The sessions will kick off on 6th May and will continue every Wednesday and Saturday (time zone dependent) in May, with three times offered throughout each day to ensure that athletes in most time zones will be able to join. Each ride will feature a different pro MTB rider serving as a ride leader, who will be available to chat with ride participants and ensure that the ride stays at a “civil, inclusive pace”.
“With trails closed in many places, or too crowded to allow safe riding, we wanted to give mountain bike athletes the chance to ride together and socialise in a safe environment,” said Colin Eustace, vice president of global marketing for Wahoo.
“For many mountain bikers, this is a special opportunity to ride with some of the sport’s biggest stars – the kind of interaction that would be singular and memorable, with or without a global pandemic.”
EWS rider Caro Gehrig added: “When I approached our sponsor Wahoo to organise a single ride for the Enduro World Series riders I never thought a few weeks later we would end up at this and find ourselves with a list of the most decorated riders in the world keen to take part in a whole series!
“With no racing happening it is an amazing opportunity for the athletes and fans alike to ride together. It’s a cool way to stay connected and fit at the same time through these troubled times, I can’t thank Wahoo and Zwift enough for providing this virtual meeting ground. I can’t wait to meet some other riders and MTB fans!”
The month will conclude with an MTB ‘Royal Rumble’ to give everyone the chance to race each other. Ride leaders will include Troy Brosnan, Brook Macdonald, Noga Korem, Sam Hill, Anita and Caro Gehrig and over 50 other pros across downhill, cross-country and enduro.
There will be a total of 24 rides over the course of four weeks covering all time zones twice weekly. Complete information on the rides, including a separate list of times in other times zones and instructions for signing up, can be found here.