To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States, Zwift is hosting a marquee event tomorrow: a ride through Watopia led by Eric Min, CEO of Zwift. Eric and the team at Zwift have the goal of “send a resounding message to our AAPI employees and Zwifters that we embrace them, not just in May but throughout the year.”
The ride is being hosted on Saturday 8th May, 7:30PM CEST/10:30AM PST, on 1 lap of the Sand & Sequoias route, which is 20.2 km (12.6 miles) in length with a lead-in of 2.4 km (1.5 miles). It will be a gentle ride, between 1.5-2 watts per kilo.
Eric is leading the ride himself and is excited to join Zwifters from all over the globe in celebration of the AAPI community. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Eric’s family emigrated to the USA when he was a child (Eric considers himself a New Yorker). As a junior, Eric was an accomplished cyclist, reaching the USA Olympic training camp.
More Events this Month
Throughout the month, to continue the celebration, Zwift are hosting Ride and Run Events celebrating the AAPI community, including more rides and runs led by multicultural employees of Zwift.
What is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?
For those who are not familiar, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May in the United States to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. Originally this was a week but in 1992 it got extended to a month, with May being officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Investing in Local Structural Change
It is also important to note that Zwift are going further than just hosting events. They are donating $25,000 to the LA chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ). Their mission is to “advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.”
Within the company
Within the company, Zwift are hosting a number of internal events to observe AAPI heritage month, partnering with leaders within the community and team to elevate important and necessary conversations around AAPI issues.