In the mix for this weekend’s top Zwift events are fondos, a celebration ride, a women-only group ride, and an endurance race.
🤝 Jersey Highlight // Castelli Fondo 2023
✅ Popular Event ✅ Sweet Unlock
The 2023 Castelli Fondo is here! This special event features quite a few perks including jersey unlocks, discount codes, and the opportunity to be entered into the IRL Maratona dles Dolomiti Gran Fondo! All riders who complete the event will automatically unlock a Castelli kit (different kits will be awarded for different distances). In addition, riders will all get a 25% discount on Castelli kit and an entry to the giveaway. Note: to be eligible for the discount and giveaway, riders must fill out the form in the event description.
There are three different categories for this fondo, each with different routes and distances. Category A will be on the 2022 Gran Fondo route (92.7 km/57.6 mi), category B will be on the 2022 Medio Fondo route (79.3 km/49.3 mi), and category C will be on the 2022 Bambino Fondo route (53.3 km/33.1 mi).
Saturday, Mar 25 @ 9:25am UTC/5:25am EDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3575241
🥇 ZIRT Ramadhan Festival League
✅ Beginner Friendly ✅ Popular Event
To celebrate the festival Ramadhan, ZIRT (Zwift Indonesia Racing Team) is hosting a 30-day series on Zwift. This Zwift series is a yearly tradition, first taking place in 2016! Over the course of the series, rides will be held on various courses around Zwift. Riders are free to go at whatever pace pleases them because this is an open-category event.
This weekend’s events take place on the Neokyo Crit Course and Twilight Harbor courses in the Makuri Islands.
Saturday & Sunday, Mar 25-26 @ 9:20am UTC/5:20am EDT
See all ZIRT Ramadhan events this weekend on Zwift Hacks
🥇 The Pink Cheetahs Social Ride 💕 🐆
✅ Women-only ✅ Popular event
Join the Pink Cheetahs for a women-only group rides around the roads of Urukazi. The goal of this ride and the Pink Cheetahs club as a whole is to bring more women into the sport of cycling. This ride does not have any leaders assigned, but there are numerous highly experienced Zwifters registered for the event. Because the ride is a category E ride, riders are free to go at their own pace.
This 60-minute social ride will take riders on the Island Hopper course—a course that covers almost all of the roads of the Urukazi expansion.
Saturday, Mar 25 @ 3pm UTC/11am EDT/8am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3556553
🥇 DBR SufferDay League VIII
✅ Tough Race
For the past few months, DBR has been hosting their SufferDay League VIII. This is an endurance race series where Zwifters convene each weekend to battle against some of the best riders in each category. The series is based on points, so be ready to sprint when riders go for the FAL and FTS points at each segment!
To be included in the final results, riders must comply with the ruleset in the event description. These rules help the event remain very competitive.
This week’s course is relatively flat, taking place on 4 laps of the Turf N Surf course in the Makuri Islands.
Saturday, Mar 25 @ 9:30am UTC/5:30am EDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3614474
🤝 Seattle Baby Steps 1.0-1.3 w/kg
✅ Beginner Friendly
Looking for a welcoming group ride? The Seattle Baby Steps 1.0-1.3 group ride is the perfect group ride for beginners. This group ride welcomes all riders—whether they are newer riders, younger riders, older riders, or just riders looking for recovery, all are welcome.
Since the group ride is geared towards riders who are looking to ride in the 1-1.3 w/kg range, the ride will be taking place on the Sprinter’s Playground course. This course features a relatively flat elevation profile with a few climbs scattered throughout.
Sunday, Mar 26 @ 3:15pm UTC/11:15am EDT/8:15am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3616546
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!
Okay, these new checkbox highlights with what makes each interesting is awesome! Thanks!
I’ve been checking out the “Sweet Unlock” ones in particular. That’s exactly what I’ve looking for. (Does that make me a virtual biking clothes horse?)
Glad you like them!
Chasing Series 2023 is rolling on with the classics!
First race in the classics point series (before the grand tours start…) is Chasing Saxo. 2 time slots have already raced this morning, but there are two more today at 1900UTC and 0100UTC
Sunday is Chasing Wevelgem with 4 time slots available – links here: https://chasingtour.com/calendar
Looks like just under 500 people will race it today (!), including Julien Bernard from Trek Segafredo randomly showing up 🙂
Yeah, it looks like the Chasing Series has been doing pretty well recently! The only reason why I don’t feature them is that I’ve already featured them in the past, and I try to feature different events every week. However, I might add a section soon that looks back at an event that we have featured in the past that is doing well.
Yeah – I love the rotation and wouldn’t keep putting it in the main section either, any organizer trying new stuff, emphasizing different stuff should get some sunshine I think, not that my opinion really matters :-). I just wanted to throw the links in the comments in case folks were interested. Cheers Oli
looks like the castelli fondo has a mixed up starting time. link from you states 10:25AM CET, but in the events list on zwift website, there is nothing under the jerseyunlock tag, and in the full events list it is listed as 11:00AM CET, but clicking on that from the list again states 10:25AM CET. Might affect the number of participants, especially if it does start early and people plan for late start. Anyway, thanks for the find =)
Oh wow, that is really odd. The two different start times will probably be a problem. However, the jersey unlocks probably not because Zwift will manually credit it if it was their fault for setting the event up incorrectly – the event description does say that “We have three route options for you: Bambino, Medio and Gran, each with its own Castelli kit unlock.”
I woke up early here on the East Coast for this one and completed the Gran but never received a jersey in game. Did anyone else get the jersey? Do you need an unlock code to get it?
I would recommend contacting Zwift support – they can get this fixed up and provide you with the kit you should have unlocked.