What are Peloton Scenic Rides

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I’ll never forget the first time I took one of those Peloton scenic rides. I decided to “ride” through Las Vegas. It’s a place I’ve never visited but hoped to one day. Why not take a “tour” of Sin City while keeping my Peloton streak alive?

Well, if you took some of those old Peloton scenic rides, then you know they were quite a ride. I mean like a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (for those of you old enough to remember that ride from Disney World). 

Throughout the 10 min Las Vegas Strip Scenic Ride I took in 2020, I found myself physically trying to move my bike out of the way of people. It was an almost traumatic experience.

But Peloton scenic rides from 2020 are nothing like the Peloton scenic rides that they debuted in 2021. In fact, they are entirely different.

Questions about the scenic rides on Peloton

So many people have come to me with questions about Peloton scenic rides. This includes questions like:

  • Does the Peloton app have scenic rides?
  • How did I find scenic rides on Peloton?
  • Does the Peloton bike have outdoor scenic rides
  • Does the Peloton treadmill have scenic rides?
  • Do Peloton scenic rides count?
  • Are there virtual Peloton rides?
  • Can you pause a scenic ride?
  • What kind of music does scenic rides have?

Therefore, I decided to write this blog post that answers the biggest question–what are Peloton scenic rides? Then, I’ll go into other technical questions people have about them, such as where to find them, how many scenic rides there are and if you can do scenic rides on the Peloton app.

What are Peloton scenic rides

So, what are Peloton scenic rides? They are rides you take on your Peloton cycle that take you “riding” outdoors, virtually.

In other words, instead of taking a ride in the studio with your favorite instructor, you’re able to take a ride outside. That is, “outside” without leaving the comfort of home.

On Demand scenic rides

You do all of these scenic rides On Demand. Scenic rides are not part of live class offerings. But, it would be interesting if this was ever an option, don’t you think?

Originally, Peloton scenic rides were all virtual rides that seemed to have been filmed with a drone. Or a camera mounted on the helmet of someone actually riding a bike. I could never tell.

However, in 2021 Peloton completely changed up what the scenic rides were all about. First, they deleted all of those drone-like rides, like the Las Vegas strip one I’d taken in 2020. Next, they flew a bunch of instructors around the world to film guided rides. Finally, they started loading those new scenic rides onto the Peloton hardware. So if you’re looking for those old Peloton scenic rides, they are no longer available.

Where are scenic rides on the app?

Unfortunately, starting in 2021, with this revamp, you can no longer do Peloton scenic rides on the Peloton app. Previously, that had been an option. 

According to this support page on the Peloton website, “The Scenic Experience” is available only to those who own Peloton hardware and pay for an all-access membership.

So if you’re wondering if you can do scenic rides on the Peloton app, unfortunately the answer is no. I know that’s a real bummer for app users who, previously, could access the scenic rides this way.

Scenic rides on bikes only

In other words, if you have a Peloton bike or Bike Plus, then you can access Peloton scenic rides. Also, if you own a Peloton Tread or Tread Plus, you can access Peloton scenic runs. However, app users cannot get them. 

At the same time a Bike owner couldn’t try to do a Scenic Run using an iPad or computer because you can’t get to them that way anymore–even though you technically own a piece of hardware.

This seems patently unfair because a bike owner like myself does pay for that all-access membership. Therefore, shouldn’t it include any class on the Peloton platform that I want to take, including scenic runs?

Do Peloton scenic rides count towards my totals?

You may be wondering if these scenic rides count. Like if you’re looking to reach a riding milestone on your Peloton.

Well, guess what? They do. In fact, when Peloton deleted all of those old scenic rides–including the Las Vegas strip one I took in 2020–they reassured users that these deletions would not affect their total ride count.

Think of it this way: when Peloton does its regular purges of old rides (why, Peloton, why must  you purge old rides????), it doesn’t subtract them from your ride totals. All of those old rides count, even if they’re no longer in the Peloton database.

How do I find scenic rides on Peloton

Want to know how to access Peloton scenic rides? Here are the steps you would take to find Peloton scenic rides on the bike.

One, start your bike. Two, look on the bottom of the tablet for the figure riding a bike above the word “More.” Tap that icon.

