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Zwift How-To: Join an Event and Read the Calendar

on January 27, 2022

 

One of the best features of Zwift is getting to ride or run with others all over the world from your indoor workout setup. And the best way to work out with others is to join an event.

There are three different types of events in Zwift:

  • Group Rides/Group Runs - These usually have a leader and a sweeper and everyone sticks to a similar pace. However, riders/runners can get dropped off the back or advance ahead if they go slower or faster. Sometimes, there is no leader and everyone sets their own pace, forming smaller groups with other Zwifters.
  • Group Workouts for Cycling and Running- These are similar to group rides and runs, but a leader is not required. Also, during a cycling group workout, all riders are banded together. This means as long as you continue the workout you won’t get dropped. Running group workouts are a little different. Runners also follow the same structured workout, but instead of being banded together with everyone else, you choose a pace group that is closest to your own pace.
  • Races and Fondos - These are more competitive events where you go hard all the way to the finish line. Be ready at the start line as these are known to start fast! It’s a good idea to begin pedaling or running before the countdown clock hits zero.

Signing Up For Events on Zwift.com

All upcoming scheduled Zwift events can be found via your web browser on the event calendar.

If you aren’t looking for a particular event, you can use the dropdowns at the top of the page to filter the list by sport, intensity, and start time.

If there is a specific event you are looking for, the fastest way to find it is to hit ctrl+F (Com+F on Mac) on your keyboard and search the page.

Click on the event to get all the details. If you are logged into your Zwift account in your web browser, you can click the plus sign next to a category to reserve your spot for that event.

Signing Up For Events on Companion App

In the Companion app, click the events bar on the home screen or the events tab at the bottom to find all the events. In the top left, you can toggle between cycling and running events. In the top right you will find filters to help narrow down your search.

Once you find the event you want to join, tapping the “+” icon on the right side of the screen for your desired category reserves a spot and sets a reminder.

Signing Up For Events In Game

If you are already logged into Zwift, today’s upcoming events can be seen by clicking the Events tile or calendar button in the top left. You can filter events and find the one you want to join.

Select the event to read its details. Then click your category to sign up, and click Start to get moving!

Can’t Find an Event?

Most events are scheduled at least one week out, but be sure to check the calendar daily as we are always adding events.

I’ve Signed Up - What’s Next?

Once you’ve signed up for an event, your avatar must be actively riding or running for you to be transported to the starting area for the event. Once you’re in-game, tap the “Join Event” button to be moved into the starting pen.

It’s important to note that some Zwift events require Zwifters to be in the starting pen before the start while others have a window of time, up to 30 minutes, for you to join.  If your event requires Zwifters to be in the pen before the start, it’s best to sign on at least a few minutes before their event starts. If the event is a challenging one, you may want to log in much earlier to complete a full warmup before the actual event. This is the perfect opportunity to jump into a short ride with a Pace Partner - or run with one - and get your legs moving.

When your event start time is 4-5 minutes away, you will see a popup letting you know it’s time to join the group at the starting line.

If you don’t click anything on the popup, you will automatically be taken to the start line in 30 seconds. If you prefer to stay in your current world, simply click “No Thanks” to continue warming up. When you’re ready to jump into the event, click “Join Event” on the left in order to go to the start line.

Once you’re at the start line, it’s just a matter of waiting until the event begins. Feel free to message others, spin your pedals, or walk/jog on your treadmill to keep the legs warm.

Above all, have fun! Zwift is a social experience, and we hope you enjoy your group event!

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