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by Mark Zalewski
November 12, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins a third stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Aerts, Cant win at Jaarmarktcross; Contador: ‘If I win the Tour I will retire’; Wiggle High5 adds five for 2017; Cancellara unveils autobiography, talks about future plans; Ireland’s first indoor velodrome in doubt; 24-hour world time trial championships; Marianne Vos visits Western Australia; Spinning goes to the big screen; Daniel Oss: Just Ride #3; The Book of Cross, chapter 4.
Indoor cycling, commonly referred to as ‘spinning,’ has had a big uptick recently, with the likes of Peloton and Soul Cycle coming into the market. Now a new spin [Ed. groan] on the phenomenon is taking off in New York, with a studio that places riders in front of a 40-foot-wide by 24-foot-high Imax screen.
ImaxShift takes the very popular idea of spinning with other riders to a new immersive experience of a large screen and surround-sound system.
“Your legs are burning and you are sweating, but you are focused on this beautiful scene in front of you that you are so enraptured by,” Jaclyn Cohen told the New York Times. “You are transported to another world, driving through the streets of Paris or going up a hill in Dubai.”
Besides the real world scenes are futuristic jaunts to other planets and even a roller coaster scene. Unlike traditional spin classes, the instructors only speak to give instructions or motivation for particularly difficult sections.
The studio was designed by Imax which has recently made its technology more widely available, though this is the first non-entertainment use of it.
Click through to read more at the New York Times.