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

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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 Description

We begin with a short, flat lead-in to the route’s biggest climb: the Epic KOM. At 9.4km long and 3.9% average grade, this climb will split any race apart.

Enjoy the descent after the KOM banner–it’s a great time to supertuck. Then hang a left toward the Jungle Circuit. Savvy racers might consider swapping bikes once they hit the dirt since a mountain bike is much faster than a road bike on the Jungle Circuit. But you’ll want to practice that swapping, because you’ll need to change back to the road bike after the loop through the Jungle, and those are precious seconds lost as you fumble to change bikes!

After climbing out of the Jungle you’ll descend towards Watopia, going through the fishing village then Italian Villas before heading around the volcano and into downtown Watopia for the finish.

Route Profile

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)

Stage 4 (Bologna): Jan 24-27 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Bologna Time Trial, 2 Laps

As a GPS-perfect replica of a grand tour stage, this route is a first for Zwift. The Bologna “Time Trial Lap” route is a replica of the Giro d’Italia prologue TT stage raced on May 11, 2019.

Route Profile

The first 3km of this route are actually slightly downhill–enjoy it while it lasts! The next 3km are a false flat. Then you hit the flat right-hand hairpin at 6km it’s a hard 2k climb to the finish.

The climb averages 9.6%, with a total elevation gain of 198m (649′).

Most Zwifters spend roughly half of their race on the flat portion of the course, and half on the climb. For pacing tips on this route read “How to Pace Your Best Bologna TT Race“.

Sightseeing

If you aren’t half-blind from an all-out effort you can enjoy some of the landmarks painstakingly recreated by Zwift’s artists. We begin at Piazza Maggiore, which is the main square in the heart of Bologna. Other sights here include the Basilica di San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune.

Next, we cover some cobbled streets lined with arcades, past Porta San Felice (the westernmost gate of medieval Bologna).

The climb begins at Arco del Meloncello with a sharp right hairpin. You’ll know you’re halfway up the climb when you hit another right hairpin and go under the stone arch. When you see the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca you’ll know you’re almost there. And when you see the giant Scottie inflatable, give it all you’ve got over the line!

About Multi-Lap Events

Single-lap events on this route are straightforward enough: it’s 8km (5 miles) long, beginning at the start line and ending at the top of the climb.

But what about multi-lap events? Many races held on Bologna TT are 2-lap events, but that’s a rather confusing way to describe them. The best way to understand this is to know that a “lap” on Bologna TT is just one time riding from the start to the hilltop finish. Descending back to the start line isn’t counted as a “lap” in any way.

Therefore, a 2-lap event on this route means you still begin at the standard start line, climb to the top, descend down to the start again, turn around, then climb to the top once more. Your event will end atop the second climb, for a total length of 24km (15 miles).

Event Only

Bologna TT is an event-only course, meaning you can only get on the course if you join an event being held there.

Want to free-ride the course? Join the event, then click to leave the event. You will remain on the course after leaving the event.

Route Details

Distance: 8km (5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 230m (757′)
Strava SegmentStrava Segment (Reverse)Strava Segment (Out and Back)Strava Segment (Flat Only)Strava Segment (Climb Only)

Group Ride (Category B & C) Bologna Time Trial, 1 Lap

As a GPS-perfect replica of a grand tour stage, this route is a first for Zwift. The Bologna “Time Trial Lap” route is a replica of the Giro d’Italia prologue TT stage raced on May 11, 2019.

Route Profile

The first 3km of this route are actually slightly downhill–enjoy it while it lasts! The next 3km are a false flat. Then you hit the flat right-hand hairpin at 6km it’s a hard 2k climb to the finish.

The climb averages 9.6%, with a total elevation gain of 198m (649′).

Most Zwifters spend roughly half of their race on the flat portion of the course, and half on the climb. For pacing tips on this route read “How to Pace Your Best Bologna TT Race“.

Sightseeing

If you aren’t half-blind from an all-out effort you can enjoy some of the landmarks painstakingly recreated by Zwift’s artists. We begin at Piazza Maggiore, which is the main square in the heart of Bologna. Other sights here include the Basilica di San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune.

