This year’s UCI Cycling Esports Worlds will run on a new map in Scotland; (photo/Zwift) Support us! GearJunkie may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More
On Saturday, Feb. 18, 200 racers from 23 nations will roll up to the starting line — mounted on Zwift trainers at home.
It’s the start of the third Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Cycling Esports World Championships. The virtual venue: the app’s brand-new map in Scotland.
The race gets underway at 6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET). A new racing format focuses on producing “exciting viewing and fierce racing,” per Zwift and the UCI. The multidiscipline format consists of three races: The Punch, The Climb, and The Podium, all contested within a 75-minute window.
To watch, you can tune in live on the YouTube channel of either Zwift or Global Cycling Network (GCN) .
What’s at stake? The men’s and women’s winner of each event will get the coveted UCI Cycling Esports World Champions rainbow-striped jersey. They then get the right to wear it during sanctioned esports races until next year’s Worlds. Of course, their avatar will wear the rainbow stripes during their reign too. Virtual Equipment and PowerUps
(Photo/Zwift) All 200 riders will compete on the latest Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainers . They “intelligently” respond to the changes in virtual terrain and race situations, simulating the draft of other riders and gradients of climbs and descents. Riders can choose from all available road bike and wheel options Zwift offers […]
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