Zwift, the fitness platform born from gaming, has today announced the schedule for the 2020 Tour de Zwift. The popular stage event returns for a second year with the addition of pro-am racing and new group running events.
The Tour de Zwift is positioned as an inclusive stage event that allows Zwifters of all abilities to experience seven of Zwift’s worlds and the variety of roads on offer. Returning in 2020, the event saw 119,076 riders take part in 2019.
This year, different courses will be available to ride or run for each stage depending on which event category is selected. Stages will be divided up into the following categories: Cat A (Long Group Ride), Cat B (Short Group Ride), Women’s Group Ride, Race and Group Run. Athletes can complete all stages to unlock the exclusive 2020 Tour de Zwift kit.
Group Ride stages are positioned as social rides and can be ridden at the rider’s own pace. Every finisher will be awarded a finish time and position and will receive a credit towards the exclusive Tour de Zwift in-game kit. A guide detailing what to expect can be found online.
For those looking to race, the 2020 Tour de Zwift will also feature a race category. Like all Zwift racers, Zwifters will be able to select their race category (A-D) depending on ability. Races will be short format, high-intensity events. Races will also count towards the kit unlock.
On the eve of each stage, a pro-am field of cyclists will take to the start line in a series of special exhibition races. A mix of professional cycling teams including CANYON//SRAM, TWENTY-20, Vitus, Canyon p/b Soreen, Ribble, SEG Racing, NTT U23 and Hagens Berman Axeon, will line up alongside a mix of the best community racers from the platform.
Both Men’s and women’s races will be held with a full broadcast production hosted by Esports presenter and Zwifter, OJ Borg. Borg will be joined by co-presenter and former professional rider, Hannah Walker for the first women’s race taking place at 19:00 GMT Saturday 11th January.
“We are really stepping up the Tour de Zwift this year,” said Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “It’s a great reflection of the efforts we’ve made in both esports and running, and I can’t wait to get started. For those returning on the bike from last year, we have two new worlds and a number of new Watopia routes to try.
“I will have my work cut out this year with both run and bike stages, but I’m glad that runners will be able to experience this fantastic annual event. However, with the new esport pro-am races taking place ahead of each stage, I’ll also get a chance to sit back and watch others battle it out on the live streamed broadcasts.”
For the first time this year, runners will also experience a taste of the Tour de Zwift. Run stages will take place in each world and will ‘showcase the most iconic routes’. Runners will need to complete a group run in each world to finish the tour. Group runs will be structured so runners can run at their own pace or go for the gold.
‘The majority however, will be able to take advantage of settling into their pace and experience the motivational benefits of group running on Zwift. Just like the cyclists, runners who complete all seven stages will unlock a unique Tour de Zwift run kit.’