Tour de Zwift will be the largest series of events ever held on Zwift. It’s a 7-stage series, and for each stage Zwifters get to choose between group rides, bike races, and runs. Do just one, or do all three!

Here’s everything we know about TdZ 2020. This page will be constantly updated as new info (stage routes, etc) is released.

Ride or Race

One big change from prior TdZs is Zwift offering riders the opportunity to race each stage. Many riders in the past unofficially raced the stages–but this year Zwift has official race events separate from group ride events.

Group ride events will use double draft mode to help riders stick together and move along at a brisk pace. Race events will use Zwift’s standard draft.

Learn more about TdZ’s open races >

You’ve Got Options

With stages spanning a few days apiece and each group ride category and race covering a different route, Zwifters have several route and effort-level options for each stage.

Can’t get enough TdZ? Ride multiple events in each stage. Perhaps you’d like to enjoy a brisk group ride on a longer route, and race a shorter route? Do it!

Categories

As mentioned above, each stage includes separate group ride and race events.

For group ride events, the category (A, B, C) selected determines your route. This gives riders more control over the length and difficulty of their ride.

  • A: long route
  • B: shorter/easier route
  • C: women only

Race events use the same route regardless of category selection. Racers, choose your category based on FTP w/kg, like most Zwift races:

Mixed (Men & Women) Race Categories
  • A: 4-5 w/kg
  • B: 3.2-3.9 w/kg
  • C: 2.5-3.1 w/kg
  • D: 1-2.4 w/kg
Women’s Race Categories
  • A: 3.7-5 w/kg
  • B: 3.2-3.69 w/kg
  • C: 2.5-3.19 w/kg
  • D: 1-2.49 w/kg

Stage Details

Stage 1 (London): Jan 12-15 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Leith Hill After Party, 1 Lap
London’s “Leith Hill After Party” is an event-only route, meaning it is only available for group events. Very similar in profile to London’s “Keith Hill After Party” route, the Leith Hill version has an extra 5km of flat road before the finishing climb.

Route Profile

This mostly flat route begins in the city with a lap of Greater London Flat in the reverse direction, which diverts onto a nearly-complete reverse lap of the Classique route. We do this again (Greater London into Classique), then hit Greater London Flat for a third time, but before we reach the Classique we hang a right to cross the Thames.

Once across the Thames we head through the Underground tunnel, then hit the final climb, Leith Hill.

The route ends at the KOM banner, so more than half the overall elevation gain is in the final 5km!

Route details:
Distance: 46.1km (25.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 411m (1350′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)

Group Ride (Category B) Greatest London Flat, 1 Lap

London’s “Greatest London Flat” was released with Zwift’s February 1, 2018 update and is the longest “flat” route on the London course.

About the Start Point

If you choose this route, the game will spawn you on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace, riding in what is typically the reverse direction (westward). Since riders are placed at various points near Buckingham Palace on Constitution Hill, we chose to start our Strava segment at the Classique banner which is approximately 1.5km from the spawn point.

Route Details

A free ride of Greatest London Loop begins on the Classique route, but only covers a portion of it before turning onto the Greater London roads. You are then taken over the bridge, through the subway and into the “Richmond Park” countryside which was part of the January 2018 London expansion. The subway tunnels carry you back into London, over the bridge and through the start/finish banner.

Route details:
Distance: 23.57km (14.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 147m (484′)
Strava Forward Segment

Group Ride (Category C) Greater London 8, 1 Lap

London’s “Greater London 8” route covers the mostly flat “greater London” expansion and Box/Fox Hills. It is very similar to the “Greater London Loop“, only adding ~4km of flat roads and covering the greater London portion in the opposite direction.

Route details:
Distance: 23.8km (14.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 256m (840′)
Strava Forward Segment (A reverse version of this segment is not currently set up by ZwiftHQ)

Race (All Categories) London Classique, 2 Laps

The London course’s “Classique” route takes you on some of the most famous London streets including Strand, The Mall, Constitution Hill, and Birdcage Walk. You ride by Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

It is a precise replica of the Prudential RideLondon Classique route, which is described as “beginning on The Mall in St James’s Park, going up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk, then passing Big Ben and turning left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back on to The Mall.”

