Zwift Racing League Season 2 Details: Routes, Rules, Schedules, and Scoring

Zwift Racing League Season 2 Details: Routes, Rules, Schedules, and Scoring

Zwift Racing League’s first season was the biggest set of racing events in the history of Zwift. Now, as promised, WTRL is organizing Season 2 which begins next week.

As always, WTRL’s Zwift Racing League page has lots of details about all things ZRL. We couldn’t be more pleased with their obvious attention to detail. There’s so much that goes into planning a multi-division, team-based racing league that really works, but WTRL is really on top of things.

If you’re looking for answers to specific questions, the WTRL Zwift Racing League Facebook page is the place to ask.

Here are the details on league changes, event schedules, and routes for the second season of the Zwift Racing League.

Signing Up

There are currently 1475 teams registered for Season 2. Wow!

Season 2 registration closes January 9th, so be sure to get your team signed up if you haven’t already!

Looking to join a team? Post your info on the WTRL Zwift Racing League Facebook page.

Season 2 Changes

As promised, WTRL has taken lessons learned in Season 1 and applied them to Season 2. There are several important changes being made – here is a summary.

  • New rider requirements: things got a bit messy in Season 1 with many inexperienced racers joining a team, then learning they were much stronger than they realized. It led to many teams containing (for example) A riders even though they were racing in the B ZRL division. For Season 2, WTRL states the following in their FAQ: All riders must have a valid ZwiftPower category and must have completed at least 3 races longer than 20km in the month prior to starting any ZRL race. Riders must not exceed the Category threshold for their division for at least their first 4 weeks in the season. A rider upgrading in category in their 3rd week would need to find a new team regardless of previous seasons.

    After a bit of digging, we’ve learned this isn’t a hard and fast rule. WTRL said on Facebook that, “If you make sure your riders’ normal racing power does not exceed that of the division for at least their first 4 weeks, your riders will be fine.” So it looks like the 3-race rule will only be used if riders exceed their division’s limits, at which point WTRL will look at the rider’s race history to determine if they had in fact completed 3 20km races within the past month which showed them performing within the limits of their team’s category.
  • Expanded finish scoring: riders are now awarded extra finishing points all the way down to 83rd place (increased from 30th place in Season 1). This will give more riders more incentive to keep pushing even if they’re dropped from the front group! (See WTRL’s “Scoring” tab for details on points breakdowns.)
  • Expanded intermediate scoring: intermediates now award first-across-the-line points 10 riders deep (increased from 3-5 riders in Season 1). Again, this just means more riders will be pushing for extra points.
  • New “fastest-through-segment” points: for the first time, riders will be awarded points 10 riders deep based on who has the fastest segment time on particular intermediates. Each points race (except one) will feature a sprint and climb intermediate, sometimes hit more than once due to multiple laps.
  • Fewer TTTs: instead of alternating points races with TTTs, we have 5 points races and 3 TTTs.
  • Defined playoff structure: the final two races will be knock-out style playoffs to determine which teams will be promoted and relegated.
  • Custom powerup mix: each points race has its own custom mix of useful powerups, giving riders some pre-definied strategic choices.
  • Mixed-gender teams allowed: there were many requests in season 1 for mixed-gender team capabilities. In season 2 this is being allowed, and mixed-gender teams will simply race in the men’s divisions.
  • Smaller divisions: instead of 20-25 teams per division, WTRL is attempting to limit it to 15.
  • New event signup system: each team will now receive a unique sign-on link for each event. Riders will not need to modify their rider tags on ZwiftPower prior to the events, but every rider must have a WTRL login in order to sign up for an event. WTRL says “When a rider clicks these links, they are taken through the WTRL website where you may be asked to login. The website will identify who you are (by your stored Zwift ID number) and what team you are in and update our race database accordingly. You will then be forwarded on to the Companion App or Zwift.com event sign-on page automatically where all you have to do is select the correct pen.”
  • Random rider verification checks: for the first time, Community Division riders will be subject to random checks by WTRL. This means all riders must have accurate height and weight entered into their Zwift Profiles.

This is only our summary of Season 2 changes. We recommend team managers and riders check out WTRL’s rules and FAQ pages for themselves.

Schedule

The Premier Division (invite-only) races on Mondays, a day before the Open (Community) Division’s Tuesday races. Premier Division has just one time slot.

