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50 Riders have earned places to represent their National Federations in Feb 2022
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Zwift has today confirmed the 50 riders that will progress from the open Continental Qualifiers, and compete for their nations at the UCI Cycling Esports Word Championships 2022.

A first of their kind, the Continental Qualifiers to the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships were open to all Cycling Esports racers around the globe, providing an open and equitable pathway to an elite UCI World Championship event in a fashion that is only made possible by the power of esports. Races across five continents saw a total of 550 eligible riders take to the start line for a chance to represent their country at the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships 26th February 2022. Many of those to progress through the qualification races regularly compete in the Zwift Racing League’s Premier Division, the pinnacle of Cycling Esports competition on the Zwift platform and a breeding ground for future Cycling Esports talent.

The UCI Cycling Esports World Championships will take place on the 26th of February 2022. The race will be held on the Knickerbocker Circuit in Zwift’s New York, where rolling roads and steep gradients will make for a selective race. 

The full list of Continental Qualifiers can be found below while highlights from the action can be found here.
Continental Qualifiers for the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships:

EUROPE
Men:
Lionel Vujasin (CRO)
Matthias Deroose (BEL)
Matteo Cigala (ITA)
Haarvard Gjeldnes (NOR)
Teppo Laurio (FIN)
Women:
Zoe Langham (GBR)
Mary Wilkinson (GBR)
Cecilia Hansen (SWE)
Loes Adegeest (NDL)
Melanie Maurer (SUI)
Illi Gardner (GBR)
Alice Lethbridge (GBR)
Lou Bates (GBR)
Louise Houbak (DEN)
Eleanor Wiseman (BEL)

AMERICAS
Men:
Zach Nehr (USA)
Brian Duffy (USA)
Thomas Thrall (CAN)
John Bruhn (USA)
Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA)
Women:
Shayna Powless (USA)
Jacquie Godbe (USA)
Liz van Houweling (USA)
Kristen Kulchinsky (USA)
Monilee Keller (CAN)
Katheryn Curi (USA)

OCEANIA
Men:
Ben Hill (AUS)
Ollie Jones (NZL)
Paul Odlin (NZL)
Sam Lindsay (NZL)
Aiden Sinclair (AUS)
Women:
Vicky Whitelaw (AUS)
Justine Barrow (AUS)
Katie Banerjee (AUS)
Sarah Morrison (NZL)

ASIA
Men:
Takato Ikeda (JPN)
Toshiaki Maegawa (JPN)
Hidenori Sasauchi (JPN)
Tomoaki Takasugi (JPN)
Ryusuke Honda (JPN)  
Women:
Lam Kong (HKG)
Lyn Ahmad (SNG)
Faye Foo (SNG)
Tsalina Phang (SNG)

AFRICA
Men:
Gary Muller (RSA)
James Barnes (RSA)
Eddy Hoole (RSA)
Pieter Avenant (RSA)
Andre Matias (ANG)
Women:
Courteney Webb (RSA)

About the UCI
Founded in 1900 in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people: as a competitive sport, a healthy recreational activity, a means of transport, and also just for fun. The UCI manages and promotes the nine cycling disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials, cycling esports and indoor cycling. Five of these are featured on the Olympic Games programme (road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle), two in the Paralympic Games (road and track) and four in the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle). For more information: www.uci.org
 
About Zwift
Zwift is the fitness company born from gaming. We’re dedicated fitness enthusiasts, experienced video game developers, and disruptive thinkers. Play is in our DNA and we know fun fuels results.
 
Zwift utilizes massively multiplayer online gaming technology to create rich, 3D worlds ripe for exploration. Join thousands of cyclists and runners in immersive playgrounds like London, New York, and Paris as well as our very own Watopia.
 
Our app connects wirelessly to exercise equipment: bike trainers, treadmills, and more, so your real world effort powers your avatar in the game.
 
From friendly races to social rides and structured training programs, Zwift unites a diverse community in pursuit of a more fun, immersive and social fitness experience.
www.zwift.com 

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