13TH JULY - 31ST AUGUST 2021

In partnership with Zwift, WTRL is proud to be organising the Zwift Classics 2021 starting on 13th July 2021.

Open to all riders and taking place across 8 Zwift worlds over 8 weeks, the Zwift Classics will be an individuals points race competition forming Individual Mens & Womens Regional Rider Classifications for both time and points (no team required!). 10 Regions to choose from and broadcast coverage courtesy of Zwift Community Live.

Mark your calendars and be on the look out for more details coming soon!

Zwift Classics 2021 in partnership with WTRL

REGIONS:

Times are given in your devices local time and represent the Class 1 abillity group banner drop. Subsequent Classes leave at 1 minute intervals (eg Class 2 = +1 min from the time shown below)

Rules & FAQs

What are the Zwift Classics?

The 2021 Zwift Classics are an 8 week series of points races. Most carry First Across the Line and Fastest Through the Segment points but Crit City Slam features points on every 3rd lap based on lap finishing position and fastest lap.


Are these races or group rides?

The Zwift Classics are all competitive races with ranking points, times and scores to win. Whether it’s based on timing your effort or using the right PowerUp, Zwift Classics is all about fun competition and getting your heart pumping. Plus, we are testing an auto categorization feature for the Zwift Classics which should make racing even better and fairer.


I would like to race in a mixed gender race for the Zwift Classics?

The Zwift Classics is strictly Men's and Women's classes only - there are no mixed gender/co-ed classes. Events are gender locked meaning the A pen is Men Only and the B pen is Women Only. If co-ed races are your thing, there are plenty of those to choose from on the Zwift Companion App.


Is there a team element?

No - there is no team based element in terms of ranking and scoring. The Zwift Classics are aimed solely at Individuals though you can use team tactics in the race should you choose.


What are the rules?

For the most part, the Zwift Classics will follow the non-team based elements of the Zwift Racing League ruleset. Most rules should be common sense.


Why are you not using the traditional colored A,B,C,D and E pens or categories?

Refer to the Autocat page and you will see that we are testing a new system that aims to make racing much more competitive and remove the abillity to join races below your abillity. At this point in time they are simply referred to as 'Classes' 0 to 6 (men) 1 to 6 (women). Class identifiers do not designate a 'category' - they are our identifier for the settings used that particular week and new settings are used each week. You could be C1 one week and C5 the next.


I usually race a category higher than Zwift recommend.

We are testing competitive race settings that determine ability and place accordingly. There may be the facility to race up later in the series though be warned - the Class system is not the Zwift category system. You may find the race a lot more challenging.


Is there a minimum age?

There is no enforced minimum age for the Zwift Classics though we recommend racers be 16 years or older.


How do I join the events?

You'll need:

  1. a Zwift subscription.
  2. A connected and fully registered ZwiftPower account.
  3. A free WTRL profile.

Using the Zwift Classics Sign On page, you can then select the event(s) you wish to join (10 regions to choose from) each week where our software will utilize a range of data from your race history to find you a competitive race (Autocat). It can take 10 to 20 seconds for the Autocat system to do its work (you'll see a countdown onscreen). Once you are delivered to the event, Men join the A pen and Women join the B pen.


I am new to Zwift Racing and have no or limited race history. How will Autocat work for me?

We have some magic for that too. It may take a couple of races to become very accurate and we do recommend that you try and do a non-Zwift Classics race or 2 before hand - there are hundreds each week to choose from.


I don't agree with the Class that Autocat has placed me in. The other riders do not seem a good match for my abillity.

This is something we have so far found to be very rare. Many Zwifters refer to the ZwiftPower sign-on information for a list of riders and while the categories (A-D) may look off and the Max Power information from the last 3 months may seem high (we all have very good days!), their actual race data says otherwise. If you are still concerned that you feel you are in the wrong class, please feel free to reach out to us here at WTRL and we will look into things.


Will there be any rider performance verification?

