First round of grads emerge from Zwift Academy

Kieran Howells
First round of grads emerge from Zwift Academy

Zwift has seen its first round of 2017 top graduates emerge from the Zwift Academy to move closer to a professional cycling contract with top ranked men’s and women’s teams. 

The 20 semi-finalists, ten men and ten women from around the world, completed a structured program of group rides, races, and workouts over a six week period in the Zwift online cycling environment.

Over 2,100 women competed in the first of the CANYON//SRAM Racing | Zwift Academy, almost double the participants from 2016.  Previous CANYON//SRAM Racing | Zwift Academy graduate Leah Thorvilson just completed her first successful season with the CANYON//SRAM Racing this past summer, taking part in races like La Course, by Le Tour de France. 

Semi-finalists from the Team Dimension Data | Zwift Academy program rose to the top of a pool of nearly 10,000 cyclists from across the globe. These riders are after a spot on the team’s Continental squad as an Under 23 rider.

CANYON//SRAM Racing | Zwift Academy riders will receive Wahoo Fitness’ KICKR trainers and participants in Team Dimension Data | Zwift Academy will receive Tacx’s Neo Smart trainer as they move toward the next round of riding and racing.

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At the close of the semi-final round, six finalists will travel to their respective week-long team camps in late November and early December. One winner from each Academy will be announced at the close of each camp.

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