While many Zwifters use the platform year-round, there are others who only zwift when the weather gets bad and days grow short.
This one’s for you foul-weather Zwifters who have been outside all summer. Curious what you missed? Here’s a quick summary of all the big news on Zwift from April 1st through the end of September.
It all began with us burning rubber for April fools…
New Roads and Routes
Zwift has released more new roads and routes in the past few months than ever before.
In April we welcomed the Fuego Flats Watopia Expansion, a beautiful desert-scape made for flat, fast TT efforts. This release included a handful of new Watopia routes:
Next came May’s release of the Giro d’Italia Bologna TT course, an exact replica of the prologue ridden at this year’s Giro. Released on May 11th so Zwifters could ride it the same day as the pros, it’s a smaller course which is only used for events (not free riding). You can learn more about the route here, and get tips for getting your best time on this short but challenging TT course.
August 1st saw the release of Titan’s Grove, the “National Forest” add-on to Fuego Flats. Titans Grove is a rolling course connecting to the ends of Fuego Flats, and it came with several new routes:
Lastly, the Yorkshire UCI route was released in early September. This replica of the finishing Harrogate circuit of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships lets us ride what the pros rode, without getting wet! Here are the five routes available in Yorkshire:
Also worth noting: we’ve been having some fun creating “Rebel Routes”–routes not available from within Zwift, meaning you have to manually navigate. Here’s the current list of routes we’ve created. Try them out if you’re looking for a new sort of challenge!
Looking for a complete list of Zwift routes? Check out our newly-published Master List of All Zwift Routes.
By our count, Zwift has released 8 game updates since April 1st. Here’s the list, if you’re curious what each update contained:
- 1.0.35378 Apr 24
- 1.0.36387 May 14
- 1.0.36881 Jun 1
- 1.0.37294 Jun 25
- 1.0.37506 Jul 5
- 1.0.37722 Jul 16
- 1.0.39204 Aug 27
- 1.0.39812 Sep 8
Zwift’s event organizers have kept up a steady stream of Zwift-organized events to complement the hundreds of community-organized events happening each week. If you take a look at the events calendar you’ll see there is a wide variety of events available daily.
Here’s a list of major Zwift events since April–click for more details:
- Zipp High Desert Speed Challenge, May 4-5
- Zwift Classics Races (Monthly through September)
- L’Etape du Tour de France Mission (Jul 6-28)
- 2019 Zwift L’Etape du Tour de France (Jul 20-21)
- Off the MAAP Tour (Jul 15-31)
- Norseman 2019 Event Series (late July/early August)
- Zwift Academy 2019 (Aug 5-Sep 20)
- Yorkshire Power Up Tour (Sep 16-22)
- Yorkshire World Championships Week Races (Sep 23-29)
- Zwift Community Live “Test Labs” Races (ongoing)
There’s been a lot happening in the world of Zwift beyond new routes, game updates, and big events. Here are some other fun bits of news you may have missed:
- Announcing the Zwift Route Hunter Leaderboards, p/b VeloViewer Oct 1
- Zwift to Host 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships Sep 26
- Zwift Announces Steering Under New FutureWorks Label Sep 4
- Saris Rolls Out 3 New Indoor Products Aug 29
- Elite Announces New Suito Compact Direct-Drive Smart Trainer Jul 15
- Zwift Releases eRacing Rules and Regulations version 1.0.1 Jun 25
- All About Zwift’s New Time Trial Mode Jun 21
- Aero PowerUp Reduced to 15 Seconds May 17
- Zwift for Android is Out of Beta May 16
- All About Zwift’s Updated Race Descent Dynamics May 16
Catch Up with the Zwiftcast
Simon does such a great job with his Zwiftcast, helped of course by sidekicks Nathan and Shane. If you prefer to catch up on Zwift news by listening to podcasts, you can’t go wrong with the Zwiftcast! Here are all the episodes since April 1st:
- Zwiftcast Episode 63 Apr 28
- Zwiftcast Episode 64 May 23
- Zwiftcast Episode 65 Jun 29
- Zwiftcast Episode 66 Jul 26
- Zwiftcast Episode 67 Sep 5
- Zwiftcast Episode 68 Sep 9
- Zwiftcast Episode 69 Sep 30
Lastly–make sure listen it to this Zwifter’s song which won the Internet on April 15th.