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A global competition for seniors

Motitech’s Road Worlds for Seniors is a unique championship. The Championship allows older people and people with dementia to take part in a global sporting event – even though they might live in a long term care facility or being users of a wheel chair. For our cyclists, the Road Worlds for Seniors is all about having that feeling of friendly competition and being part of a community, between residents, care facilities and across national borders.

The championship makes the cyclists become a part of something bigger; A global movement focusing on physical activity and reminiscence for people that are normally not able to part in such initiatives. Road Worlds for Seniors was held for the first time in September 2017 when it was a part of the Public Health Campaign for the UCI Road World Championship in Bergen. Since then it has grown with thousands of senior cyclists from around the world. We want to encourage older people to compete, have fun and get active at the same time.

We want to focus on the abilities instead of disabilities, and we are proud to be working with communities of like-minded people, on local, governmental, national and international levels, who share a common goal in this.

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How it works

During the Road Worlds for Seniors, the senior cyclists use the video concept called Motiview. Everyone that has Motiview is able to participate in the Championship free of charge.

With Motiview, the participants get motivated by cycling through a choice of 2,000 locations from around the world, including local videos from their hometown. And as they pedal along, they clock in their distance into the Motiview system, counting up kms during the weeks that the competition lasts.

The combination of exercise and visual stimulation motivates increased activity levels amongst the seniors. In addition, it gives them the opportunity to revisit familiar places from their childhoods and other important points in their lives, as well as travel the world to far away places. Being able to go back in memories is especially important for those who live with dementia, as it provokes fond memories of familiar locations, such as their home town, or favourite holiday location, sparking conversations that bring the memories back to life.

And we want to celebrate ALL achievements and personal triumphs! That is why everyone who participates will be rewarded with a their own medal, regardless if they go 50 or 1500 km. Additional awards goes to those who have cycled the furthest, and a care team gets to be honoured with the title “Crew of the Year”, representing the team who has provided the best support and encouragement for their cyclists.

“Road Worlds for Seniors brought people together, participants made new friends. Individuals who couldn’t normally engage in physical activity were able to pedal the bike. A family member commented on how it helped his father with his mobility problems.”

– Care home, Canada.

“A month of phenomenal commitment from residents, staff and volunteers. Road Worlds for Seniors created energy comradery and community. We witnessed discipline, consistency, courage and had so much fun. We came together. A very famous cyclist once said “pain is temporary and memories are forever” Our cyclists have created memories forever. I have been in cycling for over 20 years and what we achieved was the best cycling event I have ever witnessed”.

– Zac Hulm, Partnership Manager at Harbison, Australia

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The results

This year, more than 5000 cyclists and 260 teams signed up for this years event, making the 5th Championship the biggest event so far. 26 days later, an astonishing 156,413 km were covered representing the distance of more than 4 times around the entire globe! A total of 6 countries were presented amongst the top 10 teams, and the cyclists – many of them being close to or even above 100 years of age – could celebrate personal triumphs and team efforts.

Despite last year’s challenges with the pandemic and the following impact on this year’s competition due to still many local restrictions and challenges with handling outbreaks of Covid-19, the Road Worlds for Seniors 2021 saw yet another successful event for the participating sites with a more than 60 % increase in participants compared to last year’s event. And the results and feedback from this year’s event show that RWS is an important activity for many, and that the event is expanding and creating attention in new markets around the world.

Total 11 nations participated in the championship, respectively Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Israel, Singapore and Australia. And as many as 13 cyclists cycled over 1000 km on the 26 competition days, which is nothing but mind-blowing!

NEW AND OLD WORLD CHAMPIONS

Impressively 36 teams cycled over 1000 km, and even though the teams competing in the top made it exiting to the very end, Bruyere Village from Canada can call itself the world’s best team for 2021 after covering 14,271 km. And a large part of this is due to the dedication from mile-eater Norman Cóte. Already being a triple world champion, the 86-year-old was set on defending the title for the fourth time. Cycling up to the 2nd place for men was 99-year old Ken Judd from the UK, who showed his true dedication by starting his ramp up six months earlier – insisting of beating his record from last year.

In the women’s class, Cathrine Myhr from Furuset Seniorsenter in Norway could once again call herself world champion, being a strong leader in the front of her class. But in the battle for the other places on the podium it was very exciting.

3 cyclists fought intensely for silver and bronze during the last days of the competition. Since RWS has start and end local time in each country, Australia’s hopeful, Dorothy Robinson, had to wait a full 14 hours before her competitors from Norway and Canada had crossed the finish line.

Road Worlds for Seniors Key Stats

Signed up teams 260

Registered cyclists 5099

Total kilometers cycled 156,403

World Champion men: Norman Côté, Canada

World Champion women: Kathrine Myhr, Norway

World Champion teams: Bruyere Village, Canada

Crew of the Year: Harbison, Australia

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It is important to have meaningful activities that people can unite around. And for many the Road Worlds for Seniors, has become an important event each year, both for the senior cyclists, staff and family members.

We aim for the Road Worlds for Seniors to become the biggest sporting event in the world in terms of participants.

Creating a global event and building a strong community to support our wonderful cyclists are something that we at Motitech are passionate about. The Road Worlds for Seniors enables people to take part – regardless of age, functional level or where you are in the world – by bringing the competition to them, into their homes. By using the Motiview video library as motivation to track km on km, and counting distance, people can compete and explore the worlds from the safety of their own chair. We see time on time again how sharing stories, learning more about each other and finding inspiration in the team helps sites around the world become more dedicated, motivated and find new and innovative ideas for those they work with. And the event has even created new, international friendships creating a fun atmosphere for the cyclists as well as for staff.

We want to encourage even more seniors to have fun, compete and get active at the same time. The championship makes the cyclists become a part of something bigger, and everyone with a Motiview license can enter Road Worlds for Seniors for free.

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