Clip in and get ready for a new UCI course coming to Zwift! We are partnering with the organizing committee of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. This year’s races will take place in Innsbruck, Austria from September 22nd to 30th but you’ll be able to ride them even sooner on Zwift.
We are excited to bring a part of the course to Zwift. All Zwifters can to ride the course prior to the World Championships. Billed as the hilliest UCI Road World Championships in a generation, the new Zwift world will focus on the 15mile (24km) “Olympic Lap” tackled 7 times during the Men’s road race and 3 times during the Women’s road race. This section includes a 5mile (8km) climb and passes through the scenic town of Innsbruck that’s known as the “Capital of the Alps”.
The course will be available on Zwift before the World Championships begin, so pro racers will be able to get a feel for the actual course by riding on Zwift. This will be the first time racers will be able to see the course and ride it prior to the actual event. They will be able to plan their attacks and get a feel for the real course and begin to work out the best way to conquer it. For the rest of us Zwifters, we get a chance to ride a World Championship course from the comfort of our homes alongside the pros!
Are you ready to compare times with the best?
Bernhard Eisel of Team Dimension Data told us, “The lead contenders will certainly be performing course reconnaissance in the coming months, as is the norm. However, what is new is the ability to repeatedly train on a key segment of the course and understand when the best moments to attack will come. For riders such as myself, who will serve as a supporting rider, we need to understand when the critical moments of the race will come and ensure our leaders are in the best position possible. And it will be super motivating to prepare alongside Zwifters from all over the world”.
The new 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck-Tirol course won’t go away after September. We will keep it in rotation with the other worlds to always give the community variety in are ever growing Zwift universe.
Stay tuned for more updates, and get ready to ride Innsbruck this August!