Video: How to Start in the Front Group of Zwift Events

Video: How to Start in the Front Group of Zwift Events

In a big Zwift event, your starting position can mean the difference between leading the pack and chasing from behind. Riders line up based on when they get to the starting pen. Shane Miller has a tip for how to claim and save your spot – even after logging out!

First, join the event’s start pen as early as you can (once you’re signed up for an event, a “Join Event” button should appear in the bottom left corner of your Zwift screen about 30 minutes before the start time). You can stay in the pen to warm up if you want, but you don’t have to! You can quit the event and Zwift until you’re ready, or you can start another ride in any available world. Just click the “Join Event” button when you’re ready to come back to the pens.

Your virtual trainer will be there at the start, right where you left it! That’s where you can keep warming up until the countdown hits zero. Watch the video to see how it works:

Swift Zwift Tip: How to Start in the Front Group of Zwift Events!

We’d still suggest getting to the pens with plenty of time to spare, especially if it’s an important event. You don’t want to miss the start if something goes wrong! This is a good way to claim a spot up front, though, if you’d rather do something else for a while.

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Have you used this tame “hack” to save a good starting spot? Got any other helpful race tips? Share below!

About The Author

Karissa Minn

Karissa is a freelance writer and cycling enthusiast. She also volunteers and serves as an advisor for a community bike center called The Pedal Factory. She and her husband, an avid cyclist, live in North Carolina with their two birds, who have not yet learned how to ride a bike.

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Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler (@eggshapedfred)
6 months ago

Feels a bit German, how they put their beach towels out early to get the best sun spots.

Roland
Roland
6 months ago
Reply to  Dirk Diggler

Me as a German I would not do this, simply because it is stupid and not relevant to start first or last, it’s my effort and pleasure to ride that counts, not the position in the starting grid.

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
6 months ago

Thanks for the useful info in your article. But I have a somewhat related question. When I race, which isn’t too often, I always try to get as close to the front as possible before the start. On Saturday, I lined up at the very front of a race. When the race started, I jumped off with the front group of B’s and stayed with them the whole race. The finish was a bunch sprint, that I started towards the back of the group but powered through to the front with only a few riders visually ahead of me. The… Read more »

Max Schemansky
Max Schemansky
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve Reynolds

What race were you in? Was this a “points race” or a fastest overall time to the finish line race?

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
6 months ago
Reply to  Max Schemansky

It was the DIRT Dadurday Chase Race.

James Fletcher
James Fletcher
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve Reynolds

I was in that race!

The result on Zwift companion has you in 12th. You are 11th in the Bs on ZwiftPower but the confusion probably comes as it was a chase race.

Us Bs stayed away from the As but 6 C cat riders stayed away from the Bs. So your place (and mine) overall is 6 places lower than just your placing in the Bs.

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
6 months ago
Reply to  James Fletcher

Thanks so much for explaining that. I must have misread the initial results that showed up on my computer screen (I’m getting old and that happens sometimes, lol). I didn’t think to check Zwift Companion.

Nathan Shickle
Nathan Shickle (@nathan_shickle)
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve Reynolds

I was in The Mighty Bs for this race too! But Steve, you already know this having found and commented on my Strava entry!

Jeroen
Jeroen (@jeroenspeelmans)
5 months ago

I use this technique for almost every race, leaving the pen to do a workout (which would be Shane’s GPLama ultimate warm up). I noticed that, when choosing ‘join event’ by the end of the workout (I usually finish the last 2 or 3 minutes of freeride back in the pen) my race is named ‘GPLama … up’ afterwards as well. This means manual adjustment on both Zwift Companion and Strava. Any thoughts or tips?

K.A.
K.A.
5 months ago

I just found out that your starting position depends on the time you enter the pen. Up till now I was entering around 2 minutes before race start assuming you get positioned randomly.
A quick search brought me here. This method will definitely help me on my next race. 👍

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