Tour De Zwift 2020 Open Race Series Details

Tour De Zwift 2020 Open Race Series Details

As you may already know, Tour de Zwift 2020 includes two types of cycling events that anyone can enter: group rides and races. The races will bring a high level of competition to the TdZ, since there are four categories of riders all vying for the podium across multiple events.

Here’s what you need to know in order to race Tour de Zwift 2020!

Short and Sweet

So far, stage 1 and 2’s races are only around ~11 miles (~18km) in length, meaning they will be finished in ~30 minutes by most riders.

Some Zwifters are asking why the race events are so short, but this is being done for a reason. One source at Zwift HQ tells us they are “meant to be short and fun nothing too serious, so that many Zwifters can experience the race.

Signing Up

Sign up for TdZ at https://www.zwift.com/tdzride

Once you’re signed up, you will need to choose which event(s) to ride for each stage as well.

Important Note re: Companion and Filtering

TdZ races will not show up in the Companion app if you’re filtering to only show “Races”. They are tagged as group rides, so make sure your filters include that!

Categories

Categories are based on your FTP watts/kilogram:

Men’s 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

While the limits aren’t enforced by Zwift, they will be enforced by ZwiftPower via DQs after each race. Since ZwiftPower is where the racing community goes for official race results, you’ll want to race in the proper category!

Using ZwiftPower

James Hodges at ZwiftPower has set up a race league with points for TdZ races, so if you want to compete for the overall Tour win, you’ll need to be signed up for ZwiftPower and racing in the proper category.

Signing up for ZwiftPower requires opting in at https://my.zwift.com/ >Edit Profile>Connections to share data with ZwiftPower. Then you must also create your ZwiftPower account and follow the instructions there to activate it.

Points will be awarded to the top 100 finishers of each race events: so 1st place gets 100, 2nd place gets 99, etc.

You can race each stage multiple times if you’d like–your best result on each stage will be taken for your overall league points.

Make sure you start in the correct category, because if you have to upgrade partway through, any points accumulated in the other category won’t count toward your total!

To see current race league results, visit ZwiftPower.com and click Leagues>Tour de Zwift (Open Race) or Leagues>Tour de Zwift (Women’s Race)

Stage Details

Get a Fast Bike

If you’re new to Zwift racing, one thing you’ll want to do is get yourself set up with the fastest in-game bike frame and wheelset for the race route. Races with big climbs are best done on a lighter setup, while flatter races are best done on a very aero setup.

Stage 1 is very flat, so you’ll want to use one of the fastest frames coupled with one of the fastest wheelsets.

New to Zwift racing? Read “How to Race On Zwift (Setup, Strategy, and More)”.

Pro-Am Invitational

Don’t forget, there’s a Pro-Am Invitational race series also happening, where top pros and amateurs will square off against each other the day before the open races begin. Watch the live stream, get a preview of the race routes, and see how top riders attack it! Learn more here >

Questions or Comments?

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About The Author

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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Jacek ZTPL.CC
Jacek ZTPL.CC
1 year ago

But they dont have team kit

Ian Jackson
Ian Jackson
1 year ago

But what if you wear no helmet or wear one of those big caps? Big hair will be fine as you’ll look like Daniel Oss

tempocyclist
1 year ago

“…the Cameron Jeffers rule…”

Brilliant! 😉

For these events, making the gamer racing look like real pro racing (so no glowing bikes, no time trial helmets, all in team kit, etc) is probably a sensible step for Zwift in getting virtual racing accepted by more cyclists out there. I do love using my TRON bike though, haha! Will be interesting to see how this series goes.

Tom Smulders
Tom Smulders
1 year ago

Whiy is the race only 16km?

Deana Kelley
Deana Kelley
1 year ago

Will they count points for the Ladies Races as well?

Brian Lemanczyk
Brian Lemanczyk
1 year ago

Is there a definitive way determine what will be used for your FTP w/kg? I am on cusp between the B and C categories and would probably depend on which wattage and was being used to determine my FTP. Looking myself up in zwiftpower indicates my FTP is 262 watts, but zwift itself has told me my FTP is about 300 watts at the end of summer. The 300 puts me at 3.2 w/kg, but I suspect my fitness is a bit worse since summer. Would performing an FTP test help? I presume I would get a lower value in… Read more »

Ralph de Kanter
Ralph de Kanter
1 year ago

In my experience you usually have an FTP that is higher than what zwift power thinks it is.

This is because your real ftp is calculated when riding independently and consistently for 20mins, but most zwift races are more than 20mins, have surges that will hurt your ability to hit the best average over longer periods and have lulls that reduce the overall average.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 year ago

ZwiftPower uses your five top twenty-minute power bests from recent races, averages these together, and takes 95% of this value as your FTP. The best thing to do would be to do a couple races before the tour starts, and check your 20-minute power on ZP. If it’s near or north of 3.4 w/kg, you’re probably better off starting as a B to avoid the DQ risk.

Gerrie Delport
Gerrie Delport (@gerriedelport)
1 year ago

Zwift power does not update your FTP, that is a manual value that you enter. Check your Zwiftpower category and use your Zwift FTP.

