Premiere: Tour de Suisse uses virtual reality
18. December 2019









The Tour de Suisse will be (rideable) for everyone – around the globe.

In the middle of December with a racing bike on the Oberalp Pass? In short trousers thanks to summer conditions? This is now a reality. The Tour de Suisse’s groundbreaking and comprehensive digital cycling partnership with ROUVY makes this possible. Based on real pictures of the route, every professional and amateur athlete can now experience the Tour de Suisse on their home trainer – even before it takes place.

With Digital Cycling, not only is the racing bike real, but also the resistance that the smart roller trainer puts on the pedals while the track passes by on the monitor in real time and as a real-life video image. In future, every cyclist worldwide will be able to ride the route highlights of the eight Tour de Suisse stages 2020 at home. Starting with the starting bend, the mountain prizes and the advertising banners to the Flamme Rouge and the finish line – everything was thought of.
The realistic representations of the route simulations make the Tour de Suisse digital cycling an exciting platform for Swiss tourism as well. Digital Cycling transports a postcard image of Switzerland as a cycling country into the living rooms of the global cycling community.

However, the new system is not only promising for hobby cyclists, but also for cycling professionals. Many of them train during the winter months, in addition to the training camps in the south at home on the roll. Thanks to the 1:1 stage simulations of the Tour de Suisse Digital Cycling, the pros can now rehearse the special features of the Tour de Suisse route even in the cold winter.
Swiss time trial champion Stefan Küng sees the collaboration between the Tour de Suisse and ROUVY as an interesting development. “I will certainly try this. The approach of being able to drive real stage tracks is very promising, especially regarding the specific race preparation, 1:1 track simulations are exciting and have potential”.

While it is interesting for professional athletes to complete precise training units for the upcoming Tour de Suisse in self-study, Digital Cycling also allows amateur athletes to train in groups or to compare themselves with the professionals. So you can meet via the ROUVY App for common Digital Cycling Grouprides. In the real-life video images of the routes, the participants see not only a 3D representation of themselves, but also the other participants.
This community aspect promotes the motivation to train on the roll at home during cold winter days.
It is precisely this segment that the Tour de Suisse’s expanded commitment with the Tourtour offers on ROUVY is aimed at. The Tortour, the world’s leading ultracycling race in terms of participant numbers, will launch regular group rides and training offers.
These group trainings are exclusively led by a Swiss ex-professional – all on ROUVY Digital Cycling.

The Czech supplier ROUVY is one of the most popular providers of indoor training software solutions in the cycling community. Founded in 2003 by the cycling enthusiastic Samek brothers in South Bohemia, ROUVY differs from other providers thanks to realistic representations of route simulations. These are based on real video recordings of the tracks. Besides a variety of existing routes like the Furka Pass, the Stelvio or other cycling classics ROUVY also offers specific workout training units like intervals.
In addition to the ascent to the Oberalp Pass from the Sedrun-Andermatt mountain time trial, further route highlights will be added to all Tour de Suisse stages from 2020 in the course of the winter.
During the Tour de Suisse there will also be a special TdS Digital Cycling Challenge, with great prizes being raffled among the participants.

The 84th edition of the Tour de Suisse starts on Saturday, 6 June at the Frauenfeld start hub with the popular team presentation and various side events. The Swiss National Tour starts on Sunday with a time trial in Frauenfeld. On Monday the international field of riders will start in Neuhausen am Rheinfall in the direction of Lachen am Zürcher Obersee. From Lachen leads the 3rd stage to Pfaffnau in Lucerne. The start of the Stage 4 takes place in front of the St. Urban monastery and leads across the midlands to Moudon in Vaud. From Moudon the first mountain stage will take us to Leukerbad on Thursday. The second mountain stage leads from Fiesch to Sedrun the following day. On Saturday, 13 June, a mountain time trial over the Oberalp Pass from Sedrun to Andermatt will take place. The final king’s stage starts on Sunday in Andermatt for the classic Alpine Circuit over three Alpine passes. The Tour de Suisse 2020 will therefore remain open and exciting until the final arrival in Andermatt on Sunday.

Until the monumental Alpine passes are free of snow again, you can now train at home via ROUVY on the original Tour de Suisse route highlights to keep fit. And, who knows, maybe Stefan Küng will suddenly flash by!

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>> Visualization of the Oberalp Pass on ROUVY TdS Digital Cycling

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