Now that Zwift Racing League season 3 has finished, there’s a gaping hole for Tuesday racers for at least a month. The HERd SHEries is a new race series looking to span that gap for female Zwifters all over the world. Here are the details…
What is the HERd SHEries?
The HERd SHEries is a 6-week ladies category-based series on Tuesdays, with 3 time slots available:
- 9AM GMT/5AM EST/2AM PST
- 6PM GMT/2PM EST/11AM PST
- 11PM GMT/7PM EST/4PM PST
The series offers a mix between short and longer races with an individual time trial thrown in for good measure! The shorter races are scratch races (first past the finish line), whereas the longer ones offer points for fastest segment times, as well as bonus points for the category finishing position.
The first season of the HERd SHEries runs from June 1st to July 6th, 2021.
Stage and Route Details
James Bailey, Herd Racing DS told us, “I felt that there wasn’t much in the way of a racing series for female Zwifters once ZRL had finished and with the massive growth of our female membership (we had 25 female-only teams in ZRL series 3) I wanted to give them, and Zwift ladies around the world something to enjoy. I’ve gone for rides that offer a good amount of variety, shorter and longer, flat and hilly, to give all different kinds of riders something that they will be able to excel in.”
- Stage One – June 1st – Bologna TT, 1 Lap
Distance: 8.0km / Elevation: 230m
Nothing confusing in the prologue event, just a dash to the top of the hill! This event will use the TT module, so riders will be sent off with staggered starts. Do your homework! Learn about pacing on Bologna TT, and bike choice on Bologna TT.
- Stage Two – June 8th – Innsbruckring (2 Laps)
Distance: 17.8km / Elevation: 155m
The first of the shorter races features the infamous Legsnapper! Get to the top as quick as you can.
- Stage Three – June 15th – France’s Casse Pattes (1 Lap)
Distance: 23.8km / Elevation: 155m
The second shorter race features a large flat course, with the exception of the Petit KOM. Get to the top, then it’s a mad downhill dash to the finish!
- Stage Four – June 22nd – Watopia’s Mountain Route (1 Lap)
Distance: 15.8km (14.1km) / Elevation: 588m (435m)
In the last of the “shorter” races, Categories A and B will race to the top of the Radio Tower, whereas C and D will race to the Epic KOM banner.
- Stage Five – June 29th – Watopia’s Seaside Sprint (5-6 Laps)
Distance: 40.8km (34.5km) / Elevation: 270m (231m)
In the first points race, racers will secure points for their time, each lap, on the Watopia Sprint. There are also bonus points for final category finishing position. Categories A and B will take on 6 laps, C and D will do 5.
- Stage Six – July 6th – Yorkshire’s 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit (2 Laps)
Distance: 27.7km / Elevation: 491m
In the second points race, racers will score points for the fastest segment times on the Yorkshire KOM and Yorkshire Sprint. There are also bonus points for final category finishing position.
About Herd Racing League
Herd Racing DS James Bailey first took on organizing events for Herd Racing League in April 2019, featuring events such as Herd Beginner Racing Series, The Stampede, The Bullseye, Herd of Mountain Goats, and Herd Summer Racing League.