Zwift Racing League 2021/22 Season 1 Details

Zwift Racing League 2021/22 Season 1 Details

Zwift Racing League has taken racing to the next level on Zwift. It’s well-organized bike racing on an unprecedented scale, with eight weeks of team-based points competition held across multiple timezones catering to thousands of teams. And that’s why serious Zwift racers show up week after week: because everyone knows ZRL is where competition is the fiercest.

With three seasons completed over the course of the past year, the good people at WTRL have performed admirably, streamlining systems and tightening rulesets to provide a fair, engaging, and competitive platform for Zwift racing. Kudos to WTRL for the good work they’ve done fine-tuning the biggest race league in Zwift’s history!

The next ZRL season begins September 28th, and it’s officially named 2021/22 Season 1 – the first season of a new racing year. We’ll use this page to display all the key info and links in one place.

Rule Changes for Season 4

The updated Season 4 ruleset is available as a PDF linked from this page. (It’s important to understand WTRL’s ruleset does not govern the Zwift Racing League Premier Division, which instead falls under the Zwift Cycling eSports Ruleset.) For everyone racing in the lower Community divisions outside of the Premier Division, here are the key ruleset changes you’ll want to know for season 4:

  • 16+ age requirement: riders must be 16 or older by the event start date to be eligible to participate.
  • Playoff Structure: WTRL is giving more details about playoff schedules and other specifics – see section 4.3 of the rules for details.

If you’re new to ZRL, you’ll definitely want to get familiar with the ruleset and points structures, as these will inform strategic decisions made as a team.

Timeslots and Divisions

Three new leagues (effectively three new time slots) have been created: Oceania, Atlantic, and EMEA Central. Race start time schedules are always a bit tricky this time of year, with 3 major clock changes happening mid-season. Here are the start times week to week (learn more about the schedule on WTRL’s ZRL About Page):

Teams and Registration

New teams can register now at wtrl.racing/zrl-registration.

Want to race, but don’t have a team? Post your info on the Facebook group, and teams will get in touch. Alternatively, email WTRL at [email protected] , sharing your info, and they will pass that info on to other team leaders.

Registration closes September 25, 2021 at 3pm UTC. All teams are required to have at least 4 confirmed squad members by this time.

Race Routes and Dates

Note: “Intermediates” are sections on the course where riders compete mid-race for additional points. Intermediates include both Fastest-Through-Segment (FTS) and First-Across-Line (FAL) points – see the scoring page for details.

Premier Division races are on Mondays, while Community Division races are on Tuesdays.

The first 2 races are normal races for returning teams. For new teams, however, WTRL will use these races to evaluate whether they have been placed in the correct divisions.

September 28, 2021: Watopia’s Waistband (TTT)

The first of only two TTTs in the ZRL regular season, this one will be hard and fast, with no major obstacles to slow teams down. That last uphill haul from Ocean Boulevard is going to hurt, but it’s where teams will be caught!

  • 1 Lap (30km)

October 5, 2021: Watopia’s Figure 8 Reverse (Points Race)

A classic Zwift race route, Figure 8 Reverse has something for everyone with two different sprints and two different KOM intermediates. Watch for climbers trying to split the pack on the first reverse KOM, while sprinters teams push hard at the front to keep things together.

  • 1 Lap (30km)
  • PowerUps: Aero Boost, Burrito, Feather
  • Intermediate(s):
    • JWB Bridge Sprint REV
    • Hilly Climb REV
    • Hilly Climb FWD
    • JWB Bridge Sprint FWD

October 11/12, 2021: Makuri Islands’ Flatland Loop (Points Race)

With 99m (325′) of climbing per lap, this route isn’t exactly flat – but the uphill is quite gradual and just wears on the legs. Watch for long breakaway attempts on the last lap, and brace yourself for a crazy-fast finishing sprint on the twisting descent to the line!

  • A/B: 3 Laps (39km), C/D: 2 Laps (26km)
  • PowerUps: Aero Boost, Draft Boost, Feather
  • Intermediates:
    • Country Sprint REV
    • Village Sprint REV

October 18/19, 2021: France’s Casse-Pattes (Points Race)

The longest race of Season 1 centers on the Petit KOM – a steady 4% grade for around 2.7km which leads into a long descent to the finish. Can the climbers break away on the final climb and stay away to the finish, or will the sprinters be there to battle for the podium? (It appears that C/D riders will finish halfway into the second lap, at the Pave Sprint banner.)

