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The app which allows you to do a indoor cycling class wherever you are in the world

If you like to cycle or take cycling classes this app is a must.

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TRAVELLING AND/OR TRAINING are two things a lot of us enjoy doing with our free time but they don’t often go hand in hand.

That is, when we’re travelling it can be hard to stay disciplined and in good condition, while when we train – or are training for something, most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to travel as well.

For those on the move – and obsessed with keeping in shape, a great app called CycleCast could be the answer.

It’s an app that basically allows you do a cycling class anywhere there’s a bike.

Using it is simply a case of choosing one of the many instructors, selecting how long you’d like to ride for (36 different workouts in 20, 40, and 60 minute intervals are available) and then just find your bike and hit play.

On a recent weekend trip, I baulked at the price of bringing my own carbon fibre road bike on the return flights – which were twice the price of the actual flight.

And with road bikes nigh on impossible to rent in the Seville, I decided to give CycleCast a try.

Okay, so obviously I needed to find a bike but with pay-as-you-go gyms plentiful, I found it a perfect way to follow a programme at my own pace at a time of my choosing.

Three common reasons people (myself included) decide not to do exercise are the inconvenience, the lack of motivation and the lack of time.

However, indoor cycling classes have become so popular in recent years – just ask any fitness centre manager – and it’s because they ‘tick all the boxes’.

Or at least all my boxes anyway. In one hour, one can burn upwards of 400 calories.

Those who use CycleCast for the first time might point to the fact that is potentially ‘dangerous’, especially if you have no experience of cycling classes.

There is a ‘Ride Guide’ feature which instructs you on things like getting your bike set-up right but as is always the case with cycling, there is no one size that fits all. If it’s comfortable, it’s probably okay.

Common sense should tell you to be properly dressed and drink plenty fluid throughout the class.

The app has most of the features a ‘normal’ cycling class will have, such as pumping music and directions from the instructor, but it obviously won’t have flashing lights, though we’re pretty sure they’re becoming a rarity here now anyway.

You can pick your own genre of music and there’s a 30-day free trial.

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Brian Canty

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