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Tanja Erath Gets dialed In. 

An unexpected career born from an epic competition, Tanja Erath taps into grit and determination to earn her role on the CANYON//SRAM pro cycling team, and stay there.

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In 2018, doctor Tanja Erath got a professional contract to race bikes on one of the world’s top women’s teams. And she did it playing video games. Not the gamer you might imagine, sitting in their parent’s basement, yelling into a headset while eating a bag of potato chips. This one’s a little more active. Zwift Academy is a virtual reality competition powered by a stationary bike trainer. And the winner gets a fast pass to pro status. 


From scrubs to cobbles. 


Before she won Zwift Academy, Tanja was tirelessly going after two dreams at once. She was racing triathlons while in medical school, and trying to squeeze in training at five in the morning before heading into work (aka surgery) at seven. After dabbling in fixed gear racing and getting a taste of the cobbles at the Red Hook Crit, she found herself in the slipstream, navigating some of the most technical courses in the sport, amongst the savviest athletes. A steep learning curve fueled by Tanja’s fierce level of determination. 

"I'm happy I had my year of fixed-gear racing because it was a steep learning curve for me." 

Although she got to the top in a non-traditional way, the German native didn’t soft-pedal her way there; she had to beat over 2,100 other competitors to earn her place as one of the best new talents in the women’s peloton. Tanja tackled sprint lead-outs on the road, technical skill training, and the most important aspect to any pro cycling team – she was a perfect fit. When Tanja won, she was racing on a trainer against two other finalists, with the entire CANYON//SRAM squad watching their every move. When the winner was announced, she said it felt like being on American Idol. 


"Beating over 2,000 competitors at Zwift Academy and winning a contract with the UCI Women's World Tour Team, this is just the beginning." 


After proving she’s more than a one hit wonder, the team renewed her contract for 2019. Tanja walked away from her first pro season with a sprint stage jersey win at Tour De l’Ardéche and a silver national medal in the German Track Nationals. Not too bad for a rookie.

Get the gear. 

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Tanja uses the BOA Fit System to dial in an effortless, precision fit on the Lake CX 237 – an elite level shoe designed for high-cadence riding.


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