Virtual training and racing platform MyWhoosh announced it is hosting the biggest cycling race in e-sports history – 8 days, 7 stages, 3 worlds and a massive $1,000,000 USD cash prize list.
Yes, that is 1 million dollars cash to the top riders – pro, elite amateur or weekend warrior – with prize money split evenly between men and women in the top 10 on General Classification, top five teams, plus youth, master, sprint and KOM winners.
Starting 30 March and held over 8 days with one rest day in the middle, the championship will use a unique route for each mass-start stage, plus a time trial with no drafting. Total distance will be ~460km with 6000m of climbing for the men and for the women 330km with 4000m climbing. Featured routes include the Tour of Al’Ula, Tour of Arabia, Australia, and Tour of Colombia – all of which are available to virtually ride now. Results will scored on time using a “first rider across the line” format.
“With $1 million dollars up for grabs across the competition, some of the winning racers may see themselves going home with up to $10,000. We’re putting our money where our mouth is as we hope to inspire the next generation of cyclists,” MyWhoosh said in a press release.
The free to use MyWhoosh platform is a relative newcomer in the virtual cycling world, but closely developed with the UAE Team Emirates WorldTour team of Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar to better represent In-Real-Life (IRL) racing.
Entries for the championship open on Monday 27 February for all cyclists, but only 120 riders will be selected to participate. Riders can enter individually or as a team, but will need to submit power performance data and will be divided into categories according to documented ability.
MyWhoosh continues a recent trend out of the United Arab Emirates of offering huge cash prizes at open mass start events, including Gran Fondo Abu Dhabi, UCI Spinney’s Dubai Gran Fondo and now the MyWhoosh Championship.
MyWhoosh Championship information HERE.