UCI Working With Zwift to Launch Cycling E-Sports World Championships in 2020

Sep 26, 2019 at 9:47
by James Smurthwaite  
Eurobike 2019

Electricity and cycling has been a hot topic over the past few years and now the UCI is looking to take another step in that direction with the first-ever Cycling Esports World Championships in 2020.

Now, you may be thinking, "Hang on, haven't we just had the first eMTB World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne?" And you would be right, but this isn't about bikes with electrical motors riding outside but instead indoor trainers hooked up to video games. That's right, the wait is finally over to be World Champion at exercising. Inside your house.

All joking aside, esports is a big business with the global economy expected to top $1 billion this year for the first time, so it's easy to see why the cycling world wants a piece of that pie. Other sports have already embraced esports such as soccer, through the FIFA games, and NFL through the Madden franchise. There has, in fact, already been some cycling racing in this area too with British Cycling holding its own E-Cycling World Championship last year and handing national jerseys to Cameron Jeffers and Rosamund Bradbury.


Zwift have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UCI and together they will be responsible for the governance and development of cycling esports as a new discipline starting as soon as next year. At the moment, we haven't heard of any concrete plans for mountain bikes to be involved but the press release did mention that "different formats of racing, for individuals and teams, will be tested". Let's also not forget that Zwift debuted their mountain bike software including steering at Eurobike this year, so it's definitely not beyond the realm of possibility.


Zwift will now work towards building reliable hardware that can be sanctioned by the UCI, is resilient to mechanical fraud and includes a "rider identification system, including height and weight." The date and venue of the World Championships are yet to be confirmed but the UCI and Zwift have also agreed that a maximum of 15 National Championships will be organised as well as Continental Championships. The Zwift application will be the only program used for all these events.

Eurobike 2019

bigquotesCycling esports is a fantastic opportunity for the development of cycling. It is a new way of practising cycling that is expanding rapidly and enables more athletes, whether beginners or more experienced, to train and race regardless of what the weather is like and where they live. The Memorandum of Understanding between our Federation and Zwift is a decisive step towards the total integration of cycling esports by the UCI.David Lappartient, UCI President

bigquotesEarlier this year, we stated our ambition to develop an esports platform, but I think it’s much more than that. We are looking to establish a new approach to the sport. This partnership is a significant leap forward in that journey. We are at the very beginning of a long and exciting roadmap here at Zwift as we look to establish a new and innovative cycling discipline.”Craig Edmondson, Zwift Esports CEO



219 Comments

  • 496 19
 completely fucked. go outside.
  • 63 2
 If you get injured, Zwift is dynamite. Otherwise I support your sentiment.
  • 157 17
 I'm cool with e-bike content on PB, but e-sports is where I draw my line.
  • 72 1
 The moment I saw this headline I thought of Black Mirror
  • 200 2
 Counterpoint: less people on the trails - this is a win. We just need to get the hikers into this.
  • 15 1
 The apocalypse has come.
  • 103 1
 @Karpiel073: People will be riding e-bikes on their e-trainers.
  • 29 31
 @Karpiel073: a moped not bike call it what it is
  • 19 1
 @shredddr: And the equestrians.
  • 13 16
 The number one reason not to buy an electric moped because battery charging systems are still the number one cause of house fires.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/14512013
  • 19 1
 @shredddr: As long as the trail builder does't go to minecraft stuff... sounds good
  • 3 3
 @Karpiel073: I think we could live with neither.
  • 9 0
 @shredddr: More like we need to get the equestrians into this.
  • 14 26
flag Lumlumz (Sep 26, 2019 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 @pinnityafairy:

A moped is no where near a ebike.
  • 17 14
 @Lumlumz: what about an e-moped? I tried an e-mtb for the first time yesterday (corporate event, I had nothing better to do) and it is very much like a moped.
  • 3 0
 @acali: i thought of that after I wrote this... but YES!
  • 11 0
 @shredddr: new trail in Parma Ohio and dog walkers have already been caught sabotaging the trail. I have a feeling they didn't help at the trail building days but it is their trail somehow.

