The Tiny Races happen every Saturday, and they’re all about getting a hard, fun effort done in 1 hour. You race all 4 races back-to-back, with each lasting just 5-10 minutes, giving you a short break in between.
Watch Team DIRT’s Sam Crofts take on last week’s races (he finished 13th overall on the day – nice work, Sam!)
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Last Week’s Results
A: C. Red (DIRT)
B: Mike Horner
C: Stefan Svelch (Rotella)*
D: Daniel Scharpe (RuhrRiders)
A: Sébastien Meyckeens (BZR)
B: Nathaniel Moore*
C: Greg Wilson (Rowe & King)
D: Martin Björgvik (SZR)
A: Dan Schlieff (KAB)
B: Tim LaBerge (ALPHA)
C: Jim Smith (COALITION)
D: Ed Weadon (HERD)*
*Three riders turned in perfect performances last week, taking 1st place in all 4 races. In Zone 2 Nathaniel Moore hadn’t raced since May, so his 4 wins brought his ZwiftPower ranking from 505.29 to 90.39! In contrast, Zone 1’s Stefan Svelch only had his score go from 176.14 to 173.68, and Ed Weadon in Zone 3 didn’t receive any upgrades either. (Stefan and Ed: we can’t make you race up a category, but if you aren’t getting ranking upgrades while winning first place it’s a good sign that it’s time to race up a category and challenge yourself!)
This Week’s: Unpopular Routes
This week we’re featuring routes that are “unpopular” (meaning they haven’t been used much in the Tiny Races). Why are they unpopular? No good reason. They’re fun routes and deserve to be raced!
- Race 1: Tour of Tewit Well (4.26km, ends atop 2nd climb)
Get a bit of ZRL practice with this 1-2 punch of a route! Descend from the start pens straight onto the first climb – Yorkshire’s KOM Reverse. But you’re not done yet. Descend, then hit the second climb up from Oak Beck. Our route ends at the top, as the road turns sharply left.
- Powerup: Feather x2
- Race 2: Watopia Flat Route (5.23km, ends at bridge after Fishing Village)
Riders will need to decide if they attack early on the ramp out of the ocean tunnel onto the dirt… or sit in and wait for the pack sprint finish.
- Powerup: none
- Race 3: City and the Sgurr (5.188km, ends at top of paved side)
Another double-climb route. Up the gravel side, descend, then up the paved side to the arch for the finish. Will you use a gravel bike and try to stay away, or a road bike for advantage on the final ascent?
- Powerup: Anvil x1
- Race 4: Two Village Loop (5.7km, ends on the circuit around Village Onsen)
Finishing with a flattish course, although the 1.5km of dirt near the start will make it feel like an uphill effort and encourage early attacks. You’ll do a full lap around the boxy Village Onsen outer roads, finishing partway into the second lap on a straightaway. If that ending doesn’t feel like a crit, nothing will!
- Powerup: Aero Boost x2
Zwift displays preliminary race results in game when you cross the line, but points are computed after all four races are finished, with final results on ZwiftPower. (We have to do some data processing on our side to compute results, so if your rankings don’t show up right away, be patient.)
Riders will earn points based on finish position in each of the 4 Tiny Races. The category winner of each week’s series is the rider with the most points across their timezone’s 4 races. Here are the links for each timezone’s results on ZwiftPower:
- Zone 1 (9am GMT/5am EDT/2am PDT)
- Zone 2 (3pm GMT/11am EST/8am PDT)
- Zone 3 (9pm GMT/5pm EDT/2pm PDT/Sunday 7am AEST)
Tiny Race rules are simple, but still every week 6-8% of registered ZwiftPower racers get disqualified and removed from the final results. Don’t let that be you! Four races, four rules:
- You must have a ZwiftPower account, because final results are processed by ZwiftPower (learn how to sign up)
- No skipping then returning. These races are meant to be raced as a set of 4. If you need to leave early, that’s fine… but once you miss a race in your hour’s set of 4, don’t come back and race another or you’ll be disqualified from that race since you rested while others were racing! (Example: racing only races 1 and 2 is fine. Racing 1, 2, and 4 is not – you will be DQ from race 4. And if you race 2, 3, and 4, you’ll be DQ from all those races, since you skipped race 1!)
- Heart rate monitors are required.
- Smart trainer/smart bike or power meter required. ZPower/Virtual power is not allowed.
Join a Chat & Chill Cooldown
Immediately following each hour’s racing, we’ve scheduled 30-minute “Chat & Chill” events where riders from all categories can spin their legs together and chat about how it all went down. Find them at zwift.com/events/tag/tinyraces.
Zwift Insider Kit Unlock
Finish any Tiny Race or a Chat & Chill ride and unlock the Zwift Insider “Ride Smarter // Ride Harder” in-game kit.
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