Zwift and the UCI have inked a deal which will revolutionize the world of virtual racing: the first-ever UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, to be held in 2020 on Zwift’s platform.
Who gets to wear the rainbow stripes from the comfort of their basement training dungeon?
It’s not at all surprising that Zwift got the deal, the UCI has enjoyed a mutually-beneficial relationship with the platform throughout its history, with three UCI Road World Championship courses available in the game (Richmond, Innsbruck, and Yorkshire). All told, riders have covered over two million miles on these virtual UCI courses.
Also, April’s UCI progress report from president David Lappartient included this:
€¦ we have included e-cycling in our Regulations and are organising the first UCI e-cycling World Championships in 2020 €¦
Matt Stephens interviewing Craig Edmondson, CEO of Zwift Esports:
2020 UCI Road World Championships in Martigny, Switzerland
The UCI just announced that next year’s Worlds will be held in Switzerland, it’s pretty save to assume that the Martigny course will be released on Zwift sometime in August of 2020.