When choosing this route option in game you will begin near the main start/finish banner, then ride a short warmup before you turn off for the Classique loop, which you will stay on as long as you wish.

The Strava segments below begin and end at the start/finish banner located on The Mall, not the main start/finish banner where the game starts your ride.

Route details:
Distance: 5.4 km (3.3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 19m (62′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Reverse SegmentStrava Reverse Segment Leadin from Start Banner

Take a video tour:

Stage 2 (Innsbruck): Jan 16-19 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Innsbruck KOM After Party, 1 Lap

“Innsbruck KOM After Party” is an event-only route on Zwift, meaning it is only available for use in events–it cannot be ridden on a freeride or individual workout.

Route Description

In terms of profile, this ride is essentially ~30km (18 miles) of flat followed by a solid climb up the Innsbruck KOM. This makes for exciting race possibilities as riders with more pure power work to drop climbers in the early flat portion, while climbers claw back time on the final KOM.

We begin with three laps of Innsbruckring. This portion is quite flat, except for the famed “Leg Snapper” climb which is short but steep enough to really hurt in a multi-lap race.

After those three laps, we head out into the countryside for a ride up the KOM. This is a solid climb at 7.4km (4.6 miles) long with 400m (1311′) of climbing. The route finishes at the KOM banner, but why not keep going and enjoy the 5.7km (3.6 miles) descent? You’ve earned it!

Route details:
Distance: 37.2km (23.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 640m (2100′)
Strava Forward Segment

Group Ride (Category B) Innsbruckring, 2 Laps

Innsbrucking is the flat(ish), “in town” portion of the Innsbruck course. Beginning and ending at the start/finish banner, this route makes a great crit race course thanks to the “Leg Snapper”, a 450m long, 8% climb located around 5km from the start. This hill forces an attack every lap. Save your feather power-ups!

Additionally, this route includes a sprint segment which begins just after descending from the Leg Snapper. Give it all you’ve got, and grab that green jersey!

Route details:
Distance: 8.8km (5.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 72m (237′)
Strava Forward Segment

Group Ride (Category C) 2018 UCI Worlds Course Short Lap, 1 Lap

Innsbruck’s flagship route is actually just a portion of the 2018 UCI Worlds course which was raced in September 2018.

Route Profile

It begins in Innsbruck on a flat road which crosses the Sill River then heads beneath the Inntal Autobahn overpass before hitting the big climb. At 7.4km (4.6 miles) with an average grade of 5.4%, the Innsbruck climb is similar to Watopia’s Epic KOM in terms of difficulty.

Enjoy the descent, but don’t rest too much: you’ve still got a sprint coming! Head back into town and see if you can make the leaderboard for the sprint along the Inn River (the town’s namesake) before crossing the finish line.

UCI Race Details

At the UCI Worlds race, the men’s elite racers began in Kufstein and ride 84.7km to Innsbruck, where they covered this circuit 7 times. And if that wasn’t painful enough, the final circuit (not part of the Zwift’s Innsbruck course at this time) was a modified one which included an additional climb featuring 25% gradients! Spain’s Alejandro Valverde won the 2018 UCI Worlds Elite race from a final pack sprint of four riders. See the finish >

Route details:
Distance: 23.6km (14.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 487m (1598′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Segment (climb only)

Race (All Categories) Innsbruckring, 2 Laps

Innsbrucking is the flat(ish), “in town” portion of the Innsbruck course. Beginning and ending at the start/finish banner, this route makes a great crit race course thanks to the “Leg Snapper”, a 450m long, 8% climb located around 5km from the start. This hill forces an attack every lap. Save your feather power-ups!

Additionally, this route includes a sprint segment which begins just after descending from the Leg Snapper. Give it all you’ve got, and grab that green jersey!

