Zwift has launched a virtual UCI Road World Championships course that you can ride from the comfort of your own home.
The World Championships – we’re back in the real world now – take place 19-27 September in Richmond, Virginia, USA. You can ride the course on your Mac or PC before that without having to go to the expense and bother of buying a ticket, sorting a visa, qualifying, or any of that nonsense.
You can connect you existing devices (turbo trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors, and so on) to Zwift software that’s still available as a free Beta download, and away you go.
Click here to get up to speed with the Zwift concept. Essentially, it’s a multiplayer video game that allows you to ride online.
You’ll be able to ride on a 3D digital version of the Richmond 10 mile (16.2km) road race circuit.
“With more than two-dozen corners, a handful of punchy climbs and cobbled sections worthy of Belgium, the Richmond course should be as exciting for the global community on Zwift as well as the lucky few who earn the right to race the UCI Road World Championships,” says Zwift.
The course is live on Zwift until 8 September, then again 13-15 September, and finally on 20-27 September.
You can easily upload your rides to fitness tracking services like Strava, Garmin Connect and Training Peaks.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.