Watts Up in Watopia: Le Tour Femmes

On Sunday, before the men were wrapping up the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées, the women raced the first stage of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes. The women will be racing eight historic stages from July 24 – July 31.

You can join in on the #newrules action and participate in watch events on Zwift. With multiple start times per day, you can ride with other fans and chat about the race.

Stage 1 – July 24: Paris | Champs-Élysées (4 laps)
Stage 2 – July 25: France | R.G.V. (1 lap)
Stage 3 – July 26: France | Tire-Bouchon (Segment)
Stage 4 – July 27: France | Casse-Pattes (1 lap)
Stage 5 – July 28: France | Douce France (1 lap)
Stage 6 – July 29: France | Roule ma Poule (1 lap)
Stage 7 – July 30: France | Ven-Top (1 lap)
Stage 8 – July 31: France | La Reine (1 lap)

In the U.S., the Tour de France Femmes will be broadcasted on Peacock and CNBC. Zwift provides watching options for other countries.

U.S. viewing schedule (times are EST)

Stage 1 – July 24, 7:20 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 1 – July 24, 3 p.m., CNBC
Stage 2 – July 25, 8:15 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 3 – July 26, 8:15 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 4 – July 27, 8:15 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 5 – July 28, 8:15 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 6 – July 29, 8:15 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 7 – July 30, 9:20 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock
Stage 8 – July 31, 9:20 a.m., (LIVE) Peacock, CNBC

Check out the start list to identify your favorite riders, teams, and countries.

Here’s what we at Slowtwitch have planned for the rest of the week.

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: France & Paris
Tuesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Wednesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Thursday: Makuri Islands & New York
Friday: France & Paris
Saturday: France & Paris
Sunday: France & Paris

Slowtwich Indoors Event Preview (All Times Eastern)

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

Monday 100/100 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. Don’t forget that each of the five ride workouts and five run workouts have a short and long option. Rather than canceling a workout when you are crunched for time, you can complete the short version and still reap the benefits of the program.

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 Coach is So Mean, which features multiple progressions of short, hard interval efforts.

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 Going Up!, which features some progressive 30s interval sets pushing you well past threshold.

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 an early morning bracer for the East Coast crowd. This week’s workout is Hang On, which features six sets of descending 30 second efforts.

Thursday SWIFT Ride, 6:55 PM
The newest ride to the Slowtwitch Indoors family, Slowtwitch SWIFT (Strong Women, It's Fun Together!) is here to bring another women's only ride to a slightly friendlier time slot. This ride will focus slightly more on strength-based work so bring those climbing legs. But even if you're feeling more like Mark Cavendish in the mountains of the Tour de France, so long as you keep the pedals moving, you'll stay with our group. This week’s workout is May The 4th Be With You, which features a 10-minute sweet spot block bookended by tempo/sweetspot intervals.

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. This week’s workout is May The 4th Be With You, which features a 10-minute sweet spot block bookended by tempo/sweetspot intervals.