Tour de Zwift 2021: Details for Riders

Tour de Zwift 2021: Details for Riders

Zwift has announced plans for its 3rd Tour de Zwift (TdZ). Launched in 2019 as Zwift’s most ambitious tour at that time, 2020’s TdZ outdid it with even more options for riders and runners. Now in 2021 Zwift is raising the bar even higher with an 8-stage, 40-day tour that covers more routes than any Zwift event to date!

This year’s Tour de Zwift is all about embarking on the journey. A “Tour de Zwift Passport” will allow us to collect stamps by traveling to one or more destinations in each stage.

Here’s everything we know about TdZ 2021 for cyclists. We’ll publish a separate post for runners, and update each of these posts if/when more information is released.

Signing Up

You can sign up now at zwift.com/tour-de-zwift/ride, or in-game.

Stage Details

This year, all TdZ ride events are designated as group rides (not races). Does that mean people won’t race them? Of course not. Some will go all-out, others will just be there for the socializing and sightseeing. Find a group riding at your pace and accomplish your goal, whatever it is! Just know these events don’t count for ranking points on ZwiftPower, and categories (A-D) have nothing to do with w/kg.

There are 8 stages, and each stage lasts 5 days.

Each stage has four different signup options: a longer ride, a “standard length” ride, and a shorter ride. There is also a women’s only event option, which uses the same route as the standard ride. Of course, you can take part in multiple versions of each stage: for example by riding in Group A for a Stage 1 event, then joining Group C for another Stage 1 event.

Stage 1 (Jan 4-8): Favorite Flat Routes

Stage 2 (Jan 9-13): World Champ Routes

Stage 3 (Jan 14-18): Serious Mountain Routes

Stage 4 (Jan 19-23): Scenic Views

Stage 5 (Jan 24-28): Favorite After-Party Routes

Stage 6 (Jan 29-Feb 2): Rolling Hills

Stage 7 (Feb 3-7): Jungle + Gravel

Stage 8 (Feb 8-12): Urban Routes

Make Up Days

If you miss a stage but want to complete the full Tour, never fear! There will be make up events scheduled from Feb 13-20.

Stage Unlocks

There are various kit unlocks available, but Zwift isn’t being terribly specific about what gets unlocked when. We do know there are TdZ socks, hat, and a jersey for both riders and runners!

Special Events

In addition to the 8 stages described above, riders will be able to join two different types of special TdZ 2021 events:

  • Special Guest Rides: Group rides with a special guest leader. Past special guests have included TdF champs, Ironman winners, and sports legends.
  • Rookie Rides: For those who have never done a group ride before, these events will be led by some of Zwift’s most experienced riders to help educate participants about group rides and make their first experience enjoyable. These events will take place every Tuesday and Saturday during the regular tour dates: Jan 4 – Feb 12

Zwift + Le Col Merch and Colnago Giveaway

Zwift has teamed up with Le Col to develop some TdZ 2021 merch which can be purchased through Le Col.

Complete any stage and you’ll get an email offer for $65 USD // £50 GBP off your purchase as well as an entry in a giveaway for a limited-edition Le Col + Colnago C64 road bike ($10K USD // £7.5K GBP value). (See giveaway terms and conditions for details.)

Questions or Comments?

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller (@atfuller)
4 months ago

But where will the double XP be?! 😄

David Kelly
David Kelly
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Yipee!

Michael Davis
Michael Davis
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

…maybe that is when they will bring in the new routes as events.

Simon
Simon
4 months ago

Is it Tour de Zwift or Tournof Watopia that gives double XP?

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller (@atfuller)
4 months ago
Reply to  Simon

True – that’s Tour of Watopia. Nevermind 😂

Mirco
Mirco
4 months ago

Are those stages race or ride? Just to understand about ranking points

Mick Such
Mick Such
4 months ago

He he, another great way yo burn of the calories after Xmas Puddings second helping. 😛😛… Maybe by March we will see NEW ROUTES….. here’s to hoping for my Xmas wish. 🤔

Mark
Mark
4 months ago

So probably no new roads due for a while then…

Xman
Xman
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Gravel routes confirmed? Looks like it based on stage 7

sven
sven
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

what do you know that we don’t. !?!

Unknown
Unknown
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Wait new routes?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Unknown
Unknown
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Lol, pls tell us what you know. We are desperate for new route!

Mirco
Mirco (@mircolup)
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Chance to see new routes? :O

Adrian Amos
Adrian Amos (@ahamos)
4 months ago

Error in stage 5 route list: Libby Hill is Richmond.

King bath salts
King bath salts
4 months ago

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King bath salts
King bath salts
4 months ago

it funny you Guys ask me to go Live on twitch, Bath Salts plz go Live, i am LMAO so hard about this.

swarmster
swarmster
4 months ago

In case anyone else was wondering, that £50 discount is only on an order of £100+, so not a free shirt 😅

RichM
RichM
3 months ago
Reply to  swarmster

Given the jersey is £125 it doesn’t even make it half price, let alone free.

