BIG DATA / ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE / VIRTUAL REALITY
TakeToux is a realistic and immersive training experience for cyclists. It creates physical route simulations for smart turbo trainers, visual route simulations for screens and headsets, and delivers live audio commentary from a personal team director!
Any route, anywhere, any time.
TakeToux uses three technologies - big data, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Here's how it works.*
A route may be unfamiliar to you - but hundreds of other riders have already ridden those roads. Their ride data is held by the popular GPS trackers like Strava, Ride With GPS and Garmin Connect. This means that these guys know the precise direction and gradient of every metre on every road that's ever likely to feature in a pro race.
TakeToux uses amalgamated data to create a physical simulation of any route you care to map. This simulation then powers a smart turbo trainer. When the road kicks up, the resistance increases - precisely matching ride conditions.
Strava's massive dataset also allows us to analyse past riders' metrics on each section of the route - power, heart rate, speed. So by comparing like for like, we can create personalised target metrics for any rider's training.
Live Race Radio
TakeToux uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalised audio commentary synched to your training.
We do this by monitoring your real-time performance on any virtual route and comparing it with your target metrics. This data is then converted to smart information, instructions and motivation - and delivered as a voice in your headphones. It's just like having a race director in your ear!
TakeToux race radio helps you:
SMASH YOUR SEGMENTS | Your personal race director keeps you updated with performance against personal targets. Push when you need to push; ease up when you can
KNOW YOUR ENEMY | Real-time alerts about that 20% ramp ahead, the false flat, the best way to take the hairpin section. Road/gradient information helps you handle whatever the road throws at you
STAY FOCUSED | Proven mental strategies for staying strong in the saddle, KM after KM. Pro techniques for posture, pacing, position, visualisation... in your ear, when you need it
Sure, you can watch endless episodes of Game of Thrones while riding your turbo - but how much better to immerse yourself in a virtual environment? To be ‘on the road’ in perfect sync with your training simulation?
TakeToux uses the same data that powers the physical simulation to create a visual representation of the ride. It's a bit like Zwift but better because TakeToux builds real stages with real data. Choose between 2D output for a screen - TV, iPad, phone - or 3D for virtual reality headsets.
Additional layers of content can be selected, including:
RIDE VIDEOS | TakeToux can sync a training session to a POV video of a rider on any part of a route. Hundreds of ride videos are already available. Or you can film your own. You only need to send one rider, or commission a local amateur, to film a stage and then use this video to train your entire team
STREET VIEW | TakeToux can pull in data from Google Street View in built-up areas to visualise road furniture, roundabouts and other obstacles
Pro & Amateur
TakeToux is a training system for pro teams. However, it can also be marketed commercially to consumers. All they need is a smart turbo trainer.
Additionally, TakeToux race radio can be packaged as a standalone mobile app that generates audio commentary during actual rides, perfecly synched via live GPS. This is especially well suited to bucket list riders tackling iconic climbs. Climbing the high mountains is tough, painful and lonely. TakeToux takes you to the top.
Additional content layers include:
RIDE A LEGEND | Rich Tour history synched to your ride. Here’s where Froome ran up the road, here’s where Simpson fell, here’s where Contador attacked...
KEEP THE BEAT | Choose your cadence or match it to the gradient... beats and tunes to keep you going
Who are we?
We are Mantra - a creative agency headquartered in Glasgow. We really get immersive technology - see our virtual reality video below.
* We haven't built TakeToux yet, but we'd love to do that with you, Team Sky.
And we'll work for Pinarellos. Probably.
MAKING IT IMMERSIVE | Virtual Reality