Our Tiny Race series continues to grow in numbers, which means the competition is just getting fiercer each week! This Saturday is our first-ever DIRT DAY, where all four courses include significant stretches of dirt.
Congrats to Last Week’s Winners
A: Niall Treacy (BNE ice)*
B: Simon Matros (WattFabrik)
C: Paul Smith (ART)
D: John Richardson (HBF)
A: Adrian Alvarado (Wahoo Le Col)
B: Rainer Beckers (WattFabrik)
C: Greg Alexander
D: Michael L10
A: Tim Bradley (BL13)
B: Sam Atkinson (TBR)
C: Steve Schilling (CRYO-GEN)
D: David White (EVO)
*Niall is a speed skater who competed in the 2022 Winter Olympics for Great Britain!
B: Karoline Straßer (CrushPod)
C: Julia Volkmann (Crushpod)
D: Marion Berner (PETA-Z)
A: Gabriela Schumann (Beastmode)
B: Kate Lascelles (CrushPod)
C: Maggie Carden (Drafting Dinos)
D: Linn Björgvik (SZR)
A: Sarah Bishop (OTR)
B: Teleri Rees (NZBRO)
C: Jane Cannan
D: Carrie McBride (HERD)
Watch Zone 2 A winner Adrian Alvarado’s race recording:
Dirt Day’s Routes
This week we’re doing four mostly-dirt routes already raced in past Tiny Races.
Big hint: if you don’t pick a gravel or MTB you’ll be left in the dust. (Extra hint: spend a few extra Drops to get some name-brand gravel wheels. Read this post for details.)
Here are photos so you can see the precise location of the custom finish lines:
- Race 1: Valley to Mountaintop (3.5km, ends at Temple entrance partway up KOM)
- This route’s key climbs are dirt, beginning with the beautiful Golden Forest which will stretch the pack out and create gaps, then ending partway up the Temple KOM after a bit of pavement in between.
- Powerup: none
- Race 2: Serpentine 8 (5.5km, ends on rise climbing out of Mayan cutoff)
- Hint: this route is tricky in terms of bike choice, because it begins on pavement, is mostly dirt, but finishes on bricks! And there’s a bit of wood thrown in for good measure. Each of these surfaces rolls differently on different bikes, so you need to decide where you want your advantage. Read more about Crr on Zwift for details.
- Powerup: none
- Race 3: Spirit Forest (3.35km, ends partway up Temple KOM)
- This dirty, mostly-uphill route takes us on the rarely-ridden cross trail that connects both sides of the Temple KOM partway up their respective climbs. Then we’ll turn left off that cross trail and continue the Temple KOM for a bit, ending at a custom finish.
- Powerup: none
- Race 4: Jungle Circuit Reverse (6.289km, ends at Jungle arch)
- This mostly downhill race covers just the lead-in of the Jungle Circuit Reverse route, which includes the rope bridge.
- Powerup: none
Sign up at zwift.com/events/tag/tinyraces
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 out their legs together and have some fun chatting about how it all went down. Find them at zwift.com/events/tag/tinyraces.
Zwift displays preliminary race results in game when you cross the line, but points are computed after all four races finish, with final results on ZwiftPower. (We have to press a ZwiftPower button to compute results manually, so if your rankings don’t show up right away, just 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:
Questions or Comments
Damn going to miss these again….. work just gets in the way. Brilliant series Eric
Hi Eric, I cannot see any gravel wheels in the Drop Shop. I am updated. ZwiftChat says they can’t find them. G23, Reserve , or Cadex Gravel wheels you suggested not there. Any suggestions?Thanks! Fleck
Aha, sounds like you need to buy a Gravel bike 1st! Then get wheels.
Finally, a race for downhill MTBers! Race 4 looks fun – great choice, Eric.
Now, can we ask Zwift for starting pens at the top of Alp du Zwift?
Do we get racepoints for ranking only on the combined points from all for races or can you score race ponits för zwiftpower ranking only by ridining one race?
Seems really odd to me that every Zwift account gives a starter road, mountain, hand and TT bike…
But not the Zwift gravel.
Zwift noobies will likely have spent their early drops on things like the Enve 3.4 wheels, DT Swiss 1100 62 wheels, Zwift Aero frame etc. and are not likely to have ~120k for the Zwift Gravel frame and the custom gravel wheel upgrade (~20k?) until they get the drops bonus for hitting level 10.
I Dced in race nr 3/4 here at 10:30 when i crossed finish Line. What Can i do to get on list?
Ouch that was a tough few rides this morning. Please avoid dirt next week 🙂
I’m curious whether you feel the Tiny Races are distorting the Zwiftpower ranking system. Those of us who race these regularly can get 4 relatively high scores per week because of the strength of field. Then we race again the next week, beat a few of the people who also race them regularly, and the cumulative scores just keep getting better and better….
I mentioned this before a few weeks ago, I believe it should be ranking points only for the overall league position once all 4 races are complete. Saves some people entering one or two races and gaining big points when other’s are tired, plus as you say it really distorts the rankings gaining so many points so quickly… the trick to winning is obvious though, get yourself a Wattbike Atom… massively over reading watts is commonly known especially when sprinting.