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Tour de Zwift: ‘virtually’ the biggest cycling event on the planet

Zwift, the fitness platform born from gaming, has just completed the first annual Tour de Zwift event, seeing 119,076 riders burn over 297 million calories collectively throughout January.

The Tour de Zwift was comprised of nine different road stages covering all five Zwift Maps: Watopia, London, New York, Innsbruck and Richmond. Designed to be a celebration of Zwift, the Tour de Zwift was an opportunity for new and old Zwifters alike to explore many of Zwift’s most popular routes irrespective of their experience level.

Stage One began on January 3rd and ran on the Jungle Circuit in Watopia, normally only accessible to Level 10 or above Zwifters. This stage proved to be the most popular stage of the series, seeing 43,182 Zwifters complete it – the equivalent of 198 Tour de France pelotons!

Across all nine stages, Zwift ran a total of 468 events to cater for all time zones, ‘making it the most accessible mass participation cycling event to date.’

Tour de Zwift by the numbers:

  • A total of 119,076 Zwifters took part in the Tour de Zwift
  • 24,758 Zwifters completed all 9 Stages
  • In total, Zwifters covered 8,088,702 miles / 13,017,503 km during the Tour de Zwift, or 314 times round the world.
  • Zwifters climbed a notable 180,025,715m – that’s halfway to the moon!
  • Still feeling that Christmas Holiday weight? Zwifters burned 297,224,138 calories during the Tour de Zwift.
  • Zwifters are a social group. In total, ‘Tour de Zwifters’ received 1,911,633 RideOns
  • The biggest stage was Stage 1, seeing 43,182 people take on the Mayan Jungle
  • 34 professional cyclists and triathletes took part

The Tour de Zwift stages:

Stage 1 – Watopia – Jungle Circuit – Long Distance: 44.7 km / 27.5 mi // Short Distance: 28.5 km / 17.7 mi // Women Only: 36.4 km / 22.6 mi

Stage 2 – New York – Everything Bagel – Long Distance: 34.4 km / 21.4 mi // Women Only: 34.4 km / 21.4 mi

Stage 3 – London – Keith Hill After Party – Long Distance: 36.4 km / 22.6 mi // Women Only: 36.4 km / 22.6 mi

Stage 4 – Watopia – Volcano After Party – Long Distance: 40.2 km / 25 mi // Women Only: 40.2 km / 25 mi

Stage 5 – Richmond – UCI World Champs – Long Distance: 48.3 km / 30 mi // Short Distance: 32.2 km / 20 mi // Women Only: 32.2 km / 20 mi

Stage 6 – Watopia – Road To Sky – Long Distance: 27.6 km / 17.2 mi // Women Only: 27.6 km / 17.2 mi

Stage 7 – Innsbruck – UCI Worlds Short Lap – Long Distance: 47.2 km / 29.4 mi // Short Distance: 23.6 km / 14.7 mi // Women Only: 23.6 km / 14.7 mi

Stage 8 – London – London Loop With Box Hill Finish – Long Distance: 39.6 km / 24.6 mi // Short Distance: 24.7 km / 15.3 mi // Women Only: 24.7 km / 15.3 mi

Stage 9 – New York – Park Perimeter – Long Distance: 38.4 km / 24 mi // Short Distance: 19.2 km / 12 mi // Women Only: 28.8 km / 18 mi

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