Zwift has just announced the launch of its third annual Zwift Academy, which will run for eight weeks from 6 August until 30 September.

The highlight of this eight-week training program is the two professional contracts up for grabs for the best performers on the program: one with the U23 Women’s CANYON//SRAM WorldTour Team and one with the U23 Men’s Team Dimension Data.

The Zwift Academy pitches itself not just as a way to break in to the world of professional cycling, but also as a worldwide training camp.

For many riders it will provide a structured way to improve fitness over the eight-week period, with training plans devised by professional coaches.

To ‘graduate’ from the Academy riders have to complete 16 workouts. That includes 10 structured workouts, four group rides and two races. Competitors will gain free premium access to Today’s Plan for detailed training analytics and the ability to measure up against the competition.

As an additional incentive, for every 25 percent block of the Training Academy completed, entrants will gain exclusive in-game and real-world rewards. Zwift has also committed to donating one Qhubeka bike for every 10 graduates from the men’s academy.

And for those who believe that they are the next pro-talent waiting to be unearthed, 10 ‘graduates’ will be selected from the men’s and women’s training program each to move on to the semi-finals between 15–28 October.

The top three men and top three women will then take part in the finals, due to be held in mid-November, for their chance to win a pro contract.

Zwift Academy registration is free as part of Zwift’s membership. Visit the dedicated site for more information and to sign up.