Well, it started with that crash.
“I came off the bike, slid a long way, and ended up in a barrier,” Tim says. “I suffered cracked ribs and a lot of missing skin. But I really was lucky. My bike was a complete mess, the recovery was slow physically, and it took some time to get all my confidence back, especially on descents.”
But here’s the bright side: That crash in 2016 put Tim on a path with a purpose. Like many cyclists trying to overcome injuries, he was forced to spend a lot of recovery time on a trainer. He was already familiar with Zwift at that time and had dabbled on the startup “virtual cycling world” app as a beta tester.
“I think that indoor cycling will continue to evolve, adding more and more realism in graphics and cycling dynamics,” Tim says. “I’d guess that steering and braking will become more refined and play a bigger part of the experience. Gravel and mountain bike courses already seem to be becoming popular. I’d also like to see the possibility of wind introduced through adjusting resistance—so that can also become a factor. Virtual reality will no doubt be introduced at some point, but we have a way to go with the bulky headsets before that can become possible.”
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