Unlike some others who want to ride on RGT but also have SYSTM running (and maybe controlling the trainer/KICKR Bike/whatever) at the same time, showing the RGT screen but not the SYSTM video, I wanted the opposite.
I wanted to ride the SYSTM Mt. Ventoux Denivele Challenge and have the race video playing and my KICKR Bike controlled by the SYSTM workout targets, etc.
But I also wanted to concurrently have RGT tracking my outputs and giving me some elevation credit for the work. I’ve missed having the workouts give elevation credit toward Strava totals, (a few on SYSTM do, but most don’t.)
I had tried finding tips on how to do this but wasn’t finding answers, since most all seemed to do just the opposite, following the RGT courses, with bots, etc, while having the smaller SYSTM targets and output showing as well.
So I decided just as I started the SYSTM Mt Ventoux ride today to get some elevation credit too, if I could make it work. I poked around with RGT unsuccessfully after already starting the ride in SYSTM, but RGT wasn’t seeing my KICKR Bike, I tried turning off Bluetooth and then it wouldn’t turn on again, same thing with ANT+ on RGT, and finally stopped everything, closed out of both apps (running these on a Windows 11 laptop.)
I started up RGT by itself and tried to turn the ANT+ switch ON again. It was hopelessly unresponsive. Would NOT turn on. Same with Bluetooth. No show, no go.
Closed the app AGAIN and gave it a bit, started it up again, tried again. Nope.
Closed again, waited, restarted the app for the 3rd time since issues started, and FINALLY the RGT app let me SWITCH ON ANT+, and then it found my KICKR Bike fine.
I can’t remember for sure, but I may have already been into the Mont Ventoux RGT ride, or maybe started it up after this ANT+ mess, but I configured RGT to use the ANT+ connections for the KICKR Bike POWER and CADENCE and (if it was available with ANT+) also HR (but my HR belt might have only offered Bluetooth connection; if so, I used that.)
So now I was riding the KICKR Bike and in the Mont Ventoux ride on RGT, with power and cadence and HR showing fine.
THEN I started up SYSTM and went to the Mt. Ventoux Denivele Challenge and tried to get started. SYSTM would NOT FIND THE KICKR Bike via ANT+ at all. I’m spinning the pedals, trying to get connection, but it just couldn’t see it. As soon as the ride loaded up, it was reporting the Failure to Connect to it. SYSTM WAS CONNECTED via Bluetooth to Power and Cadence and HR, but would not use ANT+.
I closed down SYSTM and tried again. Same result exactly.
Tried again, same thing.
I finally gave in and just ran it using Bluetooth for all the connections, but because I was going to simultaneously record via my Garmin Fenix 6 watch, I hoped to reduce the number of those connections via Bluetooth. It is, after all, ANT+ that is SUPPOSED TO be able to manage multiple connections at the same time.
I suspect that RGT and/or SYSTM have something glitchy about their ANT+ connections that won’t let the other app jump in alongside and use the connections.
MAYBE I should have started SYSTM first if it was the one that was going to CONTROL the KICKR Bike? And maybe RGT would have worked okay that way? I don’t know.
But I WAS HAPPY that I could actually then ride the SYSTM Ventoux ride and everything behaved as it should, with one exception, which was a 1 minute loss/dropout of Power, Cadence, and Speed data that occurred at 1:38:00 of the workout. All zeros for data on the graphs. I didn’t notice it occurring at the time, but I do REMEMBER that there was a point when the target numbers were definitely changing, lowering actually, but my Power output and the demand of the KICKR was just STUCK at 206W while it was supposed to have fallen very low into the 100’s and I just had to keep cranking and hoping. It FINALLY recovered and got in line again, but it took probably that whole minute that shows in the graphs to straighten out. All fine after that one issue.
I finished the SYSTM ride, closed it out and saved it, and then went into the RGT ride that had been running all along. Some VERY SLOW speeds in the data, when the SYSTM ride had times of recovery and spinning and going easy. But I still had 8 miles to go, so I then was able within RGT to use the MENU to SWITCH ON the CONTROL of the KICKR Bike to allow RGT to begin managing the resistance of the KICKR Bike. Then I could use my shifters and speed up, since it was mostly all downhill after that, but also shift down when there was a little bit of uphill work back near the starting point of that Out and Back climb descent ride.
I got my 5869’ of elevation credited in Strava, which was the main point of this dual-recording exercise, so I’m happy that it can work.
Because I’ve done SO little in RGT, I had forgotten that SYSTM workouts are also available in RGT now, so that may have opened another window for the OTHER point of this exercise, which was to complete the SYSTM JULY CHALLENGE, but I wasn’t sure how that works with doing the workouts in RGT. And I also WANTED to do the Pro Rides Video anyway. I personally have enjoyed these quite a lot. This one WAS one of the less exciting ones to me, but I still enjoyed the challenge.
I think the constant background of wind noise and mechanical drivetrains noise of this video was worse than the few other Pro Rides I’ve done, and that was a detractor, eventually beginning to wear on me.
And I think this ride with the very long climb was just by nature a grind, staying right near Threshold and wearing me down. I was glad to get it done, but don’t regret doing it; that was work I needed!