The Cycling Ireland Zwift League returns this Saturday for the first of eight rounds. The 2020/21 edition of the series features a mix of scratch and points races bringing a sense of competition that spices up the more solo situation of racing at home.

The Leagues started back in April at the peak of the first lockdown and proved a real winner for keeping cyclists engaged.

This is the tenth League with all the races taking place on Saturday mornings between 10 AM and 12 Noon and with age-grade racing categories at 40+, 50+ and 60+.

Over 300 participants took part in the last round of racing, showing that there is a strong demand.

Round 1 starts with a 24-kilometre scratch race on the France R.G.V course to ease participants into the league.

Round 2 steps it up a level with a 27.3km cobbled classic featuring two King of the Mountains primes before the sprint for the line which offers double points.

A new category has been added to the league with A’s and A+ separated in the standings. A and A+ will start together at 10 am followed by B, C and D category riders at one-minute intervals. The top 50 male and female riders in each category will be awarded points from the round and the best 7 results will count in the overall standings.

Members holding a 2020 or 2021 membership will feature in the male and female league standings and will battle for the Spin11 Champions Jersey. League standings will factor into qualification for any eRacing National Championships should they take place in 2021.

The first round of the league will be live-streamed on Cycling Ireland’s Facebook Channel with commentary by Declan Quigley.

To help prepare for the Cycling Ireland Zwift League, a series of group workouts will take place on Tuesday nights starting this evening at 7 PM

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