Would you like to spin the pedals in the company of Slovenia’s top cyclists in the comfort of your own room? The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia is intended for people from all over the world who would like to discover the beauties of the country which gave the two recent Tour de France and La Vuelta winners. Continental will join the action as a partner of the five-stage event and as the official tire of the Virtual Tour of Slovenia. A number of Grand Prix 5000 bicycle tire sets will be distributed among the participants as well.
In co-operation with the Sport Media Focus agency and the Slovenian Tourist Board, the Adria Mobil Cycling team is setting up the first Virtual Tour of Slovenia for recreational cyclists, who will be joined by some of Slovenia’s best pro cyclists.
Cycling has been a whole-year-round sport for quite some time now. The cycling season has extended to the whole year thanks to the indoor bike trainers which allow cyclists to ride on attractive cycling routes from the comfort of their own home.
We witness a growing popularity of virtual cycling platforms which, using the indoor bike trainer, simulate features of actual races on cycling routes. The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia will be underpinned by the Rouvy platform, which has the remarkable advantage of allowing the cyclist to observe the surroundings of their route by means of an actual video recording.
The I Feel Slovenia Virtual Tour of Slovenia will take place between 27 February and 27 March 2021 and feature 5 stages on five consecutive Saturdays starting at 7 PM CET. In the first four stages, recreational cyclists will have the opportunity to compete live with four world-renowned Slovenian cyclists: Primož Roglič, Matej Mohorič, Jan Tratnik and Jani Brajkovič.
- 27 February 2021: Cerklje – Vrh pod Krvavcem (13.8 km)
Special guest: Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorius)
- 6 March 2021: Črnomelj – Novo mesto (42.3 km)
Special guest: Jani Brajkovič (Adria Mobil)
- 13 March 2021: Izola – Šmarje – Koper (39 km)
Special guest: Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorius)
- 20 March 2021: Bohinj – Bled – Pokljuka (40.3 km)
Special guest: Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma)
- 27 March 2021: Time-trial on the streets of Ljubljana (17.6 km)
A simple registration is required if you wish to participate. Please visit the link below to find the I Feel Slovenia Virtual Race and register. Link for the registration: race.rouvy.com.
Each stage will count as an individual race and at the end of each stage the winner will symbolically be awarded the virtual green jersey. For those who will participate in all five stages, the green jersey for the winner will be awarded in the men’s and women’s categories in four age groups: up to 30, from 31 to 45, from 46 to 60 and over 60.
How to win tires?
A company with a very active presence in cycling – one of the main partners of Tour de France among other things –, Continental has prepared several prizes for the participants of the virtual Tour of Slovenia, which will certainly come in handy once cyclists leave the indoor trainers and head for the roads. Five sets of new premium road bike tires Grand Prix 5000, made with a secret “ingredient” (rubber compound) Black Chili, also used in car tyres, await new owners.
One set will be awarded via the official Facebook profile Tour of Slovenia, another two sets will be awarded as a prize during the virtual event, and the remaining two sets will be raffled to a female and a male cyclist from all participants who will complete all five stages, regardless of the result.