There is nothing better than riding the rural mountain roads of the Garrett County Gran Fondo routes on a nice summer day. And there is nothing worse than suffering on the indoor
trainer during the winter months. Somewhere in between those extremes is riding the indoor trainer to actual video of the Garrett County Gran Fondo routes with your trainer's resistance automatically adjusting to realistically simulate the terrain you are watching.
Using CycleOps Virtual Trainer
it is now possible to virtually ride the 11 distinct route sections that make up the five Garrett County Gran Fondo rides.
With CycleOps Virtual Trainer the video playback speed adjusts according to the speed you are riding your trainer, and if you have a controllable "smart" trainer the software will adjust the trainer's resistance appropriately in order to simulate the hills and descents realistically.
Traditional trainers that cannot be controlled by software can work with CVT as well, though, so go to the CycleOps Virtual Trainer website
to learn what you need to do in order to ride the Garrett Couny Gran Fondo routes on your indoor trainer.
If your trainer is unable or you choose not to use the CycleOps Virtual Trainer, the route section videos are also on Youtube. This will not provide the same simulation of actually riding the
roads and hills as CVT does, but it can provide good familiarity with the roads and climbs. Make sure to set the youtube playback speed to 1/2 or 1/4 speed as the video was shot at vehicle speed.
Route Section Details3 with CycleOps Virtual Trainer2 and Youtube Video1 Links
* - The route for Section AS1 to Finish
, the 2nd and final section for the Fabulous 44, changed after the course video was taken.
However, except for a short 0.5 mile stretch, this full route section can be viewed via the first 9.0 miles of section AS1 to AS2
and then miles 4.6 to the Finish of section AS2 to Finish
- Video was shot with a GoPro Hero4 in 1080p at 60fps mounted to the front bumper of a car. GPS and elevation data was collected using a Garmin Edge 500 barometric altimeter and was overlaid onto the video using Garmin Virb Edit software.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo route videos were taken (mostly) on a drab, gray day in December 2015 and do no justice to the beauty of the region, though is reflective of the amount of traffic to expect on the roads (count the number of cars that pass by in each video....)
Some roads may appear very gravelly in the videos; this is because the first snow of the year had already come down and the county treats the roads with cinders rather than salt. This will not be the condition in June for the event.
- CycleOps Virtual Trainer requires Microsoft Windows software and a subscription to CVT. An ANT+ USB connector is needed so your controllable trainer and/or ANT+ power and speed sensors can communicate with CVT. CVT can work with traditional trainers and an ANT+ speed sensor, but works best with electronic trainers with controllable resistance.
Elevation data of the GCGF routes in CVT has been "smoothed" to reduce abrupt changes in resistance that are unrealistic and annoying on a trainer. This has the effect of stretching some hills such that they start earlier and end later than what you see in the corresponding video.
- Route Section Difficulty is a subjective rating based on distance, amount of climbing, severity of climbing, and the route section's location within the total ride. A ranking of 1 is the easiest and 5 the hardest.