Team Ineos announce group ride and race on Zwift

Your chance to ride with Team Ineos stars

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Team Ineos have announced their first ever virtual rides and races with Zwift.

The British WorldTour team is giving you the chance to ride with their riders and staff, before the stars will do battle in a Team Ineos eRace.

Kicking off with a group ride open to all on April 12 the team, home to Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Egan Bernal, will take you on a 40-minute to one-hour long ride around Watopia.

You can sign up to ride via Zwift, with the ride kicking off at 3pm (BST).

Then shortly after, at 5pm Team Ineos riders will go head-to-head in the first ever team race as they tackle one of Zwift’s toughest climbs.

Commentators Rob Hatch and Matt Stephens will be on hand to talk you through the race during a live broadcast of the event.

The riders taking part in the ride and race have not yet been confirmed, but Team Ineos is expected to make the announcement in the coming days.

Pro teams have been looking for opportunities to stay in contact with the fans and gain exposure for their sponsors as all cycling has been suspended.

Last weekend, the first ever virtual Tour of Flanders was held online, with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) taking the victory there.

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Cycling data organisation Velon and the organisers of the Tour de Suisse have since announced their own new five-race series taking place later this month, with a selection of WorldTeams taking part, including Team Ineos.

Zwift has also been host to dozens of events, group rides and races featuring pro riders in the last month, including Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.