MyWhoosh has announced an exclusive three-year partnership with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. This agreement covers 2024, 2025, and 2026, highlighting a significant departure from the rival virtual cycling platform, Zwift, who had hosted this event since 2020.
The accomplishment is a considerable milestone for the free-to-use MyWhoosh. Throughout the past year, MyWhoosh has actively demonstrated its commitment to virtual cycling. Hosting its inaugural Race Championship Series and unveiling premier virtual European routes in Belgium.
Akhtar Saeed Hashmi, CEO/Managing Director of MyWhoosh, shared his excitement about the partnership:
“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Union Cycliste Internationale for the next three years. MyWhoosh and UCI will be working closely to organize the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships with firm race control mechanisms. We are committed to transforming Abu Dhabi into a truly world-class cycling hub, and look forward to providing athletes, fans, and enthusiasts with an immersive experience that combines the excitement of esports with the spirit of cycling. This collaboration signifies a transformative era for MyWhoosh and the realm of cycling esports, bringing all the benefits and excitement of competitive cycling into homes across the world. We are also excited to welcome the cycling community to Abu Dhabi for the UCI Road World Championships in 2028 and UCI Track World Championships in 2029.”
UCI’s President, David Lappartient, welcomed MyWhoosh on board and has faith in their ability to continue growing this popular event. With hosting rights locked in, MyWhoosh is now focused on making these next three editions of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships something truly special. They’re aiming for an immersive, engaging global event and will be interesting to see what they do.
MyWhoosh is no stranger to making big strides in the world of indoor cycling. In April this year, they hosted the inaugural Race Championship Series, boasting a prize pool exceeding a whopping $1 million.
They’ve also expanded with virtual European routes, like those in Belgium. All of this shows that MyWhoosh is committed to pushing boundaries and enhancing our indoor cycling experience.
DUAL POWER RECORDING
One thing that really stands out about MyWhoosh is its ability to record data from dual power-meters. This hasn’t been a focus for Zwift, but it should be, especially when you consider that cheating does happen – and quite often, in Zwift and other cycling platforms. Remember last year when the winner of a UCI qualifier was disqualified for a superhuman effort? That’s exactly why this matters. Recording from dual power meters helps in verifying power numbers, making it a solid way to fend off cheaters in the sport. As for whether UCI will utilize this feature at their events, that’s still up in the air.
So, fellow riders, what are your thoughts on this partnership and shifting hosting duties from Zwift?