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Virtual Training of Endurance Cycling – A Summary of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Department of Sport Science, Integrative and Experimental Exercise Science, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany. Department of Sport and Public Services, Brooklands College, Weybridge, United Kingdom.
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Biomedicum C5, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3814-6246
Department of Sport Science, Integrative and Experimental Exercise Science, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, E-ISSN 2624-9367, Vol. 3, article id 631101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Virtual online training has emerged as one of the top 20 worldwide fitness trends for 2021 and continues to develop rapidly. Although this allows the cycling community to engage in virtual training and competition, critical evaluation of virtual training platforms is limited. Here, we discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with virtual training technology and cycling in an attempt to enhance awareness of such aspects. Strengths include immersive worlds, innovative drafting mechanics, and versatility. Weaknesses include questionable data accuracy, inadequate strength and reliability of power-speed algorithms. Opportunities exist for expanding strategic partnerships with major cycling races, brands, and sponsors and improving user experience with the addition of video capture and “e-coaching.” Threats are present in the form of cheating during competition, and a lack of uptake and acceptance by a broader community.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2021. Vol. 3, article id 631101
Keywords [en]
algorithms, cycling, e-coach, e-health, ergometer, simulation, virtual training, SWOT
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Physiotherapy; Centre - Swedish Sports Technology and Performance Research Centre (SPORTC)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-83432DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2021.631101ISI: 000706115500001PubMedID: 33748754Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124564225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-83432DiVA, id: diva2:1540300
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Validerad;2021;Nivå 2;2021-04-15 (johcin)

Available from: 2021-03-29 Created: 2021-03-29 Last updated: 2023-09-11Bibliographically approved

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