This weekend’s theme is “firsts”. We’ve got our first Zwift Academy Run events, the first-ever ZA Road segment rides, Livestrong’s first Virtual Challenge, and two rides that can help you complete a difficult route for the first time. See the details below!

Special thanks to Jesper at ZwiftHacks with his Events app which provides powerful event filtering tools that help us create this list each week.

Zwift Academy Segment Ride #1

The first-ever segment rides in Zwift history are rolling out beginning Saturday morning PST! Details on how these rides work are a bit unclear, but it appears that the game will have some new features which push riders to go for a max effort over particular segments.

Segment Ride #1 has two options – A or B. Both involve sprint efforts followed by a long climb effort, so they’re testing your sprint power and threshold power. Be ready to push to the max for 20+ minutes!

Multiple dates and times. See times slots here: men’s events / women’s events

DIRT Badge Hunts: Achterbahn

This weekly long ride from DIRT helps riders check off those difficult-to-ride routes. This week we tackle Innsbruck’s Achterbahn – the longest route on the Innsbruck map! It covers all Innsbruck roads in both directions, meaning you’ll cover 47.38 km (29.4 miles) with 973 m (3,192‘) of elevation gain.

Saturday 11am BST/6am EDT/3am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/1127015

Livestrong Virtual Challenge

Ride for a cause! The first-ever Livestrong Virtual Challenge is happening Sunday on Zwift – a 90-minute ride on France’s Casse-Pattes route to raise funds for cancer survivors and their families. Fundraisers unlock some pretty sweet incentives at different funding levels.

Be sure to read all the event details so you can get registered, raise funds, etc within the Livestrong system.

Sunday 3pm BST/10am EDT/7am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/1088277

Zwift Academy Run

ZA Run has just launched – are you in? This weekend you can take part in some of the first events of the first-ever Zwift Academy Run program. Take on group workout #1, or join a group run in whatever category suits you best!

Multiple dates and times. See time slots at zwift.com/zarun

Peloton Istanbul Race: the Mega Pretzel

Weekends are the time for epic rides, and what’s more epic than a race on Watopia’s Mega Pretzel route? 107 km (66.5 miles) long, with 1642 m (5,387‘) of climbing, the very best riders in the world can’t break the 2-1/2 hour mark on the Strava segment… and the rest of us mortals are looking at more like 3 hours and 15 minutes or more.

Whatever your fitness level, jump in and take on the challenge! Because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… right?

Saturday 2:15pm BST/9:15am EDT/6:15am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/1127048

Your Thoughts

Got other events that stand out this weekend? Share below in the comments!