Cycle in Italy Virtually
Qatar Cycling Federation, Zwift Qatar and TriClub Doha have teamed up with PedalItaly to take you where quarantine restrictions won’t allow – to the famous strade bianche of the Tuscan hills! Register now
Join us this Friday at 9am on the Rouvy virtual cycling platform for a personal tour of some of the white dirt roads featured in the famous Italian cycling race. PedalItaly not only will put us inside the glorious video they have filmed but also our ride is accompanied by local guide, Gabriel Mirra, via Zoom meeting. If you have been stuck on Zwift since the start of the summer, Rouvy offers a welcome change of scenery. If you have been waking before dawn to get your outside ride in, make this week a lie-in. And if you are skeptical about indoor cycling, let’s see if the enhanced experience that PedalItaly brings can change your mind.
- Requires Rouvy to be installed on a compatible device
- Free to take part. No Rouvy subscription required.
PedalItaly is an interesting response to the Covid-19 pandemic by real-world cycling tour company, Ciclismoplus. Their initial idea was to advertise the beauty of the region in the hope of bringing customers to their business when restrictions lift but they discovered a demand for virtual tours which saw them become a new revenue stream. Finally they came full circle when the Italian tourism authorities realised the potential and paid them to showcase their country. Qatar’s virtual cyclists have been with them along this journey and this Friday they’ll take us on the latest free tour.
Rouvy is unique among the virtual cycling platforms by combining video of real scenery with animated avatars. Those who enjoy discovering the world via bike have thousands of routes to choose from. Those who who like to ride with company get that too. PedalItaly’s role is to bring the roads and the cyclists together and get them talking! Recently, Rouvy introduced its own version of the Zwift Meet-Ups in which you may have already participated with Zwift Qatar. The Rouvy ‘Magnet’ keeps everyone at the speed of the ride leader so you need not worry about your ability to stay with the group. Eighteen months into the pandemic and at the start of Qatar’s hot summer you can discover Tuscany… and some things that virtual cycling can do better than real life!