How to Unlock the 4th Zwift Challenge

How to Unlock the 4th Zwift Challenge

First: apologies for the clickbait. There is no 4th Zwift challenge. Not yet, anyway.

But we’re hoping that discussing its conspicuous absence may encourage Zwift to create one.

So let’s talk a bit about how the Challenges work, then offer a few ideas.

About Zwift Challenges

Zwift has had the same three Challenges since early days, accessible through the in-game main menu (click a Challenge for more details):

How Long to Complete Them All?

If you rode 100 miles (160km) per week, you’d finish Ride California in 8 weeks, and Tour Italy in 12.5 weeks.

The toughest Challenge by far is Climb Mt. Everest, since it includes the hidden Tron challenge. This one takes a while! If you climbed 300 meters (984′) per day for 167 days you’d complete the challenge.

Using the above plan riders could complete all three challenges in under 45 weeks of daily riding. Experienced riders may do it in half the time or less, and newer cyclists may take twice as long.

Zwifters Love Carrots

Here’s the thing: Zwifters love carrots. No, not the orange vegetable (although, being healthy eaters, we like those too…right?) No, we’re talking about goals. Targets. Rewards. Challenges. It’s why Route Achievement Badges were an immediate hit upon release. And it’s why Zwifters have been asking for a new Challenge for years!

A quick search of Zwift’s Feature Requests forum brings up at least 7 requests for more Challenges. (UPDATE: after the post was published, Zwift forum moderators consolidated all of the requests into one single request.)

Unlock the 4th Challenge: Place Your Votes!

Zwift wants to keep their customers happy, so if a new Challenge would be interesting to you, I’d recommend upvoting this feature request.

If enough buzz is generated, it will get Zwift’s attention. As of today, ZwiftHQ has yet to comment on the feature request. But if they see enough interest from Zwifters, I bet they’d spin up a new Challenge quickly.

Why Don’t We Have a 4th Challenge?

Zwifters have been asking for a 4th Challenge for years. So why do we still only have three?

The answer is unclear. After speaking with several top ZwiftHQ staffers on this very topic, it seems as if the noise of everything else Zwift is working on has drowned out this simple request.

And that’s why we’re posting this article – to bring attention to an easy win for Zwift. It would grab the attention of a huge number of Zwifters, increasing rider engagement. And shouldn’t take long to implement on the dev/art side.

Ideas for New Challenges

Just in case Zwift is looking for ideas for new Challenges, here are a few from myself and the community:

  • LEJOG: heck, the animation artwork has already been done, and this is a popular IRL challenge for UK-based cyclists. With none of the current Challenges being UK-based, and Zwift having a huge UK userbase, this seems like a good option.
  • LeTour: ride the distance of the first Tour de France (2,428 km/1,509 miles) and unlock an old-school steel single speed La Française with toe clips–the bike Maurice Garin used to win the first TdF. You could do challenges for the Vuelta and Giro as well, but Zwift’s close ties to the TdF make this a clear choice.
  • RAAM: complete the Race Across America distance (approximately 3,000 miles). Unlock a touring bike complete with panniers.
  • Mariana Trench: descend 10,984 meters (36,037 ft). Which means you’ll have to climb first!
  • The Full Kiwi: ride the length of New Zealand – 1,600km (1,000 miles)
  • Iceland Loop: 1,332km (828 miles)
  • Route 66 (America): 3,940km (2,448 miles)
  • Trans-Siberian Highway: 11,000km (6,800 miles)
  • Road Trip Down Under: across Australia – 14,500km (9,000 miles)
  • Great Wall of China: 21,196km (13,171 miles)
  • Pan-American Highway: 30,000km (18,641 miles)
  • Around the Moon: 10,921km (6,786 miles)
  • Around the World: 40,000km (24,855 miles)

It’s worth noting Zwift could create more than just a fourth challenge. Why not create several?

I’d love to have so many challenges that there’s always something I’m working on, even if it’ll take me a year or more! And while I’d love to unlock some special kit or bike upon completion, I don’t mind if they’re “boring” distance-based Challenges with no reward except a few XP and an atta boy popup. A simple carrot is better than no carrot at all!

Your Thoughts

Do you want a 4th Challenge? Got an idea for one that’s better than we’ve listed above? Share below.

(But more importantly, share them on the Zwift Forum topics linked above!)

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Tim
Tim
5 days ago

I like the idea of novelty bikes or kits being the reward. Ones with historical or amusement value, but you’d never actually use in a race or 95% of the time around Watopia. Give me a penny farthing or that tricycle we had at Halloween.