Next, we cover some cobbled streets lined with arcades, past Porta San Felice (the westernmost gate of medieval Bologna).

The climb begins at Arco del Meloncello with a sharp right hairpin. You’ll know you’re halfway up the climb when you hit another right hairpin and go under the stone arch. When you see the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca you’ll know you’re almost there. And when you see the giant Scottie inflatable, give it all you’ve got over the line!

About Multi-Lap Events

Single-lap events on this route are straightforward enough: it’s 8km (5 miles) long, beginning at the start line and ending at the top of the climb.

But what about multi-lap events? Many races held on Bologna TT are 2-lap events, but that’s a rather confusing way to describe them. The best way to understand this is to know that a “lap” on Bologna TT is just one time riding from the start to the hilltop finish. Descending back to the start line isn’t counted as a “lap” in any way.

Therefore, a 2-lap event on this route means you still begin at the standard start line, climb to the top, descend down to the start again, turn around, then climb to the top once more. Your event will end atop the second climb, for a total length of 24km (15 miles).

Event Only

Bologna TT is an event-only course, meaning you can only get on the course if you join an event being held there.

Want to free-ride the course? Join the event, then click to leave the event. You will remain on the course after leaving the event.

Route Details

Distance: 8km (5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 230m (757′)
Strava SegmentStrava Segment (Reverse)Strava Segment (Out and Back)Strava Segment (Flat Only)Strava Segment (Climb Only)

Race (All Categories) Bologna Time Trial, 2 Laps

As a GPS-perfect replica of a grand tour stage, this route is a first for Zwift. The Bologna “Time Trial Lap” route is a replica of the Giro d’Italia prologue TT stage raced on May 11, 2019.

Route Profile

The first 3km of this route are actually slightly downhill–enjoy it while it lasts! The next 3km are a false flat. Then you hit the flat right-hand hairpin at 6km it’s a hard 2k climb to the finish.

The climb averages 9.6%, with a total elevation gain of 198m (649′).

Most Zwifters spend roughly half of their race on the flat portion of the course, and half on the climb. For pacing tips on this route read “How to Pace Your Best Bologna TT Race“.

Sightseeing

If you aren’t half-blind from an all-out effort you can enjoy some of the landmarks painstakingly recreated by Zwift’s artists. We begin at Piazza Maggiore, which is the main square in the heart of Bologna. Other sights here include the Basilica di San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune.

Next, we cover some cobbled streets lined with arcades, past Porta San Felice (the westernmost gate of medieval Bologna).

The climb begins at Arco del Meloncello with a sharp right hairpin. You’ll know you’re halfway up the climb when you hit another right hairpin and go under the stone arch. When you see the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca you’ll know you’re almost there. And when you see the giant Scottie inflatable, give it all you’ve got over the line!

About Multi-Lap Events

Single-lap events on this route are straightforward enough: it’s 8km (5 miles) long, beginning at the start line and ending at the top of the climb.

But what about multi-lap events? Many races held on Bologna TT are 2-lap events, but that’s a rather confusing way to describe them. The best way to understand this is to know that a “lap” on Bologna TT is just one time riding from the start to the hilltop finish. Descending back to the start line isn’t counted as a “lap” in any way.

Therefore, a 2-lap event on this route means you still begin at the standard start line, climb to the top, descend down to the start again, turn around, then climb to the top once more. Your event will end atop the second climb, for a total length of 24km (15 miles).

Event Only

Bologna TT is an event-only course, meaning you can only get on the course if you join an event being held there.

Want to free-ride the course? Join the event, then click to leave the event. You will remain on the course after leaving the event.

Route Details

Distance: 8km (5 miles)
Elevation Gain: 230m (757′)
Strava SegmentStrava Segment (Reverse)Strava Segment (Out and Back)Strava Segment (Flat Only)Strava Segment (Climb Only)


Stage 5 (New York): Jan 28-31 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Everything Bagel, 1 Lap

New York’s “Everything Bagel” is the longest route on the NYC course, and the perfect route for a hard ~1-hour effort. It covers nearly every road section, many of them in both directions. Looking for a challenge? You’ll get several chances to test your legs against the leaderboard as you hit the KOM and sprint sections in both directions.

