Cycling is a very popular sport, whether the Grand Tours, or mountain biking, or any variants which include a bicycle and racing. It is a sport which has been around for a while and will remain to be around. It is also a sport which people love to bet on. Online sportsbooks thrive during the cycling season, especially when the Grand Tours are taking place. Sportsbooks often have promotions to entice people to bet, as well as to give them some bonuses.
But, is cycling going to change with the rise of technology? It already has, to an extent, as tracking and results are far easier to measure than before. In helmet communicators are also a large part of cycling, with teammates being able to talk to one another.
Virtual reality is also responsible for some of the changes. Here are a couple of ways it could impact cycling in the near future.
Practicing In Virtual Reality
The equipment is there, even though it is still underutilized. Practicing cycling in virtual reality could be something to make the sport of indoor cycling, or bedroom cycling, a bit more interesting. There have already been reports of a man who cycled the length of the UK in virtual reality, from his own bedroom. With the combination of some specialized gear and Google Maps, or rather Google StreetView. CycleVR is the name of this application and it is still in development, for both Android and iOS systems.
On the other hand, the UK has launched a virtual reality campaign to increase awareness for cyclists and all people who take part in traffic. The reason for this is to educate people as to what are the right ways of behaving in traffic, as a cyclist, motorcyclist, car driver or pedestrian. The more you know, the less likely you are to injure yourself or somebody else, through being ignorant about the rules and regulations regarding traffic.
Virtual Reality Broadcasting
Watching a race on a giant TV screen can be enticing, but watching it unfold through the eyes of a cyclist is much more interesting. Today, many cyclists wear cameras on their helmets or on an otherwise suitable location. Depending on the race, you could follow your favorite cyclist by seeing what they see. This could easily be implemented for regular broadcasting, but it could also be adapted for virtual reality.
There might be complications involving nausea and dizziness, but those things can be overcome by either sitting or taking the headset off. Broadcasting companies have started looking into this kind of broadcasting, especially for sporting events, where things are fast-paced and a different look at the action could mean more entertainment and thus, profit.
These are a couple of ways that virtual reality could influence professional cycling, as well as amateur and recreational cycling. The fact is that virtual reality is here to stay and being as versatile as it is, it is only a matter of time before all sports adopt it to an extent.