A former winner of the Cycling Weekly Club 10 Zwift race is one of five riders fighting for a pro contract with Alpecin-Deceuninck in the Zwift Academy finals.
Will Lowden, who races for NoPinz-R3R, has ridden the weekly Wednesday evening event four times winning on two of those occasions in January this year and October 2020.
In the competition for a spot alongside Mathieu van der Poel, he will face off against riders from Australia, Belgium and Italy. The winners announced on 17 December.
On the road Lowden rides for WattShop – the shop team of the aero cycle-parts business owned by Ineos Grenadiers performance engineer Dan Bigham – and boasts a 19:57 personal best for a ten mile time trial, set in October this year.
In the women’s competition for a spot on the Canyon-SRAM team British hopes rest with Alex Morrice (LDN – Brother) who registered a top ten at the Curlew Cup earlier this month.
Two Americans have also made it through to the final Elena Wu-Lang and Liz Van Houweling and will compete for a place alongside team leader Kasia Niewiadoma.
Van Houweling is a cycling coach by trade but got to be an elite Zwift racer largely just by having fun and told Cycling Weekly in 2021 that she eschews doing intervals on the bike (see below).The ten finalists have been whittled down from more than 96,000 riders who participated in this year’s Zwift Academy .The finals will be broadcast by GCN, with five films being released starting on 13 […]