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Train like a pro with your friends on Zwift and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. We’ll ride together over 8 weeks with a program designed by world-class coaches as a strong community. And we’ll rally behind one rider under 23 who will earn a life-changing, pro contract.

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Pro Level Training

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.

  • 10 structured workouts
  • 4 group rides
  • 2 races

Meet the Team

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is the first African team to compete in the Tour de France. The UCI World Tour team is as fast as they are virtuous: working directly with the non-profit organization, Qhubeka, they donate thousands of bicycles every year to residents in South Africa.
  • Mark Cavendish

    Great Britain

    "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."

  • Edvald Boasson Hagen

    Norway

    "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."

  • Nic Dlamini

    South Africa

    "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!"

Ollie Jones

2017 Zwift Academy Winner

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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FAQ

When does the Zwift Academy start and finish?

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.

What do I need to do to graduate Zwift Academy?

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.

Should I take an FTP test before starting the Academy?

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.

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