Zwift, the fitness platform born from gaming, is set to host the first men’s and women’s Zwift National Championship events on February 24. Zwifters from the top 15 nations worldwide will compete to earn the right to wear their national jersey in Zwift for a year. Each national championship event will include men’s and women’s individual races. Both races will take place on the Watopia Volcano climb course.
The 2018 Men’s National Championship Race will complete three laps of the 14.2 mile circuit, taking in a total of 2007 feet of climbing. The Women’s 2018 Championship Event will take place over two laps of the same course, totaling 1338 feet of climbing.
For 2018, the 15 countries with the most Zwifters have been selected to compete in the first Zwift National Championships. These countries are: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, South Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, France, and Poland. All events take place on February 24 with the exception of Australia.
The Australian Zwift National Championships will take place later this year to fall in line with their winter cycling season. As with all regular national championship events, you must enter the championship corresponding to your registered nationality, rather than country of residence. If your home nation isn’t featured, fear not, more countries will be added in 2019.
Zwift National Championship Rules
- Riders are required to wear heart a rate monitor
- Riders will have to use a power meter or smart trainer to be considered for the win
- ZPower on traditional trainers or rollers will not be eligible
- Riders producing over 5w/kg average will be automatically disqualified. These riders can be reinstated after providing similar real-life matching performances verified by ZADA
- Strava data for the Zwift National Championship races must be open (not private or hidden)
- Riders must register at www.zwiftpower.com before the race
- By entering this event, riders agree to the terms and conditions at www.zwiftpower.com
- Eligibility is based on a rider’s Zwift account country/flag, not the rider’s place of residence
For more information on the Zwift National Championships, head to zwift.com.