The Rhino Team Safari, now in its third season, has shaken up the Zwift world by introducing a new categorization system. Teams can consist of riders from different Zwift categories and, instead of categorizing single riders, the whole team is categorized and placed into a division based on its roster power.
The Rhino Team Safari focuses massively on teamwork and has developed the hugely popular ‘Team Points Hunt’. Featuring twice for the first time this season, the Team Points Hunt requires a tactical plan and the ability to change team focus during the race. Only the second and fourth-placed riders in each team will score finishing points and only the fastest rider per team will score FTS points. Also for the first time this season, the Safari will be using the new Pack Dynamics 4, which is at the cutting edge of Zwift research to closer mimic real group dynamics.
The new season runs every Saturday from February 25 to April 1 at 10am EDT/EST (3/4pm UTC).
Rhino Team Safari: All You Need to Know
- Team categorization: teams can consist of riders from different ZP categories
- Rosters can consist of up to 10 riders; 6 riders can race each stage
- Teams are placed into divisions based on their entire roster power
- The Team Points Hunt will feature twice, with only second and fourth-placed riders scoring FIN points
- ITT and TTT both feature primes
- More riders contribute to points; cascading FTS/FAL points throughout the entire field
Winner Doesn’t Take All
Whereas professional racing is all about winning (or at least getting a podium), Zwift community racing is about fitness, fun, competition, and camaraderie. Thus, there is no need for winner-takes-all systems. As a result, all riders in finishing and prime positions will contribute equally to the team result. Primes points go from first to last; race wins, podiums or top ten results do not give over proportional points.
It’s Not Just About the Racing
The Rhino Team Safari has built up a fantastic Discord community with over 270 members. This is the place to chat and have banter with your rivals, along with the best memes and gifs (family-friendly).
- Stage 1 (Feb 25) Figure 8 Reverse – TTT with Primes 10am EST/3pm UTC
- Stage 2 (Mar 4) Country to Coastal – Points Race 10am EST/3pm UTC
- Stage 3 (Mar 11) Tire Bouchon – Team Points Hunt 10am EST/3pm UTC
- Stage 4 (Mar 18) Wandering Flats – Points Race 10am EDT/2pm UTC
- Stage 5 (Mar 25) Rolling Highlands – ITT with Primes 10am EDT/2pm UTC
- Stage 6 (Apr 1) The Muckle Yin – Team Points Hunt 10am EDT/2pm UTC
- Rule book
- Road Book
- Registration (registration will close Thursday, February 23 at midnight UTC)
Questions to Comments?
Looks to be a great series. Looking forward to racing it!
Rulebook and roadbook links are swapped.
It sounds like a promising concept. Sadly, it is not for us at 4am in NZ or 2am for those in Eastern Australia.