Be warmed up before you start a race here because the route takes you almost immediately onto the reverse KOM. Cool down as you cruise for a loop around Central Park at ground level which includes a sprint, then get ready to push again as you return to the glass roads for a go at the forward KOM before descending and hitting the sprint in the opposite direction. Hope you enjoy your bagel!

Route details:
Distance: 34.2km (21.3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 525m (1722′)
Strava Forward Segment

Group Ride (Category B) Park Perimeter Loop, 2 Laps

New York’s “Park Perimeter Loop” takes you on the outermost ground-level path around Central Park. Looking to grab an orange lap leader jersey? This is the only timed route on NYC’s course!

Course Profile

Every inch of this route is taken from real-world GPS data, so riders acquainted with Central Park will find these roads familiar. The course’s rolling profile is rarely flat or straight, and a few punchy pitches including Harlem Hill to the north mean you must stay vigilant when racing.

Along the way don’t miss the fall colors and many sights of Central Park: hot dog vendors, pedestrians, wildlife, water features, and of course the NYC skyline.

Start and Finish Points

This course travels north from the start pens, which means you do not ride through the start/finish banner until the end of the first lap in an event. Therefore, we’ve created two Strava forward segments: one beginning just after you exit the pens to cover your first event lap, and the other beginning at the start/finish banner for additional laps and free rides.

The main start/finish banner is the finish line for this route.

Route details:
Distance: 9.7km (6.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 120m (393′)
Strava Forward Segment (Pens to Banner)Strava Forward Segment (Banner to Banner)Strava Reverse Segment (Banner to Banner)

Group Ride (Category C) Knickerbocker, 1 Lap

New York’s “Knickerbocker” covers the same roads as the Astoria Line 8, with the KOM thrown in for good measure. (A Knickerbocker is simply a New Yorker, although the word itself has a long and interesting history.) This is the second-longest route on the NYC course.

On ground level, this course is rolling, curvy, and scenic, allowing riders to enjoy the classic sites of Central Park. But don’t get too comfortable, as Zwift has thrown the forward KOM (.8 miles, 6.4%) into this idyllic setting. Get ready to push up gradients that top out at 17%!

Route details:
Distance: 22.5km (14 miles)
Elevation Gain: 346m (1136′)
Strava Forward Segment (Pens to Banner)Strava Forward Segment (Banner to Banner)

Race (All Categories) Gotham Grind Reverse, 2 Laps

New York’s “Gotham Grind” was created in January 2019 and is currently only available as an event route (no free-riding).

Route Profile

This is figure 8 route which stays on the ground-level roads of the lower and middle Central Park loops. It avoids the upper loop (and thus Harlem Hill), giving this route a rolling profile with no substantial climbs.

The lower ground-level loop includes a sprint section, making this route ideal for events which include sprint efforts.

There are forward and reverse versions of this route. The reverse version travels north from the start pens, which means you do not ride through the start/finish banner until the end of the first lap. Therefore, we’ve created two Strava reverse segments: one beginning just after you exit the pens to cover your first event lap, and the other beginning at the start/finish banner for additional laps.

Route details:
Distance: 9.2km (5.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 86m (281′)
Strava Forward Segment (Banner to Banner)
Strava Reverse Segment (Pens to Banner)Strava Reverse Segment (Banner to Banner)

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Stage 6 (Richmond): Feb 1-4 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) Richmond UCI Worlds, 2 Laps

The Richmond UCI Worlds route is a replica of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia, USA. It was at this race where Peter Sagan famously attacked on 23rd Street to eventually win his first World Champs jersey.

It’s a wonderful race course, with the first half very flat, then a nice mix of attackable climbs on the back half.

The Richmond refresh of February 6, 2020 added the ability to u-turn on Richmond, while also adding the reverse version of the 2015 UCI Worlds course as an event-only route.

Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap Strava Reverse 1 Lap

Group Ride (Category B & C) Richmond UCI Worlds, 1 Lap

The Richmond UCI Worlds route is a replica of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia, USA. It was at this race where Peter Sagan famously attacked on 23rd Street to eventually win his first World Champs jersey.

It’s a wonderful race course, with the first half very flat, then a nice mix of attackable climbs on the back half.

The Richmond refresh of February 6, 2020 added the ability to u-turn on Richmond, while also adding the reverse version of the 2015 UCI Worlds course as an event-only route.

Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap Strava Reverse 1 Lap

Race (All Categories) Richmond UCI Worlds, 1 Lap

The Richmond UCI Worlds route is a replica of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships course in Richmond, Virginia, USA. It was at this race where Peter Sagan famously attacked on 23rd Street to eventually win his first World Champs jersey.

It’s a wonderful race course, with the first half very flat, then a nice mix of attackable climbs on the back half.

The Richmond refresh of February 6, 2020 added the ability to u-turn on Richmond, while also adding the reverse version of the 2015 UCI Worlds course as an event-only route.

Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles)
Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)

Strava Forward 1 Lap Strava Reverse 1 Lap


Stage 7 (Yorkshire): Feb 5-8 (click for route details)

Group Ride (Category A) 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit, 2 Laps

One of six routes rolled out with Zwift’s UCI 2019 Worlds map, “2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit” covers the actual finishing circuit which the world’s top road racers will race in September’s 2019 UCI Worlds events.

The women’s elite riders will cover 3 laps after their lead in segment, while the men’s elite riders will do 7 laps.

Route Description

Roll through the start/finish banner in Harrogate, then turn right to head up Otley Road, the longest section of straight road on the Yorkshire course. As you make your way out of Harrogate proper you’ll find yourself in the farm lands. Look for sheep, cows, and a friendly farmer on his tractor.

The Yorkshire KOM begins when you hit the stone bridge and turn a sharp left. The stream crossed here is called Oak Beck (“Beck” is used often in Yorkshire for a small river or stream). In real life, this bridge is narrow and crossing-controlled by traffic lights to be one way. But we Zwifters get to roll on through.

Crossing Oak Beck

Hit that KOM, enjoy your descent, then turn a sharp left past the Royal Pumproom onto Millionaire’s Row. You’re now on Cornwall Road, in the Duchy Estate–one of the poshest places in all of England to live.

Your next right takes you onto the forward sprint, a short but punchy effort which is mostly uphill until the final few meters. Finish that sprint, enjoy your descent, and wrap up your loop of the Duchy Estate. (Note: the sprint is so short that Strava will not let us create a segment.)

The Royal Pumproom

You will pass the Royal Pumproom again (this time on your right). In the 18th and 19th centuries, Harrogate made its fortune by drawing often wealthy people to come and take its waters, which had a supposedly curative effect. Known locally as “The Pump Rooms”, this is one location where these waters emerged from the ground.

As you turn the last right before the finish, note the Zwift Draft House on your left. This is the Cold Bath Brewery where Zwift is setting up shop and giving away its own custom brews during 2019 Worlds Week.

Almost there! The straightaway to the finish is uphill, so if you’re racing be ready for an especially challenging effort in these final meters. You will pass “Scotty’s” on the left, which in real life is Betty’s Tearooms, a huge local landmark.

This final sprint is where Mark Cavendish famously crashed out of the 2014 Tour de France. Happily, Zwifters don’t need to worry about such dangers, but you can certainly appreciate the massive effort put forth in this final drag to the finish.

Special thanks to Simon Schofield from the Zwiftcast for helping us put together these route notes. Simon is a Yorkshireman who has ridden these roads hundreds of times, so his local knowledge proved invaluable to us and to Zwift, who used his input to create and name Yorkshire’s routes.

Reverse Version

There is a reverse version of this route, but it is event-only and thus only used for official events. See Strava segment below.

Profile

There isn’t much that is flat in Yorkshire, but the climbs are never long, either.

