January 21, 2022

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USA Cycling to send 19 athletes to 2022 UCI esports world cycling championships

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Usa Biking introduced the athletes who will be representing the United States at the 2022 UCI esports environment cycling championships.

“Zwift worlds” are established for February 26th, 2022, and both equally the males and the women’s fields will race on equivalent classes — above equal distances — and for equal prize dollars.

The race will be staged in excess of 2.5 laps of Zwift’s New York Knickerbocker, having on a overall length of 54.9km prolonged, with 944m of elevation attain.

“When the study course was to start with introduced for the 2022 UCI eSports World’s, I was promptly intrigued,” explained VeloNews columnist Zach Nehr, who qualified for worlds. “Last yr completed atop a 70-next climb, which is a bit too punchy for me, but this year finishes atop the NYC KOM, which requires about a few minutes. A different form of rider is going to get this calendar year, and Crew Usa surely have some race favorites.”

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Amid the nine males and ten women are a handful of veterans, as perfectly as several new racers who will be racing at the UCI championship event.

Jadon Jaeger and Maeghan Easler attained their places by winning the American qualifier race on December 11 that USAC held on the RGT platform.

Other athletes capable through the Pan American continental championships such as winners Shayna Powless and Nehr. Becoming a member of them through this qualification route had been Jacqueline Godbe and Kristen Kulchinsky. Liz Van Houweling obtained an invitation as a result of her top rated-3 Zwift Ability planet ranking. Brian Duffy Jr raced to second position at the Pan American qualifier and is ranked fourth in Zwift Electric power.

“It’s an honor to be named to Team Usa for the UCI Zwift Worlds following yr. To be truthful, I by no means observed this coming. I was late to the Zwift party and only joined the system in March of 2020. A tiny about a 12 months afterwards I’m symbolizing Upcoming eSport p/b Enshored in the Zwift Leading League, and a couple months later on I gained the Continental Qualifier for Zwift Worlds,” said Nehr. “After encouraging out Team Usa last calendar year as an assistant director sportif for the Zwift worlds, I had an inside of appear at what goes on for the duration of this kind of a unique celebration. It is surreal to think that I will be on the start off line of the UCI eSport Environment Championships next year, donning the virtual colors of Crew United states.”

Other athletes have been granted positions on Workforce Usa dependent on performance and existing Zwift Electrical power rankings.

Lots of of the riders are by now esports racing teammates — four adult males on Up coming, and 4 women of all ages on Saris-NoPinz riders — which really should assist.

“Competing for your state is one particular of the finest honors, and I’m enthusiastic to give every thing that I have for Workforce United states. We have a potent and deep staff, and I imagine we’ll be able to use strategies and methods to our gain to with any luck , consider property the first-at any time eCycling world championship for America,” said Duffy.

The 2021 UCI esports entire world cycling championships ended up won by German Jason Osborne (Speedy-Move Alpha Vinyl), and South African Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (SD Worx).

The major-ending Us residents in the 2021 women’s race ended up Godbe (Saris-NoPinz) in fourth and Kristen Kulchinsky (20 24) in ninth, Powless (Twenty 24) finished 21st, and Courtney Nelson (Saris/ NoPinz) was 12th.

On the men’s aspect, Ryan Larson (Saris/ NoPinz) finished in ninth put and Jager (Adapt Cycling) came across the line in 39th.

2022 Staff United states elite men
Kevin Bouchard-Hall (Wadhams, NY Velocio)
J Bruhn (Baton Rouge, LA, Next p/b Enshored)
Brian Duffy Jr (King of Prussia, PA Future p/b Enshored)
Brian Hodges (Shoreline, WA Wahoo Le Col)
Jadon Jaeger (Wauwatosa, WI Adapt Biking)
Ryan Larson (Galloway, NJ Saris/ NoPinz)
Zach Nehr (Milwaukee, WI. Upcoming p/b Enshored)
Spencer Seggebruch (Saint Louis, MO, CANYON)
Patrick Walle (Nashville, TN Up coming p/b Enshored)

2022 Crew United states elite ladies
Katheryn Curi (Los Altos, CA Saris/ NoPinz)
Maeghan Easler (Des Moines, IA Saris/ NoPinz)
Jacqueline Godbe (Chicago, IL Saris/ NoPinz)
Rebecca Larson (Norman, Okay Dutch Diesel Biking)
Liz Van Houweling (Des Moines, IA Saris/ NoPinz)
Kristen Kulchinsky (Dix Hills, NY Twenty 24)
Arielle Martin-Verhaaren (Williamsburg, VA AEO)
Courtney Nelson (San Jose, CA Saris/ NoPinz)
Shayna Powless (Roseville, CA 20 24)
Stefanie Sydlik (Pittsburgh, PA Canyon Wmn)

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