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Virtual Training of Endurance Cycling – A Summary of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

McIlroy, Benjamin, Passfield, Louis, Holmberg, Hans-Christer, Sperlich, Billy (2021) Virtual Training of Endurance Cycling – A Summary of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3 . Article Number 631101. ISSN 2624-9367. (doi:10.3389/fspor.2021.631101) (KAR id:87028)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fspor.2021.631101
Uncontrolled keywords: algorithms, cycling, e-coach, e-health, ergometer, simulation, virtual training, SWOT
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Louis Passfield
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2021 10:33 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 10:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87028 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Passfield, Louis: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6223-162X
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