After bringing home Great Britain’s first-ever esports cycling medal last year with a third-place finish, this year Zoe Langham went one better to take the silver medal in the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships.
The 17-strong Great Britain team faced an all-new format, identical for both the men’s and women’s events, which included three gruelling races – The Punch, The Climb and The Podium – eliminating riders after each stage.
In the women’s race, Langham took third-place finishes in the first two races, putting her in a strong position ahead of The Podium finale. Last year’s bronze medallist held on through the elimination sprints, until eventually being outsprinted in the final leg as Dutch rider Loes Adegeest dropped a Zwift tactic known as the ‘burrito power up’ to take her second world title.
On her silver medal, Langham said, “I came into this week quite unwell, so I was really happy to get to the start line. There was absolutely no mercy out there tonight! The field has seriously stepped up as it does year after year, I’m so proud of the GB team as I am every year. If you’d asked me what I’d been happy with at the start of tonight, if I’d made it past the first race I’d have been ecstatic so it’s been a fantastic night.”
Teammates Lucy Harris, Mary Wilkinson and Lizi Brooke also delivered strong rides working to support Langham, but didn’t quite make it to the final race. Brooke just missed out on […]
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