This weekend, the final Zwift Fondos of the 2022-2023 season will be taking place. Note: this is the final chance to get the 2022-2023 ZFondo jerseys!
However, as usual, there will be a wide variety of events offered by the community including jersey unlocks, new routes, and group workouts.
🤝 Jersey Highlight // BanditZ Tronathon
✅ Beginner Friendly ✅ Sweet Unlock ✅ Innovative format
As the BanditZ team’s newest Zwift event, this ride aims to help riders gain confidence in their climbing abilities, ultimately enabling them to accumulate elevation gain for the Everest challenge. In addition to this, the completion of this event will unlock the all-new BanditZ in-game kit! Because rubberbanding is enabled on this ride, riders can essentially go at whatever pace they would like without affecting the speed or dynamic of the group. Note: be sure that you have the Climb Mt. Everest challenge selected before starting this ride!
The ride takes place on the Road to Sky route but finishes slightly before the top of the climb. This allows riders to descend without the rubberbanding feature once they reach the top. Nice!
Saturday, Apr 2 @ 1:15pm UTC/9:15am EDT/6:15am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3632143
🥇 Ronde van Vlaanderen by PETA-Z
✅ Innovative format
Team PETA-Z is hosting a 2023 Spring Classics series. This series essentially follows the various IRL classic races—this one being inspired by the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Quite a few rules are in place to ensure that this is a fun and competitive race. All of the rules for this event can be seen in the event description and ZwiftPower description.
The distance of the race will vary depending on the category. Categories A and B will be racing 7 laps of the Tour of Tewit Well course in Yorkshire while C and D race 5 laps. Ouch!
Special settings: category enforcement, power meter required, heart rate monitor required
Saturday, Apr 1 @ 7:40am UTC/3:40am EDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3631886
📊 SZR Groupworkouts by Aktivitus
✅ Popular event
The outdoor season has begun for some parts of the world, and being in top shape is important for the racing season. Aktivitus coaching has partnered up with Team SZR to create a workout to help riders improve their aerobic threshold. The organizers recommend that riders have an accurate FTP programmed into Zwift to ensure that they receive the maximal gain from the workout.
Over the course of the 2-hour workout, riders will be riding on the Makuri 40 course. Rubberbanding is enabled on this ride.
Special settings: rubberbanding
Sunday, Apr 2 @ 6am UTC/11pm PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3631853
🥇 Rerun // Chasing Tour | Chasing Vlaanderen
✅ Popular event ✅ Innovative format
The Chasing Tour follows a format similar to that of the Peta-Z series—aiming to mimic World Tour races occurring IRL. Another thing that makes this event special is that it is the most popular non-ZFondo event this weekend! Additional time slots for this event are available via the Chasing Tour website.
Sunday, Apr 2 @ 12pm UTC/8am PDT/5am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3504115
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!