Women’s racing on Zwift isn’t new – Karla Williams at Aeonian has been racing since the end of 2017 in women’s-only races. A look back on ZwiftPower at that race shows some of the major players are still on the platform six years later, including Jenn Real.
While the fields started out very small, women-only racing has always attracted women who want something a little different than the average testosterone-filled mixed race. Since 2017, many of the great Zwift teams have organized women’s series, including Fearless, Herd, Rocacorba, Team Swedish Zwifters, and SRAM. Many of these races are amazing and include a bit of… je ne sais quoi. Great racing, great camaraderie, great courses for women, and just a feeling like you are racing on a level playing field – like if you try to jump off the front you have a chance to get away, or if you fall from the front group you might not be doomed to iTT (solo ride) your way through the rest of the race.
As fabulous as the race organization is, the field sizes in the women’s races have always struggled to match their mixed-division counterparts. In short, women’s racing needs you, Zwifter woman, to make it better.