Maybe this is on the forum somewhere but I couldn't find it......
My local bicycle shop has a big upstairs where there are eight roller platforms facing a big screen. 3-4 times a week I show up and ride with roadies, racers and mountainbikers. I install my road bike on the roller platform, enter in my personal stats (weight, age, etc.) and the screen, while riding, shows speed, avg speed, watts, heartbeat, ALL THE STUFF! Courses range from 17 to 40 miles (and the shop owner can build any course he wants.
We pick a different course each time....hills, downhills and level, you can draft.....this program is amazing and I'm in twice the shape I was just 3 months ago!
Loud music, big fans blowing, it's SO FUN! Does anyone else have this set up in their town?
I'm training for an 8 day, 800 mile trip in June (sleeping on the ground)....I was worried about Winter.....I'm in the best cycling shape of my life in the dead of Winter!