Michael Rogers

Innovation manager

Three-time UCI World Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers joined cycling’s governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as Innovation Manager in late 2020. His day-to-day responsibilities, among others, include the development of Cycling Esports as a discipline and in-competition data technologies.
A self-confessed computer nerd, Rogers put aside his fascination for computers and software to concentrate on his cycling career which spanned 16 years, during which he claimed three UCI World titles (2003, 2004 and 2005), Olympic bronze (in the individual time trial, Athens 2004) and three Grand Tour individual stage wins (one in the 2014 Tour de France and two in the 2014 Giro d’Italia).
But when he hung up his bicycle in 2016, it did not take the Australian long to reunite with his passion for computers. In the last years of his cycling career, he had already seen prototypes of the first Tacx Neo smart-trainer and had been introduced to Eric Min the co-founder of Zwift.
So hooked, that the day after his retirement from competition, he became involved in the Cycling Esports platform VirtuGO, of which he was Managing Director for 3 years. Rogers spent the 2020 season working as technical partner manager for UCI WorldTeam NTT Pro Cycling before joining the UCI.
With the first UCI Zwift Cycling Esports having taken place mid-December 2020, virtual racing is now recognized as a cycling discipline at the highest level of an International Federation. “To be 100% honest, I didn’t think a UCI World Championships would take place so fast,” he says. “But I’m happy I was wrong.”
Michael is 41 years old, happy married and a father of three daughters.