route planner. Select Google maps, Google satellite (2D) or Google Street View for the display. Your progress and that of your opponents is visually displayed. You require a licence to use this functionality.
Tacx films (additional purchase)
It is also possible to train using one of the many films of legendary stages of classic cycle races, which are available in the Tacx Online shop. The Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race and the Tour de France ascents all come to life on your screen. When cycling uphill, the trainer increases the resistance and when you accelerate, the film runs at a faster speed. The Advanced software uses Overlay, a function that displays your position in relation to your opponents, so that you can ride a race in a film. The indicator that shows whether the road is an incline or a decline is also new and rather special.
Note: Tacx films for the TTS4 are not compatible with the tablet application (Tacx Cycling app).
Multiplayer (license required)
With Multiplayer, you can race in real time against real opponents from anywhere in the world. You can race against up to 20 opponents in one world. For example, you can climb the well-known mountains from the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia together with other people. You must have a licence to participate in web races via the Tacx server. When purchasing the i-Genius Multiplayer, you receive a one-year licence for Multiplayer. With the other trainers, you receive a 7-days trial period.
A new feature is that winners and people who organize a large number of races can win prizes, such as licences for films. The greater the number of participants that take part in your races, the better the prize. After a race has been created in the software, it is announced on Facebook and in the calendar on the Tacx website.
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