Three, the next screen will give you three options–Just Ride, Scenic Ride or Lanebreak (Peloton’s version of an interactive video game on the bike). Choose “Just Ride.” Choose “Scenic Ride.”

Now you can just ride on the Peloton app. I will explain all of that here.

Three kinds of scenic rides

When you click through to “Scenic Ride,” you’ll see a home screen that offers you three different kinds of scenic rides:

  1. Guided
  2. Distance
  3. Time

Let me explain what to expect from each of these different kinds of Peloton scenic rides

Guided Peloton cycle scenic rides

The guided scenic rides are just as they sound. They are scenic rides that Peloton instructors guide you through. In fact, the description says, “Ride with your favorite Peloton on a guided tour of scenic landscapes and cities.”

When you tap the “View all” button on that home screen, you’ll be able to see and choose from all of the guided scenic rides. 

How many guided scenic rides are there?

Updated for 2022: Right now there are only three four guided scenic rides with Peloton instructors. 

They are:

  • Emma Lovewell in Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. It’s a 30-minute ride.
  • Adrian Williams in Savannah, Georgia. It’s a 20-minute ride.
  • Denis Morton in Big Sur, California. That’s a 30-minute ride.
  • Matt Wilpers in Oahu, Hawaii. It’s a 30-minute ride.

Of course, it is a little unexpected to see Adrian Williams guiding a scenic bike ride. He’s best known as being a strength and Tread instructor. 

Distance Peloton scenic rides

On these unique Peloton scenic rides, you are pedaling for a certain distance, not for a certain amount of time. In fact, Peloton describes the distance rides as being “an immersive scenic ride for a set distance with responsive video.” 

What does “responsive video” on a scenic ride mean? Here’s the Peloton answer:

“In distance classes, the scenery will move at your pace.” 

Therefore, if you are pedaling faster, then it would make sense that the scenery would go by faster. So, if you’re looking for a Peloton scenic ride that responds when you change speeds, this would be it. However, I’m not sure how resistance plays into these rides overall.

How many distance Peloton scenic rides are there?

Right now there are seven distance scenic rides. They are either 5 kilometers or 10 kilometers long. 

Wondering where these distance Peloton scenic rides were filmed? The seven rides were filmed in California, Georgia, Hawaii and New Mexico. You have to wonder if these were filmed when Williams, Wilpers and Morton were on location to film their guided rides. 

I’m not clear why Peloton decided to measure the distance in kilometers versus miles. Or why it doesn’t have both the km and the miles distances. I know you have this option of changing how the bike measures your mileage in your settings–kilometers versus miles.

Time Scenic Rides on Peloton Bike

The Time scenic rides are the most similar to the old Peloton scenic rides. That is, they are each in a different location and for a different amount of time, and they just show you riding. No guide. No speed changes. Just pedaling. 

How many of these Time scenic rides are there right now? I’ve counted 45 of them.

They are filmed in all kinds of destinations. That is, there is at least one ride on the following five continents:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Oceania
  • South America

Below, is a complete list of the Peloton scenic ride locations–the guided, distance and location scenic rides. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of Peloton scenic rides through world capitals at this time–cities like London, Paris and Rome.

Finally, even though Peloton has rides on all of these continents, some places you might expect to have a ride don’t exist. Possibly, yet.

Can you pause a scenic ride?

I just wrote an article about the Peloton pause button. In researching it, I found conflicting sources about whether or not you can pause a scenic ride. I rarely do them so haven’t tried this out for myself. If you have let me know if you could engage the pause button on the screen during a scenic ride.

What kind of music do scenic rides have?

For the longest time, you just had to accept that the scenic rides had pre-programmed music. Much of it was instrumental and, frankly, not so good.

However, recently I took a five-minute scenic ride of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. And when the icon for music popped out from the left side of the screen, I noticed something called Peloton Radio. So I tapped it.

What is Peloton radio?

Turns out that Peloton has created radio “stations” that you can select when taking scenic rides. The music selections remind me of the choices when you do the Peloton video game called Lanebreak. 

