Train on the Tacx with an iPad
The Tacx Cycling app makes it possible to train with a tablet computer. Genius, Bushido and Vortex riders with a tablet can now train using this free app, developed for the iPad. The Tacx Cycling app contains a simplified version of the Catalyst training software, the Analyser and Real Life Video to play Tacx films.
Professional training programs and fitness tests for a scientific analysis of your training session. Train on heart rate, power output or slope. Follow your development and become a better rider step by step.
Analyser presents the recorded training data on the screen of the tablet. Your performance is displayed in a graph.
Cycling in a Tacx film makes a training session more enjoyable and adventurous. The speed of the film is influenced by your cycling pace. If you are cycling up a mountain, the brake of your trainer will generate so much resistance that you can actually sense the percentage of incline. A demo film from the Mont Faron, Toulon in France is included. In the Tacx Cycling app you will find a list of all film titles that have been developed specifically for the app. These have a distance of about 30 km.
Note: The Tacx download films for the Tacx Trainer software and the Tacx films for the Cycling app cannot be combined with each other. The films for the Tacx Trainer software can be ordered via the Tacx Online shop. The films for the Tacx Cycling app can be ordered via the app itself.
System requirements: iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air en iPad Mini Retina.
For use with Tacx ANT+ compatible trainers (i-Genius, i-Genius Multiplayer, Genius, Genius Multiplayer, i-Vortex, Vortex & Bushido) in combination with a Wahoo ANT+ dongle.
The Tacx Cycling app is not compatible with the Garmin ANT+ dongle.
The Bushido or Vortex handlebar computer and Genius handlebar interface are not required during use.
Note: For the iPad 4, iPad Air and iPad Mini, an additional adapter is required for the Wahoo dongle. It can be purchased via the Apple Store
Bracket for tablets T2092
This handlebar bracket is designed for mounting a tablet on the handlebar. Suitable for handlebars with diameter 26 to 35 mm and adjustable for various image sizes. The design includes a safe distance to make sure sweat doesn’t drip down on the tablet display while training.
Wahoo ANT+ dongle T2091
iPad users need to purchase the Wahoo ANT+ dongle first to establish the connection between the Tacx trainer with ANT+ communication and the tablet.
Fixed the issue that was stopping you from logging in
Fixed a problem in the GPS map
Virtual speed is more accurate now
FTP test works properly now
A bunch of other small fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Like the Films
I am using Tacx Smart Vortex trainer with this App on iPad and also the Trax training software on a PC. Films provide nice scenic ride with more resistance while climbing. Found this tip on the Trac web site:
"Different trainers are capable of producing different levels of resistance and can simulate different gradients of slope. A Vortex Smart can simulate a 5% slope, whereas a Genius Smart can simulate a 20% slope. Virtual speed is used to compensate for these different resistances so that the same amount of energy is expended climbing a slope regardless of the model of trainer being used. If the gradient of the slope exceeds the maximum resistance of the trainer, the virtual speed is lowered so the climb takes longer. This means that a climb using a Vortex Smart will take longer than using a Genius Smart, but the same amount of energy is expended."
So if you are looking for an exact reproduction of climbing difficulty then the type of trainer makes a big difference.
Very nice workout app
I bought a Tacx Vortex on Ebay, open box model, cheaper than MSRP retail price. It took a while to upgrade the firmware on the Vortex and I had to fiddle with the bluetooth settings on my iPadAir and iPhone to get them all synched up. Once I did that, I was able to calibrate the unit with the software, downloaded a few films and got to riding indoors. I Airplay the iPad app to my TV with an AppleTV and this is a very cool setup. The films work very well and they're very motivational; I usually end up riding a lot longer rides than I originally intended. It would be nice if the app gave you the ability to continue a ride at a later point or to start a ride somewhere in the middle of the film. Downloading films can be slow but and I've seen stoppages but you can restart easily. Overall, once you get the system going, it works well and I've experienced no other issues.
More like a Beta Version
The good: clean interface, fairly intuitive, stable
The not so good: configuration, options, lack of supporting hardware
It is really nice to have an alternative to the buggy Windows platform for the iGenius and other Tacx trainers as it is a much more convenient user experience. The interface is generally easy to use and navigate, though the simplicity, or lack of basic features, is obvious. Configuration is a bit of a pain using the Ant+ connection to the trainer - their moving to Bluetooth on the trainers will help for future owners. Would have purchased the ride videos, yet have not been able to determine how to make a purchase - Perhaps they are not available as of this writing. Tacx website and user forums are void of information further hampering general user issues. It is a good foundational start, and hopefully it does not take another year to mature the application.
- Tacx bv
- 245.2 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2012 Tacx B.V.
- In-App Purchases
- T2055.82 Pacific Coast Highway $10.99
- Lago d'Iseo Lombardy - IT $10.99
- l'Alpe d'Huez 2014 (Marmotte 4) - FR $10.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.