Abuse fol­lows Brit suc­cess at e-sport World Cup event

Paris event’s lav­ish pay cheques and vir­tual rac­ing panned on­line

Cycling Weekly - - News - Paul Knott

Bri­tish Drag2zero rider Rachael El­liott has been sub­jected to a vol­ley of on­line abuse after she and Jlt-con­dor rider Ian Bibby won the Cy­cli­gent Vir­tual Rank­ings World Cup (CVR) event in Paris last month.

CVR World Cup events are run on the Zwift plat­form, with each rider weighed prior to com­pet­ing on cal­i­brated in­door train­ers. This en­sures a fair cal­cu­lated power-toweight num­ber is cal­cu­lated and con­se­quen­tial speeds are ac­cu­rate over all for­mats.

Both win­ning rid­ers took home over $3,000 for win­ning — which is more money than was awarded to the 11-placed fin­isher at the Tour de France. Third place fin­isher in the women’s event, Irena Os­sola, col­lected $1,500, more than the win­ner of the Giro Rosa or women’s Tour of Flan­ders.

How­ever, El­liott’s vic­tory was over­shad­owed after she re­ceived abuse on so­cial me­dia after her win which in­cluded peo­ple say­ing it “de­graded real rac­ing” and was “full of cheaters”.

“There was an event about three months ago with no prize money at all, and there was no back­lash,” El­liott ex­plained. “I think it is that which has caused peo­ple to bite. Ac­tu­ally, the way it is run is very fair.”

Frank Gar­cia, CEO of Cy­cli­gent, said: “We have been watch­ing so­cial me­dia and seen over­whelm­ingly more pos­i­tive stuff. You do have those peo­ple, who are tra­di­tion­al­ists say­ing, ‘You guys were in a velo­drome, you should be rid­ing on the boards,’ but this isn’t go­ing to re­place reg­u­lar cy­cling.”

The prize pot was set by spon­sor­ship and crowd­fund­ing prior to the event but en­riched through the live ‘cheer­ing’ com­po­nent that meant view­ers could do­nate on­line while watch­ing.

“You could cheer $1, $10, $25 or what­ever amount you wanted.” Gar­cia said. “A lot of peo­ple did and the prize purse ended up be­ing well over $45,000 in the end.”

El­liott: CVR star

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