Wahoo virtual cycling platform RGT will cease operation at the end of October
Wahoo set to offer Zwift subscriptions with RGT set to close
The virtual cycling app owned by Wahoo Fitness has announced it will stop operating at the end of October with the company targeting the development of their SYSTM platform
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Wahoo has announced that RGT, the virtual cycling division of its indoor cycling empire, will cease operating as of October 31 2023. RGT was acquired by the brand last year.
Although it never rivalled the user volume that market leader Zwift has, Wahoo did introduce the Kickr Steer for a more immersive experience that linked with the user's phone as a steering input, as well as providing a voice chat feature.
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In their statement that was issued via email to all premium users of RGT, Wahoo reported there will be a one-time offer of a three-month membership to Zwift to ease the transition period of the platform closing.
Both free and premium users of RGT have until the end of October to redeem a transitional offer for Wahoo SYSTM and Zwift respectively
The email communication that D.C rainmaker has got hold of from Wahoo says: "We deeply appreciate your membership and loyalty, and we understand this news may be inconvenient. To make this transition smoother for you, we’ve arranged an exclusive one-time offer: 3 months of complimentary Zwift membership. With Zwift, you can continue to ride, race, and connect with fellow Wahooligans in the virtual world. This combination offers you the best of both worlds: structured training excellence with Wahoo SYSTM and access to the world’s largest virtual riding community through the Zwift app —an unbeatable combination."
For any users considering this offer, it is worth noting that you must take advantage of it before the end date of RGT (31st October 2023).
Wahoo also issued a statement for free users of the RGT platform, saying: "We genuinely appreciate your involvement in our Wahoo X community and we understand this news may be inconvenient. To make this transition smoother for you, we’d like to offer you 30 days free of full access to SYSTM to explore the immersive content and effective workouts that we will continue to offer and expand upon."
Wahoo has gone on to say: "Over the coming month we will be announcing a number of exciting new developments – these will include investment in SYSTM with improved functionality, new content and features, and a significant update to the Wahoo App to simplify the way that users interact with their Wahoo devices."
This news seems to solidify the partnership between Wahoo and Zwift, with Wahoo offering Zwift memberships as standard with the purchase of some indoor training equipment, including the Wahoo Kickr core.
Ultimately users have two main products to choose from now, depending on their needs as an athlete. For those looking for an immersive racing and training experience, in a virtual world where you can ride with other athletes from across the globe, Zwift will be the go-to hosting platform. For a more scientific training model, Wahoo SYSTM is set to expand and evolve in the coming months to offer more traditional training products and workouts.
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