Zwift’s first Women’s Racing Series was a big success, so they’ve spun up the next edition!
Once again, this is a 6-week series featuring different types of races: an iTT, two short scratch races, and 3 points races. Riders accumulate points based on their weekly performance, and it all begins this Tuesday, May 16th.
Series #1 Stats
Over 2000 women started at least one race event in the first series, and 34,500 miles of racing were completed. The biggest event of the series had 239 starters, and the most popular time zone (by far) was EMEA, which saw very strong fields throughout the series.
Here are the first-place winners in each timezone:
Racing Series #1 Winners
A: Josie Rawes (BL13 pb Level Velo)
B: Eija Kestila (EVO)
C: Nowell Blair (Herd)
D: Roxanne Timmins (CRYO-GEN)
A: Kristen Kulchinsky (Virginia’s Blue Ridge T24)
B: Maggie Carden (Drafting Dinos)
C: Judit Daniell (Herd)
D: Almut Köhler (ZRG)
Races happen on Tuesdays (Wednesdays in Australia/New Zealand) in four different timeslots:
- APAC: 10am UTC/6am EDT
- EMEA: 5:30pm UTC/1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT
- Americas East: 7pm EDT/4pm PDT (9am AEST)
- Americas West: 9pm EDT/6pm PDT (11am AEST)
Series #2 Route Details
- Week 1 (May 16): Time Trial on Scotland’s Loch Loop
- 2 laps (16.1km), fastest course time decides the winner
- Week 2 (May 23): Scratch Race on Watopia’s Hilly Route
- 1 lap (9km), finishing position decides the winner
- Week 3 (May 30): Scratch Race on Scotland’s Rolling Highlands
- 1 lap (14.1km), finishing position decides the winner
- Week 4 (June 6): Points Race on Richmond’s 2015 UCI Worlds Course
- 2 laps (32.9km), fastest segment times plus finishing position decide the winner
- Week 5 (June 13): Points Race on Watopia’s Three Little Sisters
- 1 lap (37.7km), fastest segment times plus finishing position decide the winner
- Week 6 (June 20): Points Race on Scotland’s Glasgow Crit Circuit
- 10 Laps (30km), fastest segment times plus finishing position decide the winner
This is a points series where your result each week earns you a certain number of points. Those points are then tallied up for the overall 6-week series, with the highest points earners in each category and timeslot coming out on top.
Note: if you’re aiming for the overall victory you must always race at the same time. Points will not carry from one time zone to the other.
This series uses Category Enforcement to keep racing fair.
If you upgrade mid-series, your points cannot be transferred to your new category. If you think it is likely that you will upgrade during this series, please enter all races at the higher category.
These races are open to all women, but for your results to count, you must be wearing a heart rate monitor and using either a smart trainer or power meter. zPower riders will not be included in the overall results.
Never raced before on Zwift? This is a great place to start! Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Sign up for ZwiftPower so you’ll be included in the final results
- Read How to Race on Zwift (Setup, Strategy, and More)
- Have fun! Just sign up and give it your best. You’ll get a great workout in with a bunch of amazing ladies!
Final results for each race can be found on ZwiftPower. Overall results are organized into leagues. Here are the links:
- APAC: https://zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=1609
- EMEA: https://zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=1610
- Americas East: https://zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=1611
- Americas West: https://zwiftpower.com/league.php?id=1612
Join the Club
This series is housed under the Zwift Ladies Only (ZLO) Club. You can join it here for easy access to these and other ladies-only events. I also recommend joining it on Facebook as that’s where most of the discussion happens. (Full disclosure: my lovely wife Monica is the main group admin!)
Questions or Comments?