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Six finalists battling for Zwift Academy pro contract announced

Joe Robinson
12 Nov 2019

The riders will now head to Spain after reaching the Zwift Academy final

The six finalists vying for a professional contract through the 2019 Zwift Academy have been announced. Making the cut, beating 68,000 fellow entrants through the opening rounds and semi-finals, three men and three women will now battle it out in the final held in Southern Spain this December to earn contracts with the Canyon-Sram women's team and NTT U23 men's team respectively.

Making the cut for the women's final will be South Africa's Catherine Colyn, a former under-23 road race national champion, Australia's Jessica Pratt, who previously took a top 10 at the Junior Women's World Championships road race and Samara Shepard of New Zealand, a multiple national MTB champion.

On the men's side of the draw will be Dew Christensen of New Zealand, who raced the Junior Men's World Championships road race in Harrogate, mechanical engineering student from the Netherlands Mathijs Loman and cyclocross rider Campbell Pithie, also from New Zealand.

The final six will now head to Spain to train with the professional teams before the team coaches and riders decide a winner in December.

Previous Zwift academy winner Ella Harris had an impressive 2019 winning the young rider's jersey at the Vuelta a Burgos in May as well as fourth on General Classification at the Colorado Classic in August.