ZRacing Monthly Series
Ready for a challenge? Whether you’re racing to compete or building fitness, go head-to-head with Zwifters every week, all year round. Compete for a new badge every month. Finish this month’s series to earn swag for your avatar.
COMING UP IN MARCH: RACE LONDON
Zwift Racing League
The third round of the 22/23 Season of Zwift Racing League is underway! This is the last round of racing for the season and the final chance for teams to punch their ticket to the ZRL finals in March! Don’t sleep on the ultimate team racing experience on Zwift!
Highest level of racing on Zwift
Interested in qualifying for the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships or watching the teams battle in the new and exciting format? You’re in the right place.
Zwift Grand Prix
Elite Team Racing
The Zwift Grand Prix Finals are almost here! Watch as the top 5 Men’s and Women’s teams will go head to head to see who takes home the top spot in the Zwift Grand Prix. Teams will compete in the Points Hunter Format on the newest Zwift Scotland roads.
Date: March 3
THE UCI CYCLING ESPORTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE BACK FOR 2023!
Three races, one champion
This month, Zwift will host the third edition of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, which is the perfect kick-off to a big year for Glasgow and across Scotland. Tune in to watch the world’s fastest cyclists compete for the privilege of wearing the rainbow jersey for a year.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZED RACING
Danish Zwift Racers
January 7 - February 25
Danish Zwift Racers is a group of Danish Zwift racing enthusiasts who enjoy Zwift racing as a fun and time efficient way to compete and stay fit.
8 weeks. 8 worlds. 8 after parties. Be the last person standing and claim the unofficial after-party throne. The DZR After Party League takes you through 8 carefully selected routes, all finishing uphill (aka after parties) to find the unofficial Zwift after-party champion. Going down through January and February 2023. Every Saturday at 15:45 CET. The best 6 results count.
Valhalla Endurance Series
February 5 - March 13
The Endurance Series is a new concept providing longer and more challenging routes. Each week riders will race over 40km-80km in 2 race formats. With Points Races for the longer routes and ITT primes for the shorter routes. Race cleverly and come up with a strategy to maximize the points tally. The series will offer a slightly shorter option for D riders who may find the longer routes a little challenging.
Points will be awarded both individually and for teams. For all the details and some pre-race banter, join the Team Valhalla Endurance Series Discord Server: https://discord.gg/nypp2VRBUr
No matter which option you choose, you can scroll through upcoming events, read the event’s route/course description, and select which category you’d like to join. If you want to look ahead, check out the Zwift Companion app.
The monthly racing calendar is HERE.
If you’ve already got the basic equipment required to ride on Zwift, you’re ready to go! If not, you can find more information HERE about what you’ll need.
Beyond this, here are a few tips and tricks for equipment that will help level up your racing experience.
- We recommend that all racers sign up for ZwiftPower. Here you can find your race results, analyze your performances, and see your rankings
- Connecting to ZwiftPower is quick and simple—to find out more, click HERE.
- Stay cool with a good fan—racing on Zwift produces a lot of body heat. A few more tips? Make sure you’re well fueled, well hydrated, and your fan on its highest setting!
Individual racing is simple and great for anyone who wants to jump in and compete. Check out the ZRacing series. It features a thematic race every month with one stage per week and multiple opportunities throughout the day to race.
All races are different. Here are few tips to keep in mind:
- Fast Start - Zwift races almost always start fast! Be ready to ramp up your power before the countdown reaches zero. Be prepared to hold this high pace for a few minutes. Don’t worry, it will settle into a more sustainable rhythm, eventually.
- Conserve Energy - You can benefit from drafting behind other riders just like you would in the real world. Drafting effectively throughout a race can help you conserve energy when you need it most, so try to find a nice spot in the middle of the bunch. Watch the riders nearby list for fluctuations in other riders’ power and decide if you need to match it in order to hold your position.
- Watch The Gap! - Avoid hovering at the back of the pack. Watch for gaps that might appear in front of you. Losing the gap means losing the draft, which makes keeping up with the group difficult. Staying in the middle of the pack is more advantageous if you want to stay fresh throughout the race.
- Cadence - Use your trainer as the cadence source when you pair it to Zwift and experiment with different cadences at varying points throughout the race. Start with a slow, out of the saddle grind or a pick up speed in a seated spin. It’s your race!
- Climbs - be ready to put out more power when the gradient increases and make sure to keep a smooth cadence on the ascent. Maintain your power over the crest of the hills.
- PowerUps - PowerUps are a key part of any Zwift racing strategy. Knowing when and how to use specific PowerUps will enhance your racing experience. Read more here.
Research Your Race. Do your homework! Knowing the route will make racing easier. The most effective way to do this is to Google the route name ahead of time.