It had to happen. The UCI seem to have sanctioned a ZWIFT eSports World Championship for 2020.
It’s a nice idea I suppose and we’ve talked about it here and many, many other places.
One of the beauties of watching the TdF on TV is the banter and in-depth knowledge of the commentators, as the action itself is relatively scant. However, I’m not sure even the eminently skilled Mr Ned Boulting will be able to add value to the scenery on show on Zwift. Although maybe a new Zwift-world could be developed just for the event…even then, I’m sceptical.
Assuming that the machinery is all equalised then the sports statisticians out there will hopefully get a good dose of Watts to analyse both in real-time and after the races.
Some times the riders’ stats are not as awesome as you’d imagine (obviously they are awesome) but they’re not supermen/women.
If you look at the last km of the Tourmalet here (strava.com) then I reckon many of you would fancy a crack at a good time (from a rested, standing start!!). Even Thibaut Pinot “only” managed the last km in 3 minutes.
Here’s the bit he did before that though 😉