On 26th February 2022, Zwift will host the second-ever edition of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. The men’s and women’s races will both take on 2.5 laps of Zwift’s New York Knickerbocker course (54.9km, 944m climbing), and for the first time in cycling, every top-level Zwift racer has a chance to secure a place on the start line alongside some of the biggest names in cycling.
In collaboration with the UCI, Zwift will be organizing 5 Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships (Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, Pan America):
- For women (27th November 2021)
- For men (28th November 2021)
The top 5 athletes in each race will be added to their national squad and awarded a place on the start line of the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships.
Do you think you have what it takes? This page will provide you with all the information needed to take part in the Continental Qualifiers to the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships.
Continental Qualifier Events
Who is eligible to compete in the Continental Qualifiers?
- Zwift Racing League Premier Division Riders - Zwift Racing League 2021/22 Season 1 Premier Division riders will receive an automatic invitation from Zwift to the Continental Qualifier events.
- Level 5+ Zwifters who have been auto-categorized by WTRL as Category A (or above) during the designated community events outlined below. Riders must have taken part in a minimum of 2 races across the following event series to be eligible:
- Zwift Racing League (ZRL) 2021/22 Season 1 Community Division (Oct - Nov 2021) - you can gain eligibility through all of the regular season races (Rounds 1 - 6) that take place between October 12th and November 16th, 2021.
- Continental Open event series - for any riders that are not currently competing in ZRL (or are only able to complete one event during ZRL), Zwift and WTRL will organize standalone Continental Open events for all time zones on the following dates:
- 13th November
- 14th November
- 20th November
- 21st November
For further information on event timings and to register, please see wtrl.racing/zwift-continental-open.
In order to be eligible for the Continental Qualifiers, all riders must be over the age of 18 as of 1st November 2021.
How will riders get invited?
If you fit the eligibility criteria, Zwift will send you an invitation to enter the event via email, to the email address you have registered with Zwift. The invitation will include all of the relevant information about the event, including;
- Course details
- Event joining instructions
- In-game equipment requirements
- Performance verification requirements
When will invites be issued?
ZRL Premier Division riders will receive their invites at the start of November. All other invitations will be sent to eligible riders between 16th- 23rd November.
When are the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
|Regional Qualification Event||Women
|Oceania Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships||5am UTC||5am UTC|
|Asian Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships||8am UTC||8am UTC|
|European Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships||11am UTC||11am UTC|
|African Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships||2pm UTC||2pm UTC|
|Pan American Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships||5pm UTC||5pm UTC|
Which Rules and Regulations will apply for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
- Zwift’s Esports Rules and Regulations will apply to the events
- All riders must be on a direct drive smart trainer or smart bike supported by Zwift with manufacturer claimed accuracy of +/- 2% or better (Reference Zwift Esports Rules 2.5.2)
- In addition, the UCI’s Regulations will apply to the event and the UCI will assume overall responsibility for governance of the events
- All riders will need to have undertaken a ZADA test ride within 12 months of the date of the competition. Please see Appendix A of the Zwift Esports Rules and Regulations for a step-by-step guide to what is required .
- Further information detailing Performance Verification for the Continental Qualifiers will be provided in your invitation to the event.
What Equipment will I need for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
For the Continental Qualifier events, each rider will need to have the following equipment (in addition to the basic equipment required to Zwift) in order to comply with the event rules and regulations and performance verification requirements.
Direct drive smart trainer or smart bike with manufacturer claimed accuracy of +/- 2%
Power meter - dual recording of power onto a second device, e.g. a GPS head-unit is required for this event
Cadence sensor - it is mandatory to have a functioning cadence sensor connected to the Zwift game throughout the event
HR monitor - it is mandatory to have a functioning heart rate monitor connected to the game throughout the event
Weighing scales - all riders will be required to provide height and weight videos in the run-up to the event
Will the events be broadcast?
Yes! All of the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships will be broadcast live on Zwift’s YouTube Channel.
What happens if I finish in the top 5 of my Continental Qualifier to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
If you’re serious about earning that place on the World Championship starting line, it is important that you understand what happens next if you win. The UCI Cycling Esports World Championships is the biggest cycling esports event on the calendar, and just like any other cycling World Championships, there is a strict framework in place to ensure the integrity of the event. If you are in the top 5 in your Continental Qualifier to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships, the following process will be undertaken:
- Your performance in the event will need to be fully verified by our ZADA team using the information you have provided in advance of the event. Please ensure that you fully understand the information provided in your invitation email to avoid issues with verifying your performance.
- You will be added to your National Federation’s squad for the World Championships. In order to do so you will need a racing license which is valid in the relevant country.
- You will be added to a registered testing pool for anti-doping purposes. As part of this process, you are likely to get tested by anti-doping authorities and will be required to provide whereabouts information during the event period.
- You will be sent hardware to use during the event, as all riders in the World Championships will using the same model of smart trainer.
What does auto-categorized as Category A by WTRL mean?
WTRL organizes a number of events on Zwift’s behalf, including the Zwift Racing League Community Division. Their toolset will categorize riders who race selected events into Categories A, B, C and D based on their physical performance. Category A is the top level of community racing on Zwift.
Category A within the auto-categorization for these events is defined as:
- Male riders with a performance in the events >4.0w/kg FTP and 250w FTP
- Female riders with a performance in the events >3.7w/kg FTP
For more information on eligibility please check wtrl.racing/zwift-continental-open.
Can you just use my Zwift Power category? Or my performances in other ZRL events such as ZRL Season 2?
No, only performances in the designated events outlined above will be eligible
I am not doing Zwift Racing League Community Division events - how can I qualify?
We are offering the opportunity to secure your Auto-Cat A with two weekends of Continental Open events. You must complete two race events to secure your invite.
I have only done one Zwift Racing League Community Division event and can't do another - can I still qualify?
Yes, you will need to ride in at least one of the Continental Open events and be auto-categorized an A Category rider.
How do I access the Continental Open Events? Will there be Performance Verification Requirements?
The Continental Open events are truly open, and any Zwifter can take part. Registration information, rules, and regulations for these events can be found at wtrl.racing/zwift-continental-open.
I want to be eligible for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships but can only fit in one of the designated races - what can I do?
Unfortunately, you will not be eligible to enter the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships.
I think that I’m eligible but I’ve not received my invite?
Zwift will send all invites to the event by the 23rd of November. If you think you are eligible for the event through the pathway of ZRL Community Division or the Continental Open events but have not received your invitation by this time please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships
Which continent does my country belong to?
For a definition of which region your country sits in please see the UCI Continental Confederations and National Federations Information main page.
What Performance Verification information will I need to provide for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
Detailed information will be provided in your invitation email, however in the meantime please ensure you are familiar with Zwift’s Esports Rules.