Open Divisions have six time slots, as shown below. When a team signs up, they must select which time slot they will race for the duration of the season.

WTRL notes, “Note times shown are for INDICATIVE purposes at this time. ACTUAL race times may vary depending on broadcast requirements around screening both women’s and men’s divisions.”

Note, too, that for TTT races, each TTT team will have its own start time, like a typical TTT. With up to 15 teams per time slot and division, your team’s start will probably be delayed from the start time above.

Race Routes and Dates

January 11/12: Richmond’s UCI Reverse Points Race

This is the first time we’ll be racing this course in ZRL, which will make it especially interesting. Three climbs within the first 8km will break up the group early.

  • 2 Laps: 34km
  • First-Across-the-Line Intermediates:
    • 23rd Street KOM 2x
    • Broad Street Sprint 2x
    • Monument Ave Sprint 2x
  • Fastest-Through Intermediates:
    • 23rd Street KOM
    • Monument Ave Sprint
  • Powerups: Helmet, Van, Feather

January 18/19: France’s R.G.V. Team Time Trial

The R.G.V. route makes a repeat showing from season 1, and there’s no mystery why: it’s a wonderful flat TTT route, with just enough technical bits to make it a little interesting, especially near the end.

  • 1 Lap – 24.1km

January 25/26: Innsbruck’s KOM After Party Points Race

The biggest climb ever to be featured in a ZRL event, Innsbruck’s KOM is going to bring out the true climbers. But before the big climb we’ve got 3 laps of the Innsbruckring, where sprinters and puncheurs may be well-advised to push hard to drop the climbers.

  • 1 Lap: 37.2km
  • First-Across-the-Line Intermediates:
    • Innsbruck Sprint 1x
    • Innsbruck KOM 1x
  • Fastest-Through Intermediates:
    • Innsbruck Sprint 1x
    • Innsbruck KOM 1x
  • Powerups: Helmet, Van, Feather

February 1/2: Yorkshire’s 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit Points Race

This is a repeat from season 1, for good reason: the Harrogate Circuit is a super-challenging course with plenty of places to attack and very few chances to recover.

  • 2 Laps: 27.6km
  • First-Across-the-Line Intermediates:
    • Yorkshire KOM 2x
    • Yorkshire Sprint 2x
  • Fastest-Through Intermediates:
    • Yorkshire KOM
    • Yorkshire Sprint
  • Powerups: Helmet, Van, Feather

February 8/9: New York’s Mighty Metropolitan Team Time Trial

A super-lumpy course that includes the KOM Reverse, this will be a challenge as a TTT! Teams will be well-advised to practice staying together before this event. This is the shortest race of the season.

  • 1 Lap: 20km

February 15/16: Watopia’s Whole Lotta Lava Points Race

The longest race of the season, this event features 3 efforts up the Volcano KOM. It’s one for the climber, but if a puncheur can hold on they stand a good chance of winning the final sprint.

  • 3 Laps: 41.5km
  • First-Across-the-Line Intermediates:
    • Volcano KOM 3x
  • Fastest-Through Intermediates:
    • Volcano KOM
  • Powerups: Helmet, Ghost, Feather

February 22/23 (Playoff): Richmond’s Libby Hill After Party Points Race

As the first of two knock-out playoff races, this event will be fun to watch. The route caters to sprinters initially with five laps of The Fan Flats, then heads off to Libby Hill for one final smashfest. Can the sprinters drop the punchy climbers before the final climb?

  • 1 Lap: 32.9km
  • First-Across-the-Line Intermediates:
    • Monument Ave Sprint 5x
    • Libby Hill KOM 1x
  • Fastest-Through Intermediates:
    • Monument Ave Sprint
    • Libby Hill KOM
  • Powerups: Helmet, Van

March 1/2 (Playoff): London’s Greatest London Flat Team Time Trial

The longest of season 2’s TTT’s, this is the second and final playoff race to determine which teams get crowned division champions!

  • 1 Lap – 31.1km

Questions or comments?

We recommend checking out WTRL’s page for all things Zwift Racing League. Feel free to share questions or comments below!

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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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Adam
Adam
13 days ago

If Innsbruck Afterparty has 3 laps of Innsbruckring before the climb, shouldn’t there be 3 Sprint intermediates?

