The International Olympic Committee (IOC), collaborating with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), are coming together to bring you a brand new cycling event for virtual sports—the Olympic Virtual Series, hosted on Zwift.
Jam-packed with exciting events, this series will serve up a full month of action June 1–27. Olympian-hosted podcasts and Olympian-inspired workouts with surprise guests, all leading to 24-hour group rides as well as a broadcasted chase-style event with Olympians on June 18th! This unique Chase Race will see Olympians pitted against celebrities and a few lucky community members seeded. All riders will be gridded and set off over various start intervals. Similar to the open events, the aim is not to get caught. Not to be missed!
Group Rides & Workouts
From June 1 to June 27, dive into a month of fun with both social group rides and heart-pounding group workouts, inspired by eight top-notch Olympians and their racing specialties.
These group rides will be scheduled as follow:
June 1 - June 3 with Georgia Simmerling (CAN): t he first Canadian to compete in three different sports in three different Olympic Games (cycling, alpine skiing, and skicross), Bronze Medalist Georgia Simmerling currently competes for UCI Women’s Team Twenty20.
June 4 - June 6 with Nino Schurter (SUI): 3x Olympic Medalist Nino Schurter is arguably one of the greatest male cross-country mountain bikers of all time. 2017 saw him accomplish a perfect season, and he’s an 8x Cross Country World Champion with seven overall UCI World Cup titles.
June 7 - June 10 with Sir Chris Hoy (GBR): Say hello to Chris Hoy, MBE, the second-most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, with six Gold Medals and one Silver Medal. When he’s not on the bike track, the former cyclist races cars in the realm of motorsports
June 11 - June 13 with Anna Van der Breggen (NED): a Dutch pro racer, Anna van der Breggen is a dominant force on the tarmac. She’s racked up a number of wins over the course of her career, including a Gold Medal in Rio 2016, three Giro d’Italia Femminile wins, and notably, all three Ardennes Classics in one year, earning her the nickname, Queen of the Ardennes.
June 14 - June 16 with Nelson Vails (USA): Nelson “the Cheetah” Vails is a next-level athlete known for going from zero to 40+ mph in the blink of an eye. In the 1984 Olympics, he took home the silver in the track sprint event, becoming the first African American to win an Olympic medal in cycling. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame.
June 17 - June 19 with Dame Sarah Storey (GBR): a 14x Gold Medalist, Dame Sarah Storey, DBE, is the most decorated and successful British Paralympian of all time. Oh, that’s not enough? She also holds 75 world records across both cycling and swimming, making her a veritable multisport legend.
June 20 - June 22 with Anna Meares (AUS): with six Olympic medals, Anna Meares, OAM, is the most decorated woman track cyclist of all time. Her credentials also extend to being the 500m track time trial World Champion on four different occasions. Now retired, she’s enjoyed a lofty and celebrated career.
June 24 - June 27 with Mariana Pajón (COL): give it up for the Queen of BMX, Mariana Pajón, ODB! She won her first national title at the age of five and her first world title at nine. To this day, she has won 14 world championships, 9 Latin American championships, and 10 Pan American championships. Sh e’s also a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist in BMX, the first ever Colombian to do so.
In this three-week series of open challenges, men and women of all ages and fitness levels can choose between four categories in handicap-style chase races. The task at hand? Try to stay ahead of the category behind you.
How does it work? The slowest group (Group D) will take off first, followed 3 minutes later by Group C. Groups B and A (the fastest group) will then follow every 3 minutes to try and catch up with the starting riders. Each week will see the chase unfold on a specific route of the Zwift map:
Week one (June 1 - June 7): Watopia - Tick Tock
Week two (June 8 - 17): Watopia - Volcano Flat
Week three (June 18 - June 27): Watopia - Countryside Flatlands Tour
Welcome to Olympic Day!
Say hello to Zwift’s newest map, Yumezi, part of the new Makuri Islands world. On June 23, we’ll take to these roads with 24 mass participation group rides every hour with 24 Olympians and Cycling celebrities — one for each event!
How to participate to this unique event?
If you're not already on Zwift, come and try the Olympic Virtual Series for free! The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in cooperation with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have secured a free Zwift subscription for the entire period of the Olympic Virtual Series cycling event for any new Zwift customer (code valid until June 27). As for all Cycling Esports activity, you will need a proper bike set-up to participate in the activities offered.
To redeem your code please register via this form. The code will be delivered after you have filled in your information and clicked on the "Get your code" button.