Peloton officially confirms scenic rides & runs are now only available on Peloton Bike or Tread

On Thursday, we reported that Peloton began displaying a message that scenic rides would be removed from the app. At the time we weren’t sure whether this was for digital-only users or would impact all members – but speculated it could mean new scenic rides would launch at homecoming. On Friday, Peloton officially announced a scenic workout relaunch, with 3 new types of scenic classes: guided, distance, and time based.

However, with the new scenic classes, came a new restriction – Peloton is making them only available on Peloton hardware, which at this time is the Bike, Bike+, Tread, and Tread+. Their blog post announcing the new feature shared this news:

That’s where Peloton’s revamped scenic rides & runs come in, available from your touchscreen on the Bike or Bike+ and Tread or Tread+.

Peloton’s support page for the new scenic classes also confirms this is on purpose:

Please Note: This feature will only be available on Peloton Bikes and Treads. Previous scenic rides/runs will no longer be available but this will not affect your class count.

As the page state, the previous list of scenic rides & runs can still be viewed in your history – but it is now impossible to take them, whether you try from the Peloton website, the app, or a Bike or Tread.

Peloton has also been posting similar messaging on social media to questions about scenic rides:

Hi there! Scenic classes are only available to All-Access Members on the Bike and Tread and will not be available to take on the Peloton App. We apologize for the inconvenience and understand that our original Scenic classes have been an important part of your workout routine. Existing Scenic classes will no longer be available, but your workout count and history will not be affected.

Screenshot of Peloton Social Media post.
A comment from Peloton on questions about scenic rides on the Peloton app.

Peloton sent an email to members who had taken scenic classes in the last few weeks notifying them directly of this change:

We are reaching out because you have used one of our scenic classes on the app in the last few weeks.

We have made the decision to remove our current selection of scenic classes from the app. Beginning April 30, 2021, you will no longer be able to access scenic rides and runs from any apps, including on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku and on the web. They will only be available on Peloton hardware. Your current workout count and history will not be affected.

We have overhauled our scenic classes to elevate the experience on Peloton hardware, with new features like responsive video playback and distance-based workouts. These features are unique to the new Peloton scenic classes and are best experienced on hardware. If you are interested in learning more about our new scenic features, please check out our blog here.

You will still have access to our library of thousands of other on-demand classes, with new classes added frequently. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for being a part of the Peloton community.

At this time it isn’t clear if there are if there would be any technical limitations preventing the classes from being taken on Peloton Digital apps, or it’s simply a change in marketing plans to try to motivate people who are on the $13/month Peloton Digital plan to purchase a Bike or Tread, and upgrade to the $39.99 Peloton All-Access Membership.

For those who loved the old scenic rides, they appear to be available from the company who originally produced them if you wish to subscribe to still have access to them – Virtual Active. The company has scenic ride subscriptions available for for $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Note that we have not been able to confirm every scenic class is available on the platform, so sign up at your own risk! You also wouldn’t be able to play them on Peloton hardware, but instead, would use a mobile device to play them.

Chris L
Chris is the founder of Pelo Buddy. He purchased his Peloton in 2018, and has been riding and running ever since. You can find him on the leaderboard at #PeloBuddy.


  • Tamara says:

    I’m so disappointed. This vast library of scenic runs was not why I got the Tread+, but it quickly became a beloved feature. I’ve tried one of the new guided runs as well as a timed scenic run and a distance scenic run, and while I enjoyed the guided run with Matt Wilpers, the other two runs were disappointing. The camera movement seemed very jerky and gave me the odd sensation of trying to move through a vat of peanut butter. The lack of variety is also disappointing.

  • Ron says:

    Seriously considering cancelling my $40 membership. Lost all my ride history and the feature of being able to see where you stand vs other riders in scenic ride is gone. Takes out the competitive aspect. Tried a new scenic ride and it was garbage. Camera was very jerky and was going so slow felt like I was coasting. They just ruined a great product. No wonder their stock is tanking.

  • Bob says:

    There are now only 5 scenic rides of 30 min but more imoortantly there is no leaderboard!!! Whats the point?! The leaderboard was the competitive motivator! My $2000 peloton is now worth $0 to me.

  • Sam says:

    Outrageous. I was going to order my peloton this week and will not be now.

