Oli is on vacation this week, so I get to pick my top 5 notable events for the weekend. After much internal debate I’ve settled on the Tour of Watopia (who, besides level 60 riders, can so “no” to double XP?), two endurance group rides, and two innovative multi-stage races. Hup hup!
🤝 Tour of Watopia Make-Up Stages
✅ Beginner Friendly ✅ Sweet Unlock ✅ Innovative format ✅ Women-Only Option
This weekend is your last chance to finish any missed Tour of Watopia stages and level up with that sweet double XP! Read all about the Tour of Watopia here, and if you’re really feeling brave, see if you can bang out all 5 stages over the weekend.
🥇 HERD Omnium
✅ Women-Only Option ✅ Innovative Format ✅ Popular Event ✅ Extra Tough
Back for its second edition, The Head Omnium 2023 happens this weekend! The Omnium consists of 6 short races spaced out over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday). It’s run as three different leagues in ZwiftPower, each covering a different timezone.
- APAC (races start at 01:00 UTC/11:00 AETC/13:00 NZST both days)
- EMEA (races start at 09:00 UTC/10:00 BST/11:00 CEST both days)
- AMER (races start at 17:00 UTC/10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT both days)
Each league has mixed and women-only races available.
Saturday and Sunday Apr 15-16, multiple timeslots
See events on ZwiftHacks
🤝 BMTR Flat 100 (Miles)
✅ Popular Event ✅ Extra Tough ✅ Sweet Unlock
We’ve featured the BMTR Flat 100 multiple times… for good reason! It’s a well-led, long-running, popular ride with three different category options based on your desired pace:
If you’re looking to put in big miles with a solid group, this is the place to be this weekend.
Saturday, Apr 15 @ 12:10pm UTC/8:10am EDT/5:10am PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3655197
🥇 Team SZ Multi-Stage TT
✅ Innovative Format ✅ Women-Only ✅ Extra Tough
It’s an iTT extravaganza, just for the ladies! 7 small back-to-back iTT races, and the winners in each category will be the ladies with the lowest overall times. Be sure to use a TT frame, as these are non-drafting races! See fastest TT frames by level >
Sunday, Apr 16 @ 3pm UTC/11am EDT/8am PDT
See events on ZwiftHacks
🤝 Team Italy Endurance Ride w/Saverio Addante
✅ Extra Tough ✅ Celebrity Sighting ✅ Sweet Unlock
Ride leader Saverio Addante is a Zwift legend, having completed a 25-hour, 1000km ride back in December 2020. And now he’s leading this epic endurance ride: 180km on Yorkshire’s pitchy 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit. Wow!
This ride is open-paced, and you’ll unlock the Team Italy jersey if you complete it.
Sunday, Apr 16 @ 5am UTC/1am EDT/Saturday 10pm PDT
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3656236
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!