The Praxtour pro version with computer, monitor and stationary bike
The standalone bike version of the Praxtour
The rider's view of one of the mountain courses
Praxtour's software is easy to configure to suit the rider
The Praxtour training bike is the closest thing many of us will get to joining the peleton in the Tour de France
Routes on DVD challenge even the fittest riders
Many of us will have seen spinning classes at gyms where cyclists pedal imaginary routes up and down mountain trails and along city paths while looking at a screen. Dutch company Praxtour believes its virtual biking experience for professional is a cut above, offering ergonomically-correct training bikes that traverse real time simulated routes that test even the fittest athlete. An onboard computer logs all the relevant training data, and resistance and natural scenery are adapted to how much effort cyclists are putting in. It's probably the closest thing most riders will get to competing in the Tour de France without being part of the peleton.
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