We wont be formally verifying riders but anyone exhibiting poor sportsmanship, cheating, behaving abusively etc will be removed from any results and maybe banned from entering further Zwift Classics races.


Will there be any equiptment restrictions?

The Zwift Classics are open to all and as such, we request that Zwifters transmit heart rate using a (heart rate monitor) to the game. All forms of trainers are welcome though be aware that if there are signs that they are transmitting/simulating data incorrectly, results may be quarantined.


If I have any issues (technical, other riders etc), who should I contact?

If you experience issues with Zwift itself (crashes, no results, unable to join an event etc), you should contact Zwift Support. For issues with other riders during a race or any process that involves WTRL or the WTRL website, please reach out to WTRL directly.


Will there be an overall GC for the Zwift Classics?

At this point in time, all races are stand-alone.


How do the points work?

Points will work in exactly the same way as Zwift Racing League without the team element. You can find details of the Zwift Classics points here. Riders will receive a classified finish time and then for the points classifications riders can win Finishing Position Points and segment points (FTS & FAL)


Where can I find the results

Right here on WTRL and the Zwift Companion App results will also be very valid.

Schedule

Race Date Title Course / Power-Ups Class / Laps
1 July 13th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Yorkshire Grand Prix 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit
Class 1 // 3 Laps
Class 2 // 3 Laps
Class 3 // 3 Laps
Class 4 // 2 Laps
Class 5 // 2 Laps
Class 6 // 2 Laps
2 July 20th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Apple Lap Everything Bagel
Class 1 // 1 Lap
Class 2 // 1 Lap
Class 3 // 1 Lap
Class 4 // 1 Lap
Class 5 // 1 Lap
Class 6 // 1 Lap
3 July 27th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Crit City Slam Downtown Dolphin
Class 1 // 20 Laps
Class 2 // 18 Laps
Class 3 // 16 Laps
Class 4 // 14 Laps
Class 5 // 12 Laps
Class 6 // 10 Laps
4 Aug 3rd 2021
 
Zwift Classics Richmond Challenge Richmond UCI Reverse
Class 1 // 3 Laps
Class 2 // 3 Laps
Class 3 // 2 Laps
Class 4 // 2 Laps
Class 5 // 1 Lap
Class 6 // Lap
5 Aug 10th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Watopia Cup Muir and the Mountain
Class 1 // 1 Lap
Class 2 // 1 Lap
Class 3 // 1 Lap
Class 4 // 1 Lap
Class 5 // 1 Lap
Class 6 // 1 Lap
6 Aug 17th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Rund Um Innsbruck Innsbruckring
Class 1 // 5 Laps
Class 2 // 5 Laps
Class 3 // 4 Laps
Class 4 // 4 Laps
Class 5 // 3 Laps
Class 6 // 3 Laps
7 Aug 24th 2021
 
Zwift Classics Trofeo Bologna Bologna
Class 1 // 2 Laps
Class 2 // 2 Laps
Class 3 // 2 Laps
Class 4 // 2 Laps
Class 5 // 2 Laps
Class 6 // 2 Laps
8 Aug 31st 2021
 
Zwift Classics London International Classique
Class 1 // 6 Laps
Class 2 // 6 Laps
Class 3 // 5 Laps
Class 4 // 5 Laps
Class 5 // 4 Laps
Class 6 // 4 Laps

Broadcast Schedule

Event Sign-Up

IMPORTANT

  • JOIN buttons become active once events are ready and when you are logged in and will show 'JOIN NOW'. If they show 'Please Login' - login to this website and return to this page.
  • If you do not have ANY Zwift race event history and no ride event history of reasonable effort in the last 30 days, Autocat may not be able to class you. You will see OPEN at the end of the Zwift event's title when this has occurred. This is an OPEN race for proving/qualification.
  • The Apple Lap requires average heart rate from past races and rides to Autocat you. If you never use an HRM you will be taken to the OPEN event for the region selected.
  • If you believe you do have relevant history and Autocat has believed otherwise, firstly check you have entered the correct ZWIFT ID number into your WTRL PROFILE. If this is correct and you feel you shouldnt be in an OPEN event, then please let us know by email and we will take a look.
  • We do not constantly watch or follow social media - that is a spare time thing. Messaging us there may result in a long wait or no reply.

