Zwift and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has now announced the full series of cycling events for the first ever Olympic Virtual Series (OVS) on the online training platform.
The all-new OVS was launched last month by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is an Olympic-licensed event open to all cyclists across the world, and is taking place ahead of Tokyo 2020, between 1-27 June. The focus is on mass participation events so there’s something for everyone.
Any rider who finishes an OVS cycling event will unlock the Olympic Virtual Series-inspired kit and the official bicycle of the Olympics, the Bridgestone Anchor RS9s.
As well as social group rides, the OVS is running a series of special podcast rides and group workouts with eight Olympians including Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Sarah Storey, Anna van der Breggen, Nelson Vails and Nino Schurter.
Each of the group workouts has been designed by these Olympians. “Group Workouts offer the opportunity for cyclists to train together in a group setting regardless of their ability,” says Zwift.
In terms of friendly competition, Chase Races will offer men and women of all ages and fitness levels a chance to compete.
“In Chase races, the strongest start last,” Zwift explains. “The aim of the game is to cross that line first, but with select events featuring Olympians on the start sheet, can you do it before getting caught?”
A special Chase Race, with Olympians racing against celebrities and a few community members, will be broadcast on June 18. Zwift says all riders will be gridded and set off over various start intervals—the aim also being not to get caught. This event can be watched over here.
The IOC and the UCI are also offering new Zwifters complimentary access to the platform throughout the Olympic Virtual Series (1 - 27 June). Codes can be obtained by registering on the UCI Website.
Registration for all OVS cycling events are now open over here.
Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.