So zwift have created some of this problem themselves. The UCI will insist that anything that has their name on it is as fair and legit as can be. Cheating is rife on zwift (not pointing fingers at the top riders) but it is so open to abuse, trainer calibration, weight doping, actual performance enhancing doping etc. Zwift have done very little…well in fact nothing since this was announce to stop cheating…oh ok the anti sandbagging measures that ask people to “please go in the right category”. As such, racing on zwift for legitimacy of results is terrible. The UCI will insist of standard protocols including anti doping testing. How many of the current zwift community elite are involved in that? I’m sure they happily would, so zwift should have reached out already to see how they get enrolled.
To be fair though…racing on zwift as a spectator sport…hmmm I don’t think it’s a big draw (again because zwift racing doesn’t involve any unpredictability) ends up in a bunch sprint almost every time, but that’s because it removes all the hazardous obstacles like wind crashing etc.
But think about it…zwift want to reach the masses…are cycling fans going to watch a bunch of people nobody knows apart from the racing community? No they need the pros, hence why zwift are reaching out to them…and for it to be UCI sanctioned, it has to follow the correct procedures and protocols which most of the zwift racing community won’t currently comply with.