Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Bike Racing | Zwift

Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Bike Racing | Zwift


Bike racing is fun, fast, and exciting. And on Zwift, racing is crash-free. Watch this video before your first race to make it the best it can be. Or watch it after you have a few races under your belt to up your game.

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Racing indoors requires specific skills and info. Get up to speed in a hurry with this video and accompanying compilation of tips.

1. You can find races around the clock for various abilities. Like all two-wheeled legends, you don’t even have to wear a helmet. Fun fact: The UCI didn’t make helmet use mandatory until 2003.
2. There are two types of bike races: elite and non-elite. Many of the elite races are pro caliber. But if you’re looking to ride with elite Zwifters, there are plenty of opportunities, for example, you can join A or B level races.
3. Races are divided into four categories: A, B, C, and D. The A category is the fastest group comprised of elite racers with an FTP four watts per kilogram or more. The D category includes Zwifters with FTPs less than 2.5 watts per kilogram. D races are where most beginning racers start their careers.

Here’s a quick overview of all the categories.

Category A – FTP of 4.0+w/kg.
Category B– FTP of 3.2 – 3.9w/kg.
Category C – FTP of 2.5 – 3.1w/kg.
Category D– FTP of 1 – 2.4w/kg.

4. Most err on the side of a less aggressive category for their first race.
5. Before your first race, a little homework goes a long way. Here are some tips.
Make sure you’re hydrated and fueled before you get to the start line.

a. Same goes for a fan, water, and towel. You’ll need all three. And if you race with music, charge your earbuds in advance as well as any device you use with Zwift Companion.
b. Get a proper warm-up in. Seriously. You can’t race without a warm-up because the start is so spicy.
c. Find a wheel immediately. Drafting is your friend in Zwift because it saves you energy. Important in group rides, it’s absolutely critical in racing if you want to stay with the group and have some energy left for the end of the race.
d. Know the course. The more you know about the ascents, descents, and flats, the better you’ll be able to pace yourself.
e. Pro Tip: You can find race recons of most of Zwift’s courses on our blog at zwift.com
f. Choose an appropriate in-game bike and wheelset in the Drop Shop. This will require research. But the right set up can save valuable seconds — maybe as much as a minute, in a competition.
g. Use PowerUps strategically. Do some research. And make sure to watch our video on PowerUps.

Zwift is the app that makes indoor training fun. Connecting cyclists and runners around the world, Zwift mixes the intensity of training with the immersive and engaging play of gaming. Ride or run virtual worlds with a community that motivates you at every mile. You’ll get faster and stronger and have a blast doing it.

You can become the undisputed king of the mountain, leave your competitors in your wake to become the sprint jersey holder, or simply join your friends for a leisurely run on a Sunday morning.

And you can make fun fast day or night, even if it’s raining, snowing, or just plain awful outside. Got goals? We’ve got a training plan for you that adjusts automatically depending on your schedule. Just want a workout? We have more than a thousand to choose from, or you can build a custom workout.

Just download our app, connect your bike to your indoor trainer, and start your 7-day free trial. And if you want to run, you can do that for free. Just download our app, connect your treadmill or cadence tracker, and you’ll be off and Zwifting in no time.

9 Comments on "Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Bike Racing | Zwift"


  1. Cool video but man racing or riding in a pack on zwift sometimes feel like no mater how fast i am spinning or watt out put stil get dropped

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  2. "Drafting works in Zwift." Yeah, right. Here's how drafting works in real life: when you draft it's easier to pedal, when you ride in the wind it's harder to pedal for the same speed/cadence/gear. Here's how drafting "works" in Zwift: whether you're drafting or not there is no difference in how hard it is to pedal, you don't feel anything, your Zwift speed (as in number on the screen) is just lower when you're in the wind. It has to feel the same way as climbing: higher gradient (less draft) – harder to pedal, lower gradient (more draft) – easier to pedal. Zwift people don't get it. After all the years of Zwift development, drafting feel didn't improve a single bit.

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  3. Great tips. Look forward to Zwift Swim. Time to make lap swimming more of an immersive experience.

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  4. Racing, make 110% sure that it complies to the rules, actually nah that doesn't matter anymore as they'll come along and change the rules to suit themselves anyway.

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  5. Thanks Rahsaan, great video, you're an absolute Legend!! Thanks Zwift Team – you've helped me enjoy exercise!!

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