In February 2023, Zwift will host the third edition of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. The men’s and women’s races will both take on a brand new event format, comprising three back-to-back races, on a brand new race course. Uniquely in cycling, there will once again be an open qualification pathway into the event, allowing any Zwift racer the opportunity to secure a place on the start line. Do you think you have what it takes to become the ultimate Zwifter, and be crowned the UCI Cycling Esports World Champion?! If so, read the below carefully!
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In collaboration with the UCI, Zwift will be organizing 3 Continental Qualifiers to the UCI 2023 Cycling Esports World Championships. The regions for this year will be Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia and Oceania. Events will take place:
The top athletes in each race will be added to their national squad and awarded a place on the start line of the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. The number of qualification places available will differ according to the region;
This year’s Continental Qualifiers will break new ground with a brand new event format that is unique to cycling esports. Competitors will need to navigate 3 rounds of back to back racing, on routes which have been specifically designed to provide the ultimate test of an esports cyclist. A number of riders will be eliminated after races one and two, with only the strongest left standing in event 3. Whilst there will be a few qualification spots up for grabs in the first two races, it’s race three where the majority of qualification spots will be on the line.
The exact calibration of each regional race will differ slightly according to the number of qualification places that are available, and the number of starters in the race. The final details will be distributed to all competing riders in the race guide for their event.
The below is intended to provide an indicative flavour of what you’ll be signing yourself up for!
Who is eligible to compete in the Continental Qualifiers?
Existing Elite riders – All riders that took part in Zwift Racing League Premier Division (2021/22), Zwift Knockouts, or are taking part in the upcoming Zwift Grand Prix, will receive an automatic invitation from Zwift to the Continental Qualifier events at the start of October 2022. These riders will need to follow steps 1, 3 and 4 below.
Any other Zwifter can become eligible for the Continental Qualifiers by following the process outlined below:
1. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Between September 1 and October 23
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2. PARTICIPATE IN THE QUALIFICATION PATHWAY RACES
During October Zwift will organize special ‘Qualification Pathway Races’ to qualify riders into the Continental Qualifiers. These events will be held over 3 weeks and set up in Zwift Power as a General Classification.
3. SUBMIT PRE-VERIFICATION INFORMATION
All riders must submit the full set of pre-verification information outlined below by no later than the 28th October by filling in this form.
Please note that you must compete on one of the following direct drive smart trainers (or smart bikes) in the list below and additionally must complete the ZADA power test using the same equipment you will be competing on.
Permitted Smart Trainers/ Bikes;
Please see Appendix A of the Zwift Esports Rules and Regulations for additional step by step instructions, if required.
|1. RIDER INFORMATION||Zwift ID, Name, any major results, accomplishments or information about yourself you like to share.|
|2. SMART TRAINER INFORMATION||Including manufacturer, type, model, version, serial number, firmware, calibration factor, pictures of the smart trainer (or smart bike) with your bike set up and of the serial number.
For the Continental Qualifiers You must be riding on one of the ‘Permitted Smart Bikes or Trainers’ in the list above.
|3. POWER METER AND HEAD UNIT INFORMATION||Including type, model, version, serial number, firmware, calibration factor, slope, pictures of the power meter on the bike and a picture of the serial number|
|4. ZADA POWER TEST||
|5. EVIDENCE OF REAL LIFE OR ZWIFT EFFORTS||Including files and Strava links to your BEST efforts for 5 to 15 seconds, 1 minute, 3-5 minutes, 10 to 20 minutes|
4. PREPARE FOR THE RACE!
Once you have submitted this information and it has been verified, you will be sent a confirmation email to the correspondence email address you have supplied.
If you have any additional questions not answered in the below, please post them on this forum page, and a member of our team will provide an answer, which all riders will be able to see.
1. What time will the Continental Qualifier races be held?
Women’s Continental Qualifiers – Saturday, November 12, 2022
Men’s Continental Qualifiers – Sunday, November 13, 2022
2. Which Rules and Regulations will apply for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
3. What Equipment will I need for the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2023 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.
|✓||For the Continental Qualifiers You must be riding on one of the ‘Permitted Smart Bikes or Trainers’ in the list above.|
|✓||Power meter and dual recording of power onto a second device, e.g. a gps head-unit|
|✓||Cadence sensor – It is mandatory to have a functioning cadence sensor connected to the Zwift game throughout the event. This can be the inbuilt cadence sensor from your smart trainer or smart bike.|
|✓||HR Monitor – it is mandatory to have a functioning HR monitor connected to the game, and providing accurate data, throughout the event|
|✓||Tape Measure / Weighing scales – all riders will be required to provide height and weight videos in the run up to the event|
4. Will the events be broadcast?
Yes! All of the Continental Qualifiers to UCI 2023 Cycling Esports World Championships will be broadcast live on Zwift’s YouTube Channel.
5. What happens if I qualify through my Continental Qualifier to UCI 2022 Cycling Esports World Championships?
If you’re serious about earning that place on the UCI Cycling Esports World Championship startline, 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 qualify from your Continental Qualifier to UCI 2023 Cycling Esports World Championships, the following process will be undertaken;
1. What is ‘Race Like a Champ’?
Race like a Champ is part of Zwift’s ZRacing Monthly Series, which provides fun and flexible racing opportunities for Zwifters every month. In October the series will be themed ‘Race Like a Champ’ and take in a different past World Championships courses each week. If you want to use the series to become eligible for the Continental Qualifiers, you must enter the specific ‘Qualification Pathway Race’ events at the times outlined above. Any participation outside of these events will not count towards your eligibility.
2. I have only done one or two of the events in October – can I still be eligible?
In order to be eligible you must take part in all 3 ‘Qualification Pathway Races’ – please note the times and dates above – any of the four timeslots each week will count.
3. I think that I’m eligible but I’ve not received any communication from Zwift ?
If you have completed steps 1 to 3 of the eligibility process outlined above but have not received any communication from Zwift by the 6th November, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that if you have not registered your interest in the event before October 23rd, you will not be eligible.