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Register and do new workouts made by world-class coaches, suited for the pros. Tailor the workouts to your specific fitness ability. And you’ll find friendly Zwifters right by your side. Complete 16 rides during the 8-week period to graduate.
Know exactly how many events you need to finish to graduate. A new feature lets you monitor your progress in Zwift Academy. All riders will be offered free premium access to Today’s Plan for the duration of the Academy, complete with new features that let you see how you stack up against your age group, and the overall competition.
Hard work pays off. Zwift Academy participants are eligible for cool rewards and unlocks at key milestones.
Zwift Academy runs from August 6th to September 30th.
10 graduates will advance to the semifinals, taking place Oct 15th - Oct 28th.
Top 3 advance to the finals, held in mid-November.
Do you have what it takes to be on the World Tour? Zwift Academy is here to highlight your talents. A panel of judges will analyze performance data and invite the ten under-23 contenders to the semi-finals in October. From there, 3 riders will be invited to attend team camp with Team Dimension Data, where they’ll crown the winner.
We work directly with Qhubeka, a non-profit that supplies real-life Qhubeka bikes to South African communities. We donate 1 bicycle for every 10 Zwifters that graduate.
"It's widely known that I came to the professional peloton after coming through the British Cycling Performance Academy. At the time this was a brand new concept to try and help talented British riders break through in continental Europe. It's exciting to see another new, even more radical route to the professional pelotonn with Zwift Academy. I'm sure it can prove just as successful."
"I've been on Zwift since it started. It's a great tool that let's me train properly and helps the time pass quickly. For other cyclists, it's nice to be able to ride amongst the professionals and see what we get up to. Whether you are seeking that pro contract or not, make sure you have fun in the Academy. No matter what, you'll come out quicker."
"I came through the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka U23 development team and am now riding World Tour, so I know just what a huge opportunity this is. If you feel like you have what it takes, then make sure to really give this your all!"
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Ollie Jones gave Zwift Academy his all and earned a spot on the Team Dimension Data U23 Continental Squad. After winning he said, "To say this is a dream come true is an understatement of the year. It's a life changing experience and I still can't believe it's happening."
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The Zwift Academy begins on August 6, 2018 and the final day to complete the program and graduate is on September 30th, 2018. For those competing for the pro contract, 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.
To graduate the Zwift Academy you will need to 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.
We recommend that you start the Zwift 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.