Zwift Fondo Series 2020 (Northern Hemisphere) Announced

Zwift Fondo Series 2020 (Northern Hemisphere) Announced

Official Zwift fondo events are always a blast, with hundreds of riders taking part. Like an outdoor fondo, they feature challenging routes with varying length options. Riders can race the event, or just push to do their best and finish a challenging effort.

The first events of a Zwift’s new monthly series have just been posted, and it all kicks off next weekend, November 8th!

Looking for Zwift fondo event times? Click here for a schedule from ZwiftHacks

Routes

Zwift Fondo events have three categories (A, B, and C) which are open to all riders. These categories don’t refer to rider strength or speed–they refer to route length.

For November the routes are (click for details):

A: Gran Fondo - 97.2km (60.4 miles), 1148m (3766′)

Animated “Gran Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

The Gran Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

The Gran Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

Route Basics

Length: 97.2 km (60.4 miles)
Elevation:
1148 m (3,766‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Hilly KOM Reverse
Volcano KOM
Sprint Forward
Hilly KOM Forward
Epic KOM Forward

Strava Strava Segments

Gran Fondo

Route Description

The Gran Fondo is very similar to the Medio Fondo in terms of key climbs and overall elevation, but ~25km (15.5 miles) longer due to some meandering around Watopia proper between the “Road to Ruins” section and the “Mountain Route” ending.

This route is essentially these routes strung together:

B: Medio Fondo - 72.6km (45.1 miles), 981m (3219′)

Animated “Medio Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

The Medio Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

The Medio Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

Route Basics

Length: 72.6 km (45.1 miles)
Elevation:
981 m (3,219‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Hilly KOM Reverse
Volcano KOM
Sprint Forward
Epic KOM Forward

Strava Strava Segments

Medio Fondo

Route Description

The route initially heads out Ocean Boulevard for a nice, flat warmup. Then it’s over the Hilly KOM reverse, through downtown Watopia, and over to the Volcano for a climb to it’s magma-studded peak.

Descend the Volcano and head out to the Mayan Jungle for a lap in the reverse (clockwise) direction, then return to downtown Watopia by a circuitous route which includes The Esses and the Volcano Circuit.

Lastly, it’s time to head out Ocean Boulevard once more for the big finish: a climb up the Epic KOM! The route ends at the KOM banner.

C: Bambino Fondo - 52.1km (32.4 miles), 553m (1814′)

Animated “Bambino Fondo” Route Details (Watopia) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

The Bambino Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

The Bambino Fondo is one of three fondo routes Zwift unveiled in January 2019 for its Zwift fondo series. Currently these are event-only routes, meaning they are only available for use in events and cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

Route Basics

Length: 52.1 km (32.4 miles)
Elevation:
553 m (1,814‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: Watopia

Restriction: Event Only

Achievement Badge: none

Strava Strava Segments

Bambino Fondo

Route Description

The Bambino Fondo is essentially these routes strung together:

We begin with a forward lap of the Flat Route, followed by a forward lap of the Hilly Route. Then we take Ocean Boulevard again, hanging a left at the windmills and climbing then descending into the Mayan Jungle.

Once around the jungle loop, then we climb back out, descend to sea level, and hang a left at the Italian Villas fountain to make our way toward the Volcano. Then it’s up to the top of the volcano, with our route ending at the KOM banner.

Side note: we would really like to see Zwift expand the fondo routes to something that hasn’t been used in past fondos. Maybe it’s time for an Uber Pretzel fondo option?

Kit Unlocks

This is a 5-month series, and each month’s fondo has its own unique kit unlock. These kits are exclusive, meaning they will never be available anywhere else in game. A true badge of honor! Here’s a shot of November’s kit:

Upcoming Dates

This monthly series runs through March. Here are the upcoming fondo dates:

  • 8 Nov
  • 13 Dec
  • 3 Jan
  • 7 Feb
  • 7 Mar

Is this a Race?

Officially, no. But thousands of riders will turn out for these popular “fun race” events, and the front of each category will certainly be filled with strong riders going all out. And that’s perfectly fine!

As Zwift says, in the end “It’s all about doing your best and trying to finish the toughest routes in Watopia.”

Questions or Comments

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About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Mick Such
Mick Such
25 days ago

Great – will see me through the new LOCKDOWN in the UK. 👌👍😁

Christian
Christian
25 days ago

frustrating they don’t have Fondo weekends and it’s only the Sunday

Larry Coleman
Larry Coleman
24 days ago
Reply to  Christian

Yep. Oh, you have a JOB? Well, tough luck then. Come back when you’re unemployed!

Mirco
Mirco
25 days ago

Feel not good Mark as ride and not race or both option

Andrew
Andrew
25 days ago

Eric: Would be good if you could do some estimated “time for Cat B/C/D to complete” for each length of each of those monthly Fondos – especially with the amount of climbing in that route the longer versions might take deceptively long
Cheers 👍

Hybrid Noob
Hybrid Noob
22 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

Not exactly what you’re looking for but it may help to know you can go into the “history” tab on Zwift Power (next to the default “events” tab) and search for the routes to get some times from events run previously. For example this one https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=1078400 where the A bracket was the Gran Fondo route and the B was the Medio Fondo route.

