Zwift Brings US Military Athletes TogetherPosted 11 Dec 2015 in News
US Military Endurance Sports (USMES) is proud to announce an official partnership with Zwift, the premier online fitness gaming platform. Since launching last October, Zwift has built a global community of cyclists of all levels who ride, train and race together in a rich, 3D-generated world. Data from their existing cycling devices (e.g. trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors, etc.) is translated into on-screen performance in the real-time virtual world created in Zwift. USMES team members can download Zwift’s software, create an account, and can be riding in just minutes.
“We are looking forward to a unique digital experience where technology and training equipment combine to deliver excitement as only Zwift can. The user experience is nothing short of amazing and our team members have already logged thousands of miles training together through Zwift,” said USAFR Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Bill Jacobus, Executive Director, USMES.
Zwift is available to users of both PC and Mac platforms. All that is needed for a rider to become a part of the Zwift community is a simple (manual or no resistance control) indoor cycle trainer, ANT+ cadence/speed sensor and ANT+ dongle. A more immersive experience can be had with additional devices like smart trainers, but Zwift is working with all major trainer manufacturers to ensure a consistent and compelling gaming experience regardless of equipment used.
Once in the Zwift environment, users can race with the community, compete for climbing and sprint segments, conduct any one of hundreds of workouts, or just ride. Zwift is free to download and comes with a two-week trial. An ongoing subscription is $10 a month.
“The Zwift community is as compelling as the Zwift software itself,” said Mike McCarthy, VP of Partnerships for Zwift. “We welcome the opportunity for USMES to become a rich part of that and use the platform as a way to connect with other members of our armed services who may be separated by thousands of miles.”
Founded in 2010, USMES is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity organization chartered to support endurance sports education and activities for current, retired, and Veteran members of the United States Uniform Services. USMES began operations as an elite amateur cycling team and over the course of five years has grown into a thriving multi-sport recreational, development, and elite athletic program. In addition to supporting active cyclists, adaptive cyclists, runners, and triathletes, USMES seeks to raise awareness of the physical and psychological benefits of endurance sports within our communities.
Learn more at: www.usmes.org
Built on a long-standing passion for the sport of cycling, Zwift is a company of dedicated cyclists that also happen to be experienced software and video game developers. Combining that passion and deep understanding of the cycling world, Zwift is the first company to use massive multiplayer gaming technology to bring the outdoor cycling experience indoors. Athletes from around the globe can ride with each other in rich 3D generated worlds simply by connecting their existing devices (e.g. trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors, etc) wirelessly via open industry standard ANT+. From friendly competition and precision training, to casual group rides, Zwift is building a community of like-minded athletes united in the pursuit of a better indoor training experience.
Learn more at: www.zwift.com