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Virtual Velo Podcast-Ep. 28: Zwift’s Winningest Elite Esports Racer James Joseph Barnes

In Episode Twenty-Eight of the Virtual Velo Podcast, Si and Chris sit down with cycling esports nice guy James Joseph Barnes.

James’ passion for Zwift and cycling esports is palpable as he describes his ideals for elite racing, community integration, engagement, and the vision for the future. James shares insight through the perspective of an athlete who witnessed the birth of online racing and is vested in its evolution and success.

The NeXT pb Enshored Esports rider is a prolific winner at Zwift’s highest level. He lifted an inaugural Olympic Esports Series trophy and explained why he feels elite esports is the driving force behind moving virtual cycling forward.

Is Zwift Play steering the next evolution in racing? The Zwift Racing League, the upcoming Zwift Grand Prix, and the importance of competition from other platforms to move the bar higher, James, Chris, and Si touch on it all. Plus, a deep dive into a few other cycling esports rabbit holes!

Clip in and take a conversational ride with us as we lend a voice to the digital athlete and bridge the gap between athlete and avatar!

Get a full transcript of the episode here.

Ep. 28: James Joseph Barnes

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