Twenty-two years about I moved out west to Denver.  I had never been to Colorado, all I knew is that it was full of fitness fanatics, the Mecca for triathletes, John Denver made it sound like Heaven, and it was the home of an amazing concert venue named Red Rocks.

I’ll never forget the day I first heard about Red Rocks.  I was hanging out with a high school friend, Ken McCown.  Up to that point, I mostly listened to classic rock.  But Ken was more of alternative guy.  He just bought a new album, “Under a Blood Red Sky (Live)”, by this new band U2.  As we listened, Ken predicted that U2 would be the next Led Zepplin, to which I laughed, and he spoke of the venue where this album was recorded, Red Rocks Ampethiature like it was a mystical place where magical things happened.

Well, Ken was right.  U2 became the next Led Zepplin, and magic does happen at Red Rocks, just ask anyone who has ever experienced a show surrounded by the red rock while gazing onto the Great Plaine viewing the curvature of the earth.

Last year I was hired by Stages Cycling to be the Brand Manager for VisomX, an indoor cycling group display system.  Stages recently acquired VismoX and renamed it, Stages Flight.  The goal of an indoor cycling group display system is to create a magical experience for class participants.  Most of these systems show rider metrics on a large TV or are projected onto a screen.  This keeps cyclists accountable and competitive and improves the rider experience, but if that’s it there’s no room for progression.  You only get a board full of numbers.  Other systems display rider metrics and include a video game feel to the experience with avatars and team or full class challenges like racing through a time warp or creating a circle of fire.  Cool, but as any gamer knows the lifespan of a game that doesn’t progress or add levels is about a week as experiences get boring very quickly.

Stages Flight gives the instructor all the features of the above-mentioned systems plus the flexibility to create their own signature experience.  Stages Flight will display rider metrics, has an avatar based race mode, will allow for team and full class competitions, but will also enable the instructor to incorporate their own video and vision into the riding experience. This can be a music video, cycling footage, slideshows, scenery, or anything the instructor feels will enhance the rider experience.  With Stages Flight, instructors are no longer limited by the code written by developers; they are set free to let their imaginations soar and create a riding experience that could only have been dreamed of a year ago.

Below is a video of the experience I created for my riders this past week. It takes them to that magical place in Morrison Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

This is Red Rocks version 1 (Profile and Video)

To download:

  • Open post by clicking on title
  • Press the play button on video
  • Right click on video
  • Select Download Video on a  Mac or Save Video as in Windows
  • Video will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on a Mac or the folder of your choice on Windows computers.

This is Red Rocks version 1 (Video Only)

To download:

  • Open post by clicking on title
  • Press the play button on video
  • Right click on video
  • Select Download Video on a  Mac or Save Video as in Windows
  • Video will be downloaded to the Downloads folder on a Mac or the folder of your choice on Windows computers.

If you’re an indoor cycling instructor and your facility uses Stages Flight you can find my Dennis Mellon – This is Red Rocks 1 (w/FTP) Profile in the Instructor Cloud.

 

 

 



 

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