Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia

ON May 7, 2019 by Obi Winter

Ride Stage One of the Giro d’Italia like the pros!

Zwift was dressed in pink this week in the lead up to the Giro d’Italia. From the exhibition at the Palazzo Zwift to the big start of the 2019 Giro d’Italia both in-game and in Bologna. Relive all the action and ride the course like the pros now.

Join an official event here to earn yourself the unique, pink Giro d’Italia socks & cap in-game, plus a chance to win a Maglia Rosa official jersey signed by the 2019 winner!

The moment everyone has been waiting for: race day. Pros and Zwifters got to ride the much anticipated Stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia. No doubt the climb up to San Luca left traces in the legs of everyone who rode it. The pros have completed it, but there is still time to take to stage on Zwift and put a time down, sign up now here.

Final preparations with Team Dimension Data.

A day of recons, from IRL to in-game. The Zwift team headed to San Luca to check out the gradients and views – just WOW! Then it was Team Dimension Data’s turn to get a sneak peak at the virtual course, with Scott Davies and Danilo Wyss on the trainers. Between smiles and sweat, the two riders did their homework 24 hours before the big start.

And action! First recons live from Bologna.

Palazzo Zwift opened its doors today in Bologna. Nine riders from World Tour and Continental Pro teams took on the virtual Stage 1 course in a 2-round event. During the exhibition, Valerio Agnoli (Bahrain Merida) set the fastest time on the new Zwift course. The team presentation on the Piazza Maggiore in the evening concluded an action-packed day in Italy.

Ride like a pro in the Giro d’Italia TT Challenge.

The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, running for three weeks each spring. 2019 marks its 102nd year, and Zwift is bringing part of the action to the entire community.

We created a whole new world based on Stage One of this year’s Giro. Meter-by-meter, we’ve replicated all 8.2km of the Bologna-to-San Luca time trial course in a stunning game environment. Just like the real-life race, it departs from Piazza Maggiore and ends after a climb past the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. You couldn’t ask for a better simulation. Check out the full course recon here.

The 102nd Giro d’Italia begins May 11th. In the days leading up to it, some pro teams competing in the race will get to prepare in a special way—by riding Zwift’s course in Bologna. This race will be recorded and broadcast during Stage One, with the in-game rides displayed alongside live coverage. Gaming meets a Grand Tour for the first time ever.

Starting on May 11th, this in-game route is yours to ride in the Giro d’Italia TT Challenge. Open to the entire community, it’s a race across the event-only Giro d’Italia Bologna TT Course. All the wonders of the first leg of the 2019 Giro are yours to experience.

From May 11th to 13th, Zwifters can ride the Giro d’Italia TT Challenge. Finishers will be entered into a drawing to win the official leader’s jersey—the Maglia Rosa—signed by the 2019 Giro winner, everyone will unlock some sweet in-game rewards.