MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

3/3/2023 – Danny Holman

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

We are delighted to present our latest roster of ROUVY Ambassadors. This top team of pro cyclists, avid cyclists and content creators are drawn from different countries and different cycling backgrounds to show the full spectrum of the sport, but they are all united by a love of cycling and an infectious enthusiasm for sharing their experiences with the rest of the cycling community. All of them share the ideals and attitude of ROUVY - the indoor cycling experience.

Be sure to follow their socials for more unique insight into the lives of your favourite athletes and keep a look out for them on ROUVY where they are regularly taking part in Group Rides and events to share tips and advice.

ROUVY Ambassador Juliet Elliot riding a bike on a gravel road

Juliet Elliott

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YouTube

Multi-discipline cyclist Juliet’s racing career grew from a deep love of fixed-gear bikes, eventually evolving into a full-time career racing and making YouTube videos. These days she explores the world by bike. With a particular affinity for bikepacking and gravel, she also enjoys crits, gravel, and stage races. Or whatever sounds like a big old adventure. Her fun, friendly, practical advice and her approach to cycling has won her many fans.

What do you love most about cycling?

JE: The experiences it allows me to enjoy. The people and places it introduces me to. Plus going fast, having fun and feeling free.

What's the hardest part of training?

Normally the hardest part is actually getting started. The more I put it off during my day, the more the idea of it becomes somehow bigger and more difficult. The anticipation of a tough session is often worse than the reality. Because once I’m doing it, even if it’s super intense, there’s part of me that enjoys the savagery.

What is your favourite ROUVY route?

I always seem to find myself riding around Lake Garda. I’m looking forward to exploring more!

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train?

I like using Erg mode with my smart trainer, then I’ve got no choice but to meet my power targets or I just grind to a halt.

What route is left on your bucket list?

Maybe Challenge Wanaka?

Share a random fact from your life.

When I was growing up I wanted to be a vet.

What is it about Indoor Cycling that appeals to you?

Efficiency. I can be training within minutes and the second I’m done I can rejoin my family.

What one thing would make it more enjoyable for you?

More fans!

ROUVY Ambassador Frederic Funk celebrating on a finish line

Frederic Funk

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Frederic Funk is a professional triathlete from Germany with over a decade of experience in the sport and is currently in the top 10 of the PTO world rankings. He is a multiple national champion and has competed in numerous international events, winning several Ironman 70.3 events. His Challenge Family wins include a European Champion title, 2 x Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl, Challenge Peguera-Mallorca, and Challenge St. Pölten.

What do you love most about cycling?

FF: Exploring the world and going to places I would otherwise never get to.

What's the hardest part of training?

Getting the job done on the bad days when you're not in the mood or the weather is really bad.

What is your favourite ROUVY route?

I haven’t tried all routes on ROUVY yet because there are so many but two of my favourites until now are: Lees Valley New Zealand & Tzova Israel.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train?

The real world routes are definitely the best feature. It gives me exactly that what I love about cycling outdoors: exploring the world.

What route is left on your bucket list?

Every route I haven’t done yet is on my bucket list. I want to explore it all. Until I've done that, I won’t do another route twice.

ROUVY Ambassador José María López posing with his road bike

José María López

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José María López is a cycling enthusiast and social media content creator from Spain. He started with TikTok in 2019 and today has over 1.2 million followers on his josemaria_lpz account. He has competed in cycling, ironman events, and marathons around the world and is a lover of all long-distance challenges.

ROUVY Ambassador Malena Nowotarska riding her bike on a narrow tarmac road in the forest

Malena Nowotarska

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Cycling is a way of life for Malena - both on & off the bike, and she loves to share her passion with the community. She is deeply into cycling as she also works in the cycling industry.

Her motivation and the love she has for this sport is endless, and present in all stages of her life. It has evolved into an art of living and an attitude, the pleasure of discovering new roads, the feeling of freedom, and meeting other passionate people around her. She wants to inspire her community to ride bikes.

What do you love most about cycling?

