The Zwift world championships are coming, complete with a pixelated rainbow jersey

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Zwift today announced more details of the upcoming E-Sports world championships. With just over two weeks until the inaugural event, Zwift and the UCI confirmed the rider start list, the course, winners jerseys and a series of community events.

A total of 22 nations will be represented across the men’s and women’s races on December 9th with a number of household WorldTour names lining up virtually alongside the best e-sports racers in the world. Top names such as Anna van der Breggen, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Annemiek Van Vleuten, and Rigoberto Uran will have to adjust to the unique demands of E racing quickly if they are to challenge the indoor specialists such as Lionel Vujason, Ollie Jones and Cecilia Hansen. The full start list is below.

Men and women will race the same 50km route on the Watopia Figure of 8 Reverse course. With a total of 483m of climbing and a challenging 900m drag to the finish, averaging 5.5%, the course will suit a variety of riders with many feeling they have a chance of taking home the honours. Couple this with the technical nature of Zwift racing, which differs vastly from real-world racing, and we could see one of the lesser-known names cause an upset.

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For whoever does take the win in each event there will be the honour of wearing the new UCI E-Sports world champions jersey, both virtually and in real-life at E-Sport events for 2021. The new jersey is a variation of the classic multi-discipline world champions white jersey with rainbow stripes. To represent the E-Sports nature of the event the iconic jersey will get partially pixelated rainbow stripes.

Zwift will also host a number of events for the wider Zwift community. Starting December 1st and running every day for a week, Zwift will release a series of specially recorded podcasts with current and former world champions including Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish, Anna van Der Breggen, Annika Langvad and Mathieu van der Poel. These podcasts will be available on Zwift Powerup Podcast recon rides so you can listen while checking out the same course the world championships will be decided upon.

For those looking for some competitive action, Zwift has announced the new Nations Challenge hosted by WTRL on December 5/6. Open to all Zwift members, this is billed as an opportunity for Zwifters to represent their country on the world stage. In the Nations Challenge, Zwifters will ride together as a nation to set the fastest time. The nation with the fastest average time across all participants will be crowned winners, so riders are encouraged to work together to get everyone to the line as fast as possible.

A series of other events will be hosted by UCI Zwift Cycling Esports World Championships partners Garmin-Tacx, Shimano, Science in Sport and Toyota South Africa with further information available here.

Women’s start list

AUS Justine Barrow
AUS Sarah Gigante
AUS Jessica Pratt
AUS Bre Vine
AUS Vicktoria Whitelaw
AUS Bree Wilson
BEL Mieke Docx
CAN Olivia Baril
CAN Angela Naeth
CAN Georgia Simmerling
COL Natalia Franco
DEN Marie-Louise Hartz
DEN Annika Langvad
DEN Fie Østerby
ESP Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez
FRA Marie Le Net
GBR Elinor Barker
GBR Megan Barker
GBR Louise Bates*
GBR Danielle Christmas
GBR Anna Henderson*
GBR Jenny Holl
GBR Sarah Storey
GER Franziska Brausse
GER Lisa Brennauer
GER Tanja Erath
GER Hannah Ludwig
GER Christa Riffel
GER Finja Smekal
ITA Martina Alzini
JPN Shoko Kashiki
JPN Eri Yonamine
NED Anna van der Breggen*
NED Annemiek Van Vleuten*
NED Kirsten Wild*
NOR Kristin Falck
NOR Borghild Løvset
NZL Ella Harris
POL Sonia Ci?ciel
POL Magdalena Czusz
POL Aurela Nerlo
POR Maria Martins
RSA Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
SWE Emma Belforth
SWE Marlene Bjärehed
SWE Cecilia Hansen
USA Krista Doebel-Hickok
USA Kristen Faulkner
USA Jacqueline Godbe
USA Kristen Kulchinsky
USA Laura Matsen-Ko
USA Courtney Nelson
USA Shayna Powless
USA Lauren Stephens
USA Christie Tracy

Men’s start list

AUS William Clarke
AUS Jack Haig
AUS Benjamin Hill
AUS Freddy Ovett
AUS Cooper Sayers
AUS Jay Vine
AUS Nicholas White
AUT Felix Ritzinger
AUT Moran Vermeulen
BEL Victor Campenaerts
BEL Eli Iserbyt
BEL Maximilien Picoux
BEL Jens Schuermans
BEL Lennert Teugels
BEL Julien Van den Brande
BEL Harm Vanhoucke
BEL Lionel Vujasin
CAN Jordan Cheyne
CAN Charles-Etienne Chrétien
CAN Pier-André Coté
CAN Matteo Dal-Cin
CAN Lionel Sanders
COL Esteban Chaves
COL Rigoberto Uran
DEN Anders Foldager
DEN Frederik Muff
DEN Nicklas Pedersen
DEN Michael Valgren Hundahl
ESP Carlos Barbero Cuesta
ESP Victor De La Parte Gonzalez
ESP Ivan Garcia Cortina
ESP Juan Pedro Lopez Perez
ESP Luis Angel Mate Mardones
FRA Valentin Madouas*
FRA Jordan Sarrou
FRA Benjamin Thomas*
GBR Edward Clancy
GBR Tom Pidcock*
GBR Robert Scott
GBR Maximilian Stedman
GBR Andrew Tennant
GER Lucas Carstensen
GER Miguel Heidemann
GER Jonas Koch
GER Jason Osborne
GER Jonas Rapp
IRL Christopher McGlinchey
ITA Alberto Bettiol
ITA Francesco Lamon
ITA Domenico Pozzovivo
ITA Michele Scartezzini
JPN Fumiyuki Beppu
JPN Nariyuki Masuda
NOR Edvald Boasson Hagen
NOR Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
NOR Vidar Mehl
NZL Ollie Jones
POL Pawe? Bernas
POL Marceli Boguslawski
POL Micha? Kami?ski
POL Wojciech Pszczolarski
POL Adam Stachowiak
POL Patryk Stosz
POR Jorge Magalhães
POR Miguel Leite Salgueiro
RSA Ryan Gibbons
RSA Daryl Impey
SUI Lars Forster*
SWE Olof Åström
SWE Samuel Brännlund
SWE Johan Norén
USA Holden Comeau
USA Lawson Craddock
USA Brian Hodges
USA Jadon Jaeger
USA Ryan Larson
USA Tanner Ward
USA Tyler Williams
USA Cory Williams

* Wildcard riders

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