'It’s all about quality for Zwift. You don't need to be a full-time rider': Joe Rees on preparing for the eSports World Champs

Trainee teacher Joe Rees on squeezing in training for the UCI eSports World Champs alongside hectic study commitments

Joe Rees on the turbo trainer
(Image credit: Huw Fairclough)

Want to know how the best riders in the world train? For each article in this long-running MY WEEK IN TRAINING series from Cycling Weekly's print edition, we sit down with an elite rider who talks us through a recent week of training in granular detail. 

For this edition, first published in February, we spoke to amateur racer Joe Rees who had recently been selected for the UCI eSports World Championships – to find out how a regular rider squeezes in training around their full-time vocation when preparing for a top-level virtual race. More recently (15-19 June) Rees finished third U23 and 10th overall in Ireland's Rás Tailteann.

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David Bradford
Features editor

David Bradford is features editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.