Will
Will
4 months ago

I’m looking forward to this – there haven’t been enough missions and tours this year.

Btw – think ‘£7.5K BGP value’ should be GBP?

Stuart Cann
Stuart Cann
4 months ago

Will be pointless doing any with thousands in any group, even with my fast pc, it’ll be horrible and jumpy as usual so I won’t be wasting my time. Humbug. Lol.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
4 months ago
Reply to  Stuart Cann

Scrooge!

Matt conway
Matt conway
3 months ago
Reply to  Stuart Cann

I did the TDZ Stage 1 – Longer route at 12:00 (GMT) today…. There were around 650 riders and I had no lagging or jumpy issues, joined event 2 mins before start without any lag… My PC is a 4th gen i7 with a Radeon RX580 graphics card, nothing too special.

Maybe because it’s one of the later stage 1 events – I read that the first stage 1 events were a disaster a few days ago.

The pitman
The pitman
4 months ago

Can we mix rides.ABC depending how we feel or do you have to do them all in same group.cheers

Mike
Mike (@michaeltrowe)
4 months ago
Reply to  The pitman

you can mix up the rides, they don’t all have to be the same category (length/route).

Matteo
Matteo
4 months ago

I can’t understand why both New York and the tour de Zwift can’t do the double formula of Ride and Race for people like me who are very competitive. I can’t take part in a ride and give my best knowing that there is no ranking. Zwift is letting me down.

Christoph
Christoph
4 months ago

Darn! I was really looking forward to this event, but the lack of races is a tremendous disappointment. Has anyone got any insight into this decision? Seems like a highly questionable move considering how many hardcore Zwifters are into racing and competition.

Eddy Raptor
Eddy Raptor
4 months ago
Reply to  Christoph

Maybe more would be interested in racing on Zwift if it was more than a cheat fest.

Pete
Pete
4 months ago
Reply to  Christoph

Basically they know they’re being criticized for their lack of action on sandbagging. This way they avoid criticism. Based on my experience with the tour of New York this weekend, it’s much less fun than having categorized races. Giant group rides(really races) of 800 where you don’t know anyones category isnt a great experience.

Br Li
Br Li
3 months ago
Reply to  Pete

I so much prefer open races. I kinda get that everyone wants to find a category where they can be in the top 10 every time, but I just like finding a group and working together to stay ahead or bridge up to the closest bunch, then attack each other for the finish.
With the open races we don’t have to “listen” to the endless sandbagging comments.

Bruce
Bruce
3 months ago
Reply to  Br Li

Zwift could do much better than having four power to weight categories. They have data on a huge number of riders. Could easily put people into categories of similar riders, by for example power, weight and age (and weight cheats would find themselves racing mostly other weight cheats)

milhouse
milhouse
4 months ago

Oooh, saw a new road in the Jungle (“Mayan Bridge” IIRC) and something called “Epic KOM Bypass” when I was out riding an hour ago. Would have gone exploring but I’d committed to a ride with Amelia Aquentil so didn’t wanna change course 😂

Matthias
Matthias
4 months ago

There’s a little typo: “…for example by riding in Group 1 for a Stage 1 event,…”. Should probably be “for example by riding in Group A for a Stage 1 event,…”

Michael Davis
Michael Davis
4 months ago

I wonder why they didn’t incorporate some of the new routes…?

Niels Van Der Wal
Niels Van Der Wal
4 months ago

Hi Eric, do you know if Zwift will use double draft for TdZ? If so I might be able to improve my time up the Alp (with a few seconds) 😀

D. Qcw - Linkin (True 2.5)
D. Qcw - Linkin (True 2.5) (@darren-r-linkin)
3 months ago

So having not done this before there will be multiple group rides scheduled for each stage? Or each stage is a loop of a standard ‘course (yes saw long/short (and women only) options.but people will make a bunch of group rides on those courses on those days to join? And can we do it on our own random time if can’t do some group time? Finally, I know I won’t be able to rise say foe a week in there somewhere. I’m still fuzzy on the ‘have to use group rif and if nothing why not ‘do these 8 stages… Read more »

drewjosh
3 months ago

Am I the only one having a problem to sign up four the Tour de Zwift? It says: “Currently unavailable”

nirco
nirco
3 months ago
Reply to  drewjosh

Same for me cannot register

Kelly B
Kelly B
3 months ago
Reply to  nirco

Samsies still…stage 2+ are visible, while Stage 1 still says “currently unavailable.” Checking in daily to see how this resolves…and hoping it does!

