Zwift L39ION Of LA Crit Series

Zwift just announced a new Crit series on their only event only route in the Makuri Islands, the Legion of LA Night Time Crit Series. This series features an event only a route badge, which is a first! These Crit races will take place over the Neokyo Crit Course that was introduced in the Neokyo game release. Riders can also earn points towards a series classification, Zwift says “Racers can earn points during every race. Those points are tallied in the overall AKA General Classifications standings.” Just like normal races, the races will have category A, B, C, and D. There will be a women’s only category and a women’s only race. A and B riders will need a Zwift Power account, heart rate and smart trainer/power meter is also required for Zwift Power results. For some FAQ, head over to this forums post: https://forums.zwift.com/t/l39ion-of-la-nighttime-crit-series-2021-faq/564836.

The route will stay the same for the whole series, and there are three different times for the race, 11am PST,  4pm PST, and 7pm PST. Here are the dates for the event series:

Friday, December 10th

Tuesday, December 14th 

Friday, December 17th

Tuesday, December 21st

For registration and a complete list of events, head over to this link: https://www.zwift.com/events/series/l39inoflacritseries.

Zwift Biehler SYN Race Series Announced

Zwift just announced a new race series run by the Biehler SYN club. This is a three stage race taking place from December 2nd through 4th, if you complete any stage you will unlock the exclusive Biehler SYN club kit and you will get 25% off of a real life club membership. For a complete list of events and sign up, head over to this link: https://www.zwift.com/events/series/biehler-syndicate.

Stage Details

Stage 1: Mass-Start Time Trial // December 3rd

Route: Makuri Islands Flatland Loop 1 lap

Stage 2: Hilly Loop Race // December 4th

Route: Watopia Hilly Loop 3 laps

Stage 3: Circuit Race // December 5th

Route: London Classique 5 laps

Join Eric Min For a Thanksgiving Day Ride!

In two days Eric Min will be leading a group ride at 8am PST. This ride is for Thanksgiving, traditionally Eric gives details on what is coming next in Zwift, instead there will be a podcast that riders will listen to as he talks to Anna Van Der Breggan about the Tour De France Femmes. The ride is paced around 2.3-2.8wpk, so a pretty fast ride. The ride is an hour long and expect groups to be scattered throughout the route. So far there are nearly 2,000 riders signed up, I would expect there to be closer to 3,000 by Thanksgiving day. If you complete the ride you will get the T-Day kit, which is an exclusive unlock for this ride.

Here is a link to sign up for the event: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/2422452.

Zwift Neokyo Badge Hunt Series

Background Information

Beginning November 29nd, Zwift will be hosting the Neokyo badge hunt series. Similar to what they did with the Yumezi release, but this time with 4 stages, 4 different routes, 4 badges, and some sweet new unlocks.

Unlocks

The biggest thing that is different about the Neokyo edition of the badge hunt series is the unlocks. Riders will unlock different pieces of equipment if they complete a certain percent of the events. The unlocks include a helmet, socks, shoes, and a kit. All of these items are Neokyo themed. Here is a chart of what you unlock at what percent. This event ends on the 19th of December, the 15th through 19th will be make up days, be sure to get your rides in to get the unlocks!

25% – Kit

50% – Shoes

100% – Helmet

Routes

Here are the routes that will be in the event.

Sign up

To sign up for the events, you can sign up in the drop in screen or from completing any of the events. For a complete list of the events, head over to this page: https://www.zwift.com/events/series/neokyo-badge-hunting-series.

Zwift Zracing Chase Race Series

Zwift is currently about to host their first Autocategorization event in awhile. This event will be open to the public like the Zwift classics series. For more information on Autocategorization, head over to this support article: https://support.zwift.com/en_us/autocategorization-faq-S1ycCpA_. The three things that you will need before signing up for the event is a Zwift account, Zwift Power account, A WTRL account, and make sure all of those accounts are connected to your Zwift account. Note for women: There are no women only categories, but WTRL will consider it if there are enough women signed up.

Sign up

There will be multiple different time zones/slots that riders can join depending on which time works best for them. Riders can sign up for the event at this page: https://www.wtrl.racing/zracing-chase-race/#registration. Once you sign up, WTRL will go through your prior data, and categorize you in A, B, C, D, or E. You will automatically be moved up and down after races based off of your performance. Zwift is currently testing Autocat based off of the speed of your prior races. For a complete list of all of the events, head over to this page: https://zwifthacks.com/app/events/?key=619a6da590439.

