As the spring season unfolds, so do new, exciting updates from ROUVY. Starting with the first one. The new route profile visualization at the bottom of the ride screen now is cleaner making values above the rider pin about route length and elevation gained easily visible. At the same time, the highlights of the elevation segments in different colors stay there allowing for clear understanding of what gradient would be coming up on the course.
Now coming to the core feature which was earlier released in Q1 for the official race organizers alone. Having completed the public testing period of the Group Ride feature, ROUVY releases it for all, now. (Please note, the GR still stays in the BETA mode. But more enhancements are on the way!) An experienced ROUVY user will find the same easy-to-use and one-click event creation screen similar to a “race” one.
IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to update your app to the latest version of ROUVY AR! The released features will work only for the owners of versions 1.5.4 or higher.
GROUP RIDE SUMMARY
Group Ride allows you to share your rides with your friends or other athletes from around the world. Enjoy riding in a group, stay motivated, do not worry about your performance and simply, enjoy exploring the world! Challenge others to join the ride without any podium aspiration. And remember that only TSS points are counted towards ROUVY Career (not the group ride event itself).
HOW IT WORKS
When exploring the world with ROUVY Group Rides, you will be able to stay together with the Group Ride Leader, irrespective of your performance. Keep pedaling and the “ROUVY Magnet'' will keep you close to the group ride leader - simply by giving you extra power. If you decide to challenge your group ride leader and ride much faster than him or her, our magnet will pull you back to the group ride leader, allowing you to stay with the group yet enabling you to give the extra effort you want to.
-> To learn more about How the “Magnet” scenario works and for other group ride details, click here.
The Group Ride Leader is visualized, at any given point, in 3 places simultaneously: on the profile, in the nearby list and within the avatar group, by a yellow overhead color.
What about the social aspect of the Group Ride? Is there a way to interact with the Group Ride Leader and amongst each other?
Communication with questions & answers is welcome during the ride. At this stage, we recommend you to use the free Discord app. Group Ride Leader creates the room and invites participants who can then interact via audio, in real-time. (ROUVY will collect all the customer feedback and also consider introducing other means of interactions, including pop-up messages and text messaging in future releases.)
How to create a Group Ride on ROUVY?
The ability to organize Group Rides is now available for any ROUVY user; it is just a ‘one-click’ setup process on ROUVY. Simply login to my.rouvy.com on the dashboard. Go to “Explore”->”Group ride”.
Click the “+Create group ride” button, fill the mandatory fields and then click the “Create group ride“ button at the end. Easy-peasy, you are done! Find the link to your group ride event in the list, to share with your friends or the ROUVY community.
(If you have questions or still need a more detailed description, find the extended step-by-step instruction here.)
How to join a Group Ride?
-> From the app: switch from “route” to “event” at the bottom right. Then click on “My events” in the right tile to switch to the “upcoming” events. Type “group” or “group ride” in the search field, and voilà... you will see the list of upcoming GR events. Choose the one that suits your schedule, click “Register” to finish the registration.
-> On the web: Go to the “Events” section on rouvy.com. For open events, instructions and the link to join will be provided in the event description. For closed rides, invites will be sent to selected athletes or protected by a password. The filtered list for both official and community group rides can be found here.
ON THE RIDE DAY: The rest of the process is the same as for the race day. Be on time with the downloaded route in the app, switch from “route” to “events”, choose your group ride from the “current events” list, click the “start” button to see the count down and ride away!.
Official Group Rides with the Pros
The official group rides are available here. Mark your calendars for the upcoming ones with the pro riders in the Tour of Brasilia week (registration links coming up soon):
- April 17th - 8:00 am Brazil (12pm CET)
Group leader: Franklin Almeida (franklinalmeidabikefit), Cris Duque (crisduque)
- April 19th - 7:00 pm Brazil (11pm CET)
Group leader: Ricardo Alcici (RicardoAlcici)
And stay tuned, as there will be more over time! See you on the course!
Any feedback or requests for specific improvements are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Enjoy the rides!