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by Shane Stokes

November 24, 2017

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Women’s Zwift Academy finalists announced

by Shane Stokes

Having announced the male rider who secured a contract with Team Dimension Data’s Under 23 squad via the Zwift Academy project, Zwift has confirmed the identities of the three amateurs vying for a place within the women’s pro peloton.

It announced on Twitter that Siri Hildonen, Bri Torkelson and Tanja Erath will head to Germany to join the CANYON//SRAM Racing team on a training camp. From that one rider will be selected to compete with the squad in 2018.

The trio are the finalists from the women’s Zwift Academy project. They were identified online via their performances on Zwift, and were part of a ten-rider group named in October.

Erath comes from Dortmund in Germany and has been a triathlete for 15 years. She is 28 years of age and a former nurse. She has proven strong at fixed gear racing and track competition, netting a podium in Red Hood Barcelona and winning the elimination race in the Berlin 6 Day.

Torkelson is a 29 year old from Seattle, Washington. She is a strong climber and is a former roller derby racer. Hildonsen is from Oslo, Norway, and is 46 years of age. She is a molecular cell biologist, a mother to two children and a medallist of every colour at Norway’s road and time trial masters’ championships.

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