Let's get them a nice treadmill and a patch of grass.
  • 6 0
 @shredddr: if they bundle Pokemon-go into this it'll get the Pokemon crowds off the local bike trails.
  • 3 0
 This is just a conspiracy by Elon Musk to host Worlds on Mars from Tesla powered pods.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: I logged in just to upvote this sentiment.
  • 4 0
 @whambat: why not just go full send and upload our conciousness to zwift?
  • 1 0
 @Lumlumz: I know their nostalgic and much cooler. People probably wouldn't talk about you behind your back if you were riding a moped.
  • 6 0
 There might be a future where artificial insemination is standardized but I would prefer to stick with the more natural methods, thank you.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: you have a point. Though they make for an E-enviromentalist group and get studies done on E-impact.
  • 2 0
 @shredddr: And the horse back riders!
  • 1 0
 SANTA please put one under the tree for me this Christmas so I can ride it for 2 months.
  • 4 3
 suddenly i like E-Bikes
  • 1 0
 @peterman1234: eheheh! somehow i was transported to my first episode (pig, and my WTF thought!)
  • 6 0
 I never realized that gaming was a real addiction until we had some tenants move in. From what I see the male never leaves the house, he just games(I can here him yelling at his game through the attached garage). The female goes to work, walks the dog, takes the trash out. I denied this was happening for months, but it is and apparently is not all that uncommon.
  • 7 0
 @vapidoscar: I commiserate...locals at my park have taken shovels axes mattocks and saws to berms and wooden features, as well as disrupting meetings, publicly insulting the government officials, and lobbying to ban bikers... but who built and maintains every trail in the park? Oh that's right, the bikers. They keep those horse trails going, thank you scumbags. Razz And is it private land? No, it's a county park. But the band of rich hikers & equestrians around it want to keep it like a private road+greenbelt, and don't want noisy (fun) peasant (hard-working) mtbers ruining everything. The trail system is old limited and in disrepair. A few new additions and designated sign/usage for each group would solve virtually everything. But between hikers bikers and equestrians, that triangle will always be po'd in some form, and then the local Audobon Society chapter jumps in saying any new work will destroy habitat and kill and endanger hundreds if not thousands of species. So the officials work with the park and the mtb/trails group, get a plan set up, then back down cause there's a virtual civil war and politically they don't want to alienate voters. A kid in my troop didn't get his Eagle... tried to set up a project at the park and the ranger told him, yeah good luck can't help you, even though you're exactly what we need. It's... [let's just say... a big hot pile of mess] right now and nothing's getting done.
Seriously people. It's not your land, they're not your trails, we're all stewards, why can't this be worked out? You'd think an > 1300 acre park in the middle of rural farmland would have ample room for people. Rolleyes
Why are people so selfish?
  • 1 0
 @tigerteeuwen: like a bike version of Tron?
  • 4 0
 @shredddr: e-hiker ....get on it , could be the next big thing
  • 5 0
 Can I use an ebike on this?
  • 2 0
 @Lotusoperandi: hahhhaa, I would love to see an indoor trainer for horse racing...
  • 4 0
 Do you have to drug test yourself after the virtual reality world champs performed on an e-bike???
  • 1 0
 The Super Mario brothers jumped on my head for video indoor hucking.
  • 2 0
 My E-filter didn't flag this nonsense.
  • 2 0
 It seems great for a rainy day and probably better than other video games but if I ever competed in this it would be because I’m cheating and I hooked my bike up to a motor. Brraaap!
  • 1 0
 @vapidoscar: What the elevation gain on that trail?
  • 1 0
 @IamSeaDevil: about 100 ft climbing per mile. Should be good on my single speed. Will find out tomorrow morning.
  • 1 0
 That kid was right.... we're living in a simulation...
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: that's what hiker Instagram is
  • 2 0
 this is the stupidest thing I think Ive ever seen.
  • 1 0
 @peterman1234: maybe we can earn an apple from a vending machine... or get in a game show!?!