More details

For each event there will also be three different power-ups that a rider can get. For details on which power-ups are on for which events, go to the event details. Since this race is a chase race, riders will be placed in staggered starts, the slowest will start first, the fastest will start last. Each category will have its own assigned kit. The kits are just the category color with A, B, C, D, or E written on it.

Video

Here is an example of a chase race format race.

Zwift WEDU Wednesday

Every Wednesday Lance Armstrong will be leading a group ride called WEDU Wednesday. You will get the chance to ride alongside Lance Armstrong, and unlock the WEDU Wednesday kit. To sign up for the events, head over to this link: https://zwifthacks.com/app/events/?key=618430575b27c.

I have not participated in this event, but the pace is around 2-3wpk and it is an hour long. In the past two events there have been over 1500 riders participating in the event.

How You Can Qualify For the Zwift UCI Esports World Championships 2022 // Zwift Companion Update

UCI E-Sports Qualification

Zwift has just released some more information on qualification for the 2022 UCI E-sports event that will take place in February. In order to qualify to the qualification event, you must be some of the top riders in your country. This event is technically open to the community, but 99% of riders will not even be able to participate in the qualification event. What would be great to see is an open to race riders of all abilities, the winner could get a special jersey, but not necessarily the UCI jersey. For details on qualification, head over to the WTRL page: https://www.wtrl.racing/zwift-continental-open/. For additional details, head over to this Zwift article: https://www.zwift.com/news/27258-uci-qualifiers.

Zwift Companion Update

Zwift also just dropped a game release for Zwift companion. There was nothing notable in this update, all that was included in release notes was Bug Fixes and Improvements. I did notice one thing, when in the ride mode, the background theme is now grey rather than light blue. Zwift also likely added the new routes and route map for Neokyo, which should drop next week ~10th of November. Zwift has also been working on the clubs feature, so updated UI for clubs could have been released. For more details on the upcoming game release, subscribe to the blog to be notified as soon as the article is published! For more information on Neokyo, head over to the attached article! Notice anything else? Leave a comment below with what you noticed!

Zwift Ride with Reggie

This weekend, former professional basketball player Reggie Miller will be leading a group ride to help raise money for the development of cycling at historically Black colleges. Join him on Saturday at 7am PST. His goal is also to set the record for the largest group ride ever on Zwift. So far there are over 1,500 riders signed up for this event. Everyone will be on the new Moots Vamoots 2021 for this ride.

Once you finish the ride you will unlock the exclusive Castelli RWR kit, and you will have the option to purchase the IRL one. There will also be prizes from ENVE, Moots, Kask, Fizik, and Castelli.

This route will take place over three laps of the UCI Richmond worlds course. It is 30.6 miles with 1,562 FT of climbing. This ride will be at a conversational pace, so it is not a race.

To sign up for this event, head over to this link: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/2374952.

For more information on Reggie Miller, head over to this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Miller.

For route details head over to this Zwift Insider article: https://zwiftinsider.com/route/2015-uci-worlds-course/.

Zwift El Giro De Rigo 2021

Zwift has just announced this years El Giro De Rigo 2021 event. This event has been going on for the past three years! This year it is back much bigger than previous years. Riders will be able to participate in group workouts to help them prepare for the event. There will be 4 weeks of preparation, 1-2 workouts for each week, then the final event will be on the 21st of November. There will be 7 workouts in total, each working on different things.

Final Courses

Long Course: Big Foot Hills (1 Lap)

Short Course: Figure 8 (1 Lap)

For more information on the workouts, and a list of the events, head over to Zwift’s page for the event: https://www.zwift.com/events/series/2021-el-giro-de-rigo.

17 Hours of Kona Zwift

Zwift did this event last year too because of Covid. This event features 17 different triathletes who will lead a group ride each hour for 17 hours of the day. There will then be a 9 hour run portion where triathletes will lead a group run. The reason why it is 17 hours of Kona is because 17 hours is the cut off for the race. This event takes place on the 8th of October until the 10th. Kona is the full distance IronMan World Championships, it is very well known among triathletes, and a huge achievement to participate in the event. For a complete schedule of the events, and who is riding when, head over to this article: https://www.zwift.com/events/series/17-hours-of-kona-2021.