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  • Mel

    A different approach, will be interesting to watch this play out and see how successful it is!

    • Tony

      This concept has already been proven in other sports – such as motorsport. Nissan sponsors GT Academy which takes top video game players and puts them in real race cars – they’ve had some great early success, too. http://www.nissanusa.com/gtacademyshow/

  • J1

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some people doped to get the chance to go pro unfortunately.

  • VO2min

    And here I thought this was just a marketing ploy for Zwift. Now they just need to film it for a reality show.

  • Naveen T John

    This kind of reminds me of this from back in the day: http://www.podiuminsight.com/2010/05/29/win-a-1-year-contract-with-kenda-pb-geargrinder

    I don’t know how exactly that played out though.

  • Alex

    BRB, changing my sex on Zwift. You can call me Alexa from now on.

    • Laurens

      If that puts you ahead of all but two women you’re pretty talented as a man anyway!

    • Pete

      Tell us how you go so we can all laugh when you fail!
      Women’s cycling has progressed a lot so you better be pretty darn good.

      • Alex

        I think I could do alright :)

    • Dave

      Ah, the old Pauly Fenech tactic – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Fenech#Career

  • iammike

    Totally gonna be a Zpower user from Ohio.

  • Étienne H

    Forgive me for my ignorance, but couldn’t anyone just lower their weight to up Watts/Kg and make this whole strategy moot?

    • Pete

      Yeah, until they actually check.
      You do realise that the teams have a pretty good idea of what it takes to be a pro cyclist and once they see what you can do on Zwift they’ll want to have some sort of verification that all is above board.
      This idea will catch on. if I was running a team I’d be doing something similar. It’s a cheap and fast way of identifying potential athletes.

      • Dave


        Lots of nice cheap publicity for the team, and all for just a different approach to getting a ride as a stagiare.

    • Kevin Christopherson

      They’ll weed those out almost immediately. They’re going to analyze power meter data and will absolutely verify potential riders height/weight/Vo2 Max/HR etc. They’ll continually narrow down the field and then start requiring more data points like these. It’s pretty freaking AMAZING. The whole “Game” part of it just gives us an easy visual representation and “meeting point”. You could do the same thing using trainerroad or just a .fit file with a trainer road. But this includes virtual hills and stuff, I’m pretty blown away. Damn cool. Cycling needs this.


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