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We tapped world-class coaches to build workouts suited for the pros. Tailor the workouts to your specific fitness ability. And you’ll find friendly Zwifters right by your side. Complete 16 events 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 in 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 top 10 contenders to the semi-finals in October. From there, 3 riders will be invited to attend team camp with CANYON//SRAM Racing, where they’ll crown the winner.
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"Zwift Academy is a great project that provides a huge opportunity for women to choose a new, crazy and unpredictable path. And to start something new in their lives and become a professional bike rider!"
"It's a great and innovative opportunity for people who haven't had the standard pathway to become a professional. It also gives women a challenge to be a part of the CANYON//SRAM Zwift Academy and to make it a personal goal to graduate."
"From the first year to the second, the Academy has evolved. Both Zwift and the Canyon//SRAM racing team have learned a lot in how to best identify women through Zwift. And then put them in 'real life' scenarios to see if they have the right potential to be part of the team."
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.
Leah Thorvilson was the winner of inaugural Zwift Academy beating 1,200 other competitors on her way to winning a pro contract with the CANYON//SRAM Racing Team for the 2017 season. The team renewed her contract for 2018. A former long distance runner, Thorvilson qualified to run in the US Olympic Team Marathon Trials.
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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.
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.
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.