  • A/B: 2 Laps (46.6km), C/D: 1.5 Laps
  • PowerUps: Draft Boost, Anvil, Burrito
  • Intermediates:
    • Pavé Sprint REV
    • Aqueduc Climb REV
    • Petit Climb FWD
    • Marina Sprint REV

October 25/26, 2021: Watopia’s Two Bridges Loop (Points Race)

This race course rewards those with the punch to hit it hard up the beginning of the reverse KOM and hold power across the top. Who will survive repeated efforts so they can be in the mix for the final sprint?

  • A/B: 6 Laps (43.5km)
  • C/D: 3 Laps (21.7km)
  • PowerUps: Aero Boost, Draft Boost, Feather
  • Intermediate: JWB Bridge Sprint REV

November 1/2, 2021: Yorkshire’s Tour of Tewit Well (Points Race)

Like all Yorkshire routes, this one is never flat. Watch for big moves on the reverse KOM, and sneaky uphill sprint breakaways on Pot Bank’s 15% incline, especially on the final lap.

  • A/B: 4 Laps (41.6km), C/D: 3 Laps (31.2km)
  • PowerUps: Anvil, Draft Boost, Feather
  • Intermediate: Yorkshire Climb REV

November 8/9, 2021: London’s Greatest London Flat (TTT)

A “mostly flat” route, this one really hurts in a TTT as you work to maintain speed on the many false flats and slight inclines.

  • 1 Lap (31.6km)

November 15/16, 2021: Makuri Islands’ Countryside Tour (Points Race)

Three trips up the Template KOM are going thin the front pack every lap. But the big question is, do you stop to swap bikes, and if so, when?

  • 2.63 Laps (42km)
  • PowerUps: Anvil, Draft Boost, Feather
  • Intermediates:
    • Country Sprint REV
    • Temple Climb FWD

November 23, 2021: tba (Playoff TTT)

November 27, 2021: tba (Playoff Points Race)

Questions or Comments?

We recommend checking out WTRL’s Zwift Racing League page for rules, team registration, results, and more. Their Facebook page is the place to go for discussion on all things ZRL.

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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Zwifter racer
Zwifter racer
14 days ago

I’d be interested to know a bit more about how the 2 first ‘qualifier’ races will be used to determine divisions and also whether they then count towards final scores or whether scores are wiped clean and just 6 races of actual scoring?

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
14 days ago
Reply to  Zwifter racer

Hahaha … same idea at the same time 🙂

Marco NL
Marco NL
14 days ago
Reply to  Zwifter racer

Same question. I can see how you could use TTT times to seed teams into divisions and still have it count for league points, but I don’t see this being possible for scratch races.

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
14 days ago

Hi Eric, do you know anything about the first two (Qualification) events ? Will the WTRL rearrange the teams of all divisions after these 2 events to have perfect competitive 6 events beginning from 12th october then ?

J.J.
J.J.
14 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Any info on how the points from the first 2 races would be carried over if a team was determined to be in an incorrect division and moved, since the points gained wouldn’t be against the same competition?

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
14 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

this makes sense … thx for investigation !

Claus Jensen
Claus Jensen
14 days ago

There’s something wrong with either lap count or distance for Tour of Tewitt Well, saying: “A/B: 4 Laps (41.6km), C/D: 3 Laps (20.8km)”

Tom Cairns
Tom Cairns
12 days ago

Do all racers need to be of the same category to race in a team? I ride with some Cs and B and As- can we form a mixed team? Thanks

Carsten Re. from Germany
Carsten Re. from Germany
10 days ago

Hi Eric, some people think that the FTS-rule was changed. But I’m not sure. The text in the ruleset is that all times will be combined (for the event). What does it mean exactly ? Let’s make an example. In a race with 3 laps, a rider has the 3 fastest sprint-times in the same segment for the whole race with around 13sec. I understand the rules like this, that he can score 3 times (20+15+10 FTS-points). But some people say, that these 3 times will be added (so around 39sec) and that this sum will be compared with other… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
10 days ago

Must surely be the first option, otherwise it would be impossible for different riders in a team to each go for 1 fast sprint and two laps where they choose not to sprint since their ‘added together’ time for all three would be super slow despite 1 fast time.

Marco
Marco
9 days ago

My interpretation would also be the former: all segment times will be combined into a single list per segment and the fastest score the points. Which would also imply that it will be possible that a single rider scores with 3 fastest times in that list (like last season).

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