Christian Wiesinger
Christian Wiesinger
13 days ago

I’m rather new to WTRL Racing League and trying to understand the point system, but wow.

To be honest, I am usually not struggling with undertanding rules or whatever, but the “Scoring” system is just not explained appropriately IMO.

I’d have a lot of questions which I am not going through here, just asking if someone has a link to some material where it is fully explained?

Thanks

Simone Chiaretta
Simone Chiaretta (@simone)
13 days ago

Everything is explained in the official site.

Christian Wiesinger
Christian Wiesinger
13 days ago

Yeah, been there, done that.

Gordon Sloan
12 days ago

which part is not clear?

Aoi Niigaki
Aoi Niigaki
12 days ago

It’s quite simple really. Basically, there’s three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and a player at Whackbat. Center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine.

Jim
Jim
13 days ago

Thanks for putting together this super helpful guide. Could you clarify a few points (bold + underline emphasis mine). New rider requirements: things got a bit messy in Season 1 with many inexperienced racers joining a team, then learning they were much stronger than they realized. It led to many teams containing (for example) A riders even though they were racing in the B ZRL division. For Season 1, WTRL has defined the following requirements in order to (hopefully) ensure riders are in the right divisions: All riders must have a valid ZwiftPower category and must have completed at least 3… Read more »

Mirco
Mirco (@mircolup)
13 days ago
  • Random rider verification checks: for the first time, Community Division riders will be subject to random checks by WTRL. This means all riders must have accurate height and weight entered into their Zwift Profiles.

Hi Eric, do you know how it works? i mean if i do my weight in the morning without do breakfast and later a little 1.5h spin my weight will be different for example over i go to launch or dinner, if they ask a check.

Is there a weight margin? When they will ask? Post race?

Simone Chiaretta
Simone Chiaretta (@simone)
13 days ago
Reply to  Mirco

My understanding is that you will be notified before the race, and you would need to video your weigh-in process. And then you need to use that weight on the race.

Gordon Sloan
12 days ago
Reply to  Mirco

sure i’ve read that you have 24 hours to provide video, 12 hours before and 12 hours after which would assume teams will be notified of the request in advance of the race

Mirco
Mirco (@mircolup)
12 days ago
Reply to  Gordon Sloan

Thanks for info mate, looks good in this way.

MavasH
MavasH
11 days ago
Reply to  Mirco

The weight check is quite clear (just to step on the scale and make photo/video).
But has anybody idea how the height check should look like? Do I need a team of friends for it? 1st one is measuring the height, 2nd one is making photo/video?  😊

Simone Chiaretta
Simone Chiaretta (@simone)
13 days ago

Eric, will you be doing again an article for every race, with suggestions for the fastest bike, like in season one?

Jamie Gatley
Jamie Gatley
13 days ago

Hi Eric,

Any chance you can update the RICHMOND UCI REVERSE” ROUTE DETAILS (RICHMOND). The course profile isnt on there, keen to dee the distance at which the intermediate and KOMs Are

Christopher A. Morales
Christopher A. Morales
13 days ago

Ok who wants AM race options. I can’t see doing a race starting at 7:45pm. When do you eat dinner? How do you ever get to sleep at a decent time? Right not my only other option is to start a race at 3:45am. I know there are a lot of time zones, but I can’t be the only person on the east coast US that feels this way.

Dan
Dan
12 days ago

Disappointed that there is no option for those of us who don’t want to race in a team, an individual league would also be appreciated. Zwift racing is still pretty niche, team racing even more so.

Adam
Adam
12 days ago
Reply to  Dan

There are already a ton of individual race series options.

Andrew
Andrew
12 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Roughly 9000 will be doing ZRL each Tues, not so niche anymore.
There are plenty of Leagues based around individual scoring instead of teams, check the leagues section of ZwiftPower for a list of them, there are some fun ones 👍

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
12 days ago

Does last month ToNY three days count or the rapha festive 500 rides or the Fondo this past weekend at the three races for ZRL.

Nico
Nico (@nico-hornung)
12 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

If I filter ‘Races’ on my ZP Overview, ToNY does still appear.

Jordan Noble
Jordan Noble
12 days ago

May i ask why the season has been reduced from 10 races to 8??6 if you dont make the playoffs….

Han Weicheng
Han Weicheng (@calayanrail)
6 days ago

Very unfriendly time schedule for us in +8 time zone.

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