Route details:
Distance: 8.8km (5.5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 72m (237′)
Strava Forward Segment

Stage 3 (Watopia): Jan 20-23 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Big Loop, 1 Lap

Watopia’s “Big Loop” was added with the Mayan jungle expansion in late October 2017. It includes the Epic KOM, Mayan jungle roads, and a portion of the Volcano Flat route.

Route details:
Distance: 42.4km (26.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 651m (2175′)
Strava Forward Segment (from start banner)Strava Reverse Segment (from start banner)

Group Ride (Category B & C) Sand & Sequoias, 1 Lap

The simplest of five routes rolled out with Zwift’s Titans Grove expansion, “Sand and Sequoias” is aptly named since it includes the Fuego Flats desert plus the rolling road of Titans Grove sequoia forest. 

Route Description

This loop begins just before the Fuego Flats start pens, taking you out to the desert for a flat and fast first half of the route. Leaving the town of Saddle Springs around 6 miles into your ride, the road ramps up a bit then begins to descend through the sequoia grove. The landscape is changing!

Hanging a right on your descent through the trees puts you on the road through Titans Grove, and this section has a completely different feel from the desert. With tight twists and constantly changing gradients it can feel like a roller coaster at high speeds–so take a moment to slow down and enjoy the scenery. There’s lots of it!

The reverse version of this route is functional. Simply flip a u-turn to take it all in the opposite direction.

Profile

This loop divides neatly into two halves: the first half in the desert is flat, while the second half through Titans Grove is rolling with three small climbs, including a timed KOM.

Route details:
Distance: 20.2km (12.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 147m (482′)
Strava Forward SegmentStrava Reverse Segment

Start and Finish Points

Your actual spawn location will be before the start pens, but the actual route doesn’t begin until you’re up the road a bit, crossing the rock arch start/finish line. This is also the end of the route.

For our reverse segment, we start/end when you turn left toward Titans Grove.

Race (All Categories) Hilly Route, 2 Laps

Watopia’s “Hilly Route” was the very first route on the island. It includes KOM and sprint sections in both directions.

Route details:
Distance: 9.1km (5.7 miles)
Elevation Gain: 100m (329′)
Strava Forward Segment (from Start Banner)Strava Forward Segment (from Start Pier)Strava Reverse Segment (from Start Banner)Strava Reverse Segment (from Start Pier)

Sign up for events at Zwift.com or via Zwift Companion
See all upcoming TdZ events at ZwiftHacks.com >

Upcoming Stages (details to come):

  • Stage 4 (Bologna): Jan 24-27
  • Stage 5 (New York): Jan 28-31
  • Stage 6 (Richmond): Feb 1-4
  • Stage 7 (Yorkshire): Feb 5-Feb 8
  • Makeup Days: Feb 9-16th

Prizes and Unlocks

Complete all stages to unlock the exclusive TdZ 2020 kit. Is this the same kit shown in TdZ screenshots, or something different? Zwift has said, “It’s nice and shiny” and “Unlock a kit to light up your locker.” This makes us think perhaps we’re getting some sort of light-up kit. But who knows?

What we do know is: to finish the tour you must complete each stage. Your ride events can be all group rides, all races, or a mix. But you have to complete one event from each stage in order to finish the Tour and unlock the kit.

Pro-Am Invitational Races on Tour de Zwift Live

Another new and fun addition to this year’s TdZ is Zwift’s Pro-Am Invitational race seres. These live-streamed invitational races feature top riders taking on the same course we’ll all race, the day before each stage begins. Read all about it here >

TdZ for Runners

There is also a TdZ for Runners happening at the same time as TdZ for Riders. It has its own (secret) unlock and set of 7 stages.

We will publish a separate post covering this, once we get more details.

Registration

Riders and Runners can register for the TdZ using the links below. This just gets you signed up for the overall Tour(s), meaning Zwift will send you reminder emails, etc. You will still need to sign up for each specific stage.

Register for TdZ Ride >
Register for TdZ Run >

Questions or Comments?

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