Zwift has just announced a 3-stage, 7-day event series based around the new Specialized Tarmac SL7. The series features exclusive new kit unlocks and a big prize drawing (see details below).

Each stage is based on a Specialized-sponsored rider, as Zwift explains:

Ride like Anna van der Breggen across Innsbruck, the same place she won the 2018 World Championships. Drop the hammer and sprint like Peter Sagan in Richmond, where he locked down a 2015 World Champs win. And finally, climb and descend with panache and courage through tough mountain inclines like Julian Alaphillipe, superstar of the 2019 Tour de France. 

All About the SL7

This event series is all about the new Specialized Tarmac SL7 – an incredible bike, based on early reviews! As light as the Tarmac SL6, but as aero as the Venge.

All Zwifters will be riding the SL7 during these events. It will also be available in the Drop Shop as soon as the next Zwift update arrives (this week). Price will be 674,500 drops, and you must be at least level 5.

Will it perform in-game as well as reviews say it performs outdoors? We’ll find out soon enough! At that price and level requirement, the SL7 may just be a game changer for Zwift racers!

Stage Schedule

Stage 1 (Aug 10-11): Innsbruck

In the 2018 Innsbruck World Championships, Anna Van der Breggen broke away from the pack to climb up Igls in the final 40km for a solo finish atop her S-Works Tarmac. It wasn’t easy. She endured the distance and had to climb, descend, and be quick on the pedals to keep the chase at bay. And it was all worth it. She rolled across the Innsbruck finish line with no one in sight. Specialized’s Tarmac allowed her to let her strength and ability shine through and dominate the race. 

We’re bringing a condensed version of the experience to you. Take on the challenge of breaking away from whatever group you’re in on the all-new Tarmac SL7.

Stage 2 (Aug 12-13): Richmond

As one of the greatest sprinters/puncheurs in history, Peter Sagan hardly needs an introduction. Few can match his strength, and his showmanship is in a league of its own. In the 2015 Richmond World Championships, he kept it cool, conserving energy over the 259km race. On the final lap, he used the Tarmac’s balance of stiffness and responsiveness to unleash his power, creating a gap and soloing to the finish. 

Channel your inner Sagan and do the unthinkable in Zwift’s Richmond UCI Worlds course. It took him three minutes and 56 seconds from his attack on 23rd street to the finish—think you can beat it?

  • Longer & Women’s Ride (2 lap) – Richmond UCI Worlds 
    • Distance: 20.2 mi // 32.3 km 
    • Elevation Gain: 934 ft // 284 m 
  • Shorter Ride (2 lap) – Cobbled Climbs 
    • Distance: 11.6 mi // 18.6 km 
    • Elevation Gain: 826 ft // 251 m 

Stage 3 (Aug 14-15): France

Julian Alaphilippe stole the hearts of fans around the world as he lit up the 2019 Tour de France with his show of courage, determination, and pure skill. He shook up the race early on and showed hope for French fans of taking home the “Maillot Jaune” for the first time since 1985. 

The race turned into a nail-biter in the mountains as Alaphilippe stepped on the gas. In the saddle of an S-Works Tarmac, he chased, climbed, and descended in pursuit of the Yellow Jersey. Adverse weather, however, led to stage cancelation, and hopes of retaining the GC faded away.

Let’s change history and finish strong in the mountains of Zwift’s new France map. Go hard. Ride fast. Leave nothing on the table.  

  • Longer & Women’s Ride (1 lap): La Reine
    • Distance: 14.2 mi // 22.8 km
    • Elevation Gain: 3875 ft // 1181 m
  • Shorter Ride (1 lap): Casse-Pattes
    • Distance: 14.3 mi // 23 km
    • Elevation Gain: 476 ft // 145 m

Make-up Day: Aug 16: all three stages will have make-up events scheduled on this day.

Learn more/sign up at zwift.com/events/series/7-days-of-tarmac-sl7

Event Categories

A and B categories ride the same route, but B is for women only. C is a shorter route.

  • A: mixed category, long course
  • B: women only, long course
  • C: mixed category, short course

Unlocks and Prizes

Finish just one stage and unlock a kit! Men will unlock the Specialized SL Pro Kit. Women can enter a women’s event in order to unlock the women’s Specialized SL Pro Kit, and they can also ride in a mixed category event and unlock the Specialized SL Pro Kit!

Finish all three stages and be entered to win the IRL Specialized Tarmac SL7 Pro Bike!

Learn more/sign up at zwift.com/events/series/7-days-of-tarmac-sl7