Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, has now selected the final six riders who will progress to the Zwift Academy finals, moving a step closer to a professional cycling contract with top ranked women’s and men’s teams.
From a competition that drew over 68,000 riders, the field narrows to six promising cyclists, three women and three under-23 men. Over the course of the recently-completed semi-finals, these finalists completed a series of workouts, both at home on Zwift, using the new Tacx Neo II, and out on the road.
Zwift notes that all finalists have displayed the natural ability that is required to make it as a professional rider. ‘Now all eyes are on that very prize – a professional cycling contract for the 2020 season.’
The finalists will now head to Southern Spain in early December for the team camps of CANYON//SRAM Racing, and Team Dimension Data, which is rebranding to NTT Pro Cycling in 2020.
The riders will be required to perform a series of tests on Zwift, and out on the road with the respective World Tour teams. Riders will be assessed not only on their raw cycling talent, but also their race craft, communication skills and ability to fit in well with a team. The two winners will be selected by team coaches, staff, and also the riders.
The three CANYON//SRAM Racing | Zwift Academy Finalists are:
- Catherine Colyn, South Africa
- Jessica Pratt, Australia
- Samara Sheppard, New Zealand
The three Team Dimension Data Zwift Academy Finalists are:
- Drew Christensen, New Zealand
- Mathijs Loman, The Netherlands
- Campbell Pithie, New Zealand
At the end of the finals, the winner will be announced from each of the camps. The women’s winner will join 2018 Academy winner Ella Harris on the CANYON//SRAM World Tour team. The men’s winner will join the NTT Pro Cycling U23 Team alongside Martin Lavrič, the 2018 Zwift Academy winner.