Watts Up in Watopia: The Classics Are Back

The Zwift Classics are back for the fourth year.

Race the classics for the first time or challenge yourself to improve on previous years’ results and course personal records. If you are registered with Zwift Power, you will be able to compare your results overall and with others in your gender and category.

Speaking of category, race category enforcement will be in effect. If you have not been putting out race-like efforts on Zwift during the last 60 days, you may find that your category is lower than what it has been historically.

Here is the schedule:

Week One: The Apple Lap (July 11-17)
Two Laps: New York’s Astoria Line 8 (23km, 282m elevation)

Week Two: Watopia Cup (July 18-24)
Three Laps: Watopia’s Two Bridges Loop (22km, 240m elevation)

Week Three: Watch the Femmes Takeover! (July 25-31)
One Lap: France’s Casse-Pattes (23.9km long, 145m elevation)

Week Four: Yorkshire Grand Prix (August 1-7)
One Lap: Yorkshire’s Royal Pump Room 8 (18.7km, 343m elevation)

Week Five: London International (August 8-14)
One and a Half Laps: London 8 (27.8km, 262m elevation), finishing at the Mall sprint

Week Six: Rund um Innsbruck (August 15-21)
Two and a Half Laps: Innsbruck’s Innsbrucking (23km, 213m elevation), finishing atop the Leg Snapper

Week Seven: Trofeo Bologna (August 22-28)
One Lap: Bologna Time Trial Lap (8.05km, 236m elevation)

Be sure to review Zwift’s Guide to the Classics for complete race details, including course recon and event powerups.

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: Richmond & London
Tuesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Wednesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Thursday: France & Paris
Friday: France & Paris
Saturday: Yorkshire & Innsbruck
Sunday: Yorkshire & Innsbruck

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 Nuanced Differences, which features intervals around 2 minutes in length at varied wattages within your tempo range.

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

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.