The Giro D’italia Virtual Hosted by Bkool Started on Friday, October 15th
October 18, 2021
The virtual race began last Friday with the first four stages of the Grande Partenza. Registrations still open at www.girovirtual.com
The Giro d’Italia Virtual hosted by BKOOL, an indoor cycling project developed by RCS Sport in collaboration with BKOOL, kicked off on Friday morning. The event offers cycling fans the opportunity to experience multiple stages of the Corsa Rosa from home, riding their own bike, through a high-definition video simulation with an avatar and 3D elements developed by BKOOL, for an immersive indoor cycling experience never seen before.
Any cycling fan, at any time, will be able to enter some of the most spectacular routes of the 2021 Giro d’Italia, an exclusive project with several different phases of the event, suitable for owners of a smart trainer or smart bike, that is set to continue until May 2022. Registrations remain open at www.girovirtual.com.
THE 3 ROUNDS
The Giro d’Italia Virtual hosted by BKOOL is made up of three separate rounds, running from October to May 2022; Grande Partenza – Part 1 (from 15th October to 2nd January), Grande Partenza – Part 2 (from 14th January to 3rd April), and Grande Arrivo (from 6th to 29th May), which takes place simultaneously with the 2022 Giro d’Italia.
The first to be tackled will be the opening stage of the 2021 Grande Partenza, with four routes in total that partially follow the official stages of last May: Stage 1. Torino TISSOT ITT: 8.3 km / 14 m+ // Stage 2. Verbania – Alpe Motta: 8.7 km / 630 m+ // Stage 3. Perugia – Montalcino: 25 km / 540 m+ // Stage 4. Milan TISSOT ITT: 25 km / 13 m+.
POINTS AND PRIZES
In addition to enjoying the opportunity to ride on the same routes as professional cyclists, participants will benefit from the chance to earn points on each stage they ride. By registering for a round, participants will receive their first point. From then on, each completed stage adds another point (+1) and, for completing the round, participants will receive two points (+2). The final round, Grande Arrivo, in addition to awarding double points, takes into account the points obtained in any of the Grande Partenza rounds.
Points accumulated from the event will give participants the chance to win official Giro d’Italia jerseys and products, invitations to the Giro d’Italia and other important Italian races, accessories such as shoes, helmets, glasses or cycling clothes… and, of course, subscriptions to both Giro d’Italia Virtual and BKOOL.