HOW many times have you had a near-collision with a car while biking on the road? How many times has rain poured down as you pedalled your way home?
These are some of the questions posed by triathlete Andy Leuterio to cyclists and enthusiasts alike present in an intimate gathering at the Maximus Cafe in Mandaluyong last Thursday.
Leuterio experienced that himself quite frequently, even citing a recent ride from his home in Paranaque City to Daang Hari in Muntinlupa one morning.
It usually takes him half an hour to get there. But in this case, he needed twice that time to reach his destination. Even bicycle owners experience heavy traffic, after all.
That's why the amiable Leuterio saw the need for a "safe, convenient, and fun" solution to such cycling hazards.
Leuterio and his Maximus Cycle studio launched Zwift, an application that provides a virtual world for cyclists, here to our shores. The studio now offers indoor classes using the application for cyclists for a very reasonable price.
"It's a virtual world for avid cyclists where you can interact with hundreds of other cyclists around the world," he said during the launch of the first Zwift experience in the Philippines.
"It turns training into a game. It makes the training time go by quickly."
It was also an alternative for athletes who are preparing for major competitions like himself. In fact, Leuterio spent much of his time working out using the smart trainer, and it even enhanced his performance.
"We designed it as viable alternative for athletes who find it hard to train outdoors because of the traffic, work schedule, and weather," he said.
"Ako I finished Ironman. Spent my time training indoors. Majority of my major cycling workouts were done indoors. There were no interruptions in the workout," he added.
He clarified, though, that his store is open even to beginners.
"It's open but I recommend they sign up with coached classes to learn some techniques. Our coaches will be there to help them kickstart their fitness," he said.
Take a peek at the Zwift experience in the clip below: