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Certification process for virtual routes

Virtual Routes in General

The VirtualTraining portal allows you to share virtual routes around the world between users free of charge. Create your own virtual route using the route editor in the desktop application and submit the route to VirtualTraining. Your route will then be shared with others and everyone may train indoors on your route!

The virtual route can include:

  • Route GPS data
    • Create a route manually using the route editor in the desktop application or import a GPS record from various supported external devices or directly from TCX, GPX, KML, FIT files.
  • Synchronized video
    • Create a video record of your favorite route, for example, using GoPro camera. Try to record a route with the same speed as if you were riding a bike.
    • The video record you created can then be synchronized with the route using the route editor in the desktop application. 
  • Points of Interest
    • Each route can include various points of interest. A point of interest can be defined as follows:
      • Title and description
      • Picture (landmarks, castles, chateaus, mountains… on the way)
      • Audio (virtual guides with comments can be created)
  • Split times
    • Special points of interest – split times can be defined on a virtual route. User times at check times (split times) are then displayed under route records.

The portal offers thousands of routes with different quality. Some routes contain all information, other routes only contain GPS data, etc. In general, we recommend to use validated routes with optimized elevation profile for indoor training on a treadmill. Errors caused by importing data from GPS were corrected, thus rapid changes of incline during indoor workouts are eliminated.

Verification and Certification

Each new (modified) route submitted to the VirtualTraining is validated. Depending on the route type and content, it can be marked as certified, verified (see below). All new routes that contain video records are subject to special check. Best routes are possibly modified, debugged and marked as certified.

All routes marked as CERTIFIED are tested and recommended for indoor training on an ergometer. We will enable use of videos on tablet devices with certified routes only!

What is required for a certified route?

  • Route length min. 5 km
  • Includes a video recording and video quality is “reasonable” (we recommend 1280x720 (“720p“), 25-30 images per second. This factor is rather subjective, some certified routes can have a worse resolution. The recommended video compression 6 – 12 Mb/s.
  • High-quality synchronized video
  • GPS points on the route are correct
  • Elevation profile is optimized for indoor training on a bicycle trainer or treadmill – No rapid changes of incline.
    • Max and min incline is <-25% ; 25% >
    • Incline change interval min. 50m or above
    • Maximum incline change between adjacent elevation points max. 10%

How to upload a route to VirtualTraining portal and get it certified?

  1. Create a virtual route using the route editor in the desktop application and save it to the local drive.
  2. Select the new route in the “Local Routes“ section and then use the option “Submit to Internet“.

Notice: Route submittal time may be quite long depending on the size of route and Internet connection speed (if including video, it may be hours). Best would be to submit it, for example, overnight. If you turn off your desktop, the submittal process will automatically resume when you restart the desktop application.

  1. A route that is fully submitted to the portal is automatically checked for its contents:
    • Route with video recording
      • The route is subject to special check and certification process.
      • Special check may take up to several days, the route is marked as “New Route” during checking
      • Validated route is marked depending on quality:

         

        Certified Route   Route complies with the certification requirements, thus quality of the route is guaranteed and suitable for indoor training on a treadmill.
        Verified Route   Route does not comply with some of the certification requirements, still it is suitable enough for indoor training on a treadmill.
        Bad Route   Route is poor and not suitable for indoor ergometer training.

         

    • Route only with GPS record (no video content)
      • When submitting a route to Internet, the elevation profile will be automatically checked.
      • Validated route is marked depending on quality:

         

        Optimized route   Route for indoor training on a treadmill – Route elevation profile is validated and suitable for indoor training.
        Standard GPS route   Route elevation profile is not suitable for indoor training. Incline changes between points exceed 10%, the maximum or minimum incline is outside the <-25% ; 25%> interval.

         

    Note: During special check of the virtual route, the administrator may adjust a GPS record or synchronize video for the route to meet the certification requirements. If the route is marked as certified, the route author will receive an information email.

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