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Zwift launches Yorkshire World Championships course

New map to replicate tough Harrogate finishing circuit at Yorkshire Worlds

Joe Robinson
28 Aug 2019

Amateurs will be able to experience the challenges of this year's World Championships from their own living rooms as Zwift launches a replica of the Harrogate finishing circuit on its online training app.

The virtual reality cycling game has partnered with the UCI for a third year to build an exact replica of the finishing road race circuit in Harrogate, Yorkshire that will be used at next month's Worlds.

The latest addition to the 'Zwift Universe' will be launched in early September and focus on the technical and hilly 14km finishing loop around the city of Harrogate that will feature at the end of both the men's and women's elite road races.

The actual UCI World Championships will take place in Yorkshire at the end of September with the men tackling a 285km course from Leeds to Harrogate and the women racing a 150km course from Bradford to Harrogate.

Zwift already features courses in the game that replicate sections of previous World Championship routes such as Richmond, USA and Innsbruck, Austria which operate alongside the game's fictitious Watopia island.

President of the UCI, David Lappartient, lauded Zwift's ability to replicate the course in a continued partnership between the two.

'Zwift is an exciting new product in our space. It’s fantastic to see how they are able to bring people from all over the world closer to the championships in an entirely virtual way,' said Lappartient

'Not only that, but their course will provide an opportunity for competing riders to familiarise themselves with what looks to be a very selective finishing circuit this year.'

Zwift CEO Eric Min also commented on the partnership and his delight at bringing the Worlds closer to spectators who may not be able to be at the roadside come the end of September.

'Ours is a history that dates back to the Richmond in 2015 - a course that still produces some of the most exciting racing on Zwift,' said Min.

'Like we have done with Richmond and Innsbruck-Tirol, we hope to bring more people closer to the action by being able to experience the Yorkshire course from the comfort of their own home.'

Zwift continues to rapidly grow since its inception in 2016. The training app recently expanded its main map, Watopia Island, introducing new routes and a new 5% climb.

This year also saw the inaugural virtual professional racing league and the introduction of an eRacing National Championships.