Canyon/SRAM Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson gears up to ride the Giro Rosa

The successful candidate is preparing for her biggest race ever - as registration opens in the search for the 2017 Zwift Academy rider

(Image credit: Russ Ellis)

Canyon/SRAM’s Zwift academy rider Leah Thorvilson will ride the Giro Rosa next month and still hopes she can prove herself and earn a second year contract.

The former marathon runner was given the golden opportunity to join the team, at the age of 37, having beaten 1,200 women on the virtual training platform Zwift to a place.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.