ShermanO
ShermanO
5 days ago
Reply to  Tim

A pennyfarthing would be a lot of fun. And it raises an intriguing possibility of whether Zwift could develop a fixed gear experience, which also ties into the desire for a velodrome. If they could set you into a particular gearing/resistance that would make a whole new experience of riding routes. It’s a very different experience IRL riding my fixie from my geared bikes. It ties in with the idea of awarding the original Tour de France bike too! And then you’ve got new badges or challenges riding your fixed gear.

Bernie
Bernie
5 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Unicycle!

Simon
Simon
5 days ago

Some great suggestions there, I especially like the descending challenge.

it also seems like the number of missions has dropped off in the past couple of years (the ones that would give you a little badge on your achievements page)

Walfschtroumpf
Walfschtroumpf
5 days ago

Why do all those challenges must be distance based…I would like to see something different like ride 10 hours (or more) above 50kph; challenging people to sprint and do high speed intervals, or perform a training based challenge where you have to perform successfully 7 trainings in 7 days…

This is just ideas but I would personally enjoy something different than just distance challenge.

My two cents!

Marco NL
Marco NL
5 days ago
Reply to  Walfschtroumpf

I like it, just needs a minimum gradient or I’ll be accumulating that time easily flying down the big mountains.

Former 9h/day WoW player
Former 9h/day WoW player
2 days ago
Reply to  Marco NL

Well now that is quite an original suggestion. But I do agree with the above commenter it just means people will climb a bunch and accumulate time descending.

Mick Such
Mick Such
5 days ago

Hi Eric. Yep, the 3 challenges have been the same for all time. They had modest bikes, except the Tron.
Having a new challenge or two would be great to do. They aren’t nowhere near as hard to create compared to a new map. It just adds up miles or height gain.
Simple rewards like a new Jersey would be brilliant as new bikes are now rare due to be being released en mass in updates.
As you suggest, an epic retro bike would be a good option. 🤔 👍👍👍

Former 9h/day WoW player
Former 9h/day WoW player
2 days ago
Reply to  Mick Such

There are honestly so many [expletive] jerseys that you cannot tell which ones are prestige or participation awards

Matt 3595
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Matt 3595 (@straightlineboy)
5 days ago

I’m also thinking along the lines of around the world, but more specifically “Around the Worlds in 80 days” and the challenge would be that in any rolling 80 day period you have to complete a given distance (make it a good distance, at least 100km) in each of the Zwift worlds and the reward would be a rainbow bike of some kind (as a nod to the world championship rainbow jersey). Alternatively perhaps you have to cover ALL of the roads in ALL of the worlds in that period but I suspect that might need a bit more work… Read more »

Neil Owens
Neil Owens
5 days ago

Zwift listen to it’s users… Come on Eric, you’ve been around long enough to know the louder we shout the less they listen!

Alex
Alex (@atfuller)
5 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I’ve never seen Eric down voted 😢

eggshapedfred
Member
eggshapedfred (@eggshapedfred)
5 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Fixed it 👍🏿

Jeroen
Jeroen
5 days ago

Great wall of China challenge should unlock a Chinarello!

Derek
Derek (@dpr4473)
5 days ago

RAAM (Race Across America) sounds like a good one! But I’d prefer the reward to be a Tron 2.0 or some other top-tier fictional superbike. Perhaps a Tron without the glow and the ability to change wheelsets.

chris
chris (@chris-benten)
4 days ago
Reply to  Derek

The Tron is now behind a couple of bike/wheel combos…The Tron 2 should go back to the head of the pack.

Zema PT
Zema PT
5 days ago

What about climb mount Fuji (new badge) its a good training befefore climb mount Everest . New challange route 66

Tim Bateman
Tim Bateman
5 days ago

Yes we need lots more challenges. Plus I’d like to see an option to reset the route badges once you’ve completed them all so you can do them a 2nd,3rd, 4th time etc
I for one will have more enthusiasm for riding if I’ve got a challenge that I’m working towards.
Too much emphasis on racing in my opinion not that I’m against it, I do them occasionally.
I just think lots of people want to work towards something and maybe ride new tarmac that they haven’t seen before.

ShermanO
ShermanO
5 days ago
Reply to  Tim Bateman

You wouldn’t necessarily need to reset the badges. But I like the idea of being able to do routes multiple times. Maybe you could get some lesser amount of XP, for instance on the second try get half the XP bonus, on the third try 1/3, and so forth. Still worth some effort but without disrupting the points scheme too much.

