With over €1,000 of prize money up for grabs, indoor cycling platform ROUVY is enabling ‘professional and amateur cyclists alike to compete virtually on real-life race courses of cancelled events.’
In a release, ROUVY notes… ‘The racing scene is quiet lately, with the cancellation of many events due to Covid-19; so ROUVY provides a feasible alternative to stay in shape and have training fun in the lockdown.’
Racing starts today, Monday, March 23rd, virtually, in Sumava National Park in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. The virtual event will feature a digital course of the cancelled Šumavský MTB Maraton České Spořitelny.
The race course is a part of the MTB series KOLO PRO ŽIVOT and begins today at 17:00 UTC (12:00 CST/Chicago), more on race.rouvy.com.
Cyclists, triathletes and athletes of all levels can test themselves on the virtual race against the likes of Ondřej Cink, the Czech Republic Olympian and World Cup professional.
“The ROUVY Real Spring Classics series is definitely very interesting for me at this time of the coronavirus,” said Ondřej Cink. “All races are currently cancelled, so it will be nice to race at least like this from home on the [ROUVY] simulator and thus keep in good shape.”
Cink added, “I had a chance to experience online racing at the ROUVY Prague demo-race and think [this race] will be a lot of fun, because the starting list is filled with interesting names. I also look forward to the Mont Ventoux route in Provence.”
Additional riders slated to race in the 5-day race series include World Junior Champion runner-up Tereza Sásková, MTB Marathon World Champion runner-up Kristian Hynek, Czech Champion Jana Pichlíková, and ‘one of the best Junior XC Skiers on the circuit’, Barbora Havlíčková.
In addition to bringing in elite athletes, ROUVY is also offering over €1,000 of prizes, Peter Sagan’s signed Green Jersey sponsored by ŠKODA We Love Cycling, along with prize packages from Lawi, Nutrend, and ROUVY.
Cyclists wishing to participate in the Real Spring Classic series must have a smart trainer, bike, and device capable of using ROUVY, such as a phone, tablet, computer, or AppleTV, connected to the Internet. A valid ROUVY account is also required, and new riders are offered a 45-day free trial to take part.
“We want as many cyclists as possible to compete with us,” said Petr Samek, CEO at ROUVY.
“The current situation has made it impossible for them to go to training camps in Italy or Spain, with some of them in quarantine and no-one knows when they will be able to go out for real races. With us, they can shorten the waiting for the cycling season and have fun.”
The races start at 17:00 UTC (12:00 CST/Chicago) on March, 23 and will be live-streamed and commentated on via the ROUVY YouTube channel.
March, 23 | Šumavský MTB maraton České spořitelny
March, 25 | Cape Naturaliste, Australia
March, 27 | Mt. Ventoux, France
March, 29 | Scarlino Scalo, Italy
March, 31 | Ville-sur Auzon – Monieux, France