Zwift announces 2018 Training Academy semi-finalists

20 amateurs in with a chance of winning a pro contract

After launching its annual Zwift Academy competition for a chance for amateur riders to win a pro-cycling contract, Zwift has today announced its 20 semi-finalists.

One professional contract is up for grabs on the women's CANYON//SRAM Racing team and one on the men's U23 Team Dimension Data, and ten men and ten women are in the running.

5,000 women and 30,000 men took part in the initial eight-week training program, which involved ten structured workouts, four group rides and two races to select the top 20 riders in each category.

The women's academy is in partnership with the CANYON//SRAM team
The women's academy is in partnership with the CANYON//SRAM team

These 20 semi-finalists will continue their trials between 15–28 October, after which the group will be whittled down to just six contenders — three each in the women's and men's categories.

Ollie Jones won the Team Dimension Data contract last year
Ollie Jones won the Team Dimension Data contract last year

The finalists will then be invited to week-long training camps in Cape Town, South Africa and Malaga, Spain in mid-November, and based on this final test, one rider in each category will be awarded a professional contract.

If you fancy your chances you can try out the semi-final workouts yourself on Zwift.

Did you enter this year? Let us know how you got on in the comments below.

This article was updated on 8 October 2018.

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