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With the inaugural cycling esports world championships looming in just over a month, the UCI and Zwift have unveiled route details as well as announcing a key piece of tech news.
Organizers announced several new sponsor partnerships on Monday, including the arrival of Garmin-Tacx as the event’s “Official Trainer Partner.” Alongside that news was the announcement that all competitors will be supplied with Tacx NEO 2T smart trainers for the racing ahead.
In other words, Esports Worlds will take place on a standardized trainer platform. That should remove some of the variables inevitably associated with different riders using different trainers, which can lead to small differences in the power measurements that are critical to e-racing.
Other partners coming aboard for the first edition of the event are Shimano, Science in Sport, and Toyota South Africa Motors.
Organizers also provided some details about the route of this year’s event, which is set to take place on December 9. Esports Worlds will take on Zwift’s Watopia Figure 8 Reverse Course, finishing atop the KOM Forward climb. Both the men’s and women’s races will cover 50 virtual kilometers with a total of 483 meters of climbing.
The winners will secure rainbow jerseys, with designs still to be announced.
Also expected to be announced soon are start lists for both fields.