With how 2020 has unfolded so far, a lot of us have already made acquaintance with an indoor trainer, either for the first time or dusted their trusted cold-season helper. If you did too, you couldn’t have missed one name in the game – ROUVY. The state-of-the-art Czech app offers one of the most realistic virtual cycling experiences on the market, and we’ve partnered with it again to bring you yet another unique racing experience, this time at the exciting La Vuelta, which has just got underway. Read on to find out how to participate.

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How does ROUVY work, you might ask? This most advanced virtual cycling platform to date uses augmented reality, animated 3D riders, high-quality 2D videos and video-smoothing, which results in an interactive and life-like experience that’s easy to get hooked on. ROUVY offers personal time trials or group rides with friends, interactive video guides, 4,000 workout programmes and a custom workout and route builder, online races, and much more. The videos are based on real GPS profiles, and you can enjoy more than 7,000 km of certified rides, over 3,000 interactive route films and 70 iconic locations.

So, what do you need to join in on the La Vuelta fun? First, a smart device, which can be a laptop, a smartphone, a smart TV – anything with a display and internet connection that will allow you to play and watch the route video. Download the ROUVY app and create an account here.

Then, you need a specialized indoor bike trainer that attaches to your actual bicycle. The platform works perfectly with any bicycle trainer available, including a smart-bike, direct-drive or wheel-on trainer. Upon connecting your trainer to the app, the device will realistically simulate all road conditions you’re about to encounter in the video. With most of the La Vuelta stages being climber-focused, this should be interesting.

Be ready on your bike with the trainer, set, connected, stretched and warmed up at the starting line at least 30 minutes before the launch. That’s the basics! If you are a newbie to indoor training and need a little help to get started, get inspired by our recent guide, check out this handy breakdown of types of turbo trainers or read through a pro biker’s experience with ROUVY.

Primož Roglič
Try the routes Primož Roglič has to face in order to stay in the lead. © Profimedia

What’s in store for the next few days, then? You can look forward to eight carefully selected parts of eight iconic La Vuelta stages, which will be raced on the same day the pros will ride them in real life, and you will compete with all other ROUVY participants! One of the greatest parts of ROUVY is that in the race mode you’ll be able to see the virtual avatar of anyone currently racing the same route as you in real time, which might just amp your competitive appetite.

The complete stage list of La Vuelta 20′ | Grand Tour Fan Series you can enter and their respective dates:

· 22/10. – Stage 03 – Mollinos de Duero / La Laguna Negra
· 25/10. – Stage 06 – Luz-Saint-Sauveur/Tourmalet
· 28/10. – Stage 08 – Panzares/Alto de Moncalvillo
· 30/10. – Stage 10 – Comillas/Suances
· 31/10. – Stage 11 – San Martín/Alto de La Farrapona
· 01/11. – Stage 12 – La Vega/Alto de l’Angliru
· 03/11. – Stage 13 – Muros/Miradoiro do Ézaro
· 07/11. – Stage 17 – Baños de Montemayor/Alto de La Covatilla

ROUVY offers a 14-day free time trial when you first log in. On top of that, we’ll offer each participant the possibility to generate a code for additional 14 free days, making it almost a month on ROUVY for free to explore their rich virtual world! Each La Vuelta ROUVY race is ridden on a given date and exact time only and has a limit of 1,000 riders per race so don’t put off your registration for too long.

And now for the prizes! Each registered and participating rider will automatically receive a 20% discount coupon for the Santini e-shop to choose from their rich selection of top-quality pro-racing apparel. For their ROUVY digital avatar, each cyclist will also get a special-edition La Vuelta jersey, digitalized exclusively for the race and unlocked through the app. The first rider crossing the finish line of any of the 8 races will be rewarded with a special RED JERSEY in the ROUVY App.

And the best part – finish at least one race of eight and you’ll be automatically eligible to enter a draw for great prize packages, comprising branded We Love Cycling accessories and one original Santini jersey! That means that fortune can smile on anyone, as you don’t need to win it all, you just need to join in and make it to the finish line once!

Will you pick up the gauntlet of the virtual La Vuelta challenge 2020? Let us know in the comments!

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