Zwift racing is here to stay, that’s the message sent loud and clear by the sport that’s exploded into the public arena; and Alex West is one of a number of Kiwis to have jumped on board in a big way. West has devoted himself to the new sport and has already met with success that has landed him a contract with the new Canyon ZCC team.
Look at the palmares of riders in 2019 and they will generally include a reasonably familiar array of events. Elia Viviani’s 2019 accolades already include wins at the Santos Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. These are the races we know and love, but Zwift Racing has taken off to bring in a whole new dimension to cycling.
Alex West’s palmares reads quite differently to that of many of his peers. Already in the first six weeks of the year he’s notched up 20 race days, taken six race wins with a palmares that includes victories at the Tour de Zwift, the SZR Winter Race Series, the 3R Ultimate Racing League, along with podium finishes in the KISS Choice Race and KISS Super League among others. He is ranked second overall in the Zpoints rankings worldwide and second in the Zwift Power rankings and along with the likes of Ryan Christensen, James Fouche and Ollie Jones, West is far from alone in New Zealand as the Zwift revolution takes hold.
All this done from the comfort of his own garage. All done while covering no greater distance on his SMART Trainer than 58km so far this year. All done while competing against riders from Cofidis, Dimension Data and the Israel Cycling Academy to name a few.
We spoke to Alex to find out what it is that has caught his attention so strongly, why he’s made the decision to change tack with his cycling career and what that means for him going forward.
To watch the KISS Super League and KISS League check out the Zwift YouTube channel.