Chasing Cancellara Events Announced

Chasing Cancellara Events Announced

Last week Zwift rolled out a set of events based on the IRL Chasing Cancellara series. Like last year, the series begins with a set of workouts hosted by Fabian Cancellara, who is an Olympic gold medalist, 3x Paris–Roubaix champion, and multiple Tour de France stage winner (in case you didn’t know). And it ends in a big main event, which thousands of Zwifters have already signed up for! Here are the details…

Main Event Switchup

The final event happens on June 28th at 7pm BST/2pm EDT/11am PDT.

But this year, the big finale has been flipped on its head! Instead of Fabian starting and everyone else chasing, riders sign up for a category, and groups are let go in a staggered order (with slower categories starting first). Cancellara will start last, and he has to work to catch all of us over one lap of Dust In the Wind.

Like other Zwift chase/handicap races, riders will need to suffer as a team to stay away from hard-charging Fabian. It won’t be easy – Cancellara averaged 440w (5.76 w/kg) for 72 minutes when he won Olympic TT gold in 2016!

Categories and Times

  • A (4-5 w/kg): starts at 11:16am PDT
  • B (3.2-4 wkg): starts at 11:13am PDT
  • C (2.5-3.1 w/kg): starts at 11:07am PDT
  • D (1-2.4 w/kg): starts at 11am PDT

Sign up for main event >

Workouts

There are three workouts left, each replicating the efforts required for a different type of bike race. Fabian will be hosting each workout:

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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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Bill Alcock
Bill Alcock
10 months ago

How many hours of a headstart can I have?

Calam Leneham
Calam Leneham
10 months ago
Reply to  Bill Alcock

We’ll call your start time, Bill o’clock

Bill Alcock
Bill Alcock
10 months ago
Reply to  Calam Leneham

It can be a new “F” category for “F”at out of shape guys like me.

Mirco
Mirco
10 months ago

Shitty time for Europe

Marcus Berghauf
Marcus Berghauf
10 months ago
Reply to  Mirco

That’s a matter of personal opinion, Cancellera is European, times will never work for every country and, having seen Cancellera on another Zwift group ride at about that time, I wonder if this is simply the time which works best for him?
It’s 8pm Swiss time, maybe after his kids have gone to bed?

Kristian
Kristian
10 months ago

Seems like those handicaps are really small. Only the strong A’s will have a chance, well and maybe sandbaggers.

David
David
10 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

All the cheats will be up for it. You know, 2 mtrs tall and weighing 58kg!

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

If Cancellera starts with the rest of the A’s, I only get a three minute headstart at the bottom end of B. Hopefully that’s just a zwift category thing and he’s going to sit on the start for a while after the A’s start!

J.esse
J.esse
10 months ago

He’s retired and enjoying the good life. Still stronger than most, but I bet a good portion stay away.

Pedro Errecart
Pedro Errecart
10 months ago

Hmmm, I have a feeling that some riders on zpower will ruin the show… let’s hope not, it’s a cool initiative.

Calam Leneham
Calam Leneham
10 months ago

Sounds awesome… But can be ruined by sandbaggers

BooX
BooX (@boxlund)
10 months ago

I did a group ride with Cancellara a while ago. He was so friendly to every one, probably the best group rider ever. I don’t think he will be chatting so much on this one 😁

Han Weicheng
Han Weicheng (@calayanrail)
10 months ago

2am in Singapore… Hard pass.

David
David
10 months ago

Start times are interesting. Bs have no chance to stay away. I think the As will catch all groups. But someone will outsprint Spartacus 🙂

Deb
Deb
10 months ago

I’m still new to Zwift and cycling. How does one go about watching this event without actually participating?

Jon
Jon (@jonblaskovich)
10 months ago

Anyone know what happened to Fabian in this event? I rode it and there was a lot of chatter about him losing connectivity and dropping out halfway through? He never passed me anyway and I’m pretty slow.

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