Zee Kryder
Super Member
Zee Kryder (@zkryder)
1 year ago

My page says the first race is London 8 course, not the Classique. (20.6 km)

Max
Max
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Fun fact: during my race today the server glitched (apparently) and half the group, myself included, was sent up box hill. Seems like the server is not happy about not doing London 8… anyway, would make for a nice entry into the „how the race was lost“ series. Second attempt one hour later worked fine (technically, not leg-wise)

Josh M
Josh M
1 year ago
Reply to  Max

Yeah I was in one today (11/14) at 11:10 CST and was expecting the same Classique as what I did yesterday. Not so. We went up Box Hill. I was both confused and exhausted.

Spencer Jones
Spencer Jones (@jones-spence)
1 year ago

I am disappointed there aren’t more time slots in the early morning (eg 5 am est) or at least alternating timeslots across the days of each stage as they have done a few times in the past ( eg 1,3,5 7 am on day 1 then 2,4,6,8 on day 2, etc)

Steve Clowes
Steve Clowes
1 year ago

Is the Tron bike just banned for the Pro-Am TDZ race events, or is it excluded for the TDZ group rides and races for mortals too?

… Might need to go virtual frame shopping before stage 1!

Steve Clowes
Steve Clowes
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Excellent, thanks Eric!

Does seem very odd to have a “race” event for each stage, but going on the Classique races on Sunday 12th, ranking points points aren’t appearing to change hands on Zwiftpower.com

Bobby O'Donnell
Bobby O'Donnell (@bodonnell)
1 year ago

Are there going to be any make up weeks. I’m going to be out of town during one of the stages?

S Court
S Court
1 year ago

Are you allowed to race each stage more than once to try and improve? or do you only get one shot at each stage?

Chris Tye
Chris Tye
1 year ago

I looked through the results and they don’t appear to have been filtered by ZP? Would they do so if they are not designated by Zwift as races? BTW – I’ve no skin in the game as I’m doing the rides.

Tom Smulders
Tom Smulders
1 year ago

Is there a reason why there are no Zwift Racing Points given after the race?

M4rk0
M4rk0
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Smulders

Great question. I bailed on this this race series because of it.

Chris
Chris (@12sixc)
1 year ago

Do the races count for the Tour jersey? or need to do a group ride too?

Henry Ashman
Super Member
Henry Ashman (@h_j_ashman)
1 year ago

I really hope stage 4 is a time trial rather than an open race, can’t imagine that being great round Bologna

G R
G R
1 year ago

Why is it so hard to get a simple table showing each stage, date, distance, climb for each category. Impossible to plan for these tours.

Campbell Jamieson
Campbell Jamieson
1 year ago

Zwiftpower upgraded me from B to A grade after the second stage. What will this mean for me? Can I finish tdz in B grade and not be DQ’d?

Marco Leone
Marco Leone (@10219434163712009_anonymous)
1 year ago

First stage i did a group ride, seconda stage i wanted to race but mistakenly choose C race over my real D category, and got beaten hard. You wrote “start in the right category, otherwise if you switch, points from other categories doesn’t count”; but if i race in D for all the remaning stages, and then in the makeup days i’ll redo stage 1 and 2, as races, in the D category, i will have full points counting in D? Or now that i made a C race, i’ll have to race all other stages in the same category… Read more »

John Shepard
John Shepard
1 year ago

For stage 4, the app says it’s two laps of the Bologna TT course, which is 5 miles long. The app says the race is 15 miles long, so how does that work?

zuk
zuk
1 year ago

So… I’m very confused. Is Stage 4 a TT or normal race? I thought Bolonia was always a TT but it does not seem the case this time. Thanks!!!

zuk
zuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks, Eric!

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Unfortunately I missed stage 1, can I still do this on an other day?

Kevin Keane
Kevin Keane
1 year ago

Is it too late to join?

Aga
Aga
1 year ago

Where can I find information for the make up dates for each stage? Have they been released yet?

S.Santos
S.Santos
1 year ago

It looks like there’s a Zwiftpower League established for the group ride variants of TdZ, too, which is nice. I was tracking my progress there without incident over the first five stages, but it seems that my latest (Stage 6) results aren’t showing up in the league results breakdown. I thought it might just be a processing backlog issue, but it’s been over 24 hours since I finished the Stage 6 group ride (A). My results do clearly show up in the relevant Zwiftpower TdZ group ride results page (here, for reference: https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=315934), so it’s not a matter of my… Read more »

Aidan Dure-Smith
Aidan Dure-Smith
1 year ago

How do I access the Tour de ZWIFT Makeup Day Rides?

THOMAS LOKAR
THOMAS LOKAR
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

you always have the answers before i can ask the question, thanks!

Kirsten
Kirsten
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Sure that there will be makeup races too? Now, I can only find makeup groupe rides…

Jesse Harrington
Jesse Harrington
1 year ago

When are the makeup days?

Matthew Davidge
Matthew Davidge
1 year ago

Any idea why they have set the make up rides at the same time every day? And at a different time to the previous races? Surely it would make sense to go for 7-8pm on a Monday 8-9pm on a Tuesday etc to give everyone a chance to make them up at a time they are able to do it! I’m on 6/7 races and need to make up Richmond but only time I can really ride is 8-10pm UK and my options are 7.25 or 10.25pm when all the other races were at 8.10…

Christian Seidl
Christian Seidl
1 year ago

Did zwift change the route of stage 3? Watopia Hilly Route Reverse vs. Watopia Hilly Route (make up days)?!?

Kamil Nagórski
Kamil Nagórski
1 year ago

In last day od Stage 4 I had a problem with Internet connection, nad my ride was not saved. Is there a possibility to repeat one stage of Tour?

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