If you haven’t been lucky enough to secure a place in the Prudential RideLondon this year, then you’ll now be able to train on the course from the comfort of your own living room (or garage) as Zwift has created a shorter virtual version of the RideLondon course featuring landmarks and features of the actual course.
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Zwift officially launched the course on the eve of Prudential RideLondon and the virtual course features both the central streets of London and the Surrey Hills, included the iconic climb of Box Hill which has been climbed at the 2012 Olympic Games. This follows on from Zwift’s rendering of the 2015 World Championships course in Richmond, and the company is confident that its London course will prove just as popular.
Zwift users can connect from everywhere in the world and pick one of the two loops realised together with RideLondon. The first one is a 14.8km (9.2mile) that connects the centre of London to Box Hill, while the second one (5.5 km; 4.3 miles) is a representation of RideLondon classic route. In the future, Zwift anticipated in a press release, extension of London architectural landmarks and areas will be uploaded.
Watch: how to climb Box Hill
“Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest cycling festival and showcases one of the great cycling cities and one of the most beautiful English counties,” says Prudential RideLondon Event Director Hugh Brasher. “These new Zwift courses will give cyclists of all abilities from all around the world the chance to experience this incredible event every day.”
“London is the world’s leading city for cyclists and we’re proud to partner with its most celebrated event,” said Eric Min, Zwift CEO and co-founder. “Our Prudential RideLondon course will be a smash hit with Zwift users across the world and I’m looking forward to riding with them on the virtual streets of London!”
This weekend Zwift will host several events worldwide where people could ride the course from anywhere in the world. Prudential RideLondon Classique Group Ride is scheduled also Saturday the 30th at 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, and at 5pm BST . Sunday the 31st, on the other hand, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Group Ride is also scheduled at 8am AEST and at 8am BST; while the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 Group Ride will be available also at 8pm AEST and 7pm BST.