Zwift Academy FAQ’s
When does the Zwift Academy start and finish?
The Qualifying period begins on August 6, 2018, 12:01am PDT and ends on September 30th, 2018, 11:59pm PDT. The Semi-Finals run from October 15 - 28, 2018. The Finals will be held early/mid-December at the CANYON//SRAM Racing training camp TBD.
What do I need to do to graduate Zwift Academy?
To graduate the Academy, complete the program’s 10 structured workouts, 4 group rides and 2 races between August 6th and September 30th. You’ll find the workouts in a folder called Zwift Academy 2018 on your workout menu screen. Group rides and races must specifically be designated ‘Zwift Academy’ to count towards your graduation. Check out your progress here.
How do I unlock rewards in the Academy?
You will automatically unlock rewards as you progress through the Academy. At the milestones: 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of completion, you’ll receive notification of your reward. With 16 total events (10 workouts, 4 group rides and 2 races), you’ll unlock a reward after each 4 you complete of any combination.
What is the last day to sign up?
Registration for the Academy closes on August 19, 2018, by 11:59pm PST.
Do I need to open a Today’s Plan account?
Today’s Plan is only required for those who are competing for the professional contract. While it’s not mandatory for everyone else, we highly recommend you sign up for the complimentary account for a complete Zwift Academy experience. This year, all riders are offered free premium access to Today’s Plan for the duration of the Academy. In addition to getting Today’s Plan full suite of tools and analytics, a new feature, unique to Zwift Academy, lets you see how you stack up against your age group, and the overall competition. There is no credit card or payment required at anytime. Find out more on Today's Plan and Zwift Academy here.
Should I take an FTP test before starting the Academy?
We recommend that you start the Academy with an accurate FTP (Functional Threshold Power) number to ensure the best results from your structured training. To find your FTP, you can do the FTP test from the workout menu, join a race or group workout or climb up the epic KOM as hard as you can. All of these options will give you a good reading of your FTP. Click here to find out more about FTP.
I’m not going for the contract, do I need to open a Today’s Plan account?
It is not required that you join Today’s Plan, but we highly recommend you sign up for the complimentary account for a complete Zwift Academy experience. This year, all riders are offered free premium access to Today’s Plan for the duration of the Academy. In addition to getting Today’s Plan full suite of tools and analytics, a new feature, unique to Zwift Academy, lets you see how you stack up against your age group, and the overall competition. Click to find out more about Today's Plan and Zwift Academy.
What if I go on holiday during Zwift Academy?
All sessions must be completed by September 30, 2018, 11:59pm PST. If you have a holiday booked then you will need to structure your training so you complete the sessions before the deadline date. We recommend that you leave at least 48 hours between each session and aim to complete two sessions a week.
Do I need a Power Meter on my outdoor bike?
No, it is not required that you have a power meter on your bike for outdoor riding. There is no outdoor riding requirement for the 8 week program, although if you are in contention for the pro contract, the coaches may ask to see your Strava account to correlate indoor performance.
When do I have to complete the qualifying events?
All events must be completed by September 30, 2018, 11:59pm PST. The workouts can be completed at any time during the day or you can choose to join group workouts. There will be a full schedule of group rides, group workouts and races that you can choose from. We recommend that you leave at least 48 hours between each workout or race and aim to complete two events/week.
In what order should the workouts be completed?
The workouts can be completed in any order but we recommend you stick to the listed order (they will be labeled 1-10, start with 1) as prescribed by the coaches for optimal progression.
Can I do both group workouts and individual workouts?
Yes. The workouts will be available at your convenience to do individually from the workout menu, or by joining a scheduled Zwift Academy group workout. A schedule will be posted shortly.
Can I do a men’s Zwift Academy ride if I am a woman, or vice-versa?
No. If you are registered for the CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy, you will only receive credit for group workouts, group rides and races associated with that Academy to get credit. The same applies for Team Dimension Data Zwift Academy rides. The events will be clearly distinguishable.
Can I repeat a workout or race?
Yes, the workouts or races can be repeated until the closing date of 30th September 2018. Your best results from each of the completed Zwift sessions will be used in the analysis.
When do races start?
Races start August 20th. You can find the schedule from your progress page, starting on Aug 20th.
What happens if I’m ill, injured or have racing commitments?