Barry Stewart
Barry Stewart
5 days ago
Reply to  ShermanO

This, along with somebody else’s idea IN Zwift forums of Bronze, Silver, Gold on the route badges for multiple completions would be a good combination and still require minimal development from Zwift.

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 days ago
Reply to  Barry Stewart

Yeah I like the idea of multiple badges. I like to collect badges but tend to have a 50km max due to time restrictions. I’ve nearly completed all the ones I want so having multiple badges would bring more interest.

Former 9h/day WoW player
Former 9h/day WoW player
2 days ago
Reply to  Tim Bateman

I for one do not want any incentive to do the PRL full again. Ever in my life. EVER

nitai zecharya
nitai zecharya
5 days ago

it demendes such a small investment and will produce such a great reward. i think all the ideas you came up with are good. maybe few of them should come up and we could choose the onces we better relate to.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers
5 days ago

All of them, please. It’ll give me targets to pursue on Zwift for … well, quite a while.

CHIOK KIH CHIAT
CHIOK KIH CHIAT
5 days ago

Hahaha! This clickbait works!

Marco NL
Marco NL
5 days ago

I vote for the Equator challenge as a distance challenge, easy to produce motivating graphics for it too (like the Everest challenge). It would probably be the only distance related challenge I could get interested in. For the rest I like the idea of different aspects but I imagine this would be harder to keep track of and thus more difficult to implement. Something TT related would be nice, although that also requires some well deserved attention towards this event type.

rdcyclist (Mark Crane)
rdcyclist (Mark Crane) (@rdcyclist)
5 days ago

Gerrie delPort, our redoubtable Zwift Forum Ambassador, has closed all but one of the listed threads and merged them into the one with the most votes. Still go on there and vote it up and post lotsa comments. If this goes like restart feature we’ll have it in 3-4 years.

Chris Holton
Chris Holton (@bass_n_bass)
4 days ago

If it goes like the saves without exit version then they’ll remove all the other challenges and add a new one.

Because people want to save without exit doesn’t mean you should be able to save and exit too.

Sorry, went off at a slight tangent there!

Rick
Rick
5 days ago

Great idea for new challenges! It would also seem relatively easy for ZwiftHQ to embrace “life after Level 50”. Kits only achievable at Levels 60, 70, etc. A “Century Level 100” Tron Bike that blows the doors off of any other bike rig combo in your Zwift garage. Endless possibilities to continue the fun while hammering out the miles.

Barry Stewart
Barry Stewart
5 days ago

Some great challenge ideas here!

Rkast
Rkast
5 days ago

I vote for the eating 100 cakes in a week challenge 🙂

Evan
Evan
5 days ago
Reply to  Rkast

This right here.🎂🍰

Jeff H
Jeff H (@jrh26)
5 days ago

To the MOON…238,900 mi and make the prize worthy of the accomplishment. It sucks to win stuff that is of no use to you in the game. “thanks for doing this epic challenge here is a slow bike that you will never use”.

OliverS73
Active Member
OliverS73 (@zomwin)
5 days ago

And whatever happened to the missions?

Ivan
Ivan
5 days ago

Absolutely!! I love the challenges that you list above. If it is up to me…do them all!! It is all fun!! 🙂

John Grenfell
John Grenfell
5 days ago

Do I remember at some point high watts on the Tron bike produced a flame trail? Would dearly love a challenge to unlock that, some kind of ‘top end’ watt bucket which only fills by producing over 7wkg (or something like that) and you need to have accumulated 24 hours worth of high end ‘flaming watts’ to get the unlock. Hard work but worth it!

Yoshiko
Yoshiko
5 days ago
Reply to  John Grenfell

2019 April Fools had the flames for all bikes. See GPLama youtube video. Unfortunately it seems the April Fools and Halloween pranks have dropped in quality too with this year’s recycling the big wheel trikes.

Kev Wells TBR KOS
Kev Wells TBR KOS
5 days ago

We need a dirty Tron bike, maybe gravel specific k’s but needs to be big. Gravel k’s are harder and people avoid them, we could do Gravel vert too. Lets make it hard!!!

eggshapedfred
Member
eggshapedfred (@eggshapedfred)
5 days ago

I’ve completed the 3 challenges, not arsed either way if they add a 4th. I wish they’d improve the graphics engine, looks a bit Minecraft nowadays 🤖👍🏿

Gav shearer
Gav shearer
4 days ago

Hi Eric, yeah I would love to have another challenge to complete. Did all 3 in well under a year..
I would like to see a power/ strength challenge. Where U would hold a power output for a certain amount of time. Based on your weight..
But otherwise being an Aussie, definitely the down under would be great..

