The Tour de Zwift: A Complete Guide

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The Tour the Zwift is the single biggest event of the year in virtual cycling. A Tour de France style tour but virtual, where everyone can participate. How cool is that?

Imagine the grandeur of the Tour de France - the epitome of endurance, strategy, and cycling camaraderie. Now, transpose this spectacle into the digital realm, and you get the Tour de Zwift. Born in the universe of virtual cycling, the Tour de Zwift is akin to its real-world counterpart in spirit and enthusiasm, but it unfolds in the vast, boundless landscapes of Zwift’s virtual worlds. Let's pedal into the heart of this digital cycling odyssey that's redefining the boundaries of cycling.

Mirroring the concept and excitement of the real-world Tour de France, TdZ has redefined indoor cycling experiences, making it an anticipated event in the cycling community.


What is the Tour de Zwift?

First launched in 2017, the Tour de Zwift is an annual virtual cycling tour hosted on the Zwift platform. It's a multi-stage event that takes riders through various virtual worlds, each designed to challenge and excite cyclists of all levels. The event blends the thrill of competitive cycling with the joy of community rides.


A Global Community Event

TdZ isn't just about cycling; it's about bringing together a global community of cyclists. Regardless of location, cyclists can connect, compete, and share their passion for cycling. The event's inclusive design allows riders of all abilities to participate, making it a unique experience in the world of virtual sports.


The Experience

Participants in the Tour de Zwift can expect diverse routes across different virtual landscapes, from the rolling hills of virtual France to the bustling streets of a digital New York. The event is structured in stages, each offering different challenges and requiring varying degrees of endurance and skill.

Tour de Zwift and Strava partnership: Free Trial & Prizes

The Tour de Zwift and Strava collaboration is one of the most highly anticipated and widely attended events of the year within the Strava community! This event is not only a showcase of endurance and athletic prowess, but it also brings together a diverse array of athletes from around the globe, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect. It's a celebration of fitness and a testament to the power of community. Truly, it remains a highlight on the annual Strava calendar!

Strava is partnering with Zwift to offer prizes to participants: participate to the tour and win a Tacx NEO Bike and a widescreen TV!

Plus, for those new to Zwift, there's an extended trial waiting to help you immerse fully in the Watopia experience. Remember, the challenge respects your local time zone, and you must upload your activities to Strava within three days post-challenge to ensure your efforts are counted. Get ready to pedal, track, and possibly win. 

Get ready to pedal hard to win. As you can see, some zwifters are going above and beyond:


Participation and Accessibility

One of the key attractions of TdZ is its accessibility. With just a Zwift account and a suitable indoor cycling setup, anyone can join in the fun. The event offers various categories to cater to different skill levels, ensuring that everyone from beginners to seasoned cyclists can enjoy the experience.


Why Tour de Zwift Matters

The Tour de Zwift is more than just a virtual cycling event; it's a celebration of the spirit of cycling. It encourages fitness, fosters global connections, and provides an exciting platform for indoor cyclists to test their mettle against others around the world.

The Tour de Zwift has set a benchmark in virtual cycling, offering an immersive and inclusive experience that resonates with the essence of outdoor cycling. As technology and virtual sports continue to evolve, TdZ remains a shining example of innovation and community in the world of sports.

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