Link my ridethe community-driven cycling app, rolled out in Spain following a launch event at high-end retailer Velodrom, Barcelona, in late October.
The launch also celebrated the support of Link My Ride from Endurance Sport Ventures, a Spanish investment fund focused on tech start-ups in the sports sector.
Endurance Sport Ventures is a new investment vehicle from Luis Genero, co-founder and former CEO of pay-TV channel Win Sports, and Pere Francitorra, vice-president of the Catalan Basketball Federation.
The fund also brings together other investors in the sports tech space, with the aim of creating… ‘an influential and well-connected network from which brands such as Link My Ride can benefit.’
Among a series of new updates to the Link My Ride app and club portal, the rollout of a full Spanish version is planned. Alongside Spanish, the app will be available in French, Dutch and German in the coming weeks, allowing many more cyclists around the world to use the app in their own native language.
Co-founder and CEO of Link My Ride, Jacques Sauavagnargues said: “With strong ties to Spain and Catalonia in particular, as well as the huge cycling community and culture, setting up a home for the Applying here has always been at the top of our priority list. Doing it with the backing and backing of the team at Endurance Sports Ventures is even more exciting.
“The reception we received at our launch event and outings in Barcelona and Girona was tremendous; and we are already building a strong community on Link My Ride in Catalonia now. Adding language capability is therefore a powerful upgrade to enhance every pilot’s experience while using the app.
Luis Genero, co-founder of Endurance Sports Ventures (ESV), added: “From the first discovery of Link My Ride, we were seduced by the concept that Jacques and the team are working towards, in a really intelligent way. .
“Link My Ride has the potential to become a go-to app for all cyclists around the world and from ESV’s perspective, we want to be part of that journey.”
Link My Ride was founded by professional cyclist Tom Pidcock, Tour de France stage winner and Team INEOS rider, along with former team-mate Jacques Sauvagnargues. The platform launched in September, attracting more than 10,000 users in just six weeks of activity, climbing the App Store’s Top 15 list in its opening week.
Link My Ride is designed to simplify organizing group rides, whether in a club or for those wanting to join a group of riders, with a range of smart features focused on convenience and bonding. Riders can find rides within the community to suit their ability, discipline, and location.
Support from Endurance Sports Ventures follows that of the Dutch Sports Technology Fundproviding funds to continue the development and enhancement of the platform, while opening up an industry network of sports, technology and data companies supported by Link My Ride’s growing network.
Last month, Link My Ride added that it has become Cycling Canada’s official cycling app… “to better connect the cycling community across the country and to provide an exciting new way to meet and interact with other cyclists in Canada.”