Andrew
Andrew
12 days ago
Reply to  Hybrid Noob

Cheers, I did know about the event history option, I just didn’t think I’d find the fondo routes there so hadn’t tried it for this 👍

Andrew Linquist
Andrew Linquist
25 days ago

Agree with the side note. Different condo options please. It doesn’t seem it would be that hard. None even include Titans Grove or the desert. Lots of different routing options.

Paul Voorend
Paul Voorend
24 days ago

If we join these, will we get any route badge completions?

Rkast
Rkast
24 days ago

So with Fondo the group will not stay together like E ride (no drop)?

Barrett Canning
Barrett Canning
24 days ago

love the fondos but please please no more “kits” as prizes, I’ll take some virtual air in my tires before another kit at this point! 😛

abaelard
abaelard
23 days ago

The exact same routes, exact same format. Pretty lame.

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
15 days ago
Reply to  abaelard

I like the routes. Long enough to be a challenge and infrequent enough that i can set goals and see improvement. I’d like them to keep an annual Fondo series on this route – or at least if they add other routes in the series keep at least one or two on the official Fondo routes.

Steve
Steve
23 days ago

Wonder if we will get a XP multiplier event again like over the winter

Ru Maroto
Ru Maroto
22 days ago

Are these routes only for this Sunday or will they be repeated on the following dates? Thanks!

Colin Peerman
Colin Peerman
22 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Ha, good luck with that. It’s been the same for years 😂

Adrian Amos
Adrian Amos (@ahamos)
14 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I am also desperately hoping they don’t just keep recycling that tired gran fondo route. The jungle has no appeal since the surface changes, and they’re not using any of the more recent expansion roads. The first few events were on the Mega Pretzel, which was HARD, but this route just lazes and meanders back over itself. I was bored and angry by the time we finally turned toward the mountain. Mix it up! Tack a few miles onto the Four Horsemen, or make it 4 laps of Watopia’s Waistband for the flatlanders. Add SOMETHING from the Tempus Fugit side… Read more »

Bill
Bill
21 days ago

I hope we get some new Fondo routes at some point. The Gran Fondo reminds me of driving in Italy: “Isn’t that the same village we just past a while ago?”

Brent Robinson
Brent Robinson
18 days ago

Is it just me or are these not showing up in the Companion app?

Pineapple
Pineapple
17 days ago
Reply to  Brent Robinson

Yeah it seems like it’s not on zwift.com either. Find the event on zwifthacks and click on the link to zwift to find the event.

Dupealoop
Dupealoop
6 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

any idea when the December event will start showing in Companion or zwift.com for registration?

Rich Siegel
Rich Siegel
18 days ago

is the fondo series only available 1 day a month?

Sandra
Sandra
17 days ago

I did the Fondo and did not get the kit. Why?

kurt hackl
kurt hackl
17 days ago

At 10 Am today the Server are completly overloaded.
After 10km i stopped and logged out, because with 1 Frame/ sec it is no fun.
I am wondering if nobody else had this experience today ??
Did not have this kind before…

kurt hackl
kurt hackl
16 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Hi Eric, Have used the same PC as every time, in Ulta resolution. Have done in the past a lot of events (including Fondos), never hat this issue.
Hope in Dezember it works well…

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
15 days ago
Reply to  kurt hackl

Drop the resolution down for the next event.

Timo
Timo
17 days ago

Hi Eric, I tried participating today in the Fondo using my tablet running Zwift (as per usual). Unfortunately the event was completely unrideable as I had roughly 0,25 frames per second, I suspect this is due to the many participants. After 30 minutes of real world riding on my trainer I was less than 4 minutes into the event according to the App. There were roughly 200 people behind me so I suspect they had a similiar problem. I quit the event very frustrated as I was excited to participate and planned my activities and even food for the event.… Read more »

Sandra
Sandra
17 days ago
Reply to  Timo

I am using my iPad and did not get this problem this morning. But, did not get my Fondo kit 🙁

Shirley Mitrou
Shirley Mitrou
17 days ago

I did the gran fondo this morning but don’t see the kit after completion? Hmm, what am I missing?

Sandra
Sandra
17 days ago
Reply to  Shirley Mitrou

Same here!!

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
15 days ago
Reply to  Sandra

Youre lucky… nobody needs even more kits

David Cooper
David Cooper
17 days ago

Did the Fondo this morning, got the kit … it doesn’t look anything like the image shown above.

Rodney Shadeed
Rodney Shadeed
17 days ago

If we missed the first date can we catch up ?.

Patrick
16 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Just find this on zwifthack: https://zwift.com/events/view/1215298?__znl=fr-fr . Maybe they add another dates?

kurt hackl
kurt hackl
16 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Oops! Looks like we can’t find that event.”

Link correct ??

Patrick
15 days ago
Reply to  kurt hackl

Yeah the link no longer work and the events listed on zwifthack disappear …

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
15 days ago

How soon will Zwift post the December onwards events so i can sign up?

Andrew
Andrew
12 days ago

Any chance you’ve had a chance to see the kits for the remaining 4 Fondos this year yet and can share them? I’m guessing they’re all the same basic kit but with different colour combos than the first one, so don’t want to miss out on a nice colour combo 🙂

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