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Goodbye spinning? Cycling Fusion trains cyclists for the real deal virtually, anywhere


Gene Nacey, an avid cyclist, wanted to push the technology of training to the next level. 
 
A successful entrepreneur, Nacey was the founder of Pittsburgh-based TeleTracking Technologies. a company he started in his basement in 1989 and grew to 300 people. TeleTracking's patient flow system, the "electronic bed board," is the air traffic control of the hospital admissions process. 
 
With 20 years of hospital operations behind him, Nacey began taking a hard look at cycling fitness. Many studios aren't efficiently teaching people how to train on bikes, he says.  They may attract people interested in an indoor aerobic workout, but it doesn't prepare them for the fitness required for outdoor cycling.   
 
So Nacey invested in a small broadcast business in Oakmont and opened Cycling Fusion, a unique in-studio and subscriber-based virtual training program that can be accessed by anyone of any ability from anywhere, including the comfort of their bike at home.

"The Road Map" offers a graduated way to ramp into riding, he says. "We have stratification where we take it easy and build fitness as we go. It never fails; we've haven't lost anybody yet."
 
The studio broadcasts live streams of virtual cycling footage, which was filmed by Nacey and his team on location in Hawaii, France, and Italy. Riders can stream the programs virtually from any location or work out in Cycling Fusion's Oakmont studio. Cycling studios can also subscribe to the feeds, which feature celebrity-cyclists and Cycling Fusion trainers. 
 
"I was preaching to a choir of people who understand indoor and outdoor cycling," explains Nacey. "I realized that I could provide better training for riders of all abilities. Indoor Cycling can not only be fun, but it can make us better, more fit cyclists.
 
"It also gives clubs a way to offer cycling specific training without the expense of an instructor. "It's hard to find people with that knowledge or skill. We have some of the best on board and can teach principles with our instructors."
 
Cycling Fusion employs six, including three developers, a sound engineer and video director. 
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Gene Nacey, Cycling Fusion

Image of Gene Nacey courtesy of Cycling Fusion.
 
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