Announcing The Four Horsemen Ride – Zwift Insider Badge Hunters Event April 17th

Announcing The Four Horsemen Ride – Zwift Insider Badge Hunters Event April 17th

Watopia’s Four Horsemen may not be the longest route in terms of distance, but it is certainly one of the climbiest, taking riders up-up-up 2112 meters (6,929′) over 89.3km (55.5 miles). It takes on four of Watopia’s KOM segments, each tougher than the one before!

And that’s why we’ve selected this route for our next Badge Hunters event. After The Über Pretzel and PRL Full, Four Horsemen is the next-toughest route badge to cross off your list. So why not do it in good company, with thousands of other Zwifters?

The event takes place on Saturday, April 17th, at 6am Pacific/9am Eastern/2pm GMT.

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About the Route

When it was released in March 2018, the Four Horsemen covered all of Watopia’s timed climbs: the original Hilly KOMVolcano KOMEpic KOM, and Alpe du Zwift. Along the way it also covered (nearly) every bit of existing Watopian road.

Since that time the Fuego Flats and Titans Grove expansions have been added to our favorite cycling paradise – so Four Horsemen no longer covers all of Watopia’s KOMs or tarmac. But make no mistake: this route still packs a punch!

Fun fact: this is the only route in game which includes a descent of Alpe du Zwift. Here’s something you can’t do outside on a bike – descend mountain hairpins at 70+ kph, surrounded by other riders!

Read more about the Four Horsemen route >

Category Details

In an effort to reduce system problems, we’ve broken this ride into three categories: A, B, and C. These are not pace categories. They only exist to spread out the riders a bit at the start.

Categories will start 2 minutes apart so your Zwift device only has to deal with hundreds of riders at the beginning, and not a few thousand. Once riders get moving and spaced out, everyone’s systems should perform nicely.

If you’re concerned with your device’s ability to handle heavy traffic, join the category with fewer riders (B or C).

ALL categories will be visible throughout the ride.

More Ride Specifics

  • Show up on time, because there is no late join for this ride. Why? Because if you late joined more than a minute or so into the event, you wouldn’t unlock the route badge! And we don’t want that on our conscience.
  • This will be a double draft ride, so sit in with others on the flats in order to conserve your energy.
  • Steering is enabled, to make it more engaging and fun!
  • We’re serving up a custom mix of only useful powerups, evenly split between the Feather, Van, and Helmet. Use them for a bit of relief.
  • This is not a race – it’s a group ride. You can treat it as a race if you’d like, of course, but the ride will break up naturally into pace groups. Find riders working at your target pace and work together.
  • Based on the VeloViewer Leaderboard we can see that top riders crush Four Horsemen in just over 2.5 hours. But most mortals require 3-4 hours, with plenty taking even longer. You do you. Be sure to plan accordingly.

Discord

Zwift Insider’s Discord server will be used for voice chat during the ride. This really helps pass the time, so we highly encourage it!

Click here to join the server (or enter invite code “zwiftinsider”). Read “Using Discord on Zwift” for details if you’re new to Discord.

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You can sign up for the event in Zwift’s Companion app, or online at zwift.com/events/view/1958241

Questions or Comments?

Post below and we’ll do our best to answer them!

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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Evan
Evan
16 days ago

I did this just last weekend…..still recovering. I personally think it is harder than the Uber Pretzel. That climb out of the Jungle!!! ugh my legs

Andy Newsham
Andy Newsham
3 days ago
Reply to  Evan

What is it about that jungle climb – my least favourite part of Watopia

Cougie
Cougie
3 days ago
Reply to  Evan

How long did it take you ? Just wondering how long I need to allocate to the ride…

Evan
Evan
3 days ago
Reply to  Cougie

took me 3 hours 38 mins averaging 2.7 w/kg. went a bit harder on the climbs (alpe took me ~57mins)

Cougie
Cougie
2 days ago
Reply to  Evan

Thanks – that does help me estimate !

Jim
Jim
16 days ago

I’d love to join you Eric, but 2pm GMT is just to late in the day for me. Have a good ride though!

Olivier Baillet @Beyond The Line
Reply to  Jim

Hello, we organize the same ride at a different time for the AsiaPac riders, FYI if it helps you. Cf my comment above.

Isaac
16 days ago

did this a month ago to get the badge.. no need for me to do it again so soon. By the way, you should release a post on the tricycle!

Vault Boy
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Vault Boy (@cogentwanderer)
16 days ago

I hope the event becomes available in different time slots for the sake of those in different time zones

Olivier Baillet @Beyond The Line
Reply to  Vault Boy

Hello, we organize the same ride at a different time for the AsiaPac riders, FYI if it helps you. Cf my comment above.

ZAKAFIU
ZAKAFIU
16 days ago
Chan Stevens
Chan Stevens (@chanstevens)
13 days ago

One note to the uber obsessives like me that care about Veloviewer board, Strava segment time, etc.–the group event starting pen is slightly AHEAD of the Strava segment banner, so even though you get the Zwift route badge, you will not get Strava segment credit on it (unless you decide to do a second lap 😁)

Tim
Tim
13 days ago
Reply to  Chan Stevens

What you don’t think four horseman is a lap segment? 🙂

Careful though, Eric might edit a segment and thereby remove everyone’s time.

Olivier Baillet @Beyond The Line

Hello, we will organise the same badge hunt on April Sat April 18 at 8am Hong Kong time for the riders based in Asia Pacific. HKT is 15h ahead of Pacific, 12h ahead of Easter and 8h ahead of GMT.
Look for ‘AsiaPac Badge and Col Hunters with BEYOND THE LINE’ on Zwift Calendar. Hope to see plenty of you!!!!

Dieter Van Assche
Dieter Van Assche
7 days ago

imagine there would be a stargate at the finish which brings you to the start of the VenTop… 😅

ChrisB200SX
ChrisB200SX
6 days ago

Planning to join this but can you confirm the bug where it crashes (in a Zwift event/race) at 66.0km been resolved?
https://forums.zwift.com/t/four-horsemen-crash-at-66-0km-twice/506684

Really don’t want to waste a third attempt at it but would prefer not to have to do it solo!

Evan
Evan
3 days ago
Reply to  ChrisB200SX

didn’t happen for me! i did it in march sometime (i think march 20th maybe)

PETER RONSMANS
PETER RONSMANS
5 days ago

Steering enabled? can you use a smart bike with fix steering then?

Vikki Murphy
Vikki Murphy
3 days ago

does this work for a slowish Cat D rider (av 2w/kg) – concerned I’ll be left for dead and end up riding solo anyway.

Jan
Jan
3 days ago

Hi!
It is there any possibility during this group ride to stay together with another rider? Like in a meetup with the rubberband?

Max
Max
19 hours ago

For those who like visual data, here are some charts for this event, demonstrating the geography and performance data across the finished participants: https://zwiftcharts.com/events/1958241

Marcelo Perluiz
Marcelo Perluiz
18 hours ago

Thank you for another great event! Had a great time! Looking forward to the next one!

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