It’s that time of year when Zwift is especially busy, and so many cyclists are putting in long base miles to build fitness for the outdoor season ahead. This weekend we’re featuring lots of group rides, some of which are quite long! See our picks below…
✅ Popular Event ✅ Kit Unlock ✅ Highly Competitive
Tour de Zwift 2024 is well underway, ridiculous bucket hats and all. The group rides and weekend races have been packed, so whether you’re looking for a big group to spin with, or a high level of competition, you can find it with TdZ.
Stage 3 also kicks off on Saturday, so this weekend is your first chance to knock off one of the stage 3 routes in Makuri Islands.
Multiple time slots all weekend
Tour de Zwift: Ride details and event signup at zwift.com/tour-de-zwift/ride
🤝 Hoy’s Doddie Aid Coffee and Cake Ride #3
✅ Popular Event ✅ Celebrity Leader ✅ Good Cause ✅ Kit Unlock
The popular Doddie Aid rides are back, raising funds and awareness for “My Name’5 Doddie Foundation,” which aims to find effective treatments for the currently incurable MND/ALS. Join Sir Chris Hoy and friends on a Sunday social ride every week through February 3rd.
This week we’re on two laps Watopia’s Waistband, and Hoy will be leading the group at a 2.5W/kg pace. Complete the ride to unlock the 2024 Doddie Aid kit!
Sunday, January 14 @ 10am UTC/5am EST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/4014272
🤝 Vatternrundan Group Ride Series #1
✅ Unique Event ✅ Jersey Unlock
The Vätternrundan event is a 315km ride around Sweden’s Lake Vättern. The Swedish Zwift Riders (SZR) team is hosting group rides to help Zwifters train for the IRL event, but you can use it to build endurance for any longer event.
This is the first ride in the series, and it’s 90 minutes long on Watopia’s Waistband at a pace of 1.8-2.2 W/kg.
Sunday, January 14 @ 8am UTC/5am EST/12am PST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/3942307
🤝 January Resolution Ride
✅ Beginner-Friendly ✅ Jersey Unlock
Pas Normal Studios is hosting rides to help you complete the Strava January Resolution challenge of riding 1250km in January, and they’re proving quite popular!
This week we’ll be riding for 60 minutes on Watopia’s Coast Crusher route at a pace range of 2-2.5 W/kg.
Sunday, January 14 @ 4pm UTC/11am EST/8am PST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/4020253
🤝 Vikings Valhalla Sunday Skaal ride
✅ Endurance Challenge ✅ Beginner-Friendly ✅ Unique Event
We’ve featured this event several times in the past, as it’s always well-attended, well-led, and offers two pace options. Experienced leaders and sweepers do their best to keep the groups together, even on long rides!
This week category C will ride at 2.3-2.7 W/kg on Volcano Circuit CCW for 102km, so you can cross off your 25 Volcano Laps badge! Or choose category C for a 1.7-2.2 W/kg pace on 1 lap of The Uber Pretzel (128.8km).
Sunday, January 7th @ 8:05am UTC/12:05am PST
Sign up at zwift.com/events/view/4089426
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!
Do other events stand out this weekend? Share below in the comments!