Free-to-use virtual cycling platform RGT Cycling has introduced Racing Parameters, a function that allows you to create your own race formats, and host and compete in time trials and elimination events.
Virtual cycling races on the platform have up until now stuck to a basic road race setup, featuring a mass start where first across the finish line wins.
You can now organise and enter time trials on existing RGT Cycling routes or create your own route modelled on your favourite real-world courses using the Magic Roads function (you can recreate a favourite ride with a GPX upload).
“Determine the entry numbers, the intervals at which riders are released from the start gate, toggle drafting on or off and race against the clock in the most immersive and accessible virtual time trial competition format available,” says RGT Cycling.
You can also run elimination races where the last rider across the line at the end of each lap is knocked out, with the final few fighting it out for the win. You can select a more laps between eliminations, and alter the number of riders knocked out each time.
RGT Cycling has also introduced Breakaway, which is an update to the app that includes these features (in the company’s own words):
- Updated screen and companion app to improve the user experience
- Improved navigation to make finding your next ride, race, group or training ride easier
- Ride Magic Roads with a single click
- Training equipment is now connected both from the app home screen and when in a ride
- Easier access to support
- Improved avatar customisation process
- Simplified locating of other riders to ride with
- Creating and sharing events is more intuitive
To find out more about the Breakaway update and Racing Parameters, visit www.rgtcycling.com
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.