Mitchelton-Scott release full list of Zwift races with pros, including Simon Yates and Amanda Spratt

The Australian WorldTeam will host a month of virtual events after pulling out of racing due to coronavirus

Adam Yates win on the Jebel Hafeet at the 2020 UAE Tour
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Mitchelton-Scott may have pulled out of all races in  March due to coronavirus, but they won't let the global spread of infection keep them away from racing.

Instead the team have launched their own special events on Zwift, which give everyday riders the chance to race the likes of Annemiek van Vleuten, Daryl Impey and the Yates brothers.

The team have now released details of a full series, 16 events starting today (Wednesday 11) at 4pm for stage one of the Tour of Watopia led by time trial specialist Michael Hepburn who will be joined by other teammates for the ride too.

This gives an opportunity for fans to ride with the pros. Sure, it isn't the same as actually being side-by-side with your heroes, but it is still good fun seeing the names of a world champion and a Grand Tour winner just in front of you as you ride along.

The Mitchelton-Scott Pro Workouts are going to be normal training sessions for the pros that have been set up by the team's coaches but everyone who isn't at work is welcome to join in and see if they can hold the wheel.

The 'Mountain Goat Challenge' will really test fans as they're invited to take on the challenge with Vuelta a Andalusia stage winner Jack Haig and Australian national road race champion Amanda Spratt leading those rides.

Vuelta a España 2018 winner Simon Yates will lead a 'Pace and Race Challenge' on March 19 which gives you chance to ride alongside one of the best climbers in the professional peloton.

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The idea means you don't have to live in Andorra to ride with some of the world's best. You can just be in you living room.

Below is the full scheduling for the Mitchelton-Scott 'BikeExchange Where the World Rides Series and more information can be found on Zwift (opens in new tab).

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Wed, 11 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTTour of Watopia Stage 1 – MTS Takeover
Thu, 12 Mar10am CET / 8pm AEDTMitchelton-SCOTT Pro Workout
Thur, 12 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTMitchelton-SCOTT Pro Workout
Sat, 14 Mar9am CET / 7pm AEDTJack Haig’s Mountain Goat Challenge
Sat, 14 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTGeorgia Williams’ Pace and Race Challenge
Sun, 15 Mar9am CET / 7pm AEDTMountain Chop Challenge
Tue, 17 Mar9am CET / 7pm AEDTTour of Watopia Stage 2 – MTS Takeover
Tue, 17 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTTour of Watopia Stage 2 – MTS Takeover
Wed, 18 Mar10am CET / 8pm AEDTMitchelton-SCOTT Pro Workout
Wed, 18 Mar7pm CET / 5am AEDTMitchelton-SCOTT Pro Workout
Thu, 19 Mar10am CET / 8pm AEDTAmanda Spratt Mountain Goat Challenge
Thu, 19 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTSimon Yates’ Pace and Race Challenge
Fri, 20 Mar10am CET / 8pm AEDTMitchelton-SCOTT Mixed Team Race
Sat, 21 Mar9am CET / 7pm AEDTExclusive Mitchelton-SCOTT Fan Race
Sun, 22 Mar5pm CET / 3am AEDTFlat Chop Challenge

Mitchelton-Scott return to racing at the 100th Volta a Catalunya on March 23.

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