Calling All Racers: Zwift Drops Flag on Crit City
All new event course designed for flat out racing opens roads for event organisers
Zwift, the global online training and racing platform for athletes, has today unveiled Zwift’s eighth map. Crit City will be an event-only course designed to deliver racing that is both fun to watch, and fun to play.
Crit City has been designed explicitly with racing in mind. Just 1.9km in length, with 26ft in elevation gain this is a course that promises to deliver full gas racing. Similar to real life criterium circuits, the circuit weaves its way around the tightly packed buildings of Crit City over cobbles and sweeping roundabouts. Dead turns, and a couple of sections of parallel road allow a few opportunities to keep a close eye on either the breakaway or the chasing bunch.
This isn’t a circuit for sightseeing, but for those who get to take a moment to look up, there are a few sights to take in. A colourful graffiti mural adjourning one of the buildings, for example, has been inspired by the landscape of Watopia. For those watching the live racing on broadcast, there will be opportunities to take in a few easter eggs not visible to the racer’s eye, such as the Big-Z building just off the course itself.
“As someone who grew up racing crits as a junior, I’m really excited to test my legs in Crit City.” Says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “Criterium racing really is an artform, and I’m sure that racing this course will be no different. Knowing how to conserve energy and when to make your move is critical when racing for the win. I know that this is something that our racing community will love.”
Crit City is an event-only map. Unlike guest maps such as Yorkshire or New York, Crit City can only be experienced by joining an event on that course. Events taking place in Crit City can be found using the Zwift Event calendar online or in Zwift’s Companion App and will have Crit City included in the event title.
Riders eager to race can look for the first Crit City events by the end of this week with signups via ZCA opening up beforehand.
Zwift is the fitness company born from gaming. We’re dedicated fitness enthusiasts that also happen to be experienced software and video game developers. Combining that passion and deep understanding of the fitness world, Zwift is the first company to use massive multiplayer gaming technology to bring the outdoor experience indoors. Athletes from around the globe can train and compete with each other in rich, 3D-generated worlds simply by connecting their existing devices & hardware (e.g. cycle trainers, power meters, treadmills, heart rate monitors, etc) wirelessly via open industry standard ANT+ and BLE. From friendly competition, to racing & structured training programs, Zwift is building a community of like-minded athletes united in the pursuit of a better social fitness experience.