One of the world’s most popular virtual reality cycling simulators is giving recognition to riders of all abilities.
RGT Cycling has partnered with the Echelon Racing League (ERL), Project Echelon Racing (PEC), and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), to create an adaptive rider avatar.
Programmers, software engineers and graphic designers at RGT have created the first-ever handcycle rider, for a virtual platform.
The new avatar is available for use during the ERL’s new paracycling series. Developed with input from the PVA, this virtual racing series has a specific framework of rules, to encourage adaptive cyclists.
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"The paracycling series and new avatar representing the paracycling community is just the first step in what we hope will be a 'garage' of virtual bikes that will work for different needs. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new avatar showcasing an adaptive cyclist," said Eric Hill, Project Echelon Racing Director.
"We’re excited to be partnering with RGT Cycling, PVA and USA Paracycling to host the paracycling series and welcome paralyzed veterans and all individuals with disabilities to these virtual races."
The success of virtual riding simulators, has been due to a surge in home fitness demand. And the commitment by providers, such as RGT, to recreating real-life events and terrain worlds that resonate with riders.
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For the new paracycling series, RGT users will compete on virtual courses that closely replicate the Tour of America’s Dairyland, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and the Joe Martin Stage Race.
Virtual platforms might be powering towards greater riding inclusion, but that doesn’t mean the competition element has been sacrificed.