Tour de Zwift 2022 is here.
Route and stage details from Zwift Insider.
Shane Miller’s video breakdown of this Year’s tour.
Stage 1 – Flat is Fast
I kicked off Stage 1 of the tour using my Tri bike as this was slated to be a flat stage with ~800 feet elevation. Felt great to be on my Tri bike again after riding mostly the road bike these last few months.
Stage 2 – Mountain Madness
This was the “Tour of Fire and Ice” route in Watopia with a mountain top finish on Alpe du Zwift. ADZ always makes for a great climbing benchmark ride. I came into this stage with some left knee niggles from this week so really wanted to approach the ride conservatively.
Prior to the ride I took a look at my Strava ADZ past segments so the goal became to aim for 260 – 280 watts on the climb. It took approximately 34 minutes to the foot of the climb which made for a great warmup to loosen up my legs and manage how my knee felt. There was no immediate pain so I was very optimistic that I would be able to hold a solid tempo pace up the climb.
Like any other route, having done ADZ including vEveresting the climb really added a sense of comfort and knowing when to push and recover during the ride and the 21 switchbacks.