Watts Up In Watopia: In-Game Dura-Ace 9200

Route hunters asked, and route hunters received. The September update 17.1.0 includes distance to go in addition to the route progress bar. While the progress bar was most welcomed in the last update, there still was some guess work involved, as you had to know the distance of the route to mark your progression. Taking the guess work out, you can now redirect your mental energy on your favorite show, podcast, or play list. Also, the progress bar now stays visible even if your route ends on a timed segment.

If you are a Shimano aficionado, you will also appreciate the opportunity to test ride the new Dura-Ace 9200. Yeah, it may just be virtual for now; but, hey, why not give it a spin? You’ll find the 9200 groupset on the Tarmac SL7 (Level 5 and above), the Canyon Aeroad 2021 (Level 10 and above), and the Pinarello Dogma F (Level 32 and above). If you have the drops to spare, you may as well pick up a set of the new Shimano C50s, also included in this update.

Check out what we have planned this week on Zwift.

Guest World Schedule

Here’s this week’s guest worlds, so you can plan to earn some of the route badges you are missing:

Monday: Richmond & London
Tuesday: Innsbruck & Richmond
Wednesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Thursday: Makuri Islands & New York
Friday: London & Yorkshire

Slowtwich Indoors Event Preview (All Times Eastern)

Go to Zwift Events to sign up for these rides and runs.

Monday Group Run, 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Join us for a group run on the virtual track of May Field that will kick start your week.

Tuesday Ride of the Valkryies Workout (Women Only), 6:00 AM
This event is by and for women. It’s an almost no-drop, rubber-banded Structured Training workout, featuring a warm-up, set of intervals, and a cool-down. This week’s workout is It’s All Relative

Tuesday Structured Training, 7:00 PM
Our Tuesday ride features triathlon-focused cycling workouts written by coaches and pro athletes affiliated with Slowtwitch. The workouts last 60 minutes and will help add variety and interest to your weekly training schedule. This week’s workout is Feel the Burn.

Wednesday Group Run, 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM
A more scenic group run on the Quatch Quest course.

Thursday Rise & Grind, 5:35 AM
This workout is a 55-minute early morning bracer for the East Coast crowd. Be sure to get a warm-up in and enter the staging area at least 5 minutes before the start. The groups will be fenced with the exception of designated KOMs and sprints, as well as the last 10 minutes of the ride. This ride is double-drafted, so don’t let gaps open up, or you’ll be off the back quickly!

Thursday Hilly Vanilli Chase, 6:55 PM
This double-drafted ride uses a chase format with the D group getting a 5 minute head start on the C group, which will get a further 5 minute head start on the B group. The goal is to have all three groups complete roughly the same amount of distance by the end of the ride. The D and C groups will utilize the fence until they are caught by the group behind. Teamwork is key to the groups catching or staying away. Gather some friends and get them organized to chase!

Friday Festina Lente, 9:00 AM
This structured training workout is designed to get you geared up for the weekend. Roughly translated as “make haste, slowly,” Festina Lente features a workout that will get your engine running but still leave some in the tank for the big rides and races you have planned for the weekend. This ride is led by members of the Kanberra Cycling Team as lead beacon. August will feature a progression of four workouts designed by Craig Polston of EVOQ.BIKE. This week’s workout is Threshold Intervals.

Other Events to Watch For

Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 Sportive Series
Want to take your love for Shimano a step even further? Unlock the Shimano S-Phyre jersey by completing any of the three events in the series. You will automatically be given a bike equipped with R9200 to ride. While we can’t promise any in-game performance advantages, you will be the envy of the Zwift peloton. The events are running multiple times throughout these dates; sign up for one or complete all three.

EVENT #1 - September 22-24
WORLD: Makuri Islands
Route: Flatland Loop
Distance per lap: 13km | 8.1 miles
Elevation per lap: 198m
A Group: 3
B Group: 2
C Group (women): 3
D Group (women): 2

EVENT #2 - September 25-27
WORLD: Watopia
A Group: Out and Back Again | 1 lap | 39.8 km (24.7 miles) 303m elevation
B Group: Figure 8 | 1 lap | 29.8 km (18.5 miles) 234m elevation
C Group: Out and Back Again | 1 lap | 39.8 km (24.7 miles) 303m elevation (WOMEN ONLY)
D Group: Figure 8 | 1 lap | 29.8 km (18.5 miles) 234m elevation (WOMEN ONLY)

EVENT #3 – September 28-30
WORL: London
A Group: Triple Loops | 1 lap | 40.8 km (25.4 miles) 544m elevation
B Group: Keith Hill After Party | 1 lap | 36.2 km (22.5 miles) 407m elevation
C Group: Triple Loops | 1 lap | 40.8 km (25.4 miles) 544m elevation (WOMEN ONLY)
D Group: Keith Hill After Party | 1 lap | 36.2 km (22.5 miles) 407m elevation (WOMEN ONLY)