While pedaling I captured this screenshot of the music selections. It’s not all of them because you could scroll right to see more.

peloton radio scenic rides

You can see your choices include:

  • Dance Party
  • Hiphop Gold
  • Latin Wave
  • Pop Escape
  • Rock On
  • Retro Road

This is a great option to listen to other kinds of music while you take a scenic ride. Of course, you could always just turn the volume all the way down on your Peloton and listen to your own playlist, too.

More scenic rides coming?

Why do I say yet? Because I saw social media stories from instructors Selena Samuela and Ben Alldis in Iceland. My guess is they were there to film scenic runs (Selena) and scenic rides (Ben) in Iceland. 

In addition, also on social media recently, there were a ton of instructors seemingly “vacationing” together in Greece. This included Rebecca Kennedy, Jess King, Denis Morton and Adrian Williams. So, a friend’s vacation, or were they all on Greece to film scenic classes?

I hope these scenic classes expand to other countries as well. I’d love to have a ride in Ireland. Also, since Amsterdam is such a bike-centric city, you would think there would be a scenic ride there. Unfortunately, there isn’t. However, there is one ride in The Netherlands. As I’ve listed below, it is through Veluwe National Park in Holland.

Finally, Antarctica and Africa are the only missing continents from these rides. I hope Peloton adds them at some point. OK, maybe Antarctica isn’t reasonable, but I think Africa would be doable and should be included.

Are there virtual rides on Peloton?

There are two ways to answer this question about virtual rides on Peloton. One, yes, there are virtual rides, meaning that it’s like you’re riding outdoors. And that would be the scenic rides.

Two, if by virtual, you mean a free ride or riding on your own without an instructor or scenery, then you’ll want the “Just Ride” option on your Peloton bike. Here’s how you get to “Just Ride.”

  1. Start up your Peloton bike
  2. Tap your profile on the tablet
  3. On the home screen, look to the bottom for the stick figure on the bike and the word “More”
  4. Tap that icon
  5. Now you’re on the home screen for virtual rides and the “Just Ride” feature
  6. Tap “Just Ride” to start your free ride.

How does Just Ride mode work

Just Ride is exactly as it sounds–you just ride. You start Just Ride when you start pedaling. If you stop pedaling it will ask you if you want to stop your ride. 

I use Just Ride when I need to get work done and also want to get in my miles. I’ll put my Spintray on my bike handles, get my laptop set up and start Just Ride.

Finally, if you’re wondering, “Does Just Ride count on Peloton,” the answer is, “Yes.” So, if you’re working towards your next milestone on the bike and choose to do a “Just Ride,” it will count towards that total number of rides.

Peloton scenic rides locations list by length

If you want to take a Peloton scenic ride and have a certain duration in mind, the list, below, should help you. It’s broken out by Peloton scenic ride length.

By the way, if you’re looking for Peloton city rides, you’ll find them included as well. Not surprisingly, one of the cities is New York City, listed as Manhattan.

5-minute rides

Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Banff National Park, Canada

Beartooth Mountain, Montana

Faro, Portugal

Hoge Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands

Kansas City, Missouri

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Monterey, California

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Sedona, Arizona

Yarra Bend Park Melbourne, Australia

10-minute rides

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Algarve, Portugal

Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Bangkok, Thailand

Canberra, Australia

Coron, Philippines

Corsica, France

Dutch Windmills, The Netherlands

Eifel National Park, Germany

Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

Manhattan, New York

Melbourne, Australia

Newport Beach, California

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pan-Philippine Highway, Philippines

Playa Pacifica San Diego, California

Perth, Australia

Reykjavik, Iceland

Seville, Spain

Singapore

South of France

Sydney, Australia

Tempe, Arizona

Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands

Vermont

15-minute rides

Andalucia, Spain

Andalusia Hills, Spain

Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Avenue of the Giants, California

