The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and online cycling training platform Zwift have revealed the sporting celebrity lineup – which includes multiple Olympic medal winners – for its showcase Olympic Virtual Series Chase Race that’s being broadcast at 5:30pm on Friday 18 June.
The showcase Chase Race is part of the first-ever virtual series launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and hosted by Zwift with Olympic-licensed events open to all cyclists across the world between 1-27 June.
Zwift explains the format of this showcase Chase Race: “Competitors will be gridded depending on their cycling ability. Riders are to be set off at different intervals with the strongest riders starting last. Their aim: to chase everyone down before the finish line.”
Competitors include Olympic medal winners from multiple sports, community Zwift racers as well as Spice Girl Mel C who already has some e-racing experience and success, having finished third in the charity ‘Wheels for Heroes’ race behind four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
The full list of sporting stars competing are:
A few selected members from the Zwift cycling racing community will also be mixing it up with the sporting celebrities.
The full race will be available to watch live over here.