Osborne combines rowing physiology and Zwift racing skills to take first men's Esport World title

Jason Osborne is the first men's Esports World Champion
Jason Osborne is the first men's Esports World Champion (Image credit: Zwift)

Germany’s Jason Osborne was perhaps a surprise first men’s UCI Esports World Champion but he deserved to take the first-ever rainbow jersey avatar by combining his world-class rowing physiology and polished Zwift racing skills.

Osborne is already qualified for the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls event at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, was sixth in German time trial championships last year, and took the Strava KOM record from several NTT WorldTour riders on the Monte Serra climb in Tuscany, which is often used to test riders' ability and form.   

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.