This week’s notable events include route badges, short races, and fun group rides.
Note: we didn’t include it below, since it’s not an “open” event, but the UCI Esports Worlds happens this Saturday at 6pm UTC (1pm ET/10am PT). Don’t miss it! Learn more >
🤝 Gran Fondo -Endurance HISP
Currently, the Gran Fondo -Endurance Hisp event has the second most sign-ups in all Zwift events this weekend! This event is part of a series of six events occurring from February to June. The goal of this event series is to help riders improve their endurance and really make sure that they know how to properly fuel, hydrate, and pace themselves in an event like this. There will likely be hundreds of riders in this event, so it will be pretty easy to find a group to ride with. Like most fondos, this event is openly paced, so riders are not obligated to ride at any specific pace.
Since this is a fondo, the event is going to be longer: just over 100km, taking place over three laps of the Country to Coastal course in the Makuri Islands.
Saturday, Feb 18 @ 8:30am UTCSign up at zwift.com/events/view/3527517
🤝 Team Velos – Route Bagger Challenge
Team Velos is offering a nice opportunity for riders to get tougher route badges through their weekly Route Bagger Challenge event series, with rest breaks scattered throughout the ride to make sure everyone can finish the event together. Leaders and sweepers will be present to ensure that everyone feels supported, and the leader will be riding at a steady 1.9-2.1 w/kg.
This week, riders will be trying to get the Watopia Pretzel badge. Already have the badge? No problem! Just join for the fun and banter!
Saturday, Feb 18 @ 3pm UTC/10am EST/7am PSTSign up at zwift.com/events/view/3348376
🥇 Ride Scotland: Route 4: Loch Loop with The Herd
It can be pretty tough to find good events on Sunday afternoons for those in the western hemisphere. This event is one of the most popular rides this weekend, and it is in the afternoon for riders in the west – nice! This Ride Scotland event p/b The Herd is a great group ride for those who want to finish the weekend with a nice social ride. In addition to that, riders get to unlock an all-new route badge in the Scotland world.
For this ride, riders will be riding the new Loch Loop course in Scotland. It is not clear what the ride is paced at, but the event listing does advertise an open pace.
Note: if this particular time doesn’t work for you, there are many Ride Scotland events this weekend. Loch Loop and The Muckle Yin rides don’t begin until Sunday afternoon Pacific time, though!
Sunday, Feb 19 @ 7:05pm EST/4:05pm PSTSign up at zwift.com/events/view/3491426
🥇Zwift TT Club Racing Series / Scotland / Week One
Looking for a short, fast, and fun race? This week, the Zwift TT Club Racing Series takes place over a super short course. This will make things even more exciting in the race because it really will come down to the very last second of the race. Like most time trials on Zwift, it will use the TT module and will not have drafting enabled. In this race, there will be the traditional four categories with the addition of a women-only category.
This race takes place on the Glasgow Crit Circuit in Scotland, a route that is being used for the 2023 UCI eSports World Championships this weekend.
Special settings: no draft, category enforcement
Multiple time slots throughout the weekendSign up at events at zwift.com/events/tag/zwiftttclub
🤝 GXY 75 [2.3-2.7wkg] CAT C
The Galaxy Cycling Club hosts a 75km (46 miles) or 75-minute group ride every week, and this week’s it’s the latter. The group ride is a category C event paced at 2.3-2.7 w/kg. Leaders and sweepers will be present in this ride, so if you happen to find yourself off the back, give the sweepers a shout as quickly as possible for the best chance of catching back up the peloton.
This ride takes place on the flat and fast Triple Flat Loops course in Watopia. Riders will likely complete around 1.5 laps of this course over the 75-minute event. This is a great way to start the weekend off strong!
Saturday, Feb 18 @ 3:45pm UTC/10:45am PST/7:45am PSTSign up at zwift.com/events/view/3527648
Got other events that stand out this weekend? Share below in the comments!