Endurance Tech: Indoor Cycling Beyond Peloton

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Peloton may have pioneered connected fitness, but there’s more to indoor cycling than instructor-led, boutique-style content.

Catering to endurance athletes, innovative hardware and software providers are tapping into a growing market.

  • In 2020, cyclists on Strava logged 8.1B miles globally.
  • The global bicycle market is expected to reach $92.5B by 2028.
  • The average annual household income for IRONMAN participants is $247K.

Leading the pack, Zwift has raised $620M in funding. Popular with serious cyclists, including many professional riders, members use their own bike and an indoor trainer to compete in virtual races on Zwift’s video game-like platform.

Next up? As Zwift CEO Eric Min told us on the Fitt Insider podcast, the company plans to release its own hardware, including a smart bike. Another key initiative, Min hopes to make virtual racing an Olympic sport.

Taking aim at indoor cycling, competitors are raising capital to seize the opportunity.

  • Last week, virtual cycling platform ROUVY landed $6M in funding.
  • In July, endurance tech company Wahoo Fitness secured a “significant” investment.
  • In June, Velocity raised $3.4M for its virtual cycling app.
  • Last fall, smart bike maker Wattbike added a $15M investment.

Be on the lookout: Despite only having launched in December 2019, virtual training app RGT Cycling has amassed a loyal following while drawing comparisons to Zwift.

Looking ahead: From personalized apps like The Breakaway and TrainerRoad to Hammerhead’s high-tech bike computers, cycling—and the broader endurance economy—is fertile ground for founders and investors alike.

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