Norseman Festival of Climbing 2021 Announced

Norseman Festival of Climbing 2021 Announced

“This is not for you. Nothing personal. But it’s not. This is for people with fight. Resilience. And minds tougher than their bodies…”

That’s how the Norseman website introduces the event. It’s not your typical triathlon: it’s an extreme triathlon. It begins with a 3.8km (2.3 mile) swim in near-freezing water, then continues to a 180km (112 mile) ride up a mountain, finishing with a marathon that includes steep climbing for the final 10+ miles. Begin at sea level, finish at 1,850m above sea level with a total ascent of 5,000m.

Zwift has hosted a Norseman series every year since 2018, and they’re always popular with athletes wanting to push themselves to the limit. This year’s events have just rolled out (although they’re still being added to the calendar). The series runs from June 28-Aug 8, starting with 5 weeks of workouts and culminating in a week of races with jersey unlocks and giveaways available. Here are the details…

Norseman Festival of Climbing Workout Series

The 5-week workout series begins June 28 and runs through August 1. These workouts are designed to prepare Zwifters for the rigors of the Festival of Climbing Races. Each week features a fresh run workout as well as a bike workout, all designed by coach Graeme Stewart, who is a 4x Norseman finisher (doing his 5th this year to earn his green jersey).

Graeme will be leading select rides and runs throughout the series. 

See upcoming Norseman run and ride workouts >

Norseman Festival of Climbing 

The final week of the series (August 2-8) is the Norseman Festival of Climbing. This is a challenging week of races finishing with a long ride race on August 7th and a half marathon run race on August 8th.

Race Week Details

  • Day 1 (Aug 2):
    Bike: Mountain 8 (32.5km // 677m)
    Run: A – Hilly Route (9.6km) | B – That’s Amore (6.7km)
  • Day 2 (Aug 3):
    Bike: Quatch Quest (46.2km // 1,683m)
    Run: A – Flat Irons (15.6km) | B – Park to Peak (4.7km)
  • Day 3 (Aug 4):
    Bike: Innsbruck KOM After Party (37.4km // 640m)
    Run: A – Spirit Forest (12.4km) | B – Sea to Tree (3.9km)
  • Day 4 (Aug 5):
    Bike: Ven-Top (20.9km // 1,534m) |
    Run: A – Whole Lotta Lava (17.2km) | B – Volcano Circuit (6.9km)
  • Day 5 (Aug 6):
    Rest Day, no events
  • Day 6 (Aug 7):
    Bike A – 7 Horsemen (123km // 2,783m) [custom distance 4 Horsemen route, ending atop Epic KOM]
    Bike B – 4 Horsemen (90.4km // 2,111m)
  • Day 7 (Aug 8):
    Run: Three Sisters Half Marathon (21.1km) [custom distance]

See upcoming Norseman races (still being added to the calendar) >

Jersey Unlocks

Two jerseys are available during race week:

  • The Norseman White jersey and run shirt for completing any of the races. This is a brand new kit for the series.
  • The coveted Norseman Black jersey and run shirt is reserved for Zwifters completing the August 7th Cat A race (7 Horsemen race) and Aug. 8th half marathon race.

Prize Drawing

Two Norseman 2022 Race Entries are up for grabs (1 male and 1 female). Zwifters can earn up to 2 entries into the drawing by completing the 7 Horsemen race and/or the Three Sisters Half Marathon run race. 

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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Zee Kryder
Zee Kryder (@zkryder)
19 days ago

Four Horsemen is hard but seven?

Evan
Evan
19 days ago

Guessing the seven horsemen is hilly, volcano, mountain, adz, hilly, volcano, mountain?

Dan
Dan
19 days ago

Can I just clarify – do you get the black jersey if you complete either the bike (A, 7th Aug) OR run (8th Aug), or is it for doing both. Thanks.

Rich Hintz
Rich Hintz (@rjhintz)
17 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Official site says “or”:
“Eyeing that iconic Norseman Black jersey? Complete a race on August 7 or 8 in Group A and it’s all yours.”
No route badge, I guess, except maybe a rebel route.

temps 09
temps 09 (@quatre24)
17 days ago
Reply to  Rich Hintz

The A ride on the 7th looks it does the whole four horsemen route + part of it again. So about 1.5 four horsemen laps. So should be able to get the route badge.

Rich Hintz
Rich Hintz (@rjhintz)
17 days ago
Reply to  temps 09

Right. I meant a new route badge different than 4 Horsemen. I was hoping to have some additional incentive for Uber Pretzel, but nope.

temps 09
temps 09 (@quatre24)
18 days ago

A good way to knock out thoes hard route badges if not done yet. The Aug. 7th custom distance is going to be harder than than the uber pretzel. That event/race day is up for hardest event on zwift for the year award. Hopefully there will more time slots for thoes in the americas west region for that week which tends to hurt for time slots in many events.

Chuck
Chuck
18 days ago

Do we think Uber Pretzel will make the event list?

Bobby Mac
Bobby Mac (@rmacdowell1)
18 days ago

I remember a few years ago when we had to do BOTH the Uber Pretzel Bike Saturday and a 20k run on Sunday. I’d counted only 38 guys who did both and 8 women – if I remember correctly.

Hansel
Hansel
17 days ago

Anyone else having a hard time getting the workouts to show up on Companion app? If I search using this site I can find them and add it but it won’t show up until I do that on the Companion.

Jeroen
Jeroen
13 days ago

Too bad. During my holiday again😪. Should be another one in Europe’s winter.

Kornel
Kornel
20 hours ago

By any chance someone has all Norsemen workouts in his files? Or maybe those workouts will be implemented ingame?

John
John
4 hours ago

Not sure why the Norseman Festival of Climbing workouts haven’t been added to the Training section of Zwift? Last year’s training rides are there. I have ended up missing a couple of the training rides and it would be good to be able to do them prior to race week.

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