PREMIERE: TOUR DE SUISSE USES VIRTUAL REALITY TO BE GLOBALLY ACCESSIBLE

YURIY RYASHKO - 12/19/2019

Bern, Switzerland / December 19, 2019 - Cycling Unlimited AG, the race event organizer behind The Tour de Suisse and TORTOUR ultra-cycling marathon, teams up with ROUVY to make unique Swiss cycling experience accessible to all pro riders and cycling enthusiasts around the world.

On a racing bike toward the Oberalp Pass in December? In shorts, thanks to summer conditions? This is now a reality. The announced pioneering and comprehensive digital cycling partnership between Tour de Suisse and ROUVY makes this possible. The partnership agreement encloses 3-year commitment (details to be unveiled on the go). Based on real stage video simulation, every professional and amateur athlete can now experience Tour de Suisse on their home bike trainer - even before it takes place. With Digital Cycling, not only is the racing bike real but so is the resistance that the smart trainer or roller applies to the pedals as the geolocated stage passes by on the monitor in real-time as an actual GPS-synced video film. In the future, every cyclist worldwide will be able to ride the stage highlights of all eight Tour de Suisse 2020 stages at home. From the starting arch, the King of the Mountains and the advertising boards, all the way to the “Flamme Rouge” and the finish line - everything is to be visualized and reproduced.

 

The realistic portrayal of the route simulation also turns virtual exploration of Tour de Suisse into an exciting platform for Swiss tourism. Virtual, but at the same time very realistic, training delivers a postcard image of Switzerland as a cycling country into the living rooms of the worldwide cycling community. And the new system is not only promising for hobby cyclists, but also for the professionals. In addition to training camps held in the south, many train on trainers and rollers at home during the winter months. Thanks to the 1:1 stage simulations by Tour de Suisse Digital Cycling, the professionals can now rehearse on the course profiles of the Tour de Suisse routes during the cold winter. Swiss time trial champion, Stefan Küng, sees the collaboration between Tour de Suisse and ROUVY as an interesting development. "I will certainly try this out. The approach of being able to ride real stage routes is very promising, especially regarding specific race preparation. 1:1 track simulation is exciting and has potential."

 

While it is interesting for professional athletes to have the ability to complete individual and precise training units for the upcoming Tour de Suisse, indoor training also provides amateur athletes the opportunity to ride in groups - both in-place and online - or compare themselves to pro riders. The ROUVY App is a great way to meet up online for real-time Group Rides. In the actual video footage of the courses, the participants see a 3D representation of themselves and all other participants. This community aspect promotes motivation to train on the trainers and rollers at home, even on the coldest winter days. This is precisely the audience targeted by the Tour de Suisse's expanded commitment in partnership with TORTOUR on ROUVY. TORTOUR, the world's leading ultra-cycling race in terms of participant numbers, will launch regular group rides and training sessions. These group training sessions will be led exclusively by a former Swiss professional - all on the ROUVY training platform.

 

Born in the Czech Republic, ROUVY is one of the most popular providers of indoor training software solutions for the cycling community. Founded in 2003 by the cycling enthusiast Samek brothers in South Bohemia, ROUVY differs from other platforms thanks to augmented realistic course simulations. These are based on real-life video recordings of the course. In addition to a variety of existing routes, such as the Furka Pass, Stelvio or other cycling classics, ROUVY also offers specific workout training units, such as intervals.

 

As well as the ascent to the Oberalp Pass from the Sedrun-Andermatt mountain time trial, further route highlights will be added to all 2020 Tour de Suisse stages during the winter. Throughout the Tour de Suisse race, there will also be a special TdS Digital Cycling Challenge, with great prizes to be awarded to participants.

 

The 84th edition of the Tour de Suisse begins on Saturday, June 6, at the Start Hub in Frauenfeld with the public team presentation and various popular side events. The Swiss national tour starts on Sunday with a time trial in Frauenfeld. On Monday, the international field will leave from Neuhausen am Rheinfall in the direction of Lachen on Lake Zurich. The 3rd stage heads from Lachen to Pfaffnau in Canton Lucerne. The start of the 4th stage takes place in front of the St. Urban monastery and runs across the Central Plateau to Moudon in Canton Vaud. From Moudon on Thursday, the first mountain stage climbs to Leukerbad. The second mountain stage the following day runs from Fiesch to Sedrun. On Saturday, June 13,  a mountain time trial takes the riders over the Oberalp Pass from Sedrun to Andermatt. The final and Queen Stage gets underway on Sunday in Andermatt, with a classic Alpine Circuit over three Alpine passes. Thus, the Tour de Suisse 2020 will remain open and exciting until the final arrival in Andermatt on Sunday.

 

In the meantime, until the monumental Alpine passes are once again snow-free, it will be possible to train at home via ROUVY on the best sections of the Tour de Suisse courses. And who knows, maybe Stefan Küng will suddenly whiz by! Get a taste of what it is like in the demo racing of the Oberalp Pass on ROUVY!

 

About Tour de Suisse 

The Tour de Suisse (in Eng: Tour of Switzerland) is an annual cycling stage race in Switzerland. Raced over nine days, the event covers two weekends in the latter half of June. Since 2011, the event is part of the UCI World Tour, making it the 4th biggest and toughest professional road cycling race globally, coming just after 3 Grand Tours.

www.tourdesuisse.ch

 

About Rouvy

Rouvy is a cycling platform that allows you to ride on well-known Alpine roads without leaving your home. The application simulates real outdoor riding with high-quality videos based on GPS route profiles and augmented/mixed reality. Augmented Routes combine animated 3D riders with real geolocated video, so cyclists and triathletes can enjoy the endless variety of iconic locations from the comfort of their homes. Just connect the bike trainer to Rouvy, and choose from over 3,000 interactive route films by length or profile to fit your training plan at any time. Activity data can be automatically synchronized with popular training apps, such as Strava or TrainingPeaks. New this winter is the brand new modern Rouvy AR application, which redefines the indoor training experience and is now free as a beta. 

www.rouvy.com 

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