Tacx Trainer software 4  Windows PC










The most complete software package
on the market

In 2000, the interactive trainer was born when Tacx became the first company to connect a trainer to computer software. It then became possible to automatically control the trainer's resistance via a computer, and this made indoor training easier and more effective. Tacx then also created the first virtual worlds in trainer software. With the Tacx Trainer software, you can enjoy effective training sessions that are also entertaining, so that your indoor training sessions become more enjoyable and more exciting.

The Tacx Trainer software is only available for Windows computers and offers every function imaginable, from creating your own training schedules to racing against other people who are located anywhere in the world. Since 2015, this software can also be used with third-party trainers. The Tacx Trainer software is available in an Advanced and a Basic version.

Compatibility
The Tacx Trainer software is compatible with all ANT+ trainers. Both the interactive Tacx trainers and third-party trainers can be connected to the Tacx Trainer software.

You require an ANT+ Antenna for a standard USB port to connect the trainer to your computer. This antenna receives the trainer's signal and sends it to your computer. The Tacx software control box, which you attach to your handlebars, is not essential, but it makes training easier. Do you have a Tacx Smart Trainer or a third-party ANT+ trainer? Then you will find everything you need to train with the TTS, including the software, in the Upgrade Smart.

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The Tacx Trainer software 4, Advanced is the most complete software package currently available, with many extra options to make your indoor training sessions more enjoyable and more exciting.

Training programs
In the TTS, you can create your own training programs based on slope, power output or heart rate. For example, you can ride for 10 minutes at one heart rate and then another 10 minutes at a different heart rate. You can also import training sessions from Strava. Or you can use preprogrammed, professional training programs and fitness tests. You can also just cycle, without following a program, based on an incline, your power output or your heart rate.

Virtual reality 
There are more than 100 km of roads available in our virtual worlds, where you are accompanied by other virtual cyclists. There is a wide choice of terrains for mountain bikes, racing bikes and track bikes. Ascents, descents, ramps, tunnels and sensationally sharp corners, you come across everything. The Tacx Trainer software 4 distinguishes itself thanks to its wonderful VR terrains: Golden Circle (based on Asia), Paradise Island (based on Hawaii), Montagna (mountainous terrain in Italy), Valeggio (rolling hills in Italy plus a criterium through an Italian village), Downhill Valley (an unbelievable natural landscape in America) and US Metropolitan (a criterium in an American city).

Realistic gameplay in the VR terrains offers lifelike interaction with people, cars and other elements. You race against intelligent opponents with realistic cycling behaviour, such as a sudden breakaway. You do not know in advance what will happen, just like in a real race. In these worlds, you can fully personalize your bicycle, clothes and avatar. This makes the experience more intense and more exciting, so that you can keep up your indoor training sessions for longer.

Intensity training (FTP)
It is also possible to perform training sessions at a certain intensity, based on your FTP or lactate threshold. 

FTP, or Functional Threshold Power, is an indication of your stamina. It is your power output at your lactate threshold. Above this point, your body produces more lactate acid than it can remove, so that the creation and removal of lactate acid are no longer balanced. You can maintain physical exertion above your lactate threshold only for 5 to 15 minutes, while at your lactate threshold, you can maintain physical exertion for an hour.

It is also possible to perform training sessions based on your lactate threshold. Your lactate threshold is the inflection point for your heart rate. 

You can increase your power output at your lactate threshold by training based on certain percentages of your FTP within certain training zones. The same is true for your heart rate at your lactate threshold. It is possible to perform this type of training session using the TTS. You create or import a training program and perform the training session at your specific intensity.

Analysis and export
Regardless of which function you use in the Tacx software, your performance is saved so that you can analyse it at a later time. Your performance is displayed in a graph, where power output, cadence and speed are plotted against time or distance. You can scroll through the information and view your performance at any time during a training session. Follow your development and become a better cyclist step by step. 

It is possible to export a training session to BikeNet, TrainingPeaks, Strava and the Indoor Bike League immediately after the training session. You can also export training sessions to a PC as a GPX, TCX, XML or HRM file and then import the file into other software.

GPS courses (license required)
Thanks to geographic data, outdoor cycle routes can now be reridden indoors and experienced again. Lifelike, but without the disadvantages of outdoor cycling, such as wind, rain and cold. You simply import your data into the Tacx software or create a route using the route planner. Select Google maps, Google satellite (2D) or Google Street View for the display. Your progress and that of your opponents is visually displayed. You require a licence to use this functionality.

Tacx films (additional purchase)
It is also possible to train using one of the many films of legendary stages of classic cycle races, which are available in the Tacx Online shop. The Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race and the Tour de France ascents all come to life on your screen. When cycling uphill, the trainer increases the resistance and when you accelerate, the film runs at a faster speed. The Advanced software uses Overlay, a function that displays your position in relation to your opponents, so that you can ride a race in a film. The indicator that shows whether the road is an incline or a decline is also new and rather special.

