Zwift versus TrainerRoad: which indoor cycling training app is right for you?

Whether socially motivated or data-driven, your perfect fit could be one (or both!) of these popular indoor cycling and training platforms

Zwift and TrainerRoad being used on laptops
(Image credit: Zwift / TrainerRoad)

The cycling internet likes lists. Loyal brand followers take any opportunity to tout the virtues of their trusted bike, components, or equipment of choice to see how they stack up against the competition. A quick search for "Shimano vs. Campagnolo" spits out an exhaustive list of lists, and the "Trek vs. Specialized" query is still populating.

Now, "Zwift versus TrainerRoad" is something of an apples-to-oranges comparison: both are indoor training applications, but whereas Zwift offers a gamified experience, TrainerRoad is more clinical and with its focus centered around your physiological performance and its improvement.

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