2020 vBAR 3

Socially-responsible competitive cycling in the corona-era.


vBAR3 Event Schedule

Races will be every Saturday morning for the duration of the series. The exact race and time may change from week to week in order to provide a variety of courses and disciplines, but it will be between 9 AM and noon when possible. The Zwift events calendar is published roughly one week in advance, so check back often for updates to the schedule. Ladies: Whenever possible, we choose for women-only events. When none are available, we opt for co-ed races instead of women-only categories due to the scoring system. If you normally race as a B but register for a women-only category E for one of the scheduled races, that race will not count in your overall score.

Substitutions may be neccesary to ensure a variety of disciplines or due to cancellations.

Saturday, August 1

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9:45 AM
DIRT Dadurday Chase Race

If you missed the TdF Discovery Rides, here's your chase to race on the new Champs-Elysees!


Saturday, August 8

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10:30 AM
EVR Summer Series

3 laps of Greater London Loop. (Cats C, D, and E do 2 laps). Staggered-start, double-draft, and miles of fun!

Women, you can enter your "Mixed" category from ZwiftPower or the women-only E category, but we cannot manually reallocate points. Race as A/B/C or D to get points in those categories, or race in E to earn points in the E category. Please email organizer with questions,


Saturday, August 15

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10:15 AM
OH MY CRIT - Saturday Smash Race

Submitted for your racing pleasure, a pair of laps around the new Casse-Pattes course in France. Literally translated, the name means "leg-breaking", but surely that can't be right, can it?


Saturday, August 22

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10:00 AM
XRS Races: Saturday Climbing Series

Race #4 takes us back to London for one measly lap of the Surrey Hills course. When you're finished, you'll have climbed all of the climbs in London within the span of a 46km ride!

Notes for this race:

  • No powerups (!)
  • No TT bikes
  • HRM mandatory!
  • Cadence mandatory
  • No zPower - only power meters or smart trainers


Saturday, August 29

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10:15 AM
OH MY CRIT - Saturday Smash Race

10 fiery laps around Watopia's Volcano Circuit. No Double Draft or power-ups in this one. Just a quick 2.5 mile circuit surrounded 50 of your closest friends and a lot of lava. One short kicker on every lap will keep things interesting.


Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Cycling wants to continue its mission to promote competitive cycling for all of its members. Right now, this is the only way that makes sense.
Yes. Zwift has become inundated with requests for new races and series since the end of February. In an attempt to be fair, they're rejecting every request for new events. That leaves us one option: piggyback on an existing event. Results will be a mixture of Virginia cyclists and everyone else on the planet. By registering your USAC license and Zwift ID, we can easily pick you out of the results and verify your eligibility as a Virginia resident.

You will need a Zwift account. There are free 7-day trials available if you don't have one yet.

You'll also need to create a free account on zwiftpower.com. ZwiftPower is your primary source of all Zwift results. Failure to register on that site may mean you will be DQ'd from certain events. If you don't show up in the results, we cannot score you.

Once your accounts are created, you'll need to opt-in to share your ride data with ZwiftPower.com. Log into your account at https://my.zwift.com, click Profile > Connections, and click to enable sharing with ZwiftPower. And Strava while you're there.

You'll need a power meter. It is not necessary to have a smart trainer (Wahoo KICKR, Tacx Neo, Elite Direto, Saris H3, etc.), but you will need a power meter feeding your data to the app. It is possible to use a "dumb" fluid trainer and no power meter in Zwift, but you'll use the 'zwift power' algorithm to calculate your output. This is notorioulsy inaccurate and if you're racing in the C group or above, you will likely be DQ'd from most events.

That's all you need.

Oh, and a heart rate monitor. Most races require Category A, B, and C riders to wear one.

But that's it. Just a Zwift account, a ZwiftPower.com account, a power meter, and a heart rate monitor. And that's all you need.

Nope. This is not a USAC-sanctioned series, there are no permits or insurance, and you're not required to agree to the terms and regulations of USAC.