Note: Tacx films for the TTS4 are not compatible with the tablet application (Tacx Cycling app).

Multiplayer (license required)
With Multiplayer, you can race in real time against real opponents from anywhere in the world. You can race against up to 20 opponents in one world. For example, you can climb the well-known mountains from the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia together with other people. You must have a licence to participate in web races via the Tacx server. When purchasing the i-Genius Multiplayer, you receive a one-year licence for Multiplayer. With the other trainers, you receive a 7-days trial period.

A new feature is that winners and people who organize a large number of races can win prizes, such as licences for films. The greater the number of participants that take part in your races, the better the prize. After a race has been created in the software, it is announced on Facebook and in the calendar on the Tacx website.

Besides the Advanced package, Tacx also offers a Basic package. The basic software offers fewer functions than the Advanced package, but enough to have scientific training sessions and to make indoor training more fun. The Basic software package is ideal for starters and makes entertainment accessible to everybody. If desired, this software can be upgraded to the Advanced package. The Tacx Trainer software is only compatible with Windows and has been open to third-party trainers since 2015.

Training programs
You can cycle, without following a program, based on an incline, your power output or your heart rate. In contrast to the Advanced version, the Basic version does not include any preprogrammed training programs. You can also not import any training programs via the import function, but you can download programs from BikeNet, which is integrated in the Tacx software. This allows you to perform specific training sessions to help you become a better cyclist step by step.

Virtual reality
The Tacx Trainer software 4 Basic contains two wonderful Virtual Reality terrains: the Valeggio road route in Italy and a cycling track (Velodrome). Valeggio is totally new and contains roads with height differences and incline percentages. 3D buildings and trees give the terrain a typically Italian character. Lighting creates the right atmosphere and recognizable noises make the VR world complete. In the Basic software, you always cycle alone. If you wish to participate in races with other cyclists and compete against virtual, interactive opponents, you must upgrade to the Advanced version.

Intensity training (FTP)

It is also possible to perform training sessions at a certain intensity, which is an indication of your stamina. The intensity is different for each person and is determined by your FTP (power output) or your lactate threshold. Above your lactate threshold, you start to accumulate lactate acid in your blood, so that your blood absorbs less oxygen and you become fatigued. The lactate threshold (or lactate inflection point) determines which percentage of the maximum possible oxygen absorption you can use for a certain time period and, therefore, how long you can cycle at a certain power output or heart rate. The higher this threshold, the greater your stamina. 

You can increase this threshold by training based on certain percentages of your FTP or lactate threshold, called training zones. It is possible to perform this type of training session using the TTS. You can create or import the training session and enter your intensity (FTP or lactate threshold), after which the trainer ensures that you remain in the desired zone. 

Analysis 
Regardless of which function you use in the Tacx software, your performance is saved so that you can analyse it at a later time. Your performance is displayed in a graph, where power output, cadence and speed are plotted against time or distance. You can scroll through the information and view your performance at any time during a training session. Follow your development and become a better cyclist step by step.

GPS courses (license required)
Thanks to geographic data, outdoor cycle routes can now be reridden indoors and experienced again. Lifelike, but without the disadvantages of outdoor cycling, such as wind, rain and cold. You simply import your data into the Tacx software or create a route using the route planner. Select Google maps, Google satellite (2D) or Google Street View for the display. Your progress and that of your opponents is visually displayed. You require a licence to use this functionality.

Tacx films (additional purchase)
The software also allows you to use films of well-known cycle races, which are available in the Tacx Online shop. There are already many films available and more are being added all the time, from the Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race to the Mont Ventoux and the other well-known ascents from the Tour de France.

Note: Tacx films for the TTS4 are not compatible with the tablet application (Tacx Cycling app).

 Feature overview
Advanced
Basic
 Virtual Reality
Cycling against max. 10 opponents
Gameplay, virtual opponents
Customize VR rider's clothing and bicycle
VR terrains
Montagna, mountain terrain
Downhill Valley, MTB terrain
Valeggio, road terrain
Valeggio, criterium
Metropolitan, city
Metropolitan, criterium
Velodrome
Velodrome, Six-day
Paradise Island, triahtlon terrain
Golden Circle
 Tacx films
Choose from more than 100 titles, see collection > (not included)
Video Overlay, display riders positions
Video simulation, play film without cycling
Create and edit info pop-ups
 GPS rides
GPS training with Google features (license needed)
 Catalyst
Free training on slope, watt
Free training on slope, watt and heart rate
Preset and edit programs
Analyser, analyse scores
 Intensity training sessions
Train based on FTP
Train based on anaerobic heart rate
 Options
Option Multiplayer, real-time web racing (license needed)
Import and export programs and scores
Link with BikeNet on Tacx website