The Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team is back for another year in 2019. Now accepting applications, Zwift will be putting together a team of eight amateur triathletes with the aim of competing at the 2019 Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Zwift will considerathletes with a range of nationalities, ages and abilities, although to apply, you must at least be a level 12 cyclist and level three runner on Zwift. “Before 2018, I hadn’t even completed an Ironman,” says Bex Rimmington, a 2018 Specialized Zwift Academy Team member. “I knew I had to give it a shot – never thinking I’d actually make the squad. Being selected and then actually qualifying for Kona on my first attempt was like a fairytale.”
To assist the team in their training and race preparation, the Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team will be supported by Tim Don and Sarah True. In 2018, Don returned to the Ironman World Championship just a year after fracturing his neck in a horrific bike accident. “It was a wonderful experience mentoring the team last year, and for me, it was somewhat therapeutic,” says Don. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with the new team members in 2019.”
Along with expert guidance, the team will be supported with some of the best equipment the industry has to offer from brands including Specialized, Wahoo, Roka and Science in Sport.
The gear included:
- Aero testing at Specialized Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California
- Specialized Bikes (new Shiv Disc), Helmets and Shoes
- Wahoo Kickr, Climb and Headwind
- Wahoo Elemnt Bolt bike computers and Tickr X heart rate straps
- Roka Maverick X wetsuits, Viper swimskins for Kona, a selection of eyewear and official team tri suits
- Full range of Science in Sport products including Go Isotonic Energy Gels & Hydro range