MN: Cycling is invigorating and challenging, yet calming and relaxing. It is my way of expressing myself, who I am and what I stand for, it’s like a path to self-discovery. I also love the feeling of being part of a larger community, it's a chance to connect with the world around me both physically and mentally.

What's the hardest part of training?

This is a question we ask ourselves every day, whether you're trying to get fit or become an elite athlete. And while there are many aspects to consider, it always boils down to one thing: motivation. Training takes time, effort and consistency. You have to continuously keep in mind what you are trying to achieve by working out and focus on the end result - not just the short term benefits of a new-found muscle or weight loss.

What is your favourite ROUVY route?

My favourite routes on ROUVY are probably the intermediate Lake Isabella, California and Antelope Island Salt Lake City because they’re great for holding an interesting line and also give me the chance to virtually explore U.S. routes.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train?

I love the fact that I can pause and resume my workout anytime.

What route is left on your bucket list?

St. George in Utah, 180 km long and 2234 m of elevation

Share a random fact from your life.

A random fact from my life is that I love to read. But the best thing about reading is when you can get lost in the world and forget about everything except what your imagination creates.

What is it about indoor cycling that appeals to you?

I love indoor cycling because it's a workout that does not require me to leave my house or have access to the outdoors. This makes it convenient for me to stay fit during the winter months or if I don't feel like doing my normal workout routine. Indoor cycling has also been the backbone of my training for the past few years. I love it for its convenience and its ability to keep me fit and listen to music during a workout. The gear is simple and inexpensive, it's easy to change shoes or add new bikes when needed, there's no real risk of injury compared to riding outdoors, and there are so many options in terms of fitness levels that you can choose from.

ROUVY Ambassador Marten Van Riel celebrating while riding his bike

Marten Van Riel

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Facebook

Homepage

Welcome to the Riel World! Marten Van Riel is a professional triathlete from Belgium who is known for his impressive performances in middle-distance triathlons. He represented his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he placed 6th, and at Tokyo 2020 finishing 4th.

In 2019, five top-10 finishes helped the Belgian to 5th place in the overall rankings, with 3rd place at WTS Edmonton being his best of the year, before a brilliant run of podiums saw him finish second overall in the 2021 Series rankings.

In 2022, Marten won the IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai.

ROUVY Ambassador Hanne de Vet waving and smiling while riding her Trek bike

Hanne de Vet

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The Belgian triathlete who goes by the nickname of ‘Vetje’ was born in Brasschaat in Flanders just south of the Dutch border. A first appearance in the Super League Triathlon Championship series is the latest step in fulfilling her multisport potential.

"I used to be a competitive swimmer, but this became too boring for me and I needed a new challenge in life, then I discovered triathlon. I have always been a very active person my entire life and I am privileged to be engaged in sports full-time. My goal is to become one of the best in the world. I love doing what I do, so you will always see me walking around with a smile. I like to bring joy to everyone’s life and always see the positive side. I am very passionate about triathlon and hope to share this passion with the outside world.”

What do you love most about cycling?

HdV: Cycling brings me to places all over the world where I have never been. Some of the views are so amazing that I could ride for a whole day :) It makes me feel free!

What's the hardest part of training?

The hardest part of training is getting out of the door when you feel tired or the weather is absolutely shit outside.

What is your favourite ROUVY route?

Hills of Flanders

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train?

Staying connected with your ‘buddies’ for the whole route.

What route is left on your bucket list?

Paris Roubaix

Share a random fact from your life.

I could already ride my bike without extra wheels when I was 3 y/o.

What is it about Indoor Cycling that appeals to you?

I can play music and sing as loud as I want without anyone looking weird at me :) And I can connect with people all over the world to ride together.

What one thing would make it more enjoyable for you?

Getting some random facts at certain points about the routes you are riding (for example who won the race before,…).

