This weekend is the first weekend with Tour of Watopia 2023 rides. Many in North America also know this weekend as the start of Daylight Savings Time – we’re springing forward!
Despite what will certainly be some time confusion, the Zwift community has a host of fun events planned including a celebration group ride, races on Scotland, and a top jersey unlock for this weekend.
🤝 Victory Lap with Coalition Alpha
✅ Notable Leader
Just last Friday, the riders for team Coalition Alpha have been crowned the winners of the first-ever Zwift Grand Prix. Now you can take a victory lap with team Coalition Alpha! To celebrate this victory, Coalition is hosting a social ride with the team in Scotland. Lionel Vujasin, an accomplished e-sports cyclist, will be leading this ride. This is a great opportunity to get insight into Zwift racing.
This ride is a 45-minute social ride around the Loch Loop course in Scotland. The ride is openly paced, so riders are free to go at whatever pace pleases them. However, Lionel is the leader, and it is always best practice to respect the leader.
Sunday, Mar 12 @ 6pm UTC/2pm EDT/11am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3587526
🥇 Team DRAFT Saturday Race
✅ ZRL Route
Looking to prepare for the next race of the Zwift Racing League finals? Join Team Draft for a race around the course! The course (Scotland’s Glasgow Crit Circuit) is now open for the use of event organizers, and this is one of the first community-organized events on this course.
Race two of the finals will take riders on 10 laps of the circuit, a course that was released in January for the 2023 UCI E-Sports World Championships. This race is slightly shorter, featuring a 6-lap race around the circuit. Riders should expect a very animated race as the course features numerous punches throughout.
Saturday, Mar 11 @ 3:30pm UTC/10:30am EST/7:30am PST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3582232
🥇 Jersey Highlight // Vatternrundan E-RACE
✅ Extra Tough ✅ Unlocks/Prizes
If you are looking for another jersey to add to the collection, this is your chance! For the past two months, Vatternrundan has been hosting weekly endurance group rides in preparation for both the IRL and virtual events. This race is also the final part of the training plan that was put together by former professional cyclist Mattias Reck.
Completing this event will unlock the Vatternrundan in-game kit.
Since this is a race, there will be the standard four categories: A, B, C, and D. The race takes place on the longer (63.9km) Tire Bouchon course in France. Note: category enforcement is not enabled on this event, so beware of sandbaggers!
Sunday, Mar 11 @ 11:00am UTC/6am EDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3301234
🥇 DIRT Dadurday Chase Race
✅ Innovative Format
Every Saturday, Team DIRT (Dads Inside Riding Trainers) hosts a weekly chase race. DIRT aims to provide events for riders (parents) who cannot ride later in the day, so for most in the United States, these are very early morning events. Because it is a chase race, the goal of the race is to have the riders in each category work together to fend off the riders in the other categories from catching. The lower the category, the higher the starting advantage will be.
This chase race will take place on the Watopia’s Waistband course. Tip: this is a very flat and fast course, and making sure that you have a rider on the front to keep the pace high will be important.
Special settings: category enforcement, custom power-ups
Multiple time slots on Saturday
Browse all DIRT Dadurday events on Zwift Hacks
🤝 Bagel Rolls p/b AHDR
✅ Fresh event
Join the team at AHDR for another epic event! Leading this ride is Whitney Stidham, aka Whipney, AHDR’s latest recruit. Whitney is an extremely experienced rider, especially at the longer 100-200km distances. As usual, this AHDR ride is going to be slightly quicker than the typical group ride, with a pace range of 2.6-2.8 w/kg. Note: this is one of the first times that we have seen an AHDR group ride in this time zone, which gives riders who don’t usually get to join AHDR events a chance!
Riders will be on the Tempus Fugit course in Watopia. This will make for an extremely high-speed ride!
Saturday, Mar 11 @ 1:00pm UTC/9:00am EST/6:00am PST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3588746
How We Make Our Picks
We choose each weekend’s Notable Events based on a variety of factors including:
- Is the event unique/innovative in some way?
- Are celebrities (pro riders, etc) attending/leading?
- Are signup counts already high, meaning the event is extra-popular?
- Does the ride include desirable unlocks or prizes?
- Does the event appeal to ladies on Zwift? (We like to support this under-represented group!)
- Is it for a good cause?
- Is it just plain crazy (extra long races, world record attempts, etc)?
- Is it a long-running, popular weekly event with a dedicated leader who deserves a shout out?
In the end, we want to call attention to events that are extra-special and therefore extra-appealing to Zwifters. If you think your event qualifies, comment below with a link/details and we may just include it in an upcoming post!
Got other events that stand out this weekend? Share below in the comments!
The last chance to ride, or actually race, the Uber pretzel in an event this (northern hemisphere) winter: Norseman Race Series / NORSEMAN https://www.zwift.com/events/view/3513137
Also other time slots are available.