When it was announced that the first UCI Cycling Esports World Championships would be held in 2020, Zwift was firmly embedded as part of the new opportunity to chase the rainbow jersey. However, even then, there was a hint that this may not always be the case as it was revealed that in 2020 a bidding process would be launched .
Now for 2024, 2025 and 2026 the Cycling Esports World Championships will no longer be on the platform which was so integral to its initiation, with the UCI thanking Zwift for its expertise in helping establish the event as it announced that it had awarded the event to virtual cycling app MyWhoosh.
“We are delighted to welcome MyWhoosh as the new platform and organiser of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships for the next three years, and we are convinced that they will continue to develop this exciting and popular event," said UCI President David Lappartient in a statement.
Zwift said while it was disappointed by the outcome, it was "extremely proud" of the three World Championships it had delivered with the UCI.
"Our commitment to grow the sport of cycling esports from community racing upwards and to further develop our elite racing product remains unchanged," said Zwift in response to a Cyclingnews request for comment on the change. "We will continue to innovate and drive this new sport forward.
"The Zwift community is the bedrock of cycling esports and we will continue to create top-level elite events, including a Zwift Championship, that […]