#hungryforapples
-Jerry Smith
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: many riders are hikers sometimes :-)
  • 1 0
 @nagan: blame 1x
  • 1 0
 @Lumlumz: they’re basically electric honda cubs
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: Just get 'em to walk on a treadmill for a couple of hours and boom, no more hikers.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: e-hiking games are gonna be huge!
  • 2 0
 @shredddr: e-hikers? brilliant. Next up, e-dogwalkers.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: everything was so much simpler in the 90s when we just made do with e's. None of these unnecessary suffixes.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: Zwift has runners now, so just a bit more tweaking and...
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: You know it
Madder Dead Horse
  • 1 0
 Fr, this is pathetic bs
  • 1 0
 @vapidoscar: Parma Ohio rocks. I was on a bike ride in the middle of town and a deer came up and licked me on the sidewalk. Good Times!
  • 1 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: said everyone climbing up the hill
  • 83 0
 Imagine being on track for the rainbows, and your Wifi drops out...
  • 39 0
 Your post made me think of riding rainbow road
  • 35 0
 @nordland071285: imagine a Zwift mode where you are mario kart racing against people online!!! You can get powerups, throw items, etc. You have to pedal to keep up. It'd be so sick!

If nintendo could be convinced, it'd be the most fun ever... and would be the only thing that would tempt me to spend 1k or more on a smart trainer.
  • 19 0
 @bikekrieg: anything less than this ridiculous suggestion is a waste of time.
  • 4 1
 @bikekrieg: I've tried playing Mario Kart while on rollers. After several near misses by coming off the rollers, I can't recommend it.
  • 3 0
 I'm sure world champs will be a LAN if UCI gets involved
  • 3 0
 @bikekrieg: I'm planning on riding a bunch of hours on zwift this winter once the rains come (I'm not into riding soaked to the bone, every single ride for months). I would be soooooo much happier if they took your suggestion.

I'm a pretty competitive person by nature so I think it won't be the worst thing in the world, but still not exactly looking forward to it. But I think Mario Zwift Kart racing would make it actually fun.
  • 1 0
 @bikekrieg: this is the best idea I've seen in a while Razz
  • 2 0
 @bikekrieg: You do know that Zwift actually does have power ups? But the ability to throw bananas and stuff would be pretty fun especially for people with smart trainers with feedback, like the Tacx Neo. It already simulates ice, bumps, and road surfaces of all sorts. No reason it couldn't suddenly lose all resistance when you get hit with a banana.
  • 2 0
 @bikekrieg: Ummm, can you please bring this to Zwift's attention? That would be amazing. Really.
  • 73 2
 Reads article. Checks calendar. Not April 1st. Re-check calendar. Still not April the 1st. Next article.
  • 12 0
 Came here to say exactly this.
  • 3 0
 ^This. Also came to say *douchetastic!* Only the UCI could manage something as utterly douchetastic as a "virtual" championship.
  • 42 0
 I'm waiting for the video game where you play a gamer that plays a game of a rider that races an ebike.
  • 12 0
 Yo dawg, I heard you like games...
  • 7 0
 Hate to break it to you, but we're already living in the matrix, and you're just a battery powering some robot's vape.
  • 6 0
 Basically this but not bikes:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw8gE3lnpLQ
  • 35 0
 i'm already wii fit crossfit world champ, might as well add to my stellar life accomplishments.
  • 3 0
 savage!
  • 38 4
 My dream!!!! Ebiking esports!!! No need to be outside and get all dirty and yuck!!! #namaste
  • 66 0
 Namastay inside?
  • 6 0
 namaste inside and avoid all human contact!
  • 28 3
 Didn't read the article or even bother to look at the pictures. Just read the title and came right here to say FUCK RIGHT OFF
  • 5 0
 The always relevent Kenny Powers on the subject: www.youtube.com/watch?v=De7rbB2bteE
  • 2 0
 @OpeSorryAbootThat: this needed more upvotes
  • 10 0
 I feel bad for the pinkbike primer and affordable trail forks articles. Those are worth reading and yet they are on the same front page sandwiching this shit.
  • 8 0
 There's a good reason to play Counter Strike, instead of arranging real shoot-out. There's a good reason to play Starcraft, instead of rallying another race's planet to start a war. There's a good reason for speeding in Gran Turismo, instead of making a threat with high speed car out on the street. There's a good reason to compete in a real-life bike race, instead of Zwift. Hope this idea will die, as it already makes a room for cheating, even without trophies.
  • 7 0
 Very interesting. I'm not an expert on Zwift but I know I've ridden on numerous Peloton bikes and the effort = output was not the same from one bike to the next. Not sure how all these things are "calibrated". Hopefully we'll have Strava World Championships soon!
  • 11 0
 Will there be a fantasy league??
  • 10 0
 Heard in a nearby basement: "Hey I just took up mountain biking! Pass the Pringles".
  • 11 0
 So THIS is what UCI feels is a priority.....? Huh.
  • 4 0
 Nah, we won't work at expanding DH or Enduro, or making a coherent and consistent rulebook, but..
SQUIRREL! Look at these cool new E-bike and V-Bike Champs we made! Aren't you excited?
  • 8 0
 how do i block myself from seeing any further mention of this ever.

