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Zwift is launching year-long Black Celebration Series

The series of events is designed to celebrate the achievements of black athletes

Virtual cycling platform Zwift has announced it will be running a 12-month series of events from February that is intended to celebrate the achievements of black athletes.

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“The Black Celebration Series is an invitation for members of the Black community and allies alike to join our year-long series of events highlighting the history, athletes, heritage, and joy this community brings to Zwift from around the world,” Zwift says.

With group rides and runs led by featured athletes, Zwift adds, “We are creating an inclusive environment that empowers and uplifts the community as a whole.”

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Riders can join these special guests including Nelson Vails, Ama Nsek, Rahsaan Bahati, and Aisha Praught-Leer, as well as community leaders from the Black Cyclist Network and Level Up Movement. Profiles of these special guests can be found here.

News of this celebration comes just after Zwift’s recent update (1.0.61217) which, as we reported earlier today, included new hairstyles for game avatars to cover diverse ethnicity.

Zwift says all of the Black Celebration Series (BCS) events will be held in New York, as “the city where many legendary Black cyclists, including Major Taylor and Nelson Vails, got their start”.

2021 Zwift Black Celebration Series

Virtual bike rides will take place on the Mighty Metropolitan route, with ride leaders setting a pace of 1.5 – 2w/kg for a social style ride lasting an hour, while virtual runs will follow the Grand Central Circuit, covering a distance of 6.8km (4.2 miles).

The LA Bicycle Academy is the charity partner of BCS and aims to expand the capabilities of youth from communities where exposure and access to the sport of cycling and lifestyle are limited.

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The charity was founded by Damon Turner, who has mentored many inspirational athletes including the likes of Justin Williams, Cory Williams, Rahsaan Bahati and Coryn Rivera. 

Zwift says its hope is to “expand LABA’s impact through a donation as well as provide the young cyclists with mentoring opportunities that will carry them beyond a professional career”. 

Donations can be made to support the LA Bicycle Academy here.

You can sign up to the Black Celebration Series events here and more information on Zwift’s diversity initiatives can be found here.

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Compact Corned Beef | 3 years ago

I'm slightly ashamed to admit this, but when I first scanned the headline and saw Black Celebration I thought 'oh, Zwift's CEO must be quite the fan of Depeche Mode then'.

Rendel Harris | 3 years ago

I really do object to this. It's not on and not necessary. No not the Black celebration bit, that's cool - the "a pace of 1.5 – 2w/kg for a social style ride". 2W/kg is seriously pumping it for some of us slobby over 50s, nothing social about it!

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Rendel Harris | 3 years ago
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Depends if your weight in Zwift is set as high as your weight in real life.....

PRSboy replied to Rendel Harris | 3 years ago

Indeed. I tried a 1.5-2 W/kg ride the other day and it was certainly not active recovery pace as I expected!

Well done Zwift anyhow, hope to get involved.  Any chance of some podcasts with the special guests to listen to?

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