Bruce
Bruce
3 months ago

Sorry, but this tour leaves me underwhelmed – a set of courses that I have ridden many many times. Zwift has a lot to offer newbies, but I’m at level 42 and it really doesn’t develop fast enough. A few kms of road recently- Mayan bridge especially is beautiful, but what is there to look forward to? I suggest new routes should open up every, say, five levels, and a new world every 10. That would keep me motivated. I have also accumulated over 7million drops, but what is the point of them once you have the Tron bike, best… Read more »

drewjosh
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

Maybe it helps to concentrate more on having a good workout than on riding on new roads? (Although I probably cannot real understand your frustration because I’m at level 16..). From the perspective as a app programmer it annoys me a lot that Zwift pushes as much users as possible on the same roads by not allowing to choose from all worlds, not open new routes faster, not giving an easy option to change worlds. Of course it’s nice to see others riders, but in my opinion users could benefit so much more with little changes to the game. Nevertheless,… Read more »

Mike W
Mike W
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

I’ve been around since the Beta test and long ago maxed out my levels. I’m tired of Zwift…But, I have to ask. What alternative is there to Zwift? I’ve tried some of the other programs and they are just poor.

Phil.D
Phil.D
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike W

Did you try Fulgaz? I hated Tacx, Roovy, BKool, etc. But Fulgaz is pretty awesome…

Edward
Edward
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike W

Cadesport? See https://www.cadesport.com/.

steve
steve
3 months ago

hi, im new to this and loving what I have achieved so far. For this 8 stage event (stupid question time) do you pick just one ride per stage or multiple rides per stage. I mean at the end you would have cpmpleted 8 rides

Dean
Dean
3 months ago

Do we get one entry to win the real le col bike at the completion of the tour, or do we earn multiple entries with each additional route we complete?

Dean
Dean
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

thank you Eric.

Dave Jensen
Dave Jensen
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Just completed a stage. No coupon code in email. Were we supposed to fill something out first? Or do we get the discount when we finish _all_ stages?

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

No Bologna?

Sébastien Gagnon
Sébastien Gagnon
3 months ago

New to Zwift and first time on the Tour de Zwift. For each course listed above, is it only one lap? (One Ven-Top will be enough though 😉 ) For example, the Greater London Flat is only 11.6 km (+ 5.7 km lead-in) so it’s not very long for the longer course… Maybe I’m missing something?

Patrick McQueen
Patrick McQueen
3 months ago

It will tell you in the Companion App how many laps and total distance for the ride.

Richard
Richard
3 months ago

Do i need to register? I’ve already added my first ride in the Companion event calender.

Hass Kicker
Hass Kicker
3 months ago

Can I late join a TdZ stage?

Eric M
Eric M
3 months ago

Can you earn route badges for completing TDZ stages? Can you use steering on any of the stages/routes?

Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell
3 months ago

Do you know if these are all one pace or different paces within each group ride? A grade of 1 to 5 w/kg is wide.

Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Cool. Thanks for the super quick reply.

Greg N.
Greg N.
3 months ago

Can you join any of the events a few minutes late and still be able to start at the beginning and get your full miles in ?

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

This might be why it didn’t count my third stage ride, and it was a beast. So disappointed it didn’t show up as completed.

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Greg N.

You can join the event early and just not start with everyone else though. I have started many events “on time”, but didn’t start actually peddling for up to an hour or so later as I deal with putting kids down/cleaning kitchen first. You end up riding solo, but get credit for the ride.

Domenico Mancini
Domenico Mancini
3 months ago

Hello Eric
Is possible to do a zwift planned workout and a stage of TdZ at the same time

Dave Jensen
Dave Jensen
3 months ago

By the way, if folks, like me, didn’t receive an email from Zwift nor Le Col after completing a stage, this is the URL to get the discount and enter the contest: https://lecol.cc/pages/en-us-zwift-challenge-en-us-tour-de-zwift-mission

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
3 months ago

Any further news on when we unlock the gear?

Roy
Roy
3 months ago

Can you do a custom workout or a Zwift workout in ERG while completing a TDZ stage?

Flex Rampant
Flex Rampant
3 months ago
Reply to  Roy

I’m afraid you can’t Roy.

Kristian
Kristian
3 months ago
Reply to  Roy

If you just connect your power input into Zwift. You could use something else to control the trainer, like a garmin head unit that has a workout on it. But others are correct you can’t do a workout through Zwift itself.

Vincent Beaurivage
Vincent Beaurivage
3 months ago

what kit do we have to put one from the garage so we get the TDZ kit in the line-up???

Georges H
Georges H
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Hi, Got nothing yet, did short, standard and longer ride of stage 1. 🙁 But i got an haut alpe jersey on an haute alpe event 😉

Georges H
Georges H
3 months ago
Reply to  Georges H

Sorry, my fault, a haute route jersey…

ArT
ArT
3 months ago

Too many flat routes in group A.

