Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
10 Jul 2020
8:44 am

Road v Zwift: Top SA cyclists draw comparison

Wesley Botton

There are significant differences between Zwift races and traditional road races, but elite South African riders Ryan Gibbons and Louis Meintjes suggest the virtual platform is no less challenging.

Ryan Gibbons in action for Team Dimension Data (rebranded as NTT Pro Cycling) at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. Picture: Getty Images

While the country's top cyclists are hoping to return to the road soon, with the international season still suspended, they have had a taste of elite racing in recent weeks, despite being locked down by the Covid-19 pandemic. And in a world which is forcing sports to think outside the box, inevitable comparisons are likely to be made between traditional contests on the road and races held on virtual platforms. The popular Zwift platform, being used for the Virtual Tour de France, allows cyclists to use stationary bicycles to train and race in virtual cities. By linking bikes to computers...