South Africa’s Ashley Mullman Paceo tied Australia’s Sarah Gigante in a thrilling final storm to win the inaugural UCI Esports World Championship and celebrate her 35th birthday in style.
Cycling on the popular Zivift training platform, the race of rats, involving 54 participants, including Olympic gold medalist Anna van der Bregen of the Netherlands and former world champion anemic van Valentin, covered a distance of 50 km in Watopia.
After using the powerup, Moolman Paceo took the lead with a 2km under and faced a challenge to win the last 300m from Gigante with a 0.08 second victory and a home with a virtual and physical rainbow jersey. For.
“It simply came to our notice then. “Before the lockout, I wasn’t a fan of virtual training, but now I’m very proud to have won the Virtual World Championship,” he said. “Now is the time to celebrate.”
Sweden’s Cecilia Hansen took American Laura Stephens to the final podium.
In the men’s race, German rover Jason Osborne defeated the World Tour riders and track champions when he reached a 1.74-second draw from Denmark’s Anders Folder on the final climb, with Nicklaus Pedersen completing the podium.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’ve raced on Zwift before but it’s too big. The field was very tight and I just tried to stay calm, “said Osburn, who won a gold medal at the 2018 Rowing World Championships.
The men’s event featured 78 rides and the course ran like a night race.