Canyon//SRAM Women's Zwift Academy Final 2017





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Published on Dec 21, 2017

Out of the 2160 women that enrolled onto the Zwift Academy programme across the world, they were whittled down to only three. Follow the progress of Siri, Tanja, and Bri as they battle it out for a pro contract with Canyon//SRAM.

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- 2016 saw the first ever Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy where women from all over the world competed on Zwift for the chance to win a pro contract with the squad for 2017. Now the winner on that occasion was Leah Thorvilson from the USA who impressed so much she's back in the fold for 2018. And 2018 is why I'm here as very soon another talented rider is going to be awarded a pro contract for the forthcoming season. It's why I'm at the Canyon SRAM training camp here in rather snowy Koblenz in Germany to find out exactly who that is going to be. 2,160 women from all over the world enrolled on this year's Zwift Academy, which involved a structured programme of group rides, races, workouts, over a six-week period. That number has now been whittled down to just three finalists: Siri Hildonen from Norway,

- It will be life-changing but it will be racing and I love to race, so that will be fun and actually be a part of a team. Tanja Erath of Germany,

- Yeah, I mean, it would obviously change my whole life, I guess, I would have to move and I would spend my time with cycling and racing, but it would just be a dream come true.

- And American Bri Torkelson.

- For me, I've simplified my life, and, like, that's why I work at a bike shop; I want more time on the bike and that's all I, like, want to do. Like, that's what I love, and this would be an opportunity to be surrounded by the best people to make me the best cyclist I could be.

- Now before we see what is exactly going to await our finalists, let's have a quick chat with last year's winner, Leah Thorvilson. Leah, it must've been an absolutely incredible experience to spend a year with Canyon-SRAM of course now you got a second year as well.

- Yeah, I can't believe it! It's still, you know, it was surreal at the time that I won, I was literally speechless, which you don't find me often, but the coolest thing I've ever done in my life and I just, I am so blessed to have had this experience and really looking forward to a second year hopefully to see, hopefully the year that's behind me will translate into a bit more successful year this year on the bike.

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