Colombian Cycling Federation organises virtual race in support of struggling local teams
May 17 2020 10:37 pm CET

Colombian Cycling Federation organises virtual race in support of struggling local teams
Colombian Cycling Federation organises virtual race in support of struggling local teams
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The Colombian Cycling Federation has announced a virtual event in which the teams of the country can show themselves to the world in times of coronavirus.

Only six out of 53 events of the South American country have taken place in 2020 -including the National Championships and the Tour Colombia 2.1.- and this has affected the professional squads. Already two local teams have been forced to fold due to the pandemic of the Covid-19 -Onion Team and EBSA Energia de Boyaca.

This is the main reason why the Colombian Federation decided to organise a virtual race to give the teams a place to showcase their sponsors and work while the possibilities of the continuation of the country's calendar becomes clear. The Virtual Classic FCC Somos Todos (We all are the Colombian Cycling Federation) will be held on the virtual cycling platform Zwift on Friday, May 22 and 10:30 am (GMT-5).

The race will have the support of the company Threshold -specialized in sports training- and audiovisual company Integra Media. The race will be 72 kilometres long, will feature a route with two second category climbs and will be broadcasted live through the YouTube channel of Threshold Racing and the official social media channels of the Cycling Federation.

The teams can subscribe until May 20. "The first big Virtual Classic FCC Somos Todos will give a showcase to all the teams that are in trouble with the sponsors due to the current situation," said coach Pablo Pulido, of the Colombian Cycling Federation.

"This is our objective with this alliance, to give them a space where they can be seen and that at the same time things work like a real race, with anti fraud controls, controls on the watts and the weight of the riders. We want this competition to be as real as possible in the virtual world."





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