I’ve been on Zwift for a year and change and still haven’t really wrapped my head around the three/four letter acronyms scattered through the events. A quick scroll through the events in the companion app lists out the following acronyms: ZBR, ECC, KISS, SAS, WDD, WBR, NZR, USMES, and my favorite, CRYO-GEN ZTGR. How do you go about decoding these cryptic incantations? My guess was that these are local cycling clubs that organize virtual cycling events. For the longest time I though you had to be part of that crew to join the events. I realize now that’s not the case.
My next guess was that these organizations run specific types of events… racing leagues, social spins, specific types of workouts. How do I know whether I should join the WBR or KISS racing series? Where do I go find out where the series starts/ends? Are the results kept track of anywhere besides zwiftpower? I’m not sure. What’s the difference between a BRM and SZR event? I still haven’t figured that out either.
My latest assumption is that events are essentially promotions for the sponsor in order to drive traffic and eyeballs to their site/company/service. I could be wrong about this.
I wish there was more explanation about this in Zwift, companion app, or the website. 99% of the time I just look at the event schedule and a time and distance that works for me on that day, and disregard the information about the organizer.