One of the big announcements during Homecoming 2021 was a revamp of the Peloton scenic rides. Previously, there was only 1 type of scenic ride available but with the revamp there are now 3: Distance, Guided and Time-Based.
In this blog post we'll go over the differences between the new rides and how to access the rides.
What Are Peloton Distance Rides?
Peloton Distance Rides let you ride through different locations until you hit the target distance. The cool feature in them is that the screen will speed up or slow down based on your cadence and resistance, so you'll really feel like you're there. The rides also include curated playlists and Peloton promises to add in new locations often to keep the content fresh.
What Are Peloton Guided Rides?
Peloton Guided Rides are a new type of ride that was announced during homecoming. In the guided rides, you ride with an instructor through a different destination - like Hawaii or Atlanta. The rides are filmed similar to scenic rides, except occasionally they'll zoom out so you can see overhead or other scenery.
The rides also have a playlist and the instructors will also cue you on suggested resistance ranges to mimic the hills. Guided rides also have an audio tour by the instructor so you can learn more about the location and history of a location.
I did a 30 minute Hawaii ride with Matt and thought it was just ok. At the beginning I enjoyed it, but I found the camera changed too much so instead of making me feel like I was actually riding with Matt I felt like I was watching a movie.
The camera view kept changing between the road (which I prefer - I want to pretend I'm in Hawaii!), an overhead of our road, Matt on his bike "next" to me, and some scenery shots and surfing. This was amusing for about 5 minutes but after a while I started to lose interest and the ride felt like it was just dragging on. I would've rather taken a 30 minute class over a scenic ride.
As for difficulty, it can really range. Matt does call out resistance cues but they're a very wide range - like 30-45/50. I was doing this on an active recovery day so took it on the lower side, but even with increased resistance the workout just didn't seem as hard as a regular class. I think I've realized I like class formats better than free rides.
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What is a Peloton Time-Based Ride?
Time Based rides are rides that go through different locations for a set amount of time. Peloton says they're good for warm ups and cool downs, and the playlists are updated daily.
How to Access Peloton Scenic Rides
Peloton scenic rides can only be accessed directly through the Peloton Bike or Bike+. In the past the rides were accessible on the app, but during Homecoming 2021 Peloton announced they were going to be exclusive to the bikes.
Peloton scenic rides are a great way to get some scenery and are a good way to mix up workouts if you're not in the mood for a typical class. The workouts can range in difficulty depending on what you feel like so they're great for beginners to advanced.
If you want to try a Peloton Scenic Ride, you can find them directly on the Bike or Bike+ under scenic rides. Peloton promises to keep releasing new content often so check back for new locations and rides!
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