With more than two-dozen corners, a handful of punchy climbs, and a few cobbled sections, the Richmond course will be a true test of mettle in person or virtually.

With more than two-dozen corners, a handful of punchy climbs, and a few cobbled sections, the Richmond course will be a true test of mettle in person or virtually.​

The start of the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships in Richmond, Virginia, is still 11 days away, but you can get an intimate advanced preview of the race course now.

Zwift have partnered with cycling's world governing body and the race's local promoters to create the first-ever virtual version of a world championship course. Anyone with some basic indoor training equipment (trainer, power meter, heart rate monitors, etc.) and a wifi connection can take a spin on a virtual 3D version of the 16.2km course by connecting to Zwift software, which is still available as a free beta download to Mac or PC. The course will be live on Zwift Tuesday, September 8, as well as September 13-15 and September 20-27.

This is the first time cycling's world championships have been on U.S. soil since Colorado Springs 1986.

This is the first time cycling's world championships have been on U.S. soil since Colorado Springs 1986.​

For the uninitiated, Zwift uses multiplayer video game technology to deliver a social and entertaining indoor cycling experience. Zwift is enhanced by iOS and Android apps and riders can easily be uploaded to fitness tracking services such as Strava, Garmin Connect and Training Peaks.

Athletes from around the world can ride with each other in various virtual worlds simply by connecting their existing devices wirelessly via ANT+.

With more than two-dozen corners, a handful of punchy climbs, and a few cobbled sections, the Richmond course will be a true test of mettle virtually or in person. If you want to really test yourself, try emulating the elite men. They'll contest a leg crushing 16 laps on race day.

For more information please visit www.zwift.com.