Willie Smit completes 1,000km Zwift ride

Willie Smit prepares to ride on Zwift
(Image credit: Willie Smit)

South Africa's Willie Smit (Burgos-BH) has completed a 1,000km continuous ride on Zwift, covering the virtual distance in 37 hours, to raise funds to help develop cycling via the South African cycling federation.

Smit's ride is the latest of long rides by riders under lockdown. Geraint Thomas is riding three consecutive 12-hour shifts on Zwift in his garage in Wales in support of the British National Health system. Other riders have clocked up thousands of kilometres to rise up the pro rider Zwift leaderboard.  

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