Zwift will offer riders a chance to ride the...

Ride Richmond worlds course on Zwift

Zwift, a virtual reality web application for indoor cycling is offering riders a chance to test their mettle on the Richmond 2015 course.

Zwift announced Wednesday that it will host a virtual-reality, three-dimensional simulation of the Richmond, Virginia UCI World Road Championships race course.

“What’s not to like about this? For the first time ever, anyone, anywhere, with some pretty basic equipment and an internet connection will be able to test themselves on a 3D version of the course that will be used for the UCI Road World Championships,” said Zwift Co-Founder and CEO Eric Min.

The online multiplayer system, released less than one year ago, can be used by anyone with a stationary trainer, ANT+ speed and cadence sensors, and internet access. Registered riders can test out the 16.2-kilometer Richmond course, which has 339 feet of climbing per lap. The course will be live on Zwift on the following dates: September 1 to 8, September 13 to 15, and September 20 to 27.

Although it is a very close simulation of the track, Zwift riders will be spared the jarring cobblestones of the race’s infamous Libby Hill.