Zwift HQ has announced the three Zwift Academy finalists. This first-of-its-kind program began in April 2016 with the end goal of recruiting one female Zwifter for the 2017 Canyon//SRAM women’s pro racing team. 1194 riders entered Zwift Academy, and that list has been narrowed to just three finalists:

  • Jessie Donavan (Vermont, USA): 3 Ironman Championships and 3 children on her resume.
  • Leah Thorvilson (Little Rock, AR, USA): injured national-level runner turned to cycling only recently, got t-boned by a deer and is now a dedicated Zwifter.
  • Yvonne Van Hattum (Dubai, UAE): rode for only a year before joining Zwift Academy, which she was inspired to join by her husband and training partner Jasper.

These three ladies are on their way to CANYON/SRAM’s training camp in Mallorca, Spain, where one of them will be offered a pro contract.

Congrats to Jessie, Leah, and Yvonne!

UPDATE: here’s a fun little video just posted as the ladies begin their training camp.

Left to right: Jessie Donavan, Leah Thorvilson, and Yvonne van Hattum