Talent Development Youth Zwift Pilot

Talent Development Youth Zwift Pilot

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Zwift pilot launched by British Cycling Talent Development programme, as 2020 welcomes the use of new technology for youth riders. 

January and February 2020 see the British Cycling Talent Development programme pilot online training rides and races using the popular platform Zwift.  Initially, three dates have been identified enabling youth riders across the country to access activity alongside their peers, who they would normally only get chance to compete against a handful of times a year at larger scale events.

Call for youth riders

Initially, we are looking for 35 youth riders (born 2004-2006), who are experienced on Zwift, to be part of the trial activity across three evenings.  Each activity will start at 7:00pm, more details, including joining instructions can be found below:

Zwift Event 1 - Wednesday 29th January 2020

Zwift Event 2 - Tuesday 11th February 2020

Zwift Event 3 - Wednesday 26th February 2020

Joe Malik, Talent Development Manager said, ’2019 saw the successful inaugural British Cycling Zwift eRacing Championships with a qualification and grand final, the talent programme are now looking to build on this by exploring how Zwift can be utilised for coaching and training.  It’s important to say that Zwift is not here to replace pathway activity but compliment what is already taking place.  We are excited to explore how Zwift can be used to increase contact time and quality of training for athletes. The social aspect of Zwift has the potential to be huge with the riders being able to chat amongst themselves, train with expert riders and British Cycling coaches without the need to travel”.      

For more information on the British Cycling Talent Development Programme please click here.