An afternoon of virtual cycling in the U23 squad: “People here go very fast”

News · 1 May, 2020

The second of the three races that make up the Kometa-Xstra Challenge by Gobik was held this Friday with the U23 team of the Alberto Contador Foundation as the main protagonist of a Social Race that took place over four laps of the Richmond circuit offered by the Zwift platform.

A new indoor cycling party in which almost three hundred people took part and was broadcast live through the Youtube channel of the Alberto Contador Foundation with Juan Mari Guajardo and Luis de Pedro at the helm. This initiative would be impossible without the support of Amg HERO and ADZ.

The twelve riders of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team, beyond some problem of punctual connection or with the microphones, had the opportunity to test themselves in a virtual environment where the same orographic difficulty was not missing, and paved, of the circuit that hosted the World Cycling Championships in 2015.

“It was great”, says Joan Martí Bennassar from the island of Mallorca, who was a direct witness of his brother Francesc’s adventures in the first race on Monday. “It has been great fun. And time flies by”. For the Asturian Eduardo Pérez-Landaluce it was also a special date, as it coincided with his 22nd birthday. “A good beating, but really a lot of fun,” he smiles.

“I don’t know exactly how I looked, but it’s a very entertaining experience. I went out in a hurry because it was going to take me a while to get in to talk to Juan Mar. And look, going full blast, enjoying a good time, I was rolling around quite a bit in front. I had a great time, I had a good warm-up, I got a good handful of watts and in the end I was twice as happy about all that. In the end you end up melted, what an effort, people here go very fast, “says Edu Rodés.

“In Zwift nobody wins, nobody knows anybody who has won,” jokes a Luis de Pedro who supervised a performance in which he also supported Juan Mari Guajardo. The Navarrese speaker continues to rack up miles in virtual cycling. “This kind of experience is very important, even more so on days like this”. Guajardo also spoke with Alessio Acco, David Andrlé, Vicente Hernáiz, Arturo Grávalos, Álex Martín, David Martín, Yago Segovia and Mario Vilches. “It’s been a lot of fun,” he agrees with his colleagues Andrlé.

After starting this week with the dispute of the Social Ride of the junior team, the Kometa-Xstra Challenge by Gobik will continue this coming Friday with the celebration of its third and last appointment, which calls the riders of the continental team in a circuit in Watopia that will have a high final, in the Radio Tower. Next Friday 8th, also at 6pm and again live broadcast through the Youtube channel of the Alberto Contador Foundation.

(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)

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