Expected Race Weight: 68 kg / 150 lbs
FTP: 340 watts
Jeffrey joins the CVR World Cup as a “World” contestant of London’s Race-in™ Zwift race where two lucky participants were afforded a space in the race!
Originally from South Africa, Jeffrey immigrated to Perth and is now an Australian citizen competing nationally and in the West Coast Master’s league based in Perth and has a number of high ranking accolades on his belt. I’m sure many of you will feel similarities in Jeffrey’s journey in cycling and discovering Zwift, as he tells it below.
“My Cycling career started in 1993 and I have been privileged to enjoy all the highs and lows that come with being sold out to this sport. In 2001 I started suffering from unpredictable random muscle spasm/cramps every couple of months while doing everyday activities, or even cycling. In 2002, I was diagnosed with a muscle disease called Mitochondrial myopathy and the Dr advised I only do social low intensity cycling and will never be able to compete at high level. Receiving this news, caused me to retire from cycling for a year after which I decided to make a comeback despite Dr’s orders. Even though I still suffer from this condition and no treatment is available, I’ve figured out how to best manage this decease by staying active on the bike with no rest days for more than 3 days. I also broke my collar bone in 2009 and my hip in 2015, both cycling related and requiring surgery. Looking back now, how I wished I knew about Zwift from a rehabilitation point of view…
Then in 2016, I discovered Zwift and decided to give it a go. I initially entered races using it for training purposes for my road cycling, never really competing for results and at times not even finishing the races. Once I discovered Zwiftpower and more recently the incredible CVR Rankings, I started focussing on getting results as I very quickly noticed the depth and high level of riders.
In preparation for the 2016 UCI World Masters Championships final in Perth, I trained on Zwift for 18 weeks doing 3-4 interval workouts per week. During this time I didn’t do many Zwift races, but started switching gradually from road more and more too indoor Zwifting. I have also within my 50 plus races on Zwift managed to lose more weight than ever (5kg), and increase my FTP up to around 340w.
I was then recruited by Quentin Lafaye from Team Vision and this is where things really got more serious for me on Zwift. I followed Quentin Lafaye at the CVR World Cup in Las Vegas and watched the live stream in the early morning hours in Perth. This was my first exposure to Cycligent ESports and encouraged, inspired and motived me even more. I just recently saw the XRS – CVR World Cup Race-In advertised and decided to pre-register in an attempt for a possible successful entry, knowing the winner will be invited and sponsored for CVR World Cup UK vs the World in London. I was very much motivated and believed I will hopefully be able to keep up with the front bunch and finish good in the sprint. This turned out to be one of my all-time cycling highlight as I qualified to represent the World team as a Zwift Team Vision rider.”
We wish you all the best in London at the CVR World Cup! Tickets to attend LIVE in venue can be secured here: https://ukvstheworld.eventbrite.com. Or, you can stream LIVE at worldcup.cycligentrankings.com/stream.