ROUVY Ambassador José Antonio Hermida holding his most important winning medals

José Antonio Hermida

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Facebook

Meet José Hermida, a living legend specializing in competitive mountain biking. José won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics after 4th place in the 2000 Olympics. He has multiple gold medals under his belt for 4 World Cups, 4 EU Championships, and 6 World Cups. Yet with all these accomplishments, he has always been friendly, down-to-earth, fun, and sociable. We are therefore excited to have Jose lead the Group Ride. Take this rare opportunity to connect with Jose.

What do you love most about cycling?

Freedom and friendship, Cycling is a unique sport - it makes you travel, enjoy freedom like a child and makes your friendship net bigger and bigger.

What's the hardest part of training?

There is no hardest part, it's just about seeing the positive side …. Looking in advance to the negative side is what stops us from doing things …. But there is always a positive and bright side in our training.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train?

Group Rides. It's a great feature, as it makes sense to all your individual trainings and it's also super fun to interact with other users.

What route is left on your bucket list?

Definitely one on my bucket list is the BIG Grossglockner route in Austria.

ROUVY Ambassador Cameron Jeffers riding his bike in beautiful Autumn weather.

Cameron Jeffers

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YouTube

Cameron Jeffers is an elite-level racing cyclist and content creator from Lancashire in the UK. He's been documenting his adventures on YouTube since 2016, helping to grow the sport of cycling and sharing his enthusiasm.

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Terri Buryanov

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YouTube

Terri Buryanov is an American triathlete living in Las Vegas. Her first triathlon in 2017 was a miserable experience. She decided to try again, signed up for the Ironman 70.3. and qualified for the World Championship in Taupo! Terri is an enthusiastic content creator, mother of a teenage son and an ex-bartender, supporting her famous YouTuber husband, Vlad SlickBartender.

What do you love most about cycling? I love the challenge of getting stronger and faster. I like to see how long I can hang on with the fast guys during the group rides. I love the fact that when I'm riding hard like that, my mind is free of everything. The only thought is to just keep pedaling. It is the best way to relax my mind and just focus on breathing and appreciating what is around me.

What's the hardest part of training? Slowing down and being patient. Understanding that you have to put in the work and you will build over time, not over night. Not to mention trying to fit in the training when your schedule is just so packed full all the time.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train? I really like the workouts feature to help build strength and force myself to do the intervals, but the Strava segments are a much more fun way to get the intervals in and the reward of pushing yourself harder than you thought you could is quantifiable

What route is left on your bucket list? I would like to do Mt. Lemmon on ROUVY to get prepared to go do it in real life again.

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Christina Ekonomi

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Competitive triathlete + twin mama based in California IRONMAN x1, 70.3x14, 70.3 WC x2

What do you love most about cycling? I started out as a runner, but cycling has become my favourite of the three disciplines in triathlon. I love how strong cycling has made me both physically and mentally.

What's the hardest part of training? The hardest part of training is balancing it with work and being a mom, which means sometimes I have to get up very early to squeeze in a training session or hurry to school pickup while still in my sweaty training gear.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train? I love that on ROUVY I can train on the actual courses I will be racing on.

What route is left on your bucket list? Challenge Mallorca route is next on my list

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Ramon Costa

Instagram

YouTube

I am 46 years old and my history with the sport started in 2011, at the time weighing almost 100 kilos, I had to take a radical turn in my lifestyle due to a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism. That's when sport changed my life, and since 2012 I've been sharing, through social networks, my training routine and challenges, in order to MOTIVATE more and more people to have a healthier life.

What do you love most about cycling? I like the possibility of discovering new places, whether on the street or in ROUVY. And, of course, the health and quality of life that cycling provides.

What's the hardest part of training? For me, it's being able to fit into the day to day routine. At these times our determination makes all the difference.

What feature of ROUVY helps you the most to train? In addition to the practicality and possibility of being able to train whenever possible, I have currently been using Ghost riders a lot as an incentive.

What route is left on your bucket list? TORTOUR - Gotthard Pass

Thanks to our Ambassadors and, more importantly, thanks to YOU, the ROUVY community is growing and flourishing. Thank you to everyone for being part of it and we look forward to riding with you again soon, joining us in the ROUVY experience!

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