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9 Mar 2022
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Virtual cycling connects women from all over the world and creates a safe, inclusive environment for women to cycle together

Cycling is so much more than just a sport. It’s a community of like-minded people enjoying a shared passion, inspiring each other on their cycling journeys and learning from one another. 

The pandemic has heightened our need for and understanding of community, and virtual cycling communities play an important role in creating a safe space where people can enjoy social connection, and therefore gives them a sense of belonging.

This is particularly significant for women, given some of the cultural and socio-economic constraints and the safety issues that can stop them from participating in cycling.

Virtual cycling platforms enable women from all over the world to come together and ride, to race against each other, to motivate and inspire each other, and ultimately create a lasting connection from anywhere in the world.

With its strong and supportive women’s community, Zwift provides the perfect virtual arena for women to enjoy safe and inclusive cycling together.

Women supporting women

Women-only group rides are a popular way to enjoy virtual cycling, as these are a sociable and easy way to make new friends whilst improving performance.

With so many groups to choose from on Zwift, there is something for everyone.

There are groups dedicated to steady social-paced rides, to recce spins, and of course those who are up for some leg-firing racing, as well as everything in-between.

Many groups offer training to help more women hit new personal bests, supporting them to achieve their goals while making new friendships and becoming part of a virtual cycling family.

Fellow riders are on hand to share their racecraft, whether that be teaching group riding etiquette, sharing jokes and stories, or providing tips on giving ‘Ride Ons’ or how to join your first Zwift race.

There are also specific workouts for women, created by women, such as the Baby on Board workouts.

Written by Kristin Armstrong and Dani Rowe, two Olympic gold medallists who are both mothers themselves, Zwift’s Baby on Board workouts aim to help mothers set up a flexible training plan to keep them active on the bike.

One of the most decorated riders in British cycling, Elinor Barker, recently completed the Baby on Board workouts, which incorporate a range of relatively short and less intense sessions. 

Ultimately, the women’s cycling groups on Zwift have created a growing and inclusive women-led community enjoyed by amateurs and pros alike.

Cycling made easy all over the world

The emergence of virtual cycling and racing opportunities has showcased the existence of a safe environment for women cyclists, both in terms of physical safety but also as a supportive and convenient space in which to be a female athlete.  

In the real world there are a multitude of factors which may affect getting out for a cycle, which may include safety issues, the weather, finding the time or simply the right women’s race for you. But in the virtual world, this all dissipates.

Female cyclists are not separated by real-world barriers or disciplines.

With no busy roads or traffic to contend with, or the potential for unwanted attention, virtual cycling empowers women to focus on their goals and the road ahead without any distractions getting in the way.

It also enables women to ride at high levels from anywhere in the world, providing them with opportunities they might not otherwise have in their local communities.

There are multiple women-only events every day on Zwift, taking place in a host of different time zones. This provides huge flexibility for women to race, at every ability, and at whatever time.

Simply find a race that suits you and your schedule, and enjoy the thrill of riding with women from all over the world.

Connecting and cycling with people from all corners of the globe has never been easier, and is the essence of what makes virtual cycling so inclusive.

An inspiring community

It’s not just group rides or the friendships and connections you can form with other riders which makes virtual cycling an empowering space for women. 

Zwift is also a community that provides opportunities to ride with and be inspired by female athletes at the very top level.

Share the road with pro cyclists such as Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen and Dutch compatriot and former world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, or conquer the Alpe du Zwift whilst chasing Ironman 70.3 World Champion Lucy Charles Barclay and really push yourself to your limits.

It is hard not to be inspired when riding with these incredible women.

One look at the Zwift Academy, the platform’s global talent-identifying program, which provides aspiring riders from all over the globe with an opportunity to compete for a professional contract, and it is easy to see the enabling power and positive impact Zwift is having on amateur women’s cycling.

By facilitating and encouraging a supportive women’s cycling community, Zwift provides women from all backgrounds and in any location with the space to connect with each other, achieve their goals and cycle further.

The power of community should not be underestimated.

• To get involved in Zwift’s cycling communities, sign up here for a free 7-day trial and then subscribe for £12.99 a month