Cycling Esports in 2021 – the numbers say it all


was the number of sports featured in the inaugural Olympic Virtual Series (OVS) in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Cycling esports was joined on the programme by baseball-softball, rowing, sailing and motor sport.


rides in 24 hours: that was the concept of the OVS cycling programme to celebrate Olympic Day on 23 June. The round-the-clock event enabled participants from the world over to ride virtually alongside some of cycling’s stars and personalities.


athletes and personalities participated in the various OVS cycling events such as podcasts, chase races, and Olympic Day rides. They included Mariana Pajón (COL – BMX), Anna Meares (AUS – track), Sir Chris Hoy (GBR – track), Nino Schurter (SUI – mountain bike), Sarah Storey (GBR – para-cycling) and the list goes on…


was the total reach of these 32 athletes on social media, not including retweets and and overall OTS (Opportunity to See) of the athletes.


was the number of participants in the OVS cycling competitions in the first three weeks of competition.


is the total number of athletes who lined up across the five Continental Qualifier races on 27 and 28 November in an attempt to earn their tickets to the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships


is the number of athletes who actually qualified as a result of the Continental Qualifiers, held in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.


was the number of laps of the Figure 8 Forward route that the athletes covered on the Zwift platform’s Watopia world for a total of 59.5km and 508m of elevation.


February 2022 is the date announced in 2021 for the second edition of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships.


is the number of kilometres both the men and women will tackle at the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, for a total of 944m of climbing over 2.5 laps of Zwift’s New York Knickerbocker route.