Zwift season is certainly ramping up, and there are piles of fun events on the weekend calendar. This weekend I chose some unique, longer community events that cater to a variety of riders and goals, plus two Zwift-official events which will certainly see a lot of participation. See you out there!
Bicycle Way of Life Saturday Ride
Many of the longer rides on Zwift are at rather fast paces, but here’s a 100km ride at D-level pace (1.8-2.2 W/kg). Held on the rather flat Watopia’s Waistband route, this is a great opportunity to work on your aerobic endurance in a supportive group setting. Note: BWOL says they try to offer ride lead and sweep support, but that isn’t available every week.
Saturday, September 24 at 3pm UTC/11am EDT/8am PDT
Sign up at https://www.zwift.com/events/view/3132207
BMTR’s weekly Fundo is a popular long ride that we’ve featured more than once. This week’s ride is on France’s flat R.G.V. route and riders have 4 distances to choose from, based on the category they select: A (160.9km), B (99.8km), C (70.8km), and D (41.8km).
Category only determines distance – not pace. All categories start together, and there are no ride leaders. This is technically a group ride, but some will treat it as a race.
Saturday, September 24 at 12:10pm UTC/8:10am EDT/5:10am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3140775
HangOn Ride by Team EN
This longish (64.2km) group ride has a very novel design, with the ride leader starting the group out with a warmup (10 minutes at 2.5 W/kg), then 10 minutes at 3.5 W/kg… then 3.5 W/kg+ as you hang on as long as you can on Watopia’s Big Foot Hills route.
You get faster by riding with stronger cyclists. So if you get dropped, come back next week and give it another go. See if you can stay in touch longer than the week before!
Saturday, September 24 at 10:05am UTC/6:05am EDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3140754
Stage 3: Get Rolling – Douce France
Zwift’s “Get Rolling” September race series has seen good rider turnouts, and this weekend is your last chance to race Stage 3 which overs 1 lap of France’s Douce France route. It’s a mostly flat route, but watch out for that Aqueduc climb, as someone always gets dropped on this draggy rise!
Curious how this race may unfold? Watch Nathan Guerra’s Wednesday Worlds live stream, which includes commentary from Dave Towle, Karissa Minn, and myself.
Remember, if you finish each week’s race for the month, you earn the “Get Rolling” achievement badge.
Multiple dates and times
See zwift.com/events/tag/zracing for upcoming ZRacing events
Zwift Academy Workout #4
Thousands of riders are working their way through Zwift Academy Road 2022 program, and this Sunday sees the first group events for Workout #4. Named “Depleting Workout”, this workout does just that with long blocks of “sweet spot” work just below your FTP.
As with all Zwift Academy workouts, you can choose to do this on your own by picking the workout from your on-demand folder. You’ll still get credit for completing the workout so you can graduate from Zwift Academy Road 2022!
Multiple timeslots on beginning Sunday
See upcoming Workout #4 events at zwift.com/events/tag/zar2022workout4
Got other events that stand out this weekend? Share below in the comments!