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Crete, Greece

Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Great Falls, Montana

Humboldt County, California

Iceland

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand

Murcia, Spain

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Red Canyon, Utah

Royal Park Rajapruek, Thailand

Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Santa Monica, California

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah,

St. Louis, Missouri

Valencia, Spain

Vicentine Coast, Portugal

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Zion National Park, Utah

20-minute rides

Adelaide, Australia

Algarve Coast, Portugal

Andalusia, Spain

Andorra

Avignon, France

Cadiz Province, Spain

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Veneto, Italy

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

Escalante National Monument, Utah

Grazalema National Park, Spain

Italian Alps, Italy

Lewis & Clark National Forest, Montana

Lutsen, Minnesota

Marina Green Park, California

Mount Hood, Oregon

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Oahu, Hawaii

Olympic National Park, Washington

Northern Coast, Puerto Rico

Provence, France

Puna Coast, Hawaii

Puerto Rico, guided ride with Mariana Fernandez

Savannah, Georgia, guided ride with Peloton instructor Adrian Williams

Spokane, Washington

Stykkisholmur, Iceland

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Tuscany, Italy

Valencia, Spain

Vila do Bispo, Portugal

30-minute rides

Andalusia Mountains, Spain

Antelope Park, Utah

Big Sur, California, guided ride with Peloton instructor Denis Morton

Brisbane, Australia

Brittany, France

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, guided ride with Emma Lovewell

Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio

French Pyrenees, France

Gilam Tunnels, New Mexico

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Lago Di Garda, Italy

Medoc, France

Midi-Pyrenees, France

Mt Diablo State Park, California

Oahu, Hawaii, guided ride with Peloton instructor Matt Wilpers

Rhone-Alpes, France

Serra De Monchique, Portugal

Snaefellsnes, Iceland, guided ride with Ben Alldis

Trentino, Italy

Ushuaia, Argentina

45-minute rides

Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Andalusia, Spain

Bolzano, Italy

Cote d’Or Vineyards, France

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Mendocino County, California

Patagonia, Chile

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

South Island, New Zealand

Utah

Whistler, Canada

60-minute rides

Banff National Park, Canada

Champagne-Ardenne, France

Grazalema, Spain

Normandy, France

Oregon Painted Hills

Panama

Patagonia, Argentina

Sagres, Portugal

Taiwan Taroko Gorge

Wyndham, Australia

National Parks and Peloton scenic rides

I’ve noticed that there are quite a few National Parks in these Peloton rides outdoors. That makes sense as our national parks system is a treasure.

Maybe taking a scenic ride in Zion National Park in Utah or Joshua Tree National Park in California inspires you to ride it in real life. Therefore, I’ve created a list, below, of hotels located near each of the U.S.-based national parks that appear in these scenic rides. That way if you do decide to plan a trip, you have a head start on booking a hotel.

Hotels Near National Parks Shown in Peloton Scenic Rides

Here is a blog post about hotels with Peloton bikes.

Are there Peloton scenic rides as well as scenic runs?

Yes, there are scenic runs, too. Like the scenic rides, one of the options is to do guided scenic runs with Peloton Tread instructors. However, you are only able to access scenic runs from the Peloton Tread hardware. 

Unfortunately, you can’t do these scenic runs by watching on a swiveled or pivoted Peloton bike screen, on the app, the Peloton website or a Roku TV on your own treadmill. Again, you have to own the Tread.

This makes me sad because Peloton just launched a two-for-one hike with Bec Gentry and Emma Lovewell. It was filmed as a guided hike on Mount Hood in Oregon.

I guess I’m going to need to find a friend with a Peloton Tread so I can try out these scenic runs and hikes. Once that happens, I’ll write a new post about Peloton scenic runs, hikes and walks.

Final thoughts on Peloton scenic rides

The one thing I can tell you about these new Peloton scenic rides–especially the guided ones: the production values are much, much higher. Plus, it’s fun to ride along with some of your favorite bike instructors as they are really (or were really) riding the route you’re taking. I appreciate this new point of view.

Also, the Distance scenic rides give you a more realistic sense of how much distance you might be able to cover outdoors. I mean, as realistic as riding a bike that goes nowhere, inside, can be. Either way, it’s a new and fun option for scenic rides.

Finally, while the Time rides cover a lot of territory worldwide, there are glaring absences. There are no rides from Africa, and only one from South America. So, I hope that in the future Peloton fills in the gaps with scenic rides from these underrepresented locations.

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  1. Guys from what I can see the quality is poor and most routes extremely boring . Do some research . Try places like the sea walk in Vancouver . Melbourne very poor . Try the Yarra River ride . need more towns and villages .

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