You need to take a sensible approach with the sessions if you are ill or injured. The first important rule is don’t worry if you need to take a training break! You will not lose your fitness and conditioning by having a few days off the bike. The second rule is don’t try to overcompensate and make up for the missed sessions. When you are back on the bike, stick to your session structure and don’t try to make up the extra time you were off the bike. By doing so, you will likely over-fatigue yourself, and you won’t be able to hit the upcoming sessions at the desired intensity. Certain sessions will need you to take an easy 48 hours beforehand. We will advise you of these in advance so you can factor them into your existing training/racing.
What if I already have a training plan/coach?
The workouts have been specifically designed for the Zwift Academy to inspire and motivate you as a rider. The 10 workouts can be incorporated into your usual training plan. Certain workouts will need you to take an easy 48 hours beforehand. We will advise you of these in advance so you can factor them into your existing training/racing.
What percentage of a workout do I need to complete to get credit? Do I have to get all the stars?
You must complete 75% of a Zwift Academy workout to receive credit towards graduation. While you should aim to get as many stars as possible, these do not factor into completion credit.
Can I skip blocks of a workout?
You can only skip up to 25% of a workout to receive credit towards completion of that workout.
What races qualify for Zwift Academy credit?
There will be specific Team Dimension Data Zwift Academy and CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy designated races. They will be clearly marked as such. As soon as the schedule is available, you can find it here.
If I don’t make the Semi-Finals, can I still do the workouts?
Yes, the series of Semi-Final workouts will be made available to everyone in the workout menu on Oct. 15, 2018.
Pro Contract Eligibility
What do I need to do to compete for the CANYON//SRAM Racing pro contract?
In order to be be eligible to compete for the pro contract, you must use a smart trainer or power meter and a heart rate monitor for all your workouts and races in the Academy. You are required to enroll with a Today’s Plan account (all participants have free premium access for the duration of the Academy). If you are in contention, you may be asked to share your Strava activity to correlate outdoor ride data with indoor ride data. You must be 18 y/o by August 6, 2018. You cannot have held a World Tour license or raced on a World Tour team previously.
Do I need to record my weight?
Yes. If you are competing for the pro contract, you will need to accurately record your weight in Zwift and Today’s Plan at the start of the Academy. You will need to log your weight in Today’s Plan every week throughout the qualification program.
How are the 10 Semi-Finalists selected?
To be eligible to advance as one of the top 10 performing Semi-Finalists, you will need to ensure that you have completed all 10 prescribed workouts, completed 4 group rides and 2 races within the qualification period. In addition, you will need to accurately weigh yourself prior to the start of the academy and weekly. This information will then need to be uploaded via your Today’s Plan account.
The top 10 riders will then be selected by a panel from CANYON//SRAM Racing or Team Dimension Data management, Coach Kevin Poulton and Elliot Lipski and Zwift to progress to the Semi-Finals.
The coaches at Zwift Academy will be collecting data from your workouts and races to evaluate your performance. Your data is plotted in a Power Duration curve where we can accurately assess your strengths. In this case, the Power Duration curve covers all durations from peak 5 sec power through to 1 hour power.
We don't expect riders to be strong in every area of the Power Duration curve. This is your chance to show us where you perform best. You might be a sprinter with a very high 5-10 sec power. You might be a climber with a very good 5-20 min power. Or you might be the all-rounder who is very good in the range of 1-4 min.
But it's not just peak power we are looking for. In the workouts and Zwift racing, we will also be looking at your ability to repeat high intensity efforts. The planned Zwift Academy workouts will give you the opportunity to work on all of these areas in your Power Duration curve. So do your best in each workout and feel free to complete each workout as many time as you like to record your best performance.
How do I upload my completed rides?
Once you have enrolled to the Zwift Academy your completed Zwift rides will be automatically loaded for you into your Zwift dashboard and your Today’s Plan account (if you have one and have linked your account to Zwift) to review.
How do I upload my weight to Today’s Plan?
To record your weight in your Today’s Plan account, click the + symbol on your calendar and select ‘Record body metrics’. To be eligible for the Semi-Finals, you will need to record your weight prior to the competition and at least one time per week throughout the qualifying program.
How do I un-enroll in Zwift Academy?
Send us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have a question for Today’s Plan? ?
Please refer to the help function in Today’s Plan. This can be found in the top right-hand corner, displayed a “?” symbol or email email@example.com
What if I have questions for Zwift?
We’re here for you! If you have a technical question, contact us at Zwift.com. If you have a general Zwift Academy question, email firstname.lastname@example.org.