London: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and leading indoor cycling platform ROUVY today completed their first virtual PTO Open enabling leading professionals and amateur triathletes to preview the new pro bike course for the inaugural PTO Asian Open, which takes place 19 and 20 August.
With under a month to go until the world’s best go head-to-head around the stunning Marina Bay Financial District course, the initiative allowed all those who’ve signed up to take on the 100km triathlon for experienced amateurs an exclusive opportunity to ride alongside pros and get to grips with the bike course the professionals will face.
The Virtual PTO Asian Open used cutting-edge Augmented Reality (AR) to bring the 18km loop to life, which starts and finishes at the Bayfront Event Space and takes athletes up the famous Sheares Bridge which will give awe-inspiring views of the city.
“Nothing beats getting to grips with a new course, so to be able to give all those signed up for the inaugural PTO Asian Open 100km triathlon the chance to try it out virtually as part of their training countdown is a unique experience,” said ROUVY’s CEO, Petr Samek. “To do it alongside one of the world’s leading professionals like Ben was even cooler and they will have picked up valuable insights and tips to take into their race days.”
PTO World #5 Ben Kanute, who was part of the virtual event and will taking the start line in Singapore next month as one of the pre-race favourites, said he also benefited from the experience:
“Getting a real world dry run of the bike course on ROUVY was a real bonus. I’ve only raced in Singapore once before so any chance to get more familiar with the layout is super helpful.”
ROUVY is the new Official Virtual Ride Partner of the 2023 PTO Tour and by offering more than 15,000 augmented routes, filmed on video around the world and enhanced with AR, riders can explore the world or train on famous routes for upcoming events from the comfort of their home.
But don’t worry if you missed this first ride on the PTO Asian Open course, as you will still be able to sign up and do it over the next three weeks before race day by visiting Rouvy.com
Alongside the 100km triathlons for professionals and experienced amateurs, the PTO Asian Open weekend will also hosting two duathlon races over a standard 4.5km Run/32km Bike/4.5km Run and a longer 9km Run/64km Bike/9km Run as well as heralding the return of The Music Run – the signature 5km fun run that encourages everyone to have a go while listening to their favourite hits. In total, the PTO is expecting up to 6,000 participants in what promises to be a celebration of multisport activity. All set against the backdrop of the iconic Marina Bay Financial District. For more information or to sign up, visit https://protriathletes.org/events or https://themusicrun.com.sg
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About the Professional Triathletes Organisation
The PTO is a new body, co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow the sport of Triathlon and take it to the next level. Each PTO Open is raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). The PTO European Open on 6 May kicked off the 2023 PTO Tour and is followed by the PTO US Open in Milwaukee on 4-5 August and then the PTO Asian Open in Singapore on 19-20 August. The season will be underpinned by the new PTO World Rankings, helping to create a compelling season-long narrative in the sport for the first time.
ROUVY is the leading indoor cycling platform that combines sport and technology to provide an immersive, interactive experience for cyclists of all levels. With over 10,000 real-world routes, filmed on video around the world and enhanced with AR, riders can explore the world or train on famous routes for upcoming events from their home. This is why the platform has become a top choice for both world-class pros and casual hobby riders.