How do I get my club’s kit into Zwift?

How do I get my club’s kit into Zwift?

Cyclists. We sure like our kits. Sometimes we wear the same kit as a group, to show unity. Other times we wear a unique kit to stand out from the crowd and show a little personality.

Due to this wardrobe fixation, one common question asked by Zwifters is, “How do I get my club’s kit into Zwift?” This question is being asked even more lately, with so many cycling clubs hopping on Zwift to hold club events. It’s only logical that these groups would want to wear the same in-game kit as they do outdoors.

Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen for your club. At least, not anytime soon. And not in the way you may envision.

How Zwift Kits Work Now

Currently, the only way to get an in-game custom kit is to convince ZwiftHQ to devote an artist’s time to making it happen. According to Wes Salmon in this week’s Zwiftcast, creating the kit artwork is a painstaking process. Artists receive the artwork in standard format such as PDF, then have to re-create it in-game, “pixel by pixel” as Salmon put it. The process takes hours.

Obviously, this isn’t a scalable model. As Wes said, Zwift could dedicate 5 artists full-time to the task and keep up with demand… or those artists could be working on new roads and features.

We see several new kits show up each month, and these are almost all created to support a major event (Tour of Watopia, for example) or pro teams who are participating in official events. Some kits are created to support ongoing group rides such as AHDR, but those rides have to have a proven track record of high attendance and quality leadership before HQ will put the resources into creating a kit.

How Zwift Kits Will Work… Eventually

Zwift just released the first version of its much-awaited Clubs feature. And while the feature is currently very basic in terms of functionality, one of the key goals of Clubs is to give teams some sort of pathway to creating a custom in-game kit.

How will this work exactly? Again, listening to Salmon’s recent interview, it sounds like Zwift’s intention is to build some sort of “Kit Creator” for club admins.

This would need to be a simple, template-driven tool similar to the web apps used by custom kit manufacturers like Voler. These tools have you start by selecting from a group of templates for each piece of clothing. Then you select color options for particular sections of each piece, then you upload and place your logos. Here’s a screenshot of Voler’s tool:

Screenshot from Voler’s online 3D kit designer

When will we see this tool? Zwift isn’t stating any timelines, and I’m sure their much bigger priority with Clubs is getting some sort of event editing and creation tools in place. But once event editing is done, I’d bet good money that the “Kit Creator” will be the next big Clubs feature.

One thing is certain: when it rolls out we’ll see an explosion of new and unique kits. Teams are going to love it!

Wrapping It Up

Unless you’re a World Tour or Conti pro team officially participating in key Zwift events or an established cycling brand partnering with Zwift, I wouldn’t even waste my time contacting Zwift to inquire about getting my kit in-game. It’s just not going to happen right now, because their priorities are (rightly) elsewhere.

If you’re a local cycling club who wants everyone to dress alike, your best bet is to pick from the big list of available kits and encourage your members to wear that kit.

Eventually, Zwift will provide a pathway to creating a custom Club kit. And when that happens, we’ll all have a blast rocking our clubs’ custom looks!

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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Aku Haiko (@felttimies)
1 year ago

Oh man, cant wait for that.. maybe in 2022…

David Fisher
David Fisher (@aiketgate)
1 year ago

All well and good, but when are Apple TV users going to be able to choose kits by code like pc users? .

Daz Rhodes
Daz Rhodes (@darrenrhodesbsc)
7 months ago
Reply to  David Fisher

First of never! Let alone the latest update giving us all Magic Roundabout bikes !

David Rowlett
David Rowlett
1 year ago

I would love to see a custom kit designer option even if its just very basic style/colours with perhaps a logo or text.

Aoi Niigaki
Aoi Niigaki
1 year ago

Custom kits are nice until someone makes one with a swastika or a penis on it. There will need to be some sort of approval process to vet kits for appropriateness.

Sir Badger (SAS)
Sir Badger (SAS)
1 year ago
Reply to  Aoi Niigaki

Aoi, the Kit Creator would be for Club Admins, I’m not sure a Club would last too long if they did what you suggest?

Zed
Zed
1 year ago
Reply to  Aoi Niigaki

Do you know where I can get this kit?

sven
sven
1 year ago

What about a zwiftinsider kit?

Evelyn
1 year ago

Is there make your own kits?

Jerrads
Jerrads
1 year ago

I very much doubt Zwift will ever make this generally available… While the idea is appealing, there are endless opportunities for trouble: cloning existing kits, creating offensive kits, etc.

Regardless, Zwift will have to control new kit distribution (or else anyone can distribute a new kit, using Zwift’s kit creator – think “virus”…)

Daz Rhodes
Daz Rhodes (@darrenrhodesbsc)
7 months ago
Reply to  Jerrads

Easy to QA new designs before publishing them

Clive Norton
Clive Norton
7 months ago

There’s also a problem of users creating kits using logos and trademarks without permission from the respective owners, and Zwift finding themselves on the wrong end of legal action.

iRacing has circumvented this for custom car paints by creating a standalone app named TradingPaints. iRacing members can use TradingPaints and mark their paint schemes as family friendly or not. Members can choose to all custom paint, only family frendly custom paint, or no custom paint (and will see standard paint on those members’ cars).

iRacing is indemnified from trademark infringement as custom paint goes through the, ahem, “independent,” TradingPaints service.

Daz Rhodes
Daz Rhodes (@darrenrhodesbsc)
7 months ago

With such a surge in new memberships in 2020 I’d say that paying for 5 dedicated artists full time is pocket change ! Also it might give some furloughed designers here in the UK something to earn a salary on. Corporate Social Responsibility I think it’s called. Come on ZHQ, do better. Even the new roads aren’t all that ! Just loops of existing bits. Less the Serpent of course !

Preemz
Preemz
7 months ago

If I can do it in minecraft or GTA, then it shouldn’t be a problem in zwift either.

Jim
Jim
7 months ago

How do you get the fluorescent shoes? Are they from an event?

Tarsh
5 months ago

I am a cycling brand who has been asking since inception. I have seen so many other brands get their kit on the site it is disheartening. Especially as I have been an early adopter of Zwift too. 5 years and counting. I wish they would consider small business in UK and one that represents females instead of always going with the big boys.

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