Wahoo RGT: Your ultimate guide

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Wahoo RGT, formerly known as RGT Cycling or Road Grand Tours, is one of many indoor cycling apps to hit the market in a bid to capture the indoor cycling boom, and the brand's tagline ‘where gaming meets fitness’, best explains where it sits in the market. It's now part of the Wahoo X subscription, where it's bundled with Wahoo Systm, which itself was previously The Sufferfest. A single subscription gives you access to both apps. 

Founder, Alex Serban, is a keen cyclist who experienced frustration with the poor virtual ‘gameplay’ on his indoor trainer. Serban’s background in computer science and artificial intelligence convinced him that it could all be done better, and since 2016, the Romanian has been working tirelessly to deliver the best virtual cycling experience possible.

RGT officially launched to market in December 2019 and two features immediately distinguished it: its real-life-replicating group ride physics and Magic Roads. As mentioned, Serban has a strong computer science background, and his development team approached the graphic elements of RGT as gaming technologists would.

Rider movement was intricately studied to produce the most realistic possible graphic rendering of actual cadence movements and bike handling, as well as group riding physics including drafting and cornering. The drafting effect is stronger than in Zwift, and while the latter will allow you to hammer around corners at full speed like you're on rails, Wahoo RGT will reward your avatar with a better line if you ease off the power in the lead-in. 

The second feature mentioned, Magic Roads, is one of RGT's more impressive USPs features. It allows you to upload a favourite route in GPX file format and then have RGT faithfully recreate it in full gradient, distance and road profile for you to ride. This essentially means you can pre-ride a race course, replicating the effort required as many time as you like from the comfort of your home. 

How much is Wahoo RGT?

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New subscriptions to Wahoo RGT are priced at US$14.99 a month, which gives access to the whole Wahoo X suite including Wahoo Systm. There's a 14 day free trial period when you first sign up.

If you were already subscribed to RGT via the Apple App Store or Google Play before it became part of Wahoo X, your subscription will continue at the current level of US$9.99 a month until 1 September 2022 when it will rise to the standard US$14.99 a month or US$129 a year for Wahoo X.

If on the other hand, your RGT subscription was via the RGT website, your subscription will not auto-renew but remain active until 31 May 2022. Resubscribe through the site before 30 June 2022 and your monthly price will continue at US$9.99 until 1 September 2022 when it will increase to $14.99.

If you're a subscriber to both RGT and Wahoo Systm you should cancel one or other subscription, Wahoo says. Our advice being to cancel the Systm subscription to benefit from the cheaper price until September. 

How to get started

To enable RGT’s powerful graphic properties you’ll have to download the app, which is available on Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and Apple TV. Simply download the app from the respective app stores for each device, and follow the installation instructions, which are seamless and easy to execute.

There's an optional remote app that gives you the functionality to control RGT from a phone, using it like a TV remote control, if your device isn't easy to reach as you ride.

The minimum system requirement for your smartphone or tablet will be either iOS 13 or Android 8. Running on a computer you'll need MacOS Mojave10.14 or Windows 10, while Apple TV needs to be 4th Gen with tvOS 11.

Regarding your riding hardware, Wahoo RGT is compatible with all Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible trainers, heart rate monitors and generic power meters. An important caveat with Wahoo RGT, is that speed and cadence sensors are not supported, so older 'dumb' turbo trainers won’t work.

You can check out Wahoo RGT's in-depth system requirements and supported devices here (opens in new tab).

What equipment do I need?

Beyond an appropriate smartphone and screen type (television, desktop or tablet), you’ll need a smart turbo trainer (the difference between smart and dumb can be found in our guide to the best turbo trainers). 

The entry point to a Wahoo RGT compatible trainer is Bluetooth and ANT+ connected training equipment such as a smart turbo trainer, a smart bike or a dumb trainer paired with a power meter. Unlike its competitor Zwift, a speed sensor will not work. 

All the courses and rides

Wahoo RGT offers 12 real-road stages. Some are urban and technical, whilst others rank amongst the most celebrated routes in road cycling.

An easy start is the legendary Templehof Airport 8Bar fixie course in Berlin. Then there is the Borrego Springs course, which is desperately flat, climbing only 9m over its 7.7km length. If you want to work on your tempo, Borrego Springs would be ideal.

Canary Wharf is an unusual training venue, even in a virtual world, but Wahoo RGT has made a wonderfully realistic representation of it. This course is highly technical, as you would expect of something in the epicentre of London’s financial district, with many tricky corners to test Wahoo RGT’s very lifelike braking dynamics.

Cap Formentor is an iconic route on the Balearic island of Majorca, it registers 1,000m of climbing over 35km. If you desire an even more challenging and iconic climbing route, there’s the famous Mont Ventoux course, with 1,596m of vertical over 25.2km.

For riders who wish to squeeze maximum intensity into a short timeframe, there’s the classic Flandrien test of Paterberg. It might be only 400m, but the average gradient is 12.5%. The seventh stage option is Pienza, which is an easy-riding Tuscan course.

In theme with its collection of legendary rides on offer, Wahoo RGT has a delightfully rendered version of the Stelvio pass, plus other virtual rides in Belgium and an 18km Dirty Reiver gravel course.

Wahoo RGT training and racing

Wahoo RGT offers structured workouts aligned to five key cycling training zones: recovery, endurance, threshold, VO2 Max and anaerobic, in addition to the extensive training suite in Wahoo Systm.

If you seek a dedicated training plan within the virtual network, Wahoo RGT has three of those. Novices can choose from either the #rideitout strength plan or Olympic distance triathlon base training, both of which are six weeks in duration.

Intermediate riders can opt for the #ridestronger FTP builder training regime which lasts eight weeks.

Wahoo RGT’s virtual racing is mostly run on its 12 real road stages. You can join group rides and training sessions or even create your own races. 

Magic Roads

As touched on above, a huge part of Wahoo RGT’s appeal is the ability to create your own routes on the Magic Roads function and then invite fellow riders to race on them. The Magic Roads feature creates endless possibilities, limited only by the number of GPX files you have to upload.

Following a replication of a GPX file on a turbo trainer isn't groundbreaking in itself. Connecting your cycling computer up to a smart trainer will provide the resistance changes that come with the changing gradients of your chosen route. Where Magic Roads steps it up a level is in the on-screen visual rendering of that course, converting GPX data into visually appealing rideable terrain.

The most exciting use case for this, in our opinion, is to upload a course for a race you plan on doing so you can pre-ride it and get a feel for the effort required. You could then pair this new Magic Road with a FIT file of the race (assuming you can get access to one, or you've done it before). Convert the FIT file to a workout, add some bots to the Magic Road to replicate fellow competitors, and complete the race-replicating workout on a race-replicating course as many times as you like in the run-up to your big day. 

Paul has been on two wheels since he was in his teens and he's spent much of the time since writing about bikes and the associated tech. He's a road cyclist at heart but his adventurous curiosity means Paul has been riding gravel since well before it was cool, adapting his cyclo-cross bike to ride all-day off-road epics and putting road kit to the ultimate test along the way.