Welcome To The
Virtual Cleves Races
Next Races March 14, 2021
9 am, 10 am, 10:30am or 11 am
Ohio Cycling Center
Queen City Wheels
There is no entry fee but please consider a donation to the Freestore Food Bank. They are experiencing record demand for food and services!
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 data for realistic smart trainer interface. We'll open a Google Meeting during the races so participants can interface with the moderator and each other.
Points of contact: Andy Jones
When Is It Happening?
The next races will be on 14 Mar 2021.
For Feb and Mar we have added a new twist!
There will be Four different start times with 300 slots available at each time. And there will be two new courses that will test your climbing legs!
9:00 am start, Cleves Course
10:00 am start, Galbraith Hill Climb
10:30 am start, Heekin Street Climb
11:00 am start, Cleves Course
How Does It Work?
We use the Rouvy AR Indoor Cycling Application and your bike trainer (stationary trainer, smart trainer, traditional resistance trainer).
Rouvy interfaces with trainers & devices that transmit power, or speed, or cadence, or 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, 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 and other data 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 do ask that you identify your trainer equipment as smart trainer or power meter or speed sensor in your Rouvy profile (See directions below).
To remove some of the differences in results created by different varieties of trainers we ask that riders who did the virtual Cleves races in Dec, Jan or Feb use the Average Power (computed by Rouvy in your Training Dairy) as your FTP for the Mar 14 races. Open Rouvy AR and click on your name at top of screen to edit your FTP. This may be quite different from an FTP computed in a controlled test. Also enter your current weight. Thank you!
Are you new to Rouvy? Check out this guide to help get you started
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, one of Ohio’s largest food banks, distributing 33 million meals annually through a network of 511 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers and daycare facilities.
The number of people needing assistance with food has skyrocketed this year due to the effects of the pandemic. Please help if you can!
Here's the link:
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 4 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. Wait until you are within 14 days of the race to start your free trial so it will be active through race day. No credit card is needed to sign up for the free trial and it terminates automatically unless you request to extend it.
Check out the free trial at https//rouvy.com
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:
Race 1: Cleves Course 10.2 mi
Race 2: Galbraith Hill Climb 1.82 mi @ 3.0% avg.
Race 3: Heekin Hill Climb 0.54 mi @ 9% avg.
Race 4: Cleves Course 10.2 mi.