Get ready to race Scotland! Stage 1 kicks off with a lap on Rolling Highlands.
Route: Rolling Highlands
Distance: 14.14 km // 8.78 mi
Elevation: 106 m // 347 ft
PowerUps: Aero Draft
Welcome to Race Scotland Stage 2! This week features Zwift’s newest crit course that is sure to be a crowd favorite. This 3 km long circuit will offer thrilling descents and punchy climbs as you race your way through the heart of Glasgow. With areas for all types of riders to shine, race strategy will be key to success.
Route: Glasgow Crit Circuit
Distance: 15.31 km // 9.51 mi
Elevation: 170 m // 557 ft
2 stages down and 2 to go! Stage 3 features The Muckle Yin, aka ‘The Big One,’ as it includes almost all of the roads and segments in Scotland in a single route. This route begins in the center of Glasgow and works its way through all the iconic landmarks in Scotland. Prepare for an epic 23.7km (14.7mi) lap that offers a bit of everything from flats to climbs.
Route: The Muckle Yin
Distance: 23.7 km // 14.7 mi
Elevation: 284 m // 931 ft
PowerUps: Aero Draft Feather
Stage 4 is here, and we have saved an epic stage to finish February’s ZRacing Monthly Series with. Get ready to race a lap on City and the Sgurr. This is the route that was selected for the 2nd race of the 2023 UCI Cycling Esport World Championships. Sgurr means ‘rocky peak’ in Scottish Gaelic, so get those climbing legs ready!
Route: City and the Sgurr
Distance: 8.67 km // 5.38 mi
Elevation: 166 m // 544 ft
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.