this is a MOUNTAIN bike site, correct?

save stories like this for Wired, don't want to see it here, won't care about it, never have, never will.
  • 7 1
 I hope my kids don’t see this... there are already too many things trying to keep people indoors these days... especially aimed at children... not that this is particularly geared towards kiddos. In my mind, I’m seeing a bleak future where no one ventures out of their door and everyone is married to a robot. Overdramatized... probably... but still... no thanks.
  • 10 0
 just preparing for a world with a destroyed environment.
  • 6 0
 i feel the same. someday, the world will look like blade runner. but hey, as long as i get a hot robot...
  • 7 0
 Just give us the Soma already.
  • 7 0
 Whatever small amount of legitimacy the UCI had - has just been set on fire and flushed down the toilet.
  • 5 1
 If this means fewer riders beating up on the real trails then cool. Bonus that I have a hunch there'll be lots of second hand bikes available for sale cheap, I envision the classified along the lines of "This Yeti SB150 was only used for one Zwift season, I decided switch to a new Evil as it fits my avatars style more."
  • 1 0
 Doh...sorry...fat finger.
  • 6 1
 There is nothing wrong with Zwift and making indoor training more enjoyable but I am struggling to understand why zwift would be a good candidate for an e-sport.
  • 6 0
 i'm just glad this exists so it gives people something new to hate and be distracted by.
  • 9 5
 Who cares? If people enjoy and wanna compete in it, go for it!

We'll go outside, they stay inside.. What do we have to do with that?
  • 17 0
 The UCI does not have an unlimited amount of things it can give attention to. So instead of dual slalom, developing cycling in Africa, or extra lobbying to governmental agencies, we get ebiking and esports.
  • 3 0
 @acali: Agreed.
THIS...all day long.
Hell the UCI can't regulate it's real life business much less some fantasy online BS.

NASCAR has the same "reality" racing with computers, so I thought this had to be a joke article.
  • 2 0
 @acali: don't forget enduro word championship or word cup...
  • 2 0
 "Hyperreality, in semiotics and postmodernism, is an inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced postmodern societies."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreality

I'll leave this here for all you fans of Postmodernist philosophy and Mountain Bikes
  • 6 0
 Fifteen Million Merits
  • 4 1
 Interesting. I would be curious to see what kind of controls they have in place to ensure people are playing on a level playing field (no cheating, etc)
  • 3 0
 If they are doing the W/kg metric for calculating performance, they need to have everyone perform a weigh in, perhaps a week before the event, at designated locations!
  • 3 0
 What about e-bike being used? That would have to be monitored.
  • 8 0
 @Arepiscopo: Got a drill rigged to my swift setup, much cheaper and less time consuming than pedaling a moped...
  • 3 0
 @Arepiscopo: What about just a 500cc MX bike?
  • 3 0
 I wonder how they're going to test for doping.....
  • 10 0
 @MMOF: Piss straight into the wall socket.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Good one. I guess the scream factor will be the giveaway ...
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Directions unclear, penis stuck in wall socket
  • 3 0
 @Arepiscopo: Good, hold it there. Test results constantly seem to cycle between positive and negative. We'll wait for it to settle.

