Many Zwifters want to level up faster in Zwift, because higher levels give you access to faster bikes, wheels, and sweet kit unlocks like fire socks.
Here at Zwift Insider, we’ve published several posts over the years detailing how XP works, and how to earn XP faster. A few we’d recommend:
XP, Levels, and Unlocks for Zwift Cyclists
How Zwift Calculates XP for Cycling Workouts
8 Ways to Earn More XP and Level Up Faster on Zwift
How to Get Over 40XP Per Mile On Zwift
Recently I chatted with our favorite Lama from down under, Shane Miller. Inspired by a recent Reddit post, we discussed ways to earn more XP. With a rough plan in place, Shane retreated to his pain cave to work his magic… and here’s the result, put together with Shane’s trademark precision and attention to detail:
Shane dives into the basics of how XP works, then unpacks his plan for ultimate XP farming: a workout up Alpe du Zwift!
He creates the workout, then takes it for a test ride. The results?
Free-ride first 5km to base of Alpe +100XP
70 mins @ 12XP/min +840XP
Free-ride last km to arch +20XP
Arch crossing +10XP
Won the wheels +1000XP
Ride the 1km top loop +20XP
Coast the 12km to the base of the Alpe +240XP
Other randomness +20XP
Total gain: 2250XP in 96 minutes, or 1406XP per hour.
As a comparison, you can expect around 820XP/hour riding with the Coco RoboPacer, and 720XP/hour doing just a standard workout with similar blocks as Shane used.
Keep in mind, if you’re earning double XP like Shane and many other level 50+ riders, all the numbers above will be doubled.
Questions or Comments
Is Shane’s method the most time-effective way to earn XP on Zwift? Share your questions and comments below!