Zwift, the global online training platform, has today announced a new weekly race series for professional triathletes, the Z PRO TRI Race Series. The community can watch some of the best triathletes compete on the bike. With both long and short course athletes signed up to the series, this will provide a unique opportunity to see them compete to see who is strongest on the bike.
The Z PRO TRI Race Series kicks off this Wednesday 15 April with a two-lap 23km race around the Astoria Line 8 circuit in Zwift’s New York. The women take to the start line first, starting at 4pm CET, followed by the men’s race at 4.45pm CET. Both races will be broadcast live with Matt Lieto and Sean Jefferson providing commentary. You can watch the action unfold here.
“The best triathletes in the world are on Zwift, and while some of them have been getting their competitive fix taking on the road cyclists in Zwift, I’m excited to get to watch them race their peers on the platform for the first time”, says Eric Min, Zwift CEO & Co-Founder. “It will be interesting to see how the rivalry between the long and short course athletes plays out. I’ve no doubt, there will be no holding back!”
The races are open to the Zwift pro triathlete community, over 200 strong, and we won't know for sure until the start who will be joining the races. Rumoured to be starting will be Lionel Sanders, Tim Don, Marten Van Riel, Holly Lawrence, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Flora Duffy. Holly is a former 70.3 World Champion, Lucy a multi-time runner up at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona and Flora a top contender for gold in Tokyo. Who will take the win? Meanwhile, Lionel Sanders is fresh from his exhibition race win against some of the world’s best road cyclists and Zwift racers. His competitive juices are flowing, but can he keep his winning form?
Watch the race series here.