Does it make you pedal any faster?
  • 2 0
 *The cycling community has exited the room*
  • 2 0
 If you didn't like UCI outside, now they're coming to your house. I'm not a racing guy but the potential of this new rulebook gives me a headache. Upside sounds like you don't need to go anywhere for your drug test.
  • 3 0
 The decline of wc titles is continuing. I knew it! Once you start with ebikes, next you don‘t even have to swing a leg for a title.
  • 2 1
 I'm not sure I'm down with this. I understand Zwift racing for fun in the wintertime or offseason for us amateurs, and also pro teams using race results on Zwift as means of talent spotting riders for racing professionally. If these riders are found and able to turn Zwift racing into a career professionally outdoors, that seems like a viable option for some riders who may be geographically isolated from many outdoor racing opportunities. But to race solely indoors on Zwift seems like a weak world championship idea. The CEO of Zwift has already said he wants Zwift in the Olympics, so maybe they think this is a logical first step to the Olympics, but I feel like Zwift is pushing their platform a bit too hard with this. I already don't like that they try to infuse so many aspects of various social media sites into Zwift, but this is even crazier. Most of us just want something to keep us reasonably fit in the winter, but Zwift act like they want us all to become addicted to their platform, and even replace riding outdoors, not supplement it. This feels slightly sinister.
  • 5 0
 rhymes with duck. and toff.
  • 5 0
 oh, the sweet sound of pb-readers brains exploding
  • 1 1
 The proper term is 'ass-ploding' in this case.
  • 1 0
 Who is gonna want to turn on sprinklers or adjust the thermostat in their homes to make real-like race conditions-heat ,cold , rain? I'd for sure race at sea level with an oxygen mask close by. No way can this be a full proof fair race even if they use cameras. Weak sauce
  • 1 0
 E-sports are not sports. Period. They just call it that for some strange reason. Here’s the dictionaries definition for the word sport: “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”.
Skills and entertainment yes, but physical exertion.. the one defining physical act of computer activities are sitting on your butt so.. that applies for cycling as well, but in a completely different way. Change the name e-sports to something else. That way kids will maybe seek outdoor sports instead of sitting-on-your-ass “sports”. I am a teacher by the way, so I do see a lot of this happening: Kids going to e-sports, drinking coke and eating junk. Doing sports you know..
  • 1 0
 Who knows how much electronic bikes will cost ????
And how will their E-electronic components be ???
And how will we do when the E-bike E-chain comes out of the E-pinion ???
the E-bleed of the E-brakes, the E-puncture, and they will put a plug in the ass to recharge us instead of eating an energy bar ???
  • 2 0
 UCI Zwift rider: I was the most popular guy in high school
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore: You live with your grandmother, refer to yourself as the Tobster, and constantly go "pew pew pew" .
  • 1 0
 Aunt Jackie: This is my grandson Toby. He's living with me until he figures out what he wants to do with his life... so far that involves going 'pew pew pew' with his thumbs all day."
Toby: "Yeah, well going "pew pew pew" with my thumbs all day is keeping me in first place on this UCI Zwift game, so I'm pretty happy."
  • 1 0
 Zwift makes indoor trainers tolerable at best. But sometimes I just can't be bothered when it's -30 out, after a long day from work, to get my fat bike outside (especially if it's wet and slushy).

Zwift already has scheduled "races". So sanctioning it and turning it into a competition is only natural for the human race.

I support this more than e-bikes...because you actually still need to be fit, and ride a bike to compete. It's not like "playing" soccer/football/hockey using a headphone, keyboard and mouse like other e-sports.
  • 4 0
 Can I use my E-bike? or is that cheating?
  • 10 0
 I rigged an old 900w drill to my trainer, works much better than an E-bike, fraction of the cost, I can drink coke and eat burgers at the same time and rainbows are mine!
  • 2 0
 for a moment I actually found myself taking this a little bit seriously.... and then I noticed a lead rider had a visor/no helmet and realized how ridiculous this all is
  • 2 0
 The good thing about this is: not so much idiots outside!
And the funny thing would be: lets do a race world e-game-champ vs an average rider on real terrain...
  • 2 0
 I mean, I'm game for some winter Zwift training during ski/boarding season. But this...? A bit odd. Is this just a roadie thing?
  • 2 1
 Yay! More fleecing of the biking community!! Just got that sweet new $9K rig? Well bro you need the smart trainer and screen to go with it! Very green and environmentally friendly LOL
  • 2 0
 Or OR now hear me out here... how about you actually go outside and ride a real bike. "E-sports" are not sports its playing a video game
  • 1 1
 “That's right, the wait is finally over to be World Champion at exercising. Inside your house.”

