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After 8 weeks of qualification, the competition continues as ten riders advance to the next round. Who will go pro?

Meet The Riders

We are pleased to announce the 10 Semi-Finalists of the CANYON//SRAM Racing | Zwift Academy! More than 4,900 women participated — a new record — and choosing these 10 was tough. There’s so much talent and passion in our community!
  • Eva Buchholz



  • Catherine Colyn


    South Africa

  • Harriet Dodd



  • Nathalie Eklund



  • Ella Harris


    New Zealand

  • Ione Johnson


    New Zealand

  • Helen McKay



  • Elne Owen

    East London

    South Africa

  • Laura Van Regenmortel



  • Mary Wilkinson

    North Yorkshire


Tanja Erath

2017 Zwift Academy Winner

Tanja Erath is the winner of the 2017 Zwift Academy. Hailing from Dortmund, Germany this former triathlete was working as a nurse then left to go back to school and just completed an advanced medical degree this past summer. She fell in love with fixed gear crit racing, got on the podium at Red Hook Crit in 2017, and is now a member of Canyon//SRAM.


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When does the Zwift Academy start and finish?

The Qualifying period begins on August 6, 2018 and ends on September 30th, 2018. The Semi-Finals run from October 15 - 28, 2018.

The Finals for Team Dimension Data Zwift Academy will be held in mid-November at the Team Dimension Data training camp. The Finals for CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy will be held early/mid-December at the CANYON//SRAM Racing training camp.

What do I need to do to graduate Zwift Academy?

To graduate the Academy, complete the program’s 10 structured workouts, 4 group rides and 2 races between August 6th and September 30th. You’ll find the workouts in a folder called Zwift Academy 2018 on your workout menu screen. Group rides and races must specifically be designated ‘Zwift Academy’ to count towards your graduation.

Should I take an FTP test before starting the Academy?

We recommend that you start the Academy with an accurate FTP (Functional Threshold Power) number to ensure the best results from your structured training. To find your FTP, you can do the FTP test from the workout menu, join a pre-Zwift Academy FTP Ramp-up ride, join a race or climb up the epic KOM as hard as you can. All of these options will give you a good reading of your FTP.

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