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Details announced for first UCI eSports World Championships

Will Strickson
25 Nov 2020

Zwift-hosted event will see riders including Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten and Rigoberto Uran race for a new rainbow jersey

Details for the first UCI Cycling eSports World Championships have been announced. Zwift will host Elite Men's and Women's races on 9th December, with victors winning a new virtual and physical rainbow jersey.

Some of cycling's biggest names from 22 countries are set to compete in the event, including Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten and Lisa Brennauer in the Elite Women's race and Victor Campenaerts, Rigoberto Uran and Alberto Bettiol in the Elite Men's.

The British contingent includes Elinor Barker and Dame Sarah Storey as well as Tom Pidcock and Ed Clancy.

Professional riders will also be joined by some of the best Zwift racers and Zwift CEO Eric Min believes there could be an upset: 'Many will be familiar with the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women's WorldTour riders but I believe they will be pushed all the way by the specialist indoor racers.

'Don't be surprised to see a member of the Zwift Cycling eSports emerge on top.'

Both elite races will take on the same 50km Watopia Figure-8 Reverse course finishing up the 5.5% Hilly climb.

With the new World Championship a new rainbow jersey has also been revealed, with the classic stripes getting a pixelated design, which will go to the winners' avatars in the virtual world as well as to the riders themselves for competing in UCI eSports events in 2021.

Alongside the pro races, there will also be an opportunity for amateurs to compete in the 'Nations Challenge' on 5th and 6th December.

The Nations Challenge will be won by the country with the fastest average time, so all riders' efforts will count towards the contest.