Triathlon Canada, in partnership with FulGaz, is giving Canadian triathletes the chance to head to the start line while distancing themselves from the competition. The two organizations have teamed up to start an online racing program that will begin with two new virtual cycling race series.
Triathlon Canada will also waive its 2020 membership fees to provide financial relief to its members in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is encouraging those who can to donate that portion of their annual fees to a local charity in need during these difficult times. The 2020 fees that have already been paid will be credited towards athletes’ 2021 memberships.
“As Canada’s spring weather beckons triathletes to train outdoors, we have partnered with FulGaz to begin a number of online race series in an effort to support global efforts to flatten the curve through social distancing while also providing our members the opportunity to stay on course – both by enjoying our sport and in respecting health recommendations,” said Kim Van Bruggen, chief executive officer, Triathlon Canada. “In order to make this initiative as accessible as possible to high-performance and recreational cycling enthusiasts, we’ll also be waiving the 2020 membership fees recognizing it is a difficult time for many.”
FulGaz is an indoor training app that provides cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to ride some of the most iconic roads in the world from the comfort of your home in stunning high-quality video imaging. It works with just about any indoor smart trainer, and adjusts video speed and resistance to match your effort.Triathlon Canada and FulGaz will begin the 2020 online race program by creating two, five-stage race cycling series.
Triathlon Canada Virtual World Series, April 28 to May 10
The Triathlon Canada World Series will run April 28th to May 10th taking athletes to the start line of the most renowned cycling courses on the planet including:
- STAGE 1: Beach Road Complete – Melbourne, Australia
- STAGE 2: Lake Como to Bellagio – Lombardy, Italy
- STAGE 3: Alpe d’Huez – Augergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
- STAGE 4: Going to the Sun Road West – Montana, United States
- STAGE 5: Axel Merckx Climb – Penticton, Canada
Stages 1 to 4 will be open for three days each. Stage five will be open for 24 hours. A live leader board will track your progress, and there will be a digital leader jersey as extra incentive for each stage. The World Series winners will be awarded their prizes on May 12.
Triathlon Canada Virtual National Tour, May 15 to May 29
Triathlon Canada will then launch a National Tour that takes participants on a five-stage race trek across the country from May 15th to May 29th. Virtual races will be held in:
- STAGE 1: Nova Scotia – Shelburne
- STAGE 2: Quebec – Mt. Tremblant to Lac Superior
- STAGE 3: Ontario – 1000 Island Parkway
- STAGE 4: Alberta – Banff
- STAGE 5: British Columbia – Stanley Park
All stages will be open for 3 days. You can login at any time within each window to complete your ride, with your best time counted in the results.
What do you need to get started in Triathlon Canada’s Virtual Race Program? FREE Triathlon Canada Virtual Supporter Membership!
In recognition of what our community is facing, we are working hard to make joining in as accessible as possible for everyone.
Triathlon Canada is offering a FREE stand-alone virtual supporter membership to access the online racing content. A full Triathlon Canada membership is included in the purchase of any provincial annual membership. If you have already purchased a 2020 membership, your $15 contribution to Triathlon Canada will be rolled over for next season.
Our provincial partners are continuing to offer programming, so a provincial annual membership is still a great investment! The Triathlon Canada portion ($15) will be waived from all provincial membership to help reduce cost.
Virtual Racing Equipment Requirements
For the best experience, you will need: a device to run the FulGaz app, a bike, and a smart trainer. FulGaz is fully compatible will most smart trainers, as well as ANT+ dongles.
No Smart Trainer? No Problem!
You can still participate and enjoy the online experience! A simple speed sensor is enough to generate results, but otherwise just enjoy the scenery!
FulGaz Subscription – Special member offers
FulGaz is offering all Triathlon Canada members, virtual supports and full annual members, a FREE one month subscription to try out virtual racing. From there, if you love the system they will be offering a members a 20% discount off of an annual or monthly subscription.
Your 20% discounts code will provided in your membership confirmation email.