How indoor cycling can complement your outdoor cycling training

A close up of a woman's hand, which is holding the shifter of a bike while she cycles indoors, with the Rouvy app showing on a tablet in the background
(Image credit: Rouvy)

As the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish. If you're looking at the summer ahead with a cycling event or fitness goal in mind, then you'll need a plan to help you hit those goals. That plan will likely focus predominantly on your fitness, and there's no more efficient way to build fitness on the bike than with indoor cycling. 

A great indoor cycling setup begins with one of the best smart trainers or one of the best exercise bikes, these can connect with accompanying apps such as Zwift and Rouvy, and together they align the on-screen gameplay with your pedalling output and, more recently, steering. There's an endless array of entertainment to keep you engaged; completing routes, joining virtual group rides, racing against real people from around the world, and even completing challenges to earn badges. 

Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.