How Hard Do You Want to Work?
The platform used for the Tour de Stationary is called Delightful Agony, created by Peter O’Sullivan – a tech guy and avid cyclist (of all sorts). We talked to him about the idea for the website and how he got involved with Bike MS.
Peter was interested in doing some home training on a stationary bike after getting dropped on a climb near his home. While searching for programs and videos that he could sync up with his trainer to mimic the outdoor experience, he was disappointed to find price tags on the virtual cycling experience, despite the free and public POV footage available online.
With a background in technology and a love of cycling, Peter saw an opportunity to create a platform that would utilize the crowdsourced videos published online at no cost to the user. Inspired, he and his riding partner Greg Elias spent a year or so setting up the platform and gathering data. In 2014 they launched Delightful Agony.
Peter and Greg created a site “where anyone can share where they have been with those who exercise inside.” The platform allows users to access virtual routes, using some crowdsourced content, that they can follow while on a stationary bike or home trainer. The Find A Ride feature has pages of ride footage – most of which were recorded by Peter and Greg themselves – that includes the Solvang Century, Heartbreak 100, and Mulholland Challenge. While on the platform, you can use the ride guide to the right of the video and keep your ride as similar or different than the virtual ride as you want to.
Below is the video from the 2015 Bike MS Tour de Stationary 150-mile, two-day ride.
At the Tour de Stationary, an instructor guides the course, but the focus stays on the TV, with California coastal footage of the actual route. The first year using the stationary bikes was a success and this year looks to be even bigger. Peter’s enthusiasm is infectious and it’s easy to see how this activity can be a fun alternative to riding outdoors. Stationary cycling can make the hard parts of the ride manageable as you face the steep climbs side by side with your fellow cyclists. It can take you to places too far to reach in a reasonable amount of time, and it can instill the joy of riding a bike in someone who may not have the capability to do it otherwise. The future of Delightful Agony continues in working with events like Bike MS to bring the indoor cycling experience to the public.
You can contribute to Delightful Agony by signing up has a producer and uploading your GPS data and ride footage. The ‘How To’ videos will guide you through the process.
WHEN: October 22nd & 23rd 2016
WHERE: Orange County to San Diego
WHY: Proceeds raised will support cutting-edge MS research and life-changing services for people living with MS so they can live their best lives.
HASHTAGS: #bikeMS #DontJustRide #bay2bay
The two-day rides of 100, 125 or 150-miles will go from Irvine to Carlsbad on Saturday, October 22nd, followed by a 50-mile ride from Carlsbad to San Diego Bay on Sunday, October 23rd. A single-day, 25-mile ride around Mission Bay is also available on Sunday, October 23rd. All four ride options will finish on Sunday morning, October 23rd at Hospitality Point in Mission Bay.