A noteworthy new race series has been announced beginning November 5, 2022 and running through February 2023. The unique setup of the series was designed to appeal to all types of riders, with races for climbers, sprinters, and those in between.
You can race as a team or as an individual, and there are a variety of race lengths and courses on offer. Let’s dive into the details!
The number of categories is (nearly) doubled, with the typical A, B, and C categories split into two apiece so there isn’t such a wide performance window in each category. Here are the specific categories:
|Race Category||FTP||Wattage Floors|
|A+||4.60 w/kg and above||300 W|
|A||4.00 w/kg to 4.59 w/kg||250 W|
|B+||3.60 w/kg to 3.99 w/kg||225 W|
|B||3.20 w/kg to 3.59 w/kg||200 W|
|C+||2.85 w/kg to 3.19 w/kg||175 W|
|C||2.50 w/kg to 2.84 w/kg||150 W|
|D||2.49 w/kg and below||110 W|
3x3x3 – Flexible and Unique Race Selection
World ICR races are held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – 3 days per week. On each of those days, events are scheduled in 3 different timezones for easy scheduling:
- 10:30am UTC/6:30am EDT/3:30am PDT
- 7:30pm UTC/3:30pm EDT/12:30pm PDT
- 12am UTC/8pm EDT/5pm PDT
You pick which events you want to race. Each day features a different type of event – one may work better for climbers, one may work better for sprinters. You choose which races you want to race, and race as many as you’d like.
At the end of the month, your top 3 scores count toward your overall series total.
3 Event Difficulty Levels
Events are categorized by their length, with longer events giving out more points. This makes sense, of course. If you ride for 60 minutes, you should be able to earn more points than you would in a 15-minute effort.
Regardless of race length, finish points are always awarded to the top 50 riders, and fastest through segment (FTS) points are always awarded to the top 10 riders.
|Race Time||15-20 Mins||30-40 Mins||60-70 Mins|
One Powerup Type
Similar to the Zwift Insider Tiny Races, each race will feature just one type of powerup, so everyone has the same advantage.
FTS: Innsbruck Forward Sprint
|Chain Chomper – Finish|
at the end of Temple KOM Rev
FTS: Castle KOM
|Lady Liberty – Finish|
at the end of New York Sprint
FTS: NY KOM Rev
|Nov 9-13||Three Little Sisters – Finish|
at the end of Titans Grove
FTS: Hilly KOM
FTS: Prime Climb
|Surrey Hills – Finish|
at the end of Leith Hill
FTS: Fox Hill KOM
|Nov 16-20||La Reine|
FTS: Petit KOM
|2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate|
Circuit – 3 Laps
FTS: Yorkshire KOM
FTS: Alley Sprint
|Nov 27||No Race||No Race||Dust in the Wind|
FTS: Titans Grove KOM Rev
No Power Up
As the series progresses, team and individual rankings will be available on the World ICR website at https://worldicr.com/rankings/.
You can race the World ICR series as an individual, or as part of a team. Teams can be made up of as many riders as you like. The top 10 individual point scorers from each team will then be added together each month. The total amount of points will then give you your team ranking.
It doesn’t matter what time zone, category, or gender your team member earns their points.
Team prizes are on offer for the 10 people who make up the winning team’s total score at the end of the series.
Prizes are on offer for both individual and team competitions. See details here.
We always advise Zwifters to check out the full rules before committing to an event. See the full World ICR rules here.
To register, visit https://worldicr.com/register/
At press time several hundred racers were already signed up, with race organizers anticipating approximately 1000 signups before the event begins.
When I signed up, I received this message: Thank you for registering for the World Indoor Cycling Rankings. All race links will be sent out via email on the 30th October for the first week’s races and then every Sunday after that, for the rest of the series.
Looking for more info?
Check out Si Bradeley’s intro to the World ICR series:
And of course, the excellent World ICR website is a good resource.
Lastly, the World ICR Facebook group is a great place for discussion.
Questions or Comments?