In a partnership between WTRL, Zwift, Zwift Live and Zwift Community Live we are proud to be launching a multi-week seasonal team based league - Zwift Racing League
Using the tabs above, you can navigate more in-depth information on how the Zwift Racing League will work, rules, times, courses etc but essentially we will be bringing a global sporting contest to life aimed at recognizing Indoor Cycling as a sport in its own right. These pages will evolve in the lead up to the start of Zwift Racing Leagues.
As with everything WTRL - Zwift and WTRL are committed to ensuring Zwift Racing Leagues offers fair and competitive team racing to all riders of all abilities where ever they are in the world.
Following the recent Zwift Racing League Qualifiers, the top qualifying e-racing teams and riders will feature in our top-tier Premier Division. At least 75% of those teams will come from the Zwift Community plus a few wild-card entries that could be from professional cycling teams or the Zwift Community alike. The Premier Division is an invite-only league and will be managed and run by Zwift themselves with support from WTRL.
Feeding into the Premier Division will be a whole array of geographically named leagues featuring multiple divisions of approximately 20 teams per division and will be open to all. These leagues and divisions will be managed and run by WTRL. Teams will be required to register their entry with WTRL and all races will require a special Racer Joining link to be able to enter the pens and participate in each race.
At the end of each season, the top team from each (3 in total) of the APAC, EMEA East, EMEA West and AMERICAS E/W will be invited to the Premier Division for the following season with the option to also receive a fully customized in-game team kit from Zwift. As 3 teams come up, 3 also move down. Within the Community Divisions, the top 2 teams are promoted to the division above and the bottom 2 teams move to the division below. Take a look at the Leagues tab above for more detailed information.
There will be 3-4 Seasons of Zwift Racing leagues each year with race times to suit most geographies. Zwift and WTRL hope to see these expand in future seasons. During Season 1, Premier Division teams (Men's and Women's) will compete on Mondays with the Community Divisions playing out across multiple events on Tuesdays - both with supporting broadcasts. Events will alternate between Team Time Trials (something that WTRL are very well known for with over 3,000 participants every Thursday) and Scratch Races which will incorporate a number of Intermediate Bonus points. Details around Race times and a full Season 1 Course schedule can be found on the Courses & Times tab above.
Certainly for Season 1 of Zwift Racing Leagues, all teams will be single gender (men's or women's) and based around the very familiar ZwiftPower rider categorization system. Teams in the B league will not be permitted to use any rider above that grade (i.e. an category A rider cannot compete in the B Divisions but a C category rider can. Riders can race up but not down).
In the Premier Divisions (Men's and Women's), Teams will be 10 pre-approved and ZADA verified riders with a maximum of 5 able to race in each event. In the Community Divisions rosters are much more flexible and 6 riders from each team can compete in each race. There will be some restrictions around riders moving between teams and of course a larger team can enter as many teams as it chooses into which ever League system suits that team from a time point of view. More information can be found on the teams tab above.
In every race of every division of every league, riders can score points for both their finishing position and from Intermediates Sprints and Climbs. At the end of the race these scores are combined to give a team score and converted into Series Points. Take a look at the Scoring tab for more details.
WTRL will be supporting all broadcasts from Zwift Live (Premier Division) and Zwift Community Live (Community Divisions) as well as a weekly Round-Up show every Friday featuring all the action from the Zwift Racing League that week as well as looking forward to the week ahead. As details become finalized, the Broadcast tab above will be updated with more information.
Zwift and WTRL are very excited to get Season 1 of Zwift Racing Leagues underway on the 12th and 13th October. Each future season will see further development and expansion!
WTRL Zwift Racing League
|A & B
|C & D
|Big Foot Hills||Race||50km
Finish at Titans Grove Q/KOM Reverse
Finish at Titans Grove Q/KOM Reverse
Finish at Volcano Q/KOM arch
|R.G.V.||Team Time Trial||1 Lap - 24.1km||-|
|UCI Worlds Course||Race||2 Laps - 32.4km||1 Lap - 16.2km||
|Magnificent 8||Team Time Trial||1 Lap - 28.6km||-|
|Everything Bagel||Race||1 Lap - 34.2km||
|Greatest London Flat||Team Time Trial||1 Lap - 31.1km||-|
Finish at Marina Sprint
Finish at Pave Sprint
|8||Nov 30/Dec 1||
|Watopia Waistband||Team Time Trial||1 Lap - 25.5km||-|
|2019 UCI Worlds Circuit||Race||-||2 Laps||
|Tick-Tock||Team Time Trial||-||2 Laps - 36.3km||-|
Updated: September 27th, 2020
In order to allow competitive racing across the globe, a ladder system of leagues will be in operation. Separate League structures will exist for Men and Women. Although the leagues have geographical names, teams can choose at registration the league that suits them best BUT they must race in the race events associated with that League. These are defined as:
Premier Division racing (Men's and Women's) will take place on Mondays starting from 7pm London, UK with live broadcasts on Zwift Live.
