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London to host first ever eRacing Championships in March

Peter Stuart
28 Jan 2019

Men and women will compete for a £1,000 prize and national champion's jersey on Zwift

London will host the first British Cycling eRacing Championships this March, where for the first time a national men’s and women’s eRacing champion will be crowned and each will be awarded £1,000.

The race, the first Zwift race series of its kind, will be broken down into an elimination race, scratch race and points race. Before that, a mass-start online qualifier race will be held on the 24th February to reduce the field to the best performers. The full specific race schedule has yet to be publsihed.

After the multi-format race is completed, the top 10 finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions will compete virtually over two laps of Watopia Figure 8 – a total distance of 59.2km over varied (virtual) terrain. Following that, the top finishers will participate in a live final event in London, with the format yet to be determined.

All those seeking to qualify will need to be members of British Cycling, but all members are welcome to participate in the qualifying event. British Cycling members will also have access to a specific training programme working towards the championships, complete with group rides led by Great British Cycling Team Academy riders.

Electric racing

The move toward e-racing is not just limited to British Cycling. Only last week 15 pro teams took place in an e-sports cycling league. There are rumours of several cycling brands investing in purely e-racing teams to promote their presence on platforms such as Zwift.

Zwift has seen unprecedented growth over the last few years, announcing in December that the company had raised $120m in investment in order to fund increased international growth. 

Zwift claims to have over half a million users across 195 countries, and claims that in 2018 the platform was averaging 1 million virtual miles per day.

The British Cycling eRacing Championships, powered by Zwift, will begin with the mass-start online qualifier at 10.30am on 24th February, entry details are available here. The finals will take place in March in London, with the specific dates yet to be finalised.

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