Route details:
Distance: 13.8km (8.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 240m (787′)
Strava Segment (Banner to Banner)Strava Segment (from Start Pens)Strava Segment (Reverse, Banner to Banner) Strava Segment (Reverse, from Start Pens)

Group Ride (Category B) 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit, 1 Lap

One of six routes rolled out with Zwift’s UCI 2019 Worlds map, “2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit” covers the actual finishing circuit which the world’s top road racers will race in September’s 2019 UCI Worlds events.

The women’s elite riders will cover 3 laps after their lead in segment, while the men’s elite riders will do 7 laps.

Route Description

Roll through the start/finish banner in Harrogate, then turn right to head up Otley Road, the longest section of straight road on the Yorkshire course. As you make your way out of Harrogate proper you’ll find yourself in the farm lands. Look for sheep, cows, and a friendly farmer on his tractor.

The Yorkshire KOM begins when you hit the stone bridge and turn a sharp left. The stream crossed here is called Oak Beck (“Beck” is used often in Yorkshire for a small river or stream). In real life, this bridge is narrow and crossing-controlled by traffic lights to be one way. But we Zwifters get to roll on through.

Crossing Oak Beck

Hit that KOM, enjoy your descent, then turn a sharp left past the Royal Pumproom onto Millionaire’s Row. You’re now on Cornwall Road, in the Duchy Estate–one of the poshest places in all of England to live.

Your next right takes you onto the forward sprint, a short but punchy effort which is mostly uphill until the final few meters. Finish that sprint, enjoy your descent, and wrap up your loop of the Duchy Estate. (Note: the sprint is so short that Strava will not let us create a segment.)

The Royal Pumproom

You will pass the Royal Pumproom again (this time on your right). In the 18th and 19th centuries, Harrogate made its fortune by drawing often wealthy people to come and take its waters, which had a supposedly curative effect. Known locally as “The Pump Rooms”, this is one location where these waters emerged from the ground.

As you turn the last right before the finish, note the Zwift Draft House on your left. This is the Cold Bath Brewery where Zwift is setting up shop and giving away its own custom brews during 2019 Worlds Week.

Almost there! The straightaway to the finish is uphill, so if you’re racing be ready for an especially challenging effort in these final meters. You will pass “Scotty’s” on the left, which in real life is Betty’s Tearooms, a huge local landmark.

This final sprint is where Mark Cavendish famously crashed out of the 2014 Tour de France. Happily, Zwifters don’t need to worry about such dangers, but you can certainly appreciate the massive effort put forth in this final drag to the finish.

Special thanks to Simon Schofield from the Zwiftcast for helping us put together these route notes. Simon is a Yorkshireman who has ridden these roads hundreds of times, so his local knowledge proved invaluable to us and to Zwift, who used his input to create and name Yorkshire’s routes.

Reverse Version

There is a reverse version of this route, but it is event-only and thus only used for official events. See Strava segment below.

Profile

There isn’t much that is flat in Yorkshire, but the climbs are never long, either.

Route details:
Distance: 13.8km (8.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 240m (787′)
Strava Segment (Banner to Banner)Strava Segment (from Start Pens)Strava Segment (Reverse, Banner to Banner) Strava Segment (Reverse, from Start Pens)

Group Ride (Category C) Royal Pump Room 8, 1 Lap

One of six routes rolled out with Zwift’s UCI 2019 Worlds map, “Royal Pump Room 8” is a “figure of 8” route which covers all roads in both directions. This is the longest Yorkshire route in game.

About the Name

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Harrogate made its fortune by drawing often wealthy people to come and drink its waters, which had a supposedly curative effect. Known to locals as “The Pump Rooms”, the Royal Pump Room is one location where these odorous, sulfurous waters emerged from the ground.

The building is located on course at the main intersection, where the northern and southern loops come together.

Passing the Royal Pump Room

Route Description

From the spawn point, you will ride under the start banner then north to the Queen’s Highway loop. This is the smaller, northern loop of the Yorkshire course, and you ride it here first in a counter-clockwise direction. This northern loop contains the Yorkshire sprint segments (a different segment in each direction), and this time around you will hit the longer sprint.

