Six athletes from around the world make up this year's team as they prepare for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona
Zwift, the online global fitness platform, has today announced the six members of the Zwift Academy Tri Team 2021. Over 134,000 people signed up for Zwift Academy. All those that completed the program’s 10 workouts and 2 bike and run races, graduated with a chance to make the final team selection process with team selection. The final six members were selected based on their Zwift Academy performance, past race results and personality.
Eric Engel, USA. Eric is a digital marketer in Wisconsin and has been hooked on triathlon since university.
Rebecca Duxbury, UK. A former competitive hockey player, Rebecca calls Oxfordshire home and is a full-time pharmacist.
Kangsub Song, South Korea. Kangsub is a computer programmer and network engineer. He is a committed Zwifter with level 50 on the bike and level 21 on the treadmill.
Vanessa Murray, Australia. Vanessa is from New Zealand but calls Melbourne home and spends her time coaching new triathletes.
The team will benefit from incredible support from some of the sport’s best-known brands as they build towards the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. Specialized will be supplying the team with bikes, race kits, shoes, helmets, and money-can’t-buy performance experiences. Wahoo is providing the full Wahoo ecosystem. WHOOP joins as the performance and recovery partner. Each team member will be receiving eyewear and swim apparel from ROKA with Science in Sport providing the team’s sport nutrition and consultations. Returning as Zwift Academy Tri team mentors and ensuring the team get invaluable guidance are Tim Don and Sarah True.
Follow the highs and lows of the Zwift Academy Tri team’s journey as the team balance working, being parents and the other challenges life throws at them while being an amateur athlete. 2021 will hopefully see races start to come back, with some of the team lining up for a race for the first time in over a year. Keeping up the momentum of training in a year without competition has been challenging, some of team have already qualified for Kona and will need to find that form again. Others are yet to qualify and will be looking to secure a lot in a year where the calendar is anything from certain. To learn more about the team and to stay up to date with their progress head here.