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Zwift Academy expands into Pro Men’s Cycling, U23 winner gets a spot with Dimension Data Continental

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Zwift Academy expands into Pro Men's Cycling, U23 winner gets a spot with Dimension Data Continental

For a mostly virtual training program, Zwift has already had very real benefits for a lot of cyclists. But for one talented woman, it also resulted in a pro UCI World Tour cycling contract though the Zwift Academy. Starting out as a women-only competition, Leah Thorvilson ended up with a spot on the Canyon//SRAM Racing Team as a result of a virtual competition that transitioned into real life racing.

Now, with the help of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the Zwift Academy is expanding into men’s cycling, and the winner will have a chance to ride with their continental squad…

Not only is there a chance to ride for the Team Dimension Data Continental Squad for 2018, but the competition will directly benefit the Qhubeka charity. Qhubeka is known for providing specials bikes to communities in need, and they have pledged to donate one bike for every 10 males who complete the first phase of the Zwift Academy, up to 500 bikes. Phase one is a 6 week structured training course that will test a rider’s determination and fitness which starts on September 1, 2017.

After the Academy phase one ends on Oct. 13, the top 10 U23 riders (aged 18-21) will be selected and each will receive a Tacx trainer and other gear as they compete head to head. Three finalists will be chosen and flown to Cape Town, South Africa for the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka November training camp for a week with the team. From there, a winner will be chosen, who will gain a spot on the Dimension Data Continental team for 2018.

To be eligible for the contract, you must be between the ages of 18 and 21 on September 1, 2017, and you must have a Today’s Plan account (free premium account for the length of the Academy) to participate. Check out the link below for more details.


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Marc Smith
Marc Smith
6 years ago

Stupid idea, they should take all 3 finalist through a criterium to see of they can “drive” their bike. Zwift masters have proved in the past to completely fail to understand how to corner and handle the peloton. I would seriously tell this athlete to stay the hell back during a race. Dangerous to people who have been racing for a long time and gain security ona peloton.

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