Next, you will proceed through the start/finish banner and onto the much larger, southern loop portion of the course, in a clockwise direction. YRide up the forward KOM segment, then catch your breath as you descend to the next portion.

Now it’s back to the northern loop, this time in a clockwise direction. This small loop makes up the Duchy Estate route. Finish this loop and head south for one more lap of the big loop, this time in a counter-clockwise direction, beginning with the reverse KOM segment. The route finishes at the start/finish banner.

Profile

There isn’t much that is flat in Yorkshire, and you’re covering all those lumpy roads in both directions. Enjoy!

Route details:
Distance: 27.2km (16.9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 480m (1574′)
Strava Segment (Banner to Banner)

Race (All Categories) 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit, 1 Lap

One of six routes rolled out with Zwift’s UCI 2019 Worlds map, “2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit” covers the actual finishing circuit which the world’s top road racers will race in September’s 2019 UCI Worlds events.

The women’s elite riders will cover 3 laps after their lead in segment, while the men’s elite riders will do 7 laps.

Route Description

Roll through the start/finish banner in Harrogate, then turn right to head up Otley Road, the longest section of straight road on the Yorkshire course. As you make your way out of Harrogate proper you’ll find yourself in the farm lands. Look for sheep, cows, and a friendly farmer on his tractor.

The Yorkshire KOM begins when you hit the stone bridge and turn a sharp left. The stream crossed here is called Oak Beck (“Beck” is used often in Yorkshire for a small river or stream). In real life, this bridge is narrow and crossing-controlled by traffic lights to be one way. But we Zwifters get to roll on through.

Crossing Oak Beck

Hit that KOM, enjoy your descent, then turn a sharp left past the Royal Pumproom onto Millionaire’s Row. You’re now on Cornwall Road, in the Duchy Estate–one of the poshest places in all of England to live.

Your next right takes you onto the forward sprint, a short but punchy effort which is mostly uphill until the final few meters. Finish that sprint, enjoy your descent, and wrap up your loop of the Duchy Estate. (Note: the sprint is so short that Strava will not let us create a segment.)

The Royal Pumproom

You will pass the Royal Pumproom again (this time on your right). In the 18th and 19th centuries, Harrogate made its fortune by drawing often wealthy people to come and take its waters, which had a supposedly curative effect. Known locally as “The Pump Rooms”, this is one location where these waters emerged from the ground.

As you turn the last right before the finish, note the Zwift Draft House on your left. This is the Cold Bath Brewery where Zwift is setting up shop and giving away its own custom brews during 2019 Worlds Week.

Almost there! The straightaway to the finish is uphill, so if you’re racing be ready for an especially challenging effort in these final meters. You will pass “Scotty’s” on the left, which in real life is Betty’s Tearooms, a huge local landmark.

This final sprint is where Mark Cavendish famously crashed out of the 2014 Tour de France. Happily, Zwifters don’t need to worry about such dangers, but you can certainly appreciate the massive effort put forth in this final drag to the finish.

Special thanks to Simon Schofield from the Zwiftcast for helping us put together these route notes. Simon is a Yorkshireman who has ridden these roads hundreds of times, so his local knowledge proved invaluable to us and to Zwift, who used his input to create and name Yorkshire’s routes.

Reverse Version

There is a reverse version of this route, but it is event-only and thus only used for official events. See Strava segment below.

Profile

There isn’t much that is flat in Yorkshire, but the climbs are never long, either.

Route details:
Distance: 13.8km (8.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 240m (787′)
Strava Segment (Banner to Banner)Strava Segment (from Start Pens)Strava Segment (Reverse, Banner to Banner) Strava Segment (Reverse, from Start Pens)

Makeup Days: Feb 10-16

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Prizes and Unlocks

Complete all stages to unlock the exclusive TdZ 2020 kit. This is the kit you’ve seen riders have been wearing for all the TdZ events.

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.

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