Kari
Kari
3 months ago

Any route details for the Running Routes?

Andrew Sturgess
Andrew Sturgess
3 months ago

For stage 2, it looks like the standard, shorter and shortest route don’t make sense especially with the b and c. Do you know roughly how long each would take

Flex Rampant
Flex Rampant
3 months ago

That’s pretty much what I was just thinking. The short route is actually longer than the standard route with a very similar amount of climbing.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Flex Rampant

I agree – seems really weird having b and c rides so similar. Distances on the ‘map’ part next to sign up don’t agree with the distance in the text at the top either…feels like a lack of attention to detail from Zwift, but given a lot of new riders will try it this way, seems odd that they haven’t paid more attention to this.

Xavier
Xavier
3 months ago

Hello, I finished the first step and received Zwift confirmation email, but my sticker is not validated on the application. Have you the information about this bug?
Thanks

JenniferL
JenniferL
3 months ago

How can you find out which route is running at a specific time? For both Stage 1 and 2 I ended up in a different ride than what I signed up for.

Joseph Marden
Joseph Marden
3 months ago
Reply to  JenniferL

My guess is that you may have inadvertently signed up for the wrong event. When you select the event (certainly in Zwift Companion), there’s a separate “+” button for each of the four options, A-D. If you just automatically click the first + you see on opening the ride you’ll always get the A version, so if that’s not what you want you need to scroll down before selecting.

JenniferL
JenniferL
3 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Marden

For Stage 1 I selected Group A and ended up in the Group D ride. For Stage 2 I selected Group C and ended up in the Group A ride. I selected Group C for Stage 3 and I hope it works since any of the other rides will kill me!

Conor
Conor
3 months ago

Hi Eric, Do you by any chance know when Zwift will issue the email with the discount code for the Le Col jersey (IRL) as have done 2 stages at this point and no email received as yet? Thanks very much

Chris Krievs
Chris Krievs
3 months ago

When do you receive the email with £50 off for Le Col? I’ve completed 2 stages and so far no email.

Chris Krievs
Chris Krievs
3 months ago

Sorry for asking, just realized Conor had asked the same question. Doh!

D. Linkin QCW p/b Cadence
D. Linkin QCW p/b Cadence (@darren-r-linkin)
3 months ago

Working on badge/courses safe that Stage 3 road to the sky is full course (I’m learning from you about “must include lead in” etc…I know the “A” stage doesn’t. Thanks!

Alan
Alan
3 months ago

I joined the 3rd stage today on ride to the sky. I had a technical error and zwift crashed. I restarted and got the option to join now. Even though I completed the stage zwifpower does not show my completed ride and I do not get the tick in the box when logging in.

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Alan

I read an earlier comment that indicated it won’t count if you join during the ride. I had the same issue. It just so happened it did it to me on one of the mountain climbs. Very disappointed.

Neil
Neil
3 months ago

Is it possible to find your finishing position after the stage has been ride ?
thank you

J R
J R
2 months ago
Reply to  Neil

Yes if you register with Zwiftpower!

Brandon Krulik
Brandon Krulik
3 months ago

Anyone unlock anything yet?

Silke
Silke
3 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Krulik

I unlocked the socks after completing the first three stages! It popped up when I started a workout the day after my third ride.

Mark Watkins
Mark Watkins
3 months ago
Reply to  Silke

Same here, socks after completing stage 3. Nothing new yet after stage 4.

David English
David English
2 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Krulik

Got socks after stage 3, but nothing since. Just completed Stage 6. Same for all?

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Krulik

Socks after stage 3, cap after stage 6. pretty neat.

David English
David English
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Yes, a cheeky little casquet had appeared in my garage when I checked – wasn’t announced though, unlike the socks

Mike C
2 months ago
Reply to  David English

Socks only after all 8.

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

when riding on my Wattbike atom on the tour de zwift scenic route today the gears are changing automatically is that normal? I am doing group A my ftp is 247

Chris Krievs
Chris Krievs
3 months ago

Will avatars ever wear the navy cycling jersey during the tdz?

Zach G
Zach G
2 months ago

Eric, thanks for this post. The details have always been helpful. Can you please include the number of laps for a given stage/level? Example: Stage 4 Group A Sand & Sequoias, is 2 laps. You included laps for some of the stages (2, 7, 8), but not all. I like to know what I’m getting myself into before the stage eats me alive…

Bree
Bree
2 months ago
Reply to  Zach G

I’m curious if I’m a couple of minutes late will I still get my stamp for that stage?

Darren Hill
Darren Hill
2 months ago

Does anyone know when make up dates for stages 4 and 5 will be available?

Pavel
Pavel
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren Hill

As make up events are scheduled from Feb 13-20, I guess 16th and 17th February.

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