The United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day back in 2018, recognizing “the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport.”
Every year since, Zwifters have celebrated World Bicycle Day with events benefitting World Bicycle Relief and/or Qhubeka – two organizations doing an amazing job providing bikes that mobilize and empower people, helping them conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence, and thrive.
This Year’s Events: WBR500
This year Zwift is partnering with World Bicycle Relief to help promote their Pedal to Empower initiative. On June 3rd, WBR will host a series of 10 50km rides starting every 90 minutes beginning at 9am UTC (5am EDT/2am PDT).
Some riders will attempt to ride a full 500km on the day, but everyone is invited to participate however they’d like.
The events are held on Watopia’s flat Tempus Fugit route and will be led at 2.2-2.6W/kg average. Everyone will be wearing the WBR kit and riding the Buffalo bike.
See event details at zwift.com/events/tag/wbr500
Unlocks and Fundraising
Event finishers will unlock the distinctive WBR kit (the same kit used in past years’ events):
Zwifters are also invited to contribute to WBR’s goals of collectively riding 5,000,000km and raising $1,000,000 USD. You can donate to others or even fundraise yourself using WBR’s tools, available at pedaltoempower.com.
Questions or Comments?
There are many that can’t ride 2.2w/kg so that leaves them out of the supportive ride. Should have two divided watt rides or 1-5 w/kg so no one gets left out. I’m 45 kg and Zwiftpower avg is 2.1-2.4 so it will be a workout for sure. I do love this cause and donate often plus I have a beautiful IRL jersey.
This shouldn’t deter anyone from taking part.
There will be more than enough riders of the same ability to ensure everyone can ride within a blob.
It would. I see your point of having enough riders will eventually split off the pace to have sub groups. But a lot of folks will see the 2.2wkg posted and think to themselves im going to get dropped so why bother.
How is one ever going to improve?
Is coco also riding tempus fugit as a pace partner ?
No, but Bernie is. See RoboPacer route schedule at https://zwiftinsider.com/robopacer-schedule/
Do we get to keep the Buffalo Bike? I would definitely be willing to part with a chunk of Drops for that one.