In Episode Twenty-Nine of the Virtual Velo Podcast, Si and Chris discuss the news that hit like a bomb, sending waves of shock and “wuh?” reverberating through the virtual cycling and esports community. On August 17, 2023, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) announced that it awarded the Cycling Esports World Championships to the cycling esports platform MyWhoosh for the next three years.
There’s international intrigue, corruption, politics, and significant ramifications for the future of cycling esports. The guys take an in-depth look at the past and current history of MyWhoosh, Zwift, the UCI tender process, the decision, and what it means for the sport.
For an even deeper dive, check out the following articles cited in the episode.
- MyWhoosh and UCI’s World Championship 2024-2026 Partnership is an Investment in Cycling Esports [The Zommunique, Aug. 25, 2023]
- Competitors challenge Zwift’s dominance in virtual cycling as UCI accepts bids for future Esports World Championships [Cycling Weekly, May 17, 2023]
- What is MyWhoosh and is it a legitimate free alternative to Zwift? [Cycling News, May 13, 2022]
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!
Ep. 29: MyWhoosh, Zwift, the UCI, and the Esports World Championships
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