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.”
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:
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.
- 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:
- North America
- 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.
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.”
- Start up your Peloton bike
- Tap your profile on the tablet
- On the home screen, look to the bottom for the stick figure on the bike and the word “More”
- Tap that icon
- Now you’re on the home screen for virtual rides and the “Just Ride” feature
- 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.
Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Banff National Park, Canada
Beartooth Mountain, Montana
Hoge Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands
Kansas City, Missouri
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Yarra Bend Park Melbourne, Australia
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Dutch Windmills, The Netherlands
Eifel National Park, Germany
Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois
Manhattan, New York
Newport Beach, California
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pan-Philippine Highway, Philippines
Playa Pacifica San Diego, California
South of France
Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands
Andalusia Hills, Spain
Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Avenue of the Giants, California
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Great Falls, Montana
Humboldt County, California
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand
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
Vicentine Coast, Portugal
Zion National Park, Utah
Algarve Coast, Portugal
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
Marina Green Park, California
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park, Washington
Northern Coast, Puerto Rico
Puna Coast, Hawaii
Puerto Rico, guided ride with Mariana Fernandez
Savannah, Georgia, guided ride with Peloton instructor Adrian Williams
Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Vila do Bispo, Portugal
Andalusia Mountains, Spain
Antelope Park, Utah
Big Sur, California, guided ride with Peloton instructor Denis Morton
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
Mt Diablo State Park, California
Oahu, Hawaii, guided ride with Peloton instructor Matt Wilpers
Serra De Monchique, Portugal
Snaefellsnes, Iceland, guided ride with Ben Alldis
Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Cote d’Or Vineyards, France
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Mendocino County, California
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
South Island, New Zealand
Banff National Park, Canada
Oregon Painted Hills
Taiwan Taroko Gorge
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.
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.