Zwift has made an announcement that’s certain to pique the curiosity of Esports riders. The indoor biking platform has been confirmed to host the 2022 UCI Biking Esports World Championships on February 26, 2022.
For the 2022 UCI Biking Esports World Championships, Zwift has elected the platform’s New York map because the digital venue of selection. Riders can be competing over two and a half laps of the Knickerbocker route. All riders will race the identical route distance and profile, with a complete distance of 54.9km and 944m of vertical ascent. A single Knickerbocker lap is 22.5km.
The route will check climbing skill with a KOM phase that includes a 6.1-per cent common gradient over a distance of 1.4km, with ramps of as much as 17 per cent.
All riders have an opportunity to qualify
Zwift is eager to democratise the qualifying standards for its 2022 UCI Biking Esports World Championships occasion. To do this, these riders who aren’t a part of nationwide Esport biking squads can nonetheless try entry through qualification.
David Lappartient, UCI President, says it’s “thrilling to disclose a brand new alternative for rising biking esports stars, enabling them to compete with family names from the UCI WorldTour peloton.”
Whereas all Zwift Racing League Premier Division riders will obtain an automated invite for the qualifying occasions, group riders must race in a sequence of Continental Qualifying occasions, granted they’re no less than stage 5+ and have been auto-categorised by WTRL as a Class A (or above). Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will all have their very own Zwift qualifiers and the highest 5 riders from every of those are added to their nationwide federation staff.
Zwift has additionally taken the stance to proceed gender parity with the occasion distance and prizes for the 2022 UCI Biking Esports World Championships. Prize cash has not but been confirmed, however we all know winners will get each a digital and bodily rainbow jersey, confirming their standing as Esport biking world champions.