This sentence precludes the inclusion of this article on Pinkbike. Or, at least, it should. Pinkbike is supported by outdoor enthusiasts.

I’m not sure where this belongs, but it isn’t here.
  • 1 1
 Interested to see how this develops. Whenever you have competition, you're going to see the industry step in to optimize the equipment. Just curious to see what Zwift specific bikes will look like. What pressures people run to have perfect grip on the roller for sudden sprints whilst minimizing rolling resistance. New-old school narrow rims to work well with trainer tires. Zwift specific suspension and damper tunes... Oh boy, this thing is getting disgusting before it has even taken off. If UCI really thinks we need another discipline at the Worlds, they could consider the 4X racing Worlds at the actual World Championships instead of as an isolated event. With actual moving bikes, could be fun.
  • 4 0
 I hope it will be like Mario Kart, with Bananas and powerups
  • 3 0
 Kenny Powers- "I PLAY REAL SPORTS, NOT TRYIN TO BE THE BEST AT EXERCISING! ... be like Kenny!
  • 3 0
 Do the rules require you to only breathe through your mouth and live in your parents' basement on a diet of hot pockets?
  • 1 0
 Like everyone else: this is total crap and pointless. Riding indoors on a trainer, in Air Con is nothing like and not compatible to riding outdoors. This is ruining the sport for the sake of $$$. I hate that.
  • 1 1
 I don't use zwift, and don't follow esports, but I have no idea what you're all losing your minds about. It's just a thing that some people will enjoy and take an interest in, not for me, but if others are into it then fair enough.
  • 1 0
 Dear Pinkbike, besides eMTB content filter, please add one for news like this. I know, I can skip the article, but I´m really not interested to scroll through news about virtual sports. Thank You!
  • 1 0
 support.strava.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/208859697-Settings-to-hide-Zwift-trainer-rides-in-feed?mobile_site=true

