Zwift Course Calendar for May

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Wondering where to go on Zwift?

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

This month there seems to be a real spread. Although – like last month – London and Richmond seem to be the faves at Zwift HQ.

I used to say every month, it’s interesting that Zwift likes London so much – it must get picked quite a lot by riders. The route used to go past my old office – so maybe that’s why I have a downer on it. However, the Surrey Hills are pretty good and the city route is good for races.

Innsbruck is also making a few more appearances. This is TurboCyclist’s fave course, other than Bologna (which is sadly not here).

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

Zwift-calendar-may-2021 Zwift Course Calendar for May
Zwift Schedule May 2021
DateWorld
1 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
2 MayYorkshire/ Innsbruck
3 MayYorkshire/ Innsbruck
4 MayRichmond/ London
5 MayRichmond/ London
6 MayNew York/ Richmond
7 MayNew York/ Richmond
8 MayYorkshire/ Innsbruck
9 AprilInnsbruck/ Richmond
10 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
11 MayNew York/ Richmond
12 MayFrance/ Paris
13 MayRichmond/ London
14 MayRichmond/ London
15 MayInnsbruck/ Richmond
DateWorld
16 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
17 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
18 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
19 MayYorkshire/ Innsbruck
20 MayYorkshire/ Innsbruck
21 MayFrance/ Paris
22 MayFrance/ Paris
23 MayRichmond/ London
24 MayNew York/ Richmond
25 MayNew York/ Richmond
26 MayFrance/ Paris
27 MayFrance/ Paris
28 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
29 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
30 MayLondon/ Yorkshire
31 MayLondon/ Yorkshire

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 May
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 May

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 May
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 May

 

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 May
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 May
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 May
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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