Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, is excited to launch the 2017 Canyon//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy beginning on 1 September.
Now in its second year, Zwift Academy brings together a worldwide community of women cyclists committed to building new fitness and new friendships.
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The six week Zwift Academy program is open to all female cyclists 18+. After welcoming over 1,200 registrants from 51 countries in its inaugural year, Zwift Academy is on track to draw 3x that amount this year.
The training is designed to bring out the best in each rider, while also identifying potential world-class talent. One lucky cyclist will ride away with a pro contract with the Canyon//SRAM Racing team for the 2018 season.
"When we announced the 2016 Zwift Academy, there was a lot of curiosity on whether the program could deliver on its lofty goals,” said Ronny Lauke, Canyon//SRAM’s Team Manager and Sports Director.
“The success of the first year showed that not only could we discover a world-class talent, but we could inspire a global community of female cyclists. With that proof of concept, the sky is the limit for the 2017 edition."
The program consists of 15 sessions over the six week stage, including prescribed workouts, fun group rides and a few races. Participants will see measurable gains in endurance, power and speed.
Graduates from the Academy will receive a specially designed in-game jersey as well as an exclusive real life gift from Rapha. Ten top-performing women will advance to a semi-final round beginning on 1 November.
After the semi-final round, three 2017 Zwift Academy finalists will be invited to the Canyon//SRAM Racing team camp in Mallorca, Spain, in December 2017, with the overall winner of the pro-contract announced shortly afterwards.
Riders interested in joining Zwift Academy can visit academy.zwift.com to find out more and sign up today. Registration closes on 15 September.
Zwift Academy 2017 schedule:
- The program: 1 September – 13 October
- Semi finals: 1–22 November
- Finals: December