a several years long strava support request with many comments... completely ignored.
  • 3 0
 They're just messing with us at this point
  • 3 0
 I play real sports.....not trying to be the best at exercising.
  • 2 0
 Here comes e-doping. The fastest guy on the track is some out-of-shape hacker who gets a kick out of upsetting cyclists
  • 1 1
 Ok hot take: this is good for the environment. If the point of certain cycling competitions is to see who's fittest, then why fly them around the world when they can sit on the trainer in their home town?
  • 4 0
 W H Y ? ? ?
  • 3 0
 So how do you train your thumbs? Big Grin
  • 1 2
 I get that Esports are for lazy people that cannot play real sports and hate physical effort, but for Zwift you need to actually put in physical effort...so what is the f*cking point? For people that are highly fit but hate the outdoors? I use TrainerRoad when its -30 in the winter to stay in shape, but I hate it and would give anything to be outdoors
  • 4 0
 Came for the comments
  • 1 0
 pretty rare you don't see a single down voted comment below haha
  • 1 0
 When is my worker bee clone going to show up. So I can stay at home and live under a rock. Do we even need humans on earth anymore. Might as well just make it for robots!
  • 2 0
 How do I accumulate e-points so I can make sure I start in the front e-row of the race?
  • 3 0
 UCI has jumped the electric shark
  • 2 0
 Cash Rules Everything Around Me, CREAM get tha money....dolla dolla bills ya'll.......
  • 2 0
 Can’t wait to rig up a motor to my Zwift trainer and ruin some people’s day by motoring it past them haha
  • 2 0
 I think Pinkbike is trolling us at this point, or at least I hope they are.
  • 1 0
 OK. Cool. Got it. But when I go outside in the winter to ride my fatbike, PB'ers still ridicule me and steal my lunch money....
  • 1 2
 Came here to see the irrational hate, wasn't disappointed. I live in a place that has shitty winters, imagine that. Never been able to hack an indoor trainer no matter what I had to watch or distract me. Last winter got a Tacx Neo 2, threw my many years unused road bike on it with a few comfort tweaks, signed up for Zwift, and I love it. I love Fortnite too, so clearly I'm of a certain mindset. This setup had just enough fun to keep me on the bike, and finally went into the spring not being an anchor for my West Coast riding buddies. As for an actual competition, so effing what? Sit and play Fortnite, burning next to no extra calories, and maybe win a few million. Ride a trainer and maintain some fitness and win, well, whatever they gonna award. What's to hate about that? I just don't get it.
  • 1 0
 I'm used to thinking things and people are completely useless and can be gotten rid of. Yet my jaw still hit the floor while reading this article.
  • 1 0
 Far too close to traditional cycling, if it's basically just a watt/kg competition.
  • 2 0
 No thanks. I'll stick with PUBG and smash Bros for now.
  • 3 0
 I've puked...
  • 2 0
 To quote the great Canadians Propaghandi, "What a stupid world".
  • 1 0
 Esports are getting huge in the world...not my cup of tea. They do what they want I do what I want, very simple.
  • 2 0
 As if they cant stop cheating In live sports...
  • 2 0
 NOW I CAN TYPE DURING A RACE THIS IS HEAVEN
  • 2 0
 NO man, then we won't have a rebuttal for WAKI! He'll be able to ride and fill the comments! Razz
  • 2 0
 Cue up REM please: "It's the end of the world as we know it...."
  • 1 0
 I have already the rainbow jersey in wii sports resorts cyling so come take it away from me
  • 2 0
 Uci gets involved means ruined. UCI = unbelievable cycling incompetence.
  • 1 0
 Ice maker order me pizza, fridge buy me milk....'What's happened to my son?"
  • 2 0
 I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
  • 2 0
 waiting for the e-cig & e-cig accessories to hit pink bike.
  • 2 0
 So how do they stop cheaters?
  • 1 0
 I don't get it. I guess I'm not clever enough even to see the money making aspect.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if the fuddy duddies at the UCI will enforce e-sports sock heights...
  • 1 0
 E-bikes are now a thing apparently, so they move on to... V(irtual)-bikes. Rolleyes
  • 1 0
 Get your e-bikes on the trainer! Better yet, hook zwift up to your local dyno XD
  • 3 1
 still lame...
  • 2 1
 Now thats what i call an E-Bike Championship!
  • 1 0
 Suddenly E-Bike races are looking pretty radical! sign me up!
  • 2 0
 This is stupid.
  • 2 0
 FFS.
  • 2 0
 This is too much
  • 2 1
 This would be a good winter training tool
  • 1 0
 Let the hacking in bike sports begin
  • 2 0
 This is a joke, right?
  • 1 0
 Taking E-biking to a new level
  • 1 0
 April fools everyone! It came extra early
  • 1 0
 this is for ebikers?! hahah
  • 1 0
 So this is what it's come to.......
  • 1 0
 Yet another reason why the UCI is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS.
  • 1 0
 No more E bike filter? I loved that filter!
Bring it back PLEASE. !!!
  • 1 0
 1) UCI is fcked
2) pinkbike filters don't work
  • 1 0
 What a disgrace this sport is becoming.
  • 1 0
 I just came here to say: I don't give a f**k.
  • 1 0
 Wow! the maniacs of ultralight bikes will be enthusiastic!
  • 1 0
 This can't actually be a thing. What's next....
  • 1 0
 I thought I filtered out all the EBike shit!!!???
  • 1 0
 So next step will be E-Bike E-Sport... Shall we call it E-E-Championship?
  • 1 0
 E-Sports UCI World Cup Downhill here I come....lol
  • 1 0
 Hackers with best doping are gonna win this.
  • 1 0
 No no no. I'm sorry, but no. FFS.
  • 1 0
 FFS!!!
  • 2 0
 ai ja ca estavas Smile the future is bright!
  • 3 3
 lets the gamers game. they let all of you ride bikes without judgement
  • 1 0
 oh look, some pretentious "outdoorsman" downvoted me. shocker.
  • 1 0
 Seriously!?
  • 1 0
 My balls got sick
  • 1 0
 lol at the uci
  • 1 0
 Embarrassing.
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