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Zwift Academy returns to take another rider from amateur to pro

Registration open for online training app that could earn you a pro contract

Joe Robinson
3 Jul 2019

Zwift Academy, the online training regime that turns amateurs into professional riders using virtual cycling, has returned for a fourth year. The challenge, open to all users of the training app, saw 35,000 men and women apply to try their luck at being offered a professional contract on the road in 2018.

To be in with a chance of signing on the dotted line with a professional team, all you have to do is sign up to the Academy, complete eight in-game workouts and four races or social rides.

Then, the best will be cherry picked by a collection of coaches to enter the competition's semi-final stage, with those who are successful being announced in October and invited for further testing.

Of course, you can just complete the Academy programme to get fit, achieve personal goals and further your level on the game.

All users who complete 25% of the workouts will receive the Zwift Academy socks while 50% competition will earn you a new set of shoes and 75% a new cap.

Then, those who manage to complete all eight workouts and the four social rides will be rewarded with new in-game bikes, a Zwift Academy BMC SLR01 for the men and a Canyon Ultimate for the women. All those who sign up will also be offered access to the premium 'Today’s Plan' training platform regardless of membership.

Around 100,000 riders are expected to enrol in this unique Academy for 2019 which has forged itself as a proven hunting ground for untapped talent.

In the four years since its introduction, the likes of Martin Laveric, Leah Thorvilsen and Ella Harris have established themselves in the Dimension Data U23 men's team and the Canyon-Sram women's squad.

For previous winner Harris, she believes the Zwift Academy presented her with an opportunity she may not have been otherwise presented.

'Zwift Academy has helped me realise my dream, and I’m living it right now,’ Harris said. 'I grew up in New Zealand where it’s incredibly hard to get noticed as we are so far removed from the professional scene - especially that in Europe.

'Typically I would have to travel long distances to races. However, Zwift allowed me to prove my ability on a global stage from the convenience of my home. It’s not been easy to adjust to a new life and the professional peloton, but I’m happy with my progress so far.’

If you think you have what it takes to turn pro or are just looking for an excuse to get fit, enrolment for the 2019 Academy is already open.

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