Early this year professional women’s cycling team, Canyon//SRAM, teamed up with social fitness media platform Zwift to launch an ‘academy’ which will form the recruitment process for the team’s newest rider. The academy programme will begin in April with weekly group rides for women on Zwift – there’s more details at the bottom of the page. We’ve enrolled London rider, Cat Gaskell, who will be taking part to see how far she gets in the selection process.
Cat will be posting updates throughout the experience, so we sent her off to Gent to meet the team and gather some advice before the programme kicks off…
Words, Cat Gaskell. Images: Léon Van Bon.
Two days ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, TWC and Zwift sent me out to visit Canyon//SRAM in Gent as they prepared to race the Belgium classic. I had the chance to ride the local roads with the team, before getting my Zwift on with them for some indoor training.
The ‘Canyon//SRAM Racing & Zwift Academy Project’ begins in April, and will run for most of the year. The aim of the academy is to draw out some raw and untapped talent by whittling down the riders over the course of the programme through a series of tasks – any woman using Zwift can take part, those that don’t win a team place will get some great training sessions and ideas from taking part.