Welcome To The
Virtual Cleves Races
December 13, 2020
Ohio Cycling Center
Queen City Wheels
What We're Doing?
We're running Virtual Races on the historic Cleves 10.2 mile Time Trial Course with synchronized course video and gradient for realistic smart trainer interface. We'll open a Google Meeting during the races so participants can interface with the moderator and each other.
When Is It Happening?
13 December 2020. There are three separate start times with 300 slots available at each time.
9:00 am start
10:00 am start
11:00 am start
Future races are being planned for Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, 2021
How Will it Work?
Using the Rouvy AR Indoor Cycling Application and your bike trainer (stationary trainer, smart trainer, traditional resistance trainer).
Rouvy interfaces with most devices that transmit power, speed, cadence, and heart rate via Ant+ or bluetooth signals. Your experience and results will vary depending on which type of trainer you use. Smart trainers (for example, CompuTrainer, Wahoo Kickr, Tacx Neo, or Saris H3) give you the most realistic ride by automatically adjusting the resistance you feel at the pedals based on changes in the road gradient and the weight of the rider. If what you have is a bike equipped with a power meter (like Quark, Stages, Power Tap, Garmin, or many others) you determine your power output based on your gear selection and cadence. Rouvy will use your power to calculate your speed based on the gradient at your location along the course. If what you have is a speed/cadence sensor (no power meter) Rouvy will estimate your power and speed based on your course location, but this is the least accurate of the methods. So yes, the results will vary and riders not using smart trainers will likely go faster than those who do. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to challenge yourself and have some fun with whatever equipment you have. We will ask you to identify your equipment in your Rouvy profile (See directions below).
Why Are We Doing This?
With all the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 we were not able to present the annual Southwest Ohio Indoor Time Trials. So, we are presenting these virtual races to encourage you to continue to train and maintain your fitness throughout the winter months and to bring us together for some exciting competition on a course well known to cyclist throughout the Midwest.
There is no entry fee but we do ask you to consider making a charitable donation to Freestore Food Bank, a major source of food and services for those in need. The number of people needing assistance with food has skyrocketed this year due to the effects of the pandemic. Please help if you can!
Who Can Participate?
Anyone can sign up for these races. The races are open to riders all over the world. Up to 300 people can race in any of the 3 start times.
How to Sign-Up to Race
You will need a Rouvy account.
If you have not used Rouvy before, you can use their 14-Day Free Trial offer to participate. But, wait till after 1 December to start your free trial so you will be active through race day. No credit card is needed to sign up for the free trial.
With the free trial you will first set up your Rouvy account with a login and password. etc. Once you reply to their request to verify your email your account is recognized. Next, return to Rouvy.com and download the Rouvy-AR App, which is the race platform. There are downloads for PC, MAC, IOS, Android, Etc.
If you already have a Rouvy account just click on the green Register button at one of the race links below and you will be ready to participate.
When you are logged-in to Rouvy, the Cleves races are listed under the Events tab on https://my.rouvy.com. Under events click on Race Events, then click on Go To Schedule.
You can go directly to each race using these links:
If you want to start practicing early you can sign up for the free trial then extend your membership through race day and beyond. The Cleves Course is available in Rouvy-AR. Open Rouvy-AR and you will see a window showing the current selected race. Click the CHANGE button. Then use the SEARCH icon on the upper left and enter Cleves Time Trial. Several versions pop up. Select the one with Video.
The race results are automatically posted on your my.rouvy.com under the Finished Races tab. If you want your name to show with the race results then, before the race starts, do the following. Go to https://my.rouvy.com/
then click on the "gear" icon on the far right of the top banner. On the drop down menu click on Profile Settings. Fill in your first and last name. If you choose not to enter your name, only your login name shows on the results and those are usually too cryptic for us to identify.
While you are in the Profile Settings menu we ask that you use the Team field to identify your trainer set-up as one of the following. This will help people evaluate their results compared to others with similar trainers.
1. Smart Trainer
2. Power Meter
Join The Google Meeting
We will host a Google Meet during the events to give you a chance to see and interact with friends and fellow racers.
We ask that you use the button below to add the event to your google calendar. Then, go to the event on your calendar to join the meeting on race day. Joining from this link on your calendar gets you admitted without requiring the moderator to approve.
If you are unable to use the calendar feature you may use this link to join the Google Meet on race day: meet.google.com/imc-ehyt-fqm
There may be a short wait for the moderator to let you in.
Suggest you plan to join the meeting 15-30 min before the start of your race and meet the people who are racing.
More Races to Come
We are planning additional races on Jan 10, Feb14, and Mar 14, 2021 so you may want to take advantage of the discounts Rouvy offers for multi-month or annual subscriptions.
We look forward to seeing you on Dec 13th!