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18 February

Team GB for this OV

Congratulations to OV Hayley Simmonds (Cr 99-06), who will be donning the Great Britain jersey as part of the British Cycling Team for the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships later this month, following a gruelling qualification process.

Hayley’s cycling CV includes two British Elite National TT Champion titles, as well as a Commonwealth Games TT Bronze medal; she is an elite road cyclist.

The UCI Cycling Esports World Championships will be held on Zwift, which is an online cycling programme. The route, Zwift’s New York ’Knickerbocker’, will take the athletes on a 54.9Km virtual course around a futuristic Central Park, with a rolling terrain.

Hayley added, “It’s always a proud moment for me to pull on my national jersey and in this instance I’ll get to wear two of them – a real-life one and a virtual one as well. Zwift racing is still a relatively new experience for me so I’m looking forward to competing, and it’s crazy to think I’ll be competing for a rainbow jersey inside my own house.”

If you would like to support Hayley, you can watch the Championships live via Eurosport, discovery+, GCN+ or Zwift’s YouTube channel from 6pm on Saturday 26 February 2022.

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Good luck, Hayley; we’ll be cheering you on!