Indoor cycling simulator company, Bkool, which allows cyclists to connect with each other through its 3D simulator, has announced a partnership with Spain’s leading telecommunications firm, Movistar.
The partnership, which took effect from Monday 18 February, will see the launch of the Movistar Virtual Cycling competition. This is an international virtual event that aims to place Movistar firmly on the global map with the support of Bkool. It combines online and on-site events, where participants will race against one another on 3D routes, emulating those of WorldTour events.
The technical aspects of the Bkool simulator have reportedly made this competition possible. Riders use their own bicycles with bike/turbo trainers and connect to the Bkool simulator to train with and compete against each other. Bkool users can enjoy the realistic representation of road and race conditions and choosefrom thousands of routes from around the world that are accessible only with Bkool.
The new competition incorporates ten online races during the week of the most iconic cycling competitions in the world, including the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d’Italia, and will be hosted by Bkool on its advanced online Simulator. This will allow riders from all over to compete against each other for a place in the final, held in Madrid this September, at the international bike festival Festibike.
Javier Cepedano, Marketing and Sales Director of Bkool, said “This is a superior partnership for us – marrying our sophisticated cycling equipment with one of the world’s best racing teams, allowing both parties to perform to the highest of standards, with global recognition.”
He continued, “The Bkool simulator creates realistic representations of the road and race condition, through its thousands of routes, perfectly replicating the distance, road gradients, slipstream, landscapes and weather of outdoor cycling. So, for anyone wishing to experience what the team endure during a race, we can now offer the opportunity to do so, from the comfort of their own home.”
All that’s required to get involved in the competition is a bike trainer, a mobile, tablet or computer and a Bkool Simulator account, costing less than €10 a month (but free for those who want to participate in the competition). Entry opens on 1 April, with the first race on 14 April ushering in 10 race fixtures spread over five months.