When you click on the JOIN button, WTRL will establish the best class for you to join based on previous ZWIFT EVENT performance and the current weeks AUTOCAT settings. When you arrive at the Zwift event, select the pen - A for men and B for Women (pens are gender locked - men cannot enter women's events and women cannot enter men's events).

Zwift Classics Scoring

Races will have 2 Classifications - Time and Points.

  1. Rider Finish Position Points
  2. First Across the Line (FAL)
  3. Fastest Through a Segment (FTS)

Rider Finishing Position Points

(Note this table scrolls on mobile devices)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
11th → 15th
16 → 20
21 → 25
26 → 30
31 → 35
40 35 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 20 19 18 17 16
36 → 40
41 → 45
46 → 50
51 → 53
54 → 56
57 → 59
60 → 62
63 → 65
66 → 68
69 → 71
72 → 74
75 → 77
78 → 80
81 → 83
84th+
15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Segment Points

  • First-Across-the-Line (FAL) Intermediate Points will be added to a riders score at various designated intermediate sprints and climbs. These are always 10 down to 1 for 1st to 10th position. If a rider is disqualified, points will pass to the next rider in the list. All segments that are passed through count!.
  • Fastest-Through Segment (FTS) Points will be awarded to the top 10 Fastest Times throughout the race at all Sprint and all designated Climbs (where possible). This is per race not per lap scored as 20,15,10,7 to 1 for 1st,2nd,3rd,4th to 10th. If a rider posts the fastest time on lap 1 and the 2nd fastest time on lap 2 - the rider would earn 35 points for 1st and 2nd place.
  • CRIT CITY SLAM will have a true Crit race feel because points are awarded every 3rd lap for both FAL and FTS. Think of the segment as laps 3,6,9 etc. Be aware there is no warning bell, onscreen notification etc - you'll need to keep track of where you are.
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
First (per lap) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Fastest (whole race) 20 15 10 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

What is Autocat

WTRL and Zwift are working together with a multitude of Zwifter's ideas and feedback, to test and trial several potential new Zwift Racing Category systems. This is no easy task! Prior to the Classics and during the Zwift Classics, we will be employing a test version of an auto-categorization system with the following factors in mind:

  1. 6 Rider Classes based on average racing speeds.
  2. 20min, 5min and 1min power ratings.
  3. Race Results and course difficulty based TrueSkill style system that influences category upgrade/downgrade as well as providing a ranking system.

We will be testing 1 and 2 from above initially and we hope to see some of the most competitive racing classes available today with a reduction (to ZERO) in the number of incorrect category or sandbagging riders influencing races unsportingly. It is early days though!

Each Zwift Classics race-week will have a different set of Autocat settings applied which may mean you do not find yourself in the same class from week to week and may see some classes made even more competitive.

The Autocat project started out as a means to matchmake riders - essentially if you felt like racing you could select a desired race length and then over the course of the next few minutes, other racers who did the same would be sorted and grouped based on ability and then sent to a very competitive race where you could be assured of a fun, fast and competitive race without concern for others 'racing down', sandbagging, cheating etc. Less having to rearrange your day to find a good race!

Why speed/avg power and not FTP power?

There are many factors at work in racing - fitness/endurance, abillity, power to weight ratio, height and drag factors, drafting time and abillity as well as several other variables. Zwifters can fine tune these factors but the outright result of this is speed and winning a race is about as much speed as possible with economical energy expenditure.

What you will need:

  1. Active Zwift account/subscription
  2. ZwiftPower account fully connected (Opted-In) to your Zwift profile
  3. WTRL Profile/Login
  4. As the test events are comparing Zwifter's experience with the new Class system compared to the existing system, the test events are aimed solely at existing Zwift racers initially.

As always, WTRL will be available to support you should you have any questions, concerns or difficulties.

Results