created: 04.10.2018 by: M. Kaase
Is there a better place than the World Championships in Innsbruck to announce a new discipline in cycling? When the Pro’s suffered on the hilly roads of the Alps, UCI published their plans to arrange a World Championship in cycling. Even though details are not announced yet, speculations already started how eSports can be integrated in the world of our well known outdoor racing landscape. What will the rules look like? How can cheating be prevented? Does always the strongest guy win on a smart trainer?
The Pro’s are not convinced, yet:
“I don’t really think I’d be into doing that because it’s just so different than racing outside. It would essentially just turn into the strongest guy winning all the time if it’s just based off power.” – Logan Owen, Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale.
“For me, the main point of riding bikes is to get outside and explore new places, so a virtual competition doesn’t immediately appeal to me. I’d consider doing it just for the challenge, I guess.” – Howard Grotts, American cross-country champion.
Obviously, the UCI does not want to lose contact to this quick developing scene. They didn’t do well with fixed gear cycling discipline known as Red Hook Crit’s or fixed gear racing and they want to keep in touch with the latest trend in cycling. At least David Lappartient is convinced, that he will not miss this one:
“We’re looking to the future of every of aspect of cycling and so were keen to help virtual cycling develop. We want to ensure that happens properly by creating some clear guidelines and rules, including anti-doping rules. Cycling as an esport is different to many other sports because it’s not virtual, you have to push on the pedals, so it’s a real physical effort. We could one day see Peter Sagan competing in esport races. I think that would be great for cycling.”
– David Lappartient (UCI President)
Will we see cyclist like Peter Sagan racing on Zwift? Will we see athletes on a stage in an arena, competing each other on their trainers? What’s for sure: everyone will need his/her Padbone.
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