Zwift Course Calendar for January

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So 2021 is here. Are you planning to work off some of the seasonal food? 

Well, the January guest world schedule is here as both a table and an image. There’s plenty to get stuck into.

Before the introduction of Paris, it was largely split between New York and London. Since then, Zwift have been mixing it up a bit.

At the moment, France/ Paris seems to be in there a bit more. So more chances to ride Ventoux, which is looking like a possibility for the Tour although not the Etape.

Overall though Richmond is the top world as it appears with London, New York, and Innsbruck.

Nice Innsbruck is making an appearance. This is TurboCyclist’s fave course, other than Bologna.

Of course, you can ride any course you like but you’ll be on your own. Just follow the instructions under the table below. 

January-Zwift-Course-Schedule Zwift Course Calendar for January
Zwift Calendar for January
DateWorld
1 JanuaryLondon/ Yorkshire
2 JanuaryLondon/ Yorkshire
3 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
4 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
5 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
6 JanuaryRichmond/ London
7 JanuaryRichmond/ London
8 JanuaryNew York/ Richmond
9 JanuaryNew York/ Richmond
10 JanuaryNew York/ Richmond
11 JanuaryYorkshire/ Innsbruck
12 JanuaryYorkshire/ Innsbruck
13 JanuaryInnsbruck/ Richmond
14 JanuaryInnsbruck/ Richmond
15 JanuaryLondon/ Yorkshire
DateWorld
16 JanuaryLondon/ Yorkshire
17 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
18 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
19 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
20 JanuaryRichmond/ London
21 JanuaryRichmond/ London
22 JanuaryYorkshire/ Innsbruck
23 JanuaryYorkshire/ Innsbruck
24 JanuaryInnsbruck/ Richmond
25 JanuaryInnsbruck/ Richmond
26 JanuaryInnsbruck/ Richmond
27 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
28 JanuaryFrance/ Paris
29 JanuaryNew York/ Richmond
30 JanuaryLondon/ Yorkshire
31 JanuaryNew York/ Richmond

Following a Zwift update in 2019, indoor cyclists have the choice of two worlds. First, is the home world ‘Watopia’, while the second rotates as per the Zwift course calendar below.

One question you might ask is why are we only allowed to access two at a time? The reason for this is simple enough. Basically, there are only so many Zwifters and the platform doesn’t want anyone riding around on their own.

That said, there are ways to get around this. For a start, you can launch an event in any other worlds.

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The other is to open your Zwift folder (usually found in the Documents folder – if not just search) and open prefs.xml with a text editor like Notepad or Wordpad (this bit is important).

If you add one of the following tags just after “” the file (before opening Zwift), the app will open with you in the appropriate world. You will have it all to yourself.

 

Alternatively, the other option is to create a Meetup via Zwift Companion. That way you can ride the world and course you want.

Watopia, add: <WORLD>1</WORLD>
Richmond, add: <WORLD>2</WORLD>
London, add:<WORLD>3</WORLD>
New York, add:<WORLD>4</WORLD>
Innsbruck, add: <WORLD>5</WORLD>
Bologna, add: <WORLD>6</WORLD>
Yorkshire, add: <WORLD>7</WORLD>

If you want a schedule to what courses are coming up this month on Zwift, here’s what’s occurring:

The Zwift courses and what they entail

Bologna

Ok, first up, this does not appear in the world schedule. But you will see it in time trial events.

It is a recreation of this year’s Giro prologue and forms two parts. First off there’s a run through the city featuring cobbles.

Then there’s the highlight, a tasty climb up to the finish hitting around 12%. 

zwift-bologna-1024x864 Zwift Course Calendar for January
Bologna has a great climb

Richmond

This is a replica of the Worlds Course from 2015 that was won by Sagan.

The bulk of the 10.1-mile course is flat. However, there is a short sharp climb near the end. After that there is a long drag up to the finish – this is where most of the damage occurs if you’re racing.

richmond Zwift Course Calendar for January

Innsbruck

This is the Worlds course (or at least part of it) from 2018. The one that was sadly won by Piti.

The circuit is actually just the end of the route and does not take into account the 85km to get there.

The main feature is a 7.8-mile climb with an average gradient of around 6%. Interestingly the actual route featured a 25% gradient, which is outside the capability of most smart trainers.

innsbruck-zwift-1024x864 Zwift Course Calendar for January
Innsbruck

London

Speaking personally, this is my least favourite course. Probably, the fact it goes past my work has something to do with it.

It’s quite flat although it goes out into the Surrey Hills. It does not reflect the London 2012 course – a massive chunk of South London is missing.

Leith Hill and Box Hill are also significantly easier to climb in real life.

london-zwift Zwift Course Calendar for January

 

New York

New York is an anomaly. I’ve been there and I don’t remember cycleways in the sky – although it’s a great idea.

The futuristic world was launched in 2018 and sports one the hardest gradients in Zwift – 19%. There are six routes with the hardest featuring a 22-mile route with 525 metres of climbing.

New-York-Zwift Zwift Course Calendar for January
New York

 

Yorkshire

Another English course. This one is the scene for this year’s Worlds featuring a condensed form of the route through the Yorkshire Dales before hitting Harrogate’s town circuit.

Zwift has said the Harrogate end of the course is one of its most accurate, with the roads based on GPX data. So, it will be as near as identical to the actual route.

 

Harrogate-zwift Zwift Course Calendar for January
Yorkshire

Paris/ France

Well this one was a while coming. While Covid-19 took away the Tour de France (or at least kicked it down the road) Zwift put together it’s own version for pro riders.

As of August, normal riders have access to it. Highlights include a ride along the Champs Elysee and, best of all, a duplicate of Mont Ventoux.

france Zwift Course Calendar for January
France

Ride On!

This should be all you need to know to get into the world you want. We all have our favourite worlds but remember if it’s one you don’t like you can always change it. 

Also go here if you are interested in setting up a Zwift group ride. 

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