In the Tacx training apps we have nine climbs of the current French Grand Tour. Most of them are part of the exciting Sunflower Challenge for the fans at home. But did you know that the pro riders use our app as well to recon these mountains so they know what they can expect during the upcoming stages? We’ve interviewed several pro riders during these Virtual Recons and that gave us a great insight on how they ride, think and dose their energy on a climb. Check out the videos below!

Good to know is that the pro riders who ride with Garmin Edge devices, use the ClimbPro feature during the climbs in real life. This feature helps them to guide and manage their effort up a climb. They see a preview of the climbs ahead of the stage and where they occur. The climb automatically triggers the Garmin Edge to switch to the ClimbPro screen. This displays the distance and ascent to go, the average gradient remaining and a colored graph to indicate the gradient segments. Check out this link for more info.

If you find the footage of the Tacx software in this video is of a lower quality than you are used to, please note this is solely caused by it being a recorded live stream. Start your free trial of our Tacx software here and find out how smooth your ride is in real life.

Virtual Recon #1

Tejay van Garderen of EF Pro Cycling is joining us for this virtual recon of the Col de la Lusette. During the recon Tejay shares his insights on this crucial climb of stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de France.

Virtual Recon #2

Rein Taaramäe of Team Total Direct Energie is joining us for this virtual recon of the climb Pas de Peyrol up to Puy Mary. During the recon Rein shares his insights on this finishing climb of stage 13 of the 2020 Tour de France.

Virtual Recon #3

Sam Bewley of Mitchelton-Scott is joining us for this virtual recon of the climb La Planche des Belles Filles. Ten days after crashing out of the Tour de France with a broken wrist and broken ribs, Sam jumps back on the bike to share his insights on this finishing climb of the individual time trial in stage 20 of the 2020 Tour de France.