  • Marsha says:

    I am also very disappointed in the new Scenic rides. Not that it will do any good but I sent an email to Peloton to express my disappointment. They were my favorite part of Peloton. The music was highly motivating. Now the music on the scenic rides is the same stuff that you h e a r in the classes.

  • Robin says:

    What a lame decision here, Peleton! Not cool. Why would they delete all of those awesome scenic rides? Really unhappy customer here 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

  • Zack says:

    Total garbage. No leaderboard no deal. Only use the scenic rides. Bush league!

  • Sara says:

    This is unacceptable. To completely remove an entire aspect of the peloton that a fair amount of people solely use (and PAY for) is NOT cool. The leaderboard on the scenic rides was 1000% motivational. And now they’re all just…gone. Come on peloton, I’d like to think you are better than that. Clearly you are not.

  • Matt russell says:

    Very disappointing. This was my favorite feature of the bike. Competing against others my age. Making each other better. Too bad peloton didn’t ask the people that subscribe. Bad decision.

  • Jason Weaver says:

    The scenic rides they offered is why I bought a peloton. Now they are jerky boring rides with no leader boards and music I could care less about. The old options were nice get aways. Reviewing my return policy now.

  • Paula says:

    I’m so ticked! The scenic rides were the only ones I’ve been doing recently because of a bad knee. And I love them. I had several bookmarked. This is bullsh*t. I may be getting rid of this stupid bike now.

  • Lori says:

    I was really disappointed when I turned on my Peloton bike today to find out about the crappy change Peloton made in the scenic ride option. I used to like the mountain bike trails in the scenic rides the best and now they’re all gone! I also like the competitive aspect of the leader board which isn’t there anymore. I wish companies would listen to their customers and see what they want. If Peloton wanted to get rid of the scenic rides on the app, fine. But they shouldn’t punish the people who bought the bike and are paying the full $40/month membership!

  • Nate says:

    The leaderboard and catalog of scenic rides was the only reason I got on this thing. Why take away the competitive aspect of it that your paying customers enjoy? This doesn’t make sense and a very poor decision.

  • Len Zabala says:

    Whaaaaat? Peloton! Why don’t you just remove the seat from my bike next, (actually I own 2 bikes) and tell me I can rent one for $9.99/month from…
    First you removed all of Hincappie’s videos (Pro cyclist) now this… is it that you want me to take those juiced up classes with lousy music and cartoonishly muscled, over-hyped instructors… c’mon, i just want to re-live my glorious youth climbing up Tourmalet, or some Italian Alps… c’mon, you really know how to ruin a good thing!!!

  • Kathy Crater says:

    My guess is they did this to save money. Perhaps there weren’t enough of us using this feature to justify the cost. I understand they have a big lawsuit facing them and perhaps they cut the scenic ride expense to pay for that? I almost always use the scenic rides, especially the New Zealand National Parks ride or the Hawaiian Volcano rides. I put some Hawaiian music on Pandora and away I’d go! I’m very disappointed to have these taken away.

  • Andrew Kirk says:

    An awful change! Enjoyed the old version – why not offer both?!? Hairbrained.
    My primary use is with the longer scenic rides – there’s only one 45 minute ride now – and really enjoyed riding along via the leaderboard, cut down on the boredom. Shame

  • James says:

    I was also really disappointed. My wife loves guided classes, but we decided to splurge on a Peloton because I loved the scenic rides so I would use the bike too (we used her parents’ bike a few times before getting our own).

    I’m generally not into guided classes (part of the reason I got into scenic rides in the first place) and the camera work on the responsive distance rides is odd. I mostly just miss the variety—there are now far fewer scenic rides.

  • Joe says:

    This was a very demotivating change and unexpected. it is the only rides I do, they are great based on the competitive tracking with all time and currently riding. really pushed me to ride at pace. No value for the bike and monthly membership for me. If it is a cost reduction really sucks.

  • Alison Bartle says:

    I am really upset about the loss of the scenic rides. They were fantastic! The musics was neutral music that I could zone into a workout. The leaderboard really helped me to get competitive and push myself.
    The new scenic rides are a total bore and the music is awful. I’m am not interested in them.
    I don’t do a lot of the classes because I find the instructions annoying.
    Peloton- Bring Back the Scenic Rides!

