FulGaz is proud to be a partner of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya from its 102nd edition, which will be held between 20 and 26 March 2023. As part of the partnership FulGaz subscribers will be able to ride parts of the route of seven stages of the historic Catalan UCI World Tour cycling race from their homes with an unprecedented level of realism.
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, the third oldest stage race on the UCI World Tour calendar after the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, will hold its 102nd edition on Catalan roads in 2023. Riders will be able to climb the slopes of Vallter, La Molina, Lo Port, Boí Taüll or to ride on the roads of the Costa Daurada or Terres de l’Ebre, the same routes as the professional cyclists.
The virtual edition will feature, the final parts of three of the best stages of the 2023 edition of the Volta a Catalunya, as well as four iconic stages from previous editions.
This event is free for all FulGaz subscribers, however if you are new to the platform, please register your details below to unlock an extended 30-Day free trial.
1. LA MOLINA
This stage is a mountain top finish in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and is named after the ski resort at the top, La Molina. Get your climbing legs ready for this one!
Dan Martin, Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Ángel López, Joaquim Rodríguez or on the last occasion the Australian Ben O'Connor, have won in La Molina recently.More Info
2. TERRES DE L’EBRE (TORTOSA – LO PORT)
This climb is one of the toughest mountain climbs in Catalonia, Lo Port, also known as Mont Caro, and located in the Parc Natural dels Ports.
Lo Port has been climbed four times in the Volta a Catalunya, the last time in 2017, when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) won ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek - Segafredo).More Info
3. COSTA DAURADA (SALOU – CAMBRILS)
The most memorable stage of the last edition of the race, end with a victory for the Olympic champion Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) and leadership for Sergio Higuita (Bora - Hansgrohe). This stage in real life was a winding, leg-breaking route through the Serra del Montsant and the Prades Mountains, with key climbs such as La Mussara, Capafonts and La Teixeta.More Info
4. LA SEU D’URGELL – BOI TAüLL
After 20 years of absence, a Volta stage once again finishes in the ski resort of Boí - Taüll. The mountain resort of Boí Taüll is located in one of the most spectacular places in the north of Catalonia, in the Alta Ribagorça. Boí Taüll is the gateway to the Natural Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, and is the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees with its summit at Puig Falcó.
The Portuguese Joao Almeida was the winner in the last edition.More Info
5. LA POBLA DE SEGUR – MANRESA
In the centenary edition of the Volta, the stage finishing in Manresa, in the heart of Catalonia, had a stage marked by the climb of the magical mountain of Montserrat.
German Lennard Kamna, in a solo breakaway, won a great victory for his team.More Info
6. SANT FELIU DE GUíXOLS – VALLTER
The final climb to one of the most emblematic mountains of the Volta a Catalunya, the Vallter 2000 ski resort, at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. On this stage in previous years, the bunch would have faced the tough climbs of Oix and Rocabruna.
In 2021, the British rider Adam Yates was the winner of this climb, and the overall classification of la Volta too.More Info
7. MONTJUïC CIRCUIT, BARCELONA
In 2023 the final circuit will be repeated in Barcelona, as in 2022 and 2021. A total of 6 laps on the Montjuïc circuit, the emblematic finish of the Volta Catalunya in recent years, which has always attracted a very large number of spectators.
Andrea Bagioli, Thomas de Gendt, Davide Formolo, Simon Yates and Alejandro Valverde have won in Barcelona and we can't wait to toast your victory with a glass of cava!More Info
1. Download FulGaz and set up a free account. To activate your extended trial, simply enter the promo code found in your registration email.
Downloading the trial gives you full access to FulGaz with no restrictions on content, or how often or how far you ride. If you’re returning to FulGaz for another go, send us a support ticket and we’ll hook you up with another trial on the house.
2. Connect your devices
When you load up FulGaz and hit Get Started, you’ll be greeted with a pairing screen. Here your smart bike/trainer/speed sensor will be picked up and listed. Select the devices you’d like to connect and click Let’s Ride.
Pro Tip If you can’t see your devices when trying to connect, they are most likely paired with another app (RGT, Rouvy, Zwift). You will need to deselect your trainer from that app’s pairing screen, quit that app, and restart FulGaz.
3. Set your preferences, weight and slope scaling
Click the settings icon to take a moment to set your display preference (metric or imperial). For the most realistic experience, enter your weight and bike weight. There are many other settings here also; it’s best to get a feel for riding FulGaz first before adjusting these. Start at around 60% uphill to get the feel. You can adjust this in ride also.
For the event itself, you won’t be able to adjust your bike weight. Only rider weight so please keep that in mind.
Pro Tip If you find the hills too hard, you can adjust the Slope Scaling, this is essentially the “trainer difficulty”. Adjusting this won’t make you faster, but it will make hills easier!
4. Download a video and ride
We always suggest downloading the video ahead of time. For any event you must download the video. Before the event, test your set up with something from the Easy collection. These rides will give you a good “feel” for how FulGaz looks and interacts with your trainer or smart bike.
5. Get event-ready
Before you start your event, make sure you turn up at the start line ready.
Here’s a quick checklist
- Download the ride ahead of time
- If joining us on Zoom for social rides, download the app and run it on a different device.
- Stay hydrated – have at least two bottles of water available
- Have a towel and fan to help you cool down.
To participate in this event from the comfort of your own home you will need some cycling equipment.
- Road Bike
- Smart Trainer (e.g Elite Suito,Wahoo Kickr) or a smart bike.
- Road Bike
- Standard Trainer (Check out some options here)
- Speed Sensor if using Standard trainer.
FulGaz works on Apple TV, MacOS or an iPhone or iPad as well as Windows and Android devices. To get started you will need to download the app onto your respective device. For an amazing viewing (and riding) experience we highly recommend using an Apple TV connected to your lounge room TV or monitor.
Please note rides in ‘event mode’ will force you to download the ride prior to starting. This ensures an uninterrupted riding experience so make sure you download each stage well ahead of time to avoid delays.
To find out more about the minimum specs required for your device, click here.