All Community Leagues and Divisions (Men's and Women's) will take place on Tuesdays with live broadcasts on Zwift Community Live.
ALL races will be INVITE-ONLY. This is to ensure that non-team riders can not join the race and potentially interfere with race progression. Special joining links will be provided by WTRL to all registered team Captains at least 24 hours in advance of each race start time. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure these joining links are distributed amongst participating riders ONLY and NOT to anyone that should not be in the race.
For Season 1, each League will consist of at least 4 divisions. If there are sufficient Teams registering for any particular division, additional Divisions may be introduced to accomodate.
i.e. If 50 teams register for the EMEA W B Divisions, WTRL will create 2 B Divisions B1 & B2 each containing 25 teams. In this case a teams division will be determined by its perfomance in the first 2 races (1 scratch and 1 TTT). It is expected that EACH division will have its own race so a Division B1 team will not race with B2 teams from Week 3 onwards. Leagues will be based around the well-known ZwiftPower rider categories (which are based on wkg FTP and watts FTP:
|Division A||> 4.0wkg FTP & minimum 250W FTP||> 3.7wkg FTP|
|Division B||Less than 3.99wkg FTP & minimum 200W FTP||Less than 3.69wkg FTP|
|Division C||less than 3.19wkg FTP & minimum 150W FTP||less than 3.19wkg FTP|
|Division D||less than 2.49wkg FTP||less than 2.49wkg FTP|
Each Division will contain a maximum of 20 teams. Where there are more than 20 teams registering for a particular division in season 1, additional sub divisions will be created making each Category Division expandable.
At the end of each SEASON a number of teams will be promoted and relegated between Divisions. The top teams will be promoted to the Division ABOVE with the bottom teams being relegated to the Division below within the same League Ladder. Only 1 team will be promoted from the AMERICAS Leagues.
Teams must have competed in at least 8 ZRL races in any season to be automatically considered for promotion and at least 5 for relegation.
Teams winning promotion to the Premier Division will be offered a custom in-game team kit of their design.
|Premier Division||-||3 Teams||Associated Geographical League - A Division|
|A Division||1 Team||Premier Division||2 Teams||B Division(s)|
|B, C Divisions||2 Teams||Divisions Above||2 Teams||Divisions Below|
|D Division(s)||2 Teams||C Division(s)||-|
In every race there will be plenty of points for teams to work together to win. The competition will feature Individual Rider Scores, Bonus Intermediate Points and Team Points.
For each race in each division, a rider can score points for their team based on their finishing position. The top 30 in all leagues and divisions will score as follows:
All Community League Riders will then receive 1 point for finishing (not applicable to the Premier Division).
There are no individual scores in Team Time Trial events.
The Top 20 teams are awarded SERIES POINTS for each race (scratch or TTT) in each DIVISION of each LEAGUE as per the descending ranking as follows:
All Zwift Racing League races will be broadcast through either Zwift Live or Zwift Community Live channels. Divisions and Categories may vary from week to week. Be sure to subscribe to each channel by clicking the titles below so you do not miss the hype!
Zwift Live will broadcast all Monday Premier Division races and Team Time Trials with full support from WTRL. Presenters and Commentators will include, OJ Borj, Matt Stephens, Hanna Walker, Nathan Guerra, Dave Towle and other guest presenters.
Each week a Zwift Racing magazine show will broadcast live, giving a round up of the weeks racing action on Zwift and looking forward to the following week. The magazine show will feature interviews with racers from across the Leagues and Divisions as well as highlights, results and discussions from across the various Zwift Racing Leagues
All Community Divisions of the Zwift Racing Leagues will be broadcast on Zwift Community Live with commentary from Nathan Guerra, Dave Towle and a host of other presenters - fully supported by WTRL.
Leading up-to and during each season, be sure to also check out the ZwiftCast podcasts for more interviews and information around the Zwift Racing League
A vast content of Zwift Racing League Live Streams can also be found online from our very own Zwift Community Racers and provision will be made right here on WTRL.racing to add your channels to a Channel Directory.
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions below that we are being asked.