Zwift Fondo Series [2022]

Have questions about the Zwift Fondo Series? You’re in the right place.

Q: What is the Zwift Fondo Series?

The Zwift Fondo Series is an annual rider favorite of the Zwift community and continues into its sixth season. These mass-start events are designed to ride-at-your-own pace, with three different distances (please see specifics by month below):

  • Bambino (roughly 50km)
  • Medio (roughly 70km)
  • Gran (roughly 90km)

Some riders choose to race and some take the ride at a more leisurely pace. And, of course, double draft will be enabled, making longer distances more approachable for all rider levels.

There will be three new kits to unlock, one for each route distance.

Q: How do I register for the Zwift Fondo Series?

Visit the Zwift Fondo Series page to register!

Q: When does the Zwift Fondo Series start and finish?

The Zwift Fondo weekends will take place the first weekend of each month, starting December 2, 2022, and ending in April 2023:

  • December 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022
  • December 31, 2022 - January 2, 2023
  • February 3, 2023 - February 5, 2023
  • March 3, 2023 - March 5, 2023
  • March 31, 2023 - April 2, 2023

We are aware of a bug that results in avatars taking improper turns in events when late join is turned on. In order to ensure the best experience for those taking part in the Zwift Fondo Series, we have adjusted the remaining Zwift Fondo Series events to no longer offer late join. If you have already signed up for an upcoming event, no action is required on your part.

Q: What if I miss a stage?

No worries, every month there are three days to participate. If you aren’t able to join, be sure to plan ahead for the next month’s fondo events.

Q: How many stages are there and what routes comprise the Zwift Fondo Series?

  • 5 months
  • 3 distances each month
  • 2 different sets of routes that alternate every other month

Q: Can I do a stage more than once?

Absolutely!

Q: What do I get for completing the Zwift Fondo Series?

There is a kit unlock for each course distance. Complete the Bambino, Medio, and Gran to unlock all three kits.

Q: These kits are great! How can I purchase one?

Unfortunately, these kits are not available IRL.

Q: I’m not seeing an earned unlock for the Zwift Fondo Series. Where is my unlock?

Unlocks during the Zwift Fondo Series require you to log out and back into Zwift. If you completed the ride and can’t find your unlock, please reach out to us.

Q: How do I opt-in to make sure I don’t miss any emails?

Just update your email preferences. Check out our article for more info.

Q: What should I do to prepare?

  • Zwift has two fondo training plans specifically designed for both the Bambino and the Gran fondo distances.
  • There will be group workouts beginning in November on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Fondo Friday group workouts begin in December
  • Our Support Hub has everything you need to get ready. For basic info on getting started, check out this article. If you’re looking for more helpful tips on getting ready for event day, check out this article.

Q: What can I do if one or more of my events hasn’t been saved or the kit hasn’t been unlocked after completing the stage?

There are a handful of possible technical reasons your activity didn’t count. They include game crashes, logging in on multiple devices, working out after finishing a stage, or not completing the final lap. The best way to ensure your activity counts is to save and exit the game after completing the stage. If you run into any issues, please reach out to us—we’re here to help!

@manda_F On the web page it has an events link:

That link returns 404. Not really a surprise since it’s from 2020.

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@Paul_Southworth - Thanks! Flagging this internally!

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The link has been fixed

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It sure would be cool if these events would be announced more than 3 days in advance. It’s not just this one, either - even the major tours (de Zwift, of Watopia, etc.) end up dropped on us with barely any notice.

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Fair enough that we could have announced them earlier, but they are running for the next 3 months.

…but the first one and most interesting right now is in just 3 days…

A point I acknowledged in my earlier post.

Just another reminder that better communication about upcoming large scale events has been asked for, yet here we are.

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It does look like the jersey unlocks are the same each month and differ only by distance, in years past there was a different jersey each month, so at least that is a little better.

Would prefer a different Unlock for each stage/month as per previous Fondo Series

I like that some Fridays are included. I have too much kids’ stuff on weekends to spend a lot of time on the bike (I have a weird schedule since weekdays are more open for me), I will try to get in on the first Fondo this Friday if I can stave off this sickness that’s going around the neighborhood.

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Since I’m still fairly new to Zwift I’m curious if the Fondo Series (actual rides) will show up on the opening “splash page” (below) or is the only registration option through the actual Zwift dot com website as noted in the original post? Thanks in advance.

What routes are used for each distance?

This has it all @JoeV

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The fondo tomorrow goes through the jungle.

I guess the one thing I’m not sure about is if people in general switch bikes for the jungle or not. If you are in a pack of folks with road bikes, and you don’t want to lose your pack will they all keep those road bikes in the jungle? If so you’d want to stay on your road bike to make sure you don’t lose the pack.

I know it’s “not a race”, and there will be other packs that are also “not racing” to join into further back, I’m just wondering how many folks will stop, put on a mountain bike for the jungle, stop, put on a road bike when they get out of the jungle vs. the number of people who will just stick to their road bikes.

Will the folks in the front of the “definitely not a race” pack be switching bikes you think?

I would.

I don’t think so, at their speeds and power I think they are better off sticking with the group. At lower speeds and lower power, I’ve been able to switch and then catch and pass the group I was with, switch back after leaving the jungle and finish way ahead of them.

also, aren’t the gravel bikes with the new wheel sets now faster than the MTB?

This post says MTB still beats out gravel in the jungle:
Learn How Zwift’s New Mountain Bikes Perform | Zwift Insider

Edit: Apparently this article is before they released the new gravel wheelsets. There are gravel combinations using those wheelsets that are faster than MTB.

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that’s an old article, check out the new one from this year:

So the dirt is where these wheels really shine. Pair them with a faster gravel bike like the Canyon Grail and you’ve got a rig that’s a few seconds faster than any mountain bike on a lap of the Jungle Circuit.

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