UCI Cycling Esports World Championships: Official Smart Trainer Announced

UCI Cycling Esports World Championships: Official Smart Trainer Announced

The official smart trainer of the UCI Cycling eSports World Championships has been announced! On December 8 and 9, all Worlds competitors will race remotely on the Garmin Tacx Neo 2T.

In the below video, Shane Miller lists several reasons why he thinks the UCI and Zwift chose the Neo 2T:

  • Existing commercial arrangements with the UCI: Likely the biggest reason, according to Shane. Garmin Tacx already partners with the UCI for the Road World Championships.
  • Availability of direct-drive smart trainers: They needed a supplier that could handle the distribution of 200+ units to racers around the world in 2020.
  • The Neo 2T’s tech specs, including:
    • +/- 1% power accuracy
    • No spindown or calibration necessary (or even possible!)
    • Up to 25% gradient simulation
    • Maximum of 2200 watts, so it can handle pro-level sprints
    • Quick-release and through-axle compatibility
    • Compact shipping, especially compared to a smartbike

These are also the reasons he predicted that the Neo 2T would be chosen back in September. Good call, Shane!

UCI Cycling Esports World Championships: Official Smart Trainer Announced

The news is tucked into the General Information Bulletin in the UCI’s official documents about the event:

“Zwift are delighted to confirm that Garmin Tacx have been awarded the trainer sponsor category for the 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. The public announcement of this partnership will follow.

Garmin Tacx will be providing each rider in the event with a Tacx Neo 2T smart trainer and all of the associated accessories required to enable each athlete to compete on the same model of hardware, wherever they are in the world. Once National Federation squads have been confirmed on the 16th October, Garmin Tacx will begin the process of distributing the hardware to riders. Garmin Tacx will cover all costs associated with delivering and collecting the smart trainers from riders, subject to riders signing Garmin Tacx’s standard trainer acceptance form.”

About The Author

Karissa Minn

Karissa is a freelance writer and cycling enthusiast. She also volunteers and serves as an advisor for a community bike center called The Pedal Factory. She and her husband, an avid cyclist, live in North Carolina with their two birds, who have not yet learned how to ride a bike.

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Gustavo Gomez
Gustavo Gomez (@mgfjd)
10 months ago

It is going to be great. Racers must have the same trainer difficulty now.

A.Hofmann(RocksAndRootsCycling)
A.Hofmann(RocksAndRootsCycling) (@ahofmann)
10 months ago
Reply to  Gustavo Gomez

Have they announced anything about trainer difficulty settings yet?

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner (@paulrayner)
10 months ago
Reply to  Gustavo Gomez

This does raise an interesting question. Insisting all riders use the same Trainer Difficulty setting on Zwift would be a bit like – in a real life race – insisting all riders must use the same gearing ratios. But, as gearing ratios aren’t restricted in real life, it makes sense they might not restrict the “virtual gears” which Trainer Difficulty creates on Zwift. The difficulty is how do you explain to a TV audience that Rohan Dennis could look as though he’s riding a TT, while he goes up a hill next to Nairo Quintana who’s out of the saddle… Read more »

Oliver Radermacher
Oliver Radermacher
10 months ago

Great choice. I am happy with mine since 09/2019 🙂

andre
andre
10 months ago

looking foward to buy one anytime soon.

Unknown
Unknown
10 months ago

Is there going to be any special worlds for this event?

Andrew
Andrew
10 months ago

Well, I’ll just mention that I already have a Tacx Neo 2T so if the British team is looking for a rider… 😂

Unknown
Unknown
10 months ago

I already have one too. It is a great trainer for anyone looking to buy a new trainer. I would highly recommend it. I have used a wahoo kickr, a wahoo kickr bike, and a tacx vortex. The neo 2T is my favorite by far. The lights are really cool too.

David
David
10 months ago

Reliability might be an issue. I’ve owned two and both failed within their warranty period.

Derek douvelle
Derek douvelle
7 months ago
Reply to  David

I doubt that severely

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