  • Tavolo says:

    For all of you/us dedicated Scenic riders, let’s hit them where it hurts! Cancel your membership. I’m done!

  • Ryan says:

    All I ever used were the scenic rides. The new alternatives are not enjoyable, much less variety, poor music pairing, no leaderboard. This move really cheapens the Peloton experience. I will not be recommending Peloton to friends and colleagues anymore. Bring back the scenic rides!

  • Renee Santelli says:

    Very disappointed! May take up the recall now with this change. So enjoyed the many scenic runs. It was one of reasons spent this much $ on a treadmill.

  • Robert H Smith says:

    I don’t get it. What advantage is there to disregard the interests of thousands who enjoyed the soft sound rides and wern’t trying to be a slim fit or a world class athlete Just getting some exercise. How does this improve anything. You had better put them back in the file so we can all enjoy the Peroton

  • Sue Briskie says:

    Super sad/mad @ this crazy change. Who wants an instructor barking @ you when it’s supposed to be a “scenic” ride. Totally cheapens the bile.
    Peloton-listen to your followers!

  • Marcia says:

    All I ever used were the scenic rides. Have already sent 2 complaint emails to Peloton Support about the unmotivating music that accompany the new ones. Hope everyone else does likewise. We need true cycling music plus the Here Now Leaderboard back. Not interested in guided sessions. If I was I’d take the regular classes. Also the new distance ones were not worth repeating. Ridiculous that I had to use a work around today to get a good session in. Turned off the volume on the 60 minute ride and played the first cycling music selection that came up on YouTube, where fortunately I have a Premium Membership. Gained 12 output points vs. doing it 3 days ago with their music. And it was FUN today!

  • Jeff Sklar says:

    This totally sucks! I use the leader board and my own music on the scenic rides to motivate my workouts. This is a big mistake. I am considering selling my Peleton to someone who doesn’t know what they are missing! Did they survey users? What lousy customer satisfaction!

  • Maggie says:

    I could not agree more with everyone who has commented here. I sent an email but I’m sure it will be ignored. The new music sucks, the fact that there are only 6 rides available sucks. The distance ones have terrible camera movement and I just took one that repeated the same route once you got to the “end.” It was only 5k, so I was seeing the exact same stretch of road about 5 minutes after I saw it the first time. WTF Peloton?? I’m super pissed about this. Incredibly bad decision.

  • T Perry says:

    Total garbage!! No point without a leader board and the amount of classes suck! Minnesota Mountains was my go to ride to unwind. No way I renew my membership, and I’m not a guy who can listen to or need the instructors to motivate me. Goodbye Peloton

  • Kraig says:

    Very disappointed to lose all of the scenic rides (I set a personal goal to complete them all, and was working towards that then they just took them away). Liked to be able to see my personal best and pace against that, and see ‘who’s here now’ vs all time leaderboards. (want from ~100 30-minute rides to ~4, what a joke)

  • Ken-Da-Turtle says:

    Extremely disappointed and totally shocked! As with all the other peleton scenic riders, I loved the competitiveness and motivation of seeing others – i cant believe its gone! All I did was the 60 min rides and now there is only one!! AND, the videographer who filmed the route is doing zig-zag snakes on the road – who does that!!! That is so unprofessional – is this all a joke?!! No longer a supporter. #PeletonSucks

  • Ken-Da-Turtle says:

    Insult to Injury – tried the Monterey ride – who rides down the center divider of the road! I quit out and just went with just plain riding and the app is broken – keeps on the screen to restart. Can’t even just spin – Peleton is BROKEN and not worth the money after all.

  • Ken says:

    Insult to Injury – tried the Monterey ride – who rides down the center divider of the road! I quit out and just went with just plain riding and the app is broken – keeps on the screen to restart. Can’t even just spin – Peleton is BROKEN and not worth the money after all.

  • Paul Crofton says:

    Agree with everyone. So disappointed they removed the scenic rides. I only do those and now I may look into returning bike. Come on Peloton!

  • ht says:

    i just spent 1 hr completing the new spain’s andalusia ride, and it didn’t save any of my stats. this is terrible! what a piece of junk!

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