Gerrie Delport
Gerrie Delport (@gerriedelport)
4 days ago

Can we rather have levels past level 50.

Renato Nardello
Renato Nardello (@renato-nardello)
4 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Hi Eric, do you actually know what is the number or share of riders at level 50?

Taryn Gayle Long
Taryn Gayle Long
4 days ago

Maybe Cape to Cairo (Africa) as a 4th Challenge on Zwift.

Christian N
Christian N
4 days ago

I wish new Route Badges in Bronce, Silver and Gold. First you have to do all the normal Badges, then reset all and start again for the next Badge, but now you have to do every Route twice for Bronce. Then reset again …. and then do all Routes 3 times for Silver Badge and after this 5 Times for Gold Badge. This will force you to ride not only your standart Routes and takes a lot of Time for the most People.

Oscar Breugelmans
Oscar Breugelmans (@oscar_breugelmans)
4 days ago

Don’t care what challenge they introduce, as long as they introduce whatever challenge. These 3 challenges were a huge motivational stimulus for me. So bring em on!!

Renato Nardello
Renato Nardello (@renato-nardello)
4 days ago

Eric, the clickbait worked, because probably we all like the idea of new challenges! I think most would also like the option of removing the old challenges window form the user interface. It’s a bit annoying… Also, another easy win before introducing novelty bikes: the option of either deleting stuff that we do not use (bikes, wheels, kits, etc.) or saving our favorites, so that we do not have to scroll down a long list to select the two or three items we use the most?

Daniel Connelly
3 days ago

Each of these is distance or climbing, like the existing three. Better would be time or energy.

for example, for time, how about a week of riding (positive cadence)? That’s 168 hours. This would be fairly challenging, comparable to unlocking the Z1. Or maybe go for a 40-hour “work-week” challenge.

For energy, they already count pizza slices. So how about a 10-pizza challenge? That’s 80 slices.

Simon Collins
Simon Collins
3 days ago

Anyway Zwiftinsider can stop the annoying pop up advertising Zwift every time you load the page??? Please….

Laura Schatz
Laura Schatz
3 days ago

Yeah, more carrots PLEASE!! I´ve done alle challanges and got ALL route badges… my last “carrot” is increasing my Levels… acually I entered Level 43 yesterday… so… I really don´t understand, that Zwift doesn´t defines more levels, badges and challanges… the efforts compared to build new worlds are so minimal!!! They can ask a trainee to do these jobs… so please dear Zwift HQ´s bring these to life 😉 Laura

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner (@paulrayner)
3 days ago

I think more long-term challenges would be great, AND it would be great if they helped direct more people towards these challenges.

I wonder how many people haven’t got a live challenge selected on Zwift and I think we should all be encouraged / strongly nudged towards having one active all the time, as it’s a good bit of long-term motivation.

As for rewards, I’d love to see more kit rewards – especially helmets and shoes – because we always seem to get bikes or jerseys.

Danny
Danny
3 days ago

@Eric Schlange : I just tried to vote for all of them but only the first and last on the list are open for voting. The rest are closed. FYI.

Paul
Paul
3 days ago

Why has no one suggested a challenge for the runners instead?

FYI I’m not a Zwift runner, but I like the idea of catering for more users

Former 9h/day WoW player
Former 9h/day WoW player
2 days ago

Trenching is a good one. They could also do route based challenges like finishing a list of the toughest routes. Or Drops accumulated. A prize I’d like to see a Concept Z2 with flaming wheels. It only has to be marginally better than the Z1 but give it better rolling resistance on rougher terrain. There could be some cosmetic rewards that could give some type of benefit, what if a new set of climbing wheels only allowed you to get the feather power up or an aero helm that only gave you the arrow boost. Or what if the ceramic… Read more »

Tobi
Tobi (@tobias-t-herbst)
2 days ago

I like the around the world idea. After 10k you get a bike. And after that, every 5k a (additional) frame bag is added. So you can show everyone that you are the toughest zwifter out there 😉 and if you ride the bike it becomes faster every 50k

Ange
Ange
1 day ago

what about Ride across Canada for a challenge?

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