However, you will need a USA Cycling number. If you already have a USAC license, great! You have your number. If you're not sure, try going to usacycling.org and logging in. If successful, you'll see your USA Cycling #. If you don't have a log in, click the "Sign up for new account" button. There is no charge to register and you'll be issued a USA Cycling # that wil become your license number should you ever choose to purchase one.

You also have to agree to Zwift's terms of use and the rules for fairness in e-racing established by Zwift, ZwiftPower, and the promoters of these events.

So all you really need is a Zwift account, a ZwiftPower.com account, a power meter, a heart rate monitor, and a USA Cycling #. And that's all you need. For sure.

No. To make things a little less confusing, riders are asked to make a few modifications that will identify them as Virginia vBAR competitors. On race day, you should use the Zwift Companion App or log in to zwift.com to update your name. Add a [vBAR] to the end of your last name, so your name appears as "J. Doe [vBAR]".

Once you launch Zwift and are preparing to do your warmup, press P and enter the unlock code "ZTHKIT". That code unlocks the jersey that is least likely to show up in any race, the Zwift Thailand Kit. Once you've unlocked it, you can pull it on by pressing T to bring up the User Customization Screen.

The name tag is required. Wearing the jersey is optional but recommended.

If you've raced on Zwift before, it's likely you already know your category. Race that one. If you've never raced on Zwift before, your category is based on your FTP. Take your best 20 minute effort in watts, multiply by 0.95, and divide that by your weight in kilograms.
  • If your fitness level is 4.0 w/kg or higher (3.7 w/kg for women), race in the A category.
  • If your fitness level is 3.2 w/kg to 4.0 (or to 3.7 w/kg for women), race in the B category.
  • If your fitness level is 2.5 w/kg to 3.2, race in the C category.
  • If your fitness level is below 2.5 w/kg, race in the D category.
Once you've done three races, ZwiftPower will provide your "historic category", or recommended category based on past performance. You are free to race-up a category (or more) if you want, but don't race down. You could get DQ'd.
No. But you can't win any, either.
Eternal glory, the respect and adoration of your peers, and free entry into any Zwift event from now until they start charging for races.
So we can email you the date and time of the next event. We promise we will not give it to anyone or use it for evil.
Scheduled events permitting, we will do our best to schedule events lasting roughly 60 minutes on a variety of terrains. There will be one climbing-specific race and potentially a time trial. The rest will be flat to hilly courses.

The burgoning popularity of eSports has created new opportunities for cheaters to practice their craft. Zwift and similar platforms are not immune to such shenanigans. Zwift and ZwiftPower have implemented many measures to identify and disqualify riders that put in unusually spectacular performances. We defer to their algorithms to find and disqualify the culprits.

Weight plays a critical role in your performance, so it's imperative that you weigh yourself frequently and update your in-game weight. Better than frequent updates is joining the ZwiftTransparency Facebook group and posting live weigh-in videos of you and your scale.

Heart rates increase with increased exertion. When a rider does 5 w/kg for 30 minutes and their heart rate is 120 bpm, something's up. When an event organizer lists heart rate monitors as necessary equipment, make sure you wear one. Maybe even replace the battery if it's old.

Dual recording is nice, but not mandatory. If you have two power sources, you can run one to Zwift and another to a head unit. After the race, go to ZwiftPower and upload your file on the Analysis tab found in your profile. It'll do a comparison of the two data files to show your numbers are legit. Again - not mandatory, but nice to have.

Beware ZPower riders! ZPower is Zwift's "best guess" at power output for riders with no smart trainer or power meter. It uses cadence and speed sensors to estimate power. You've probably seen guys whiz by at 250 mph sporting every jersey available for that world. But not all ZPower riders are as obvious. The way you know them is by looking at the rider's "w/kg" value in the name list. If there's no lightning bolt next to the "w/kg" label, they're ZPower.

Do not sit on their wheel. Do not allow them to chase down breaks. Do not allow them to pull you away from the pack. Stay away from ZPower riders. If they become a nuisance, use the Zwift Companion app to flag them. With enough flags, they're removed from the event and no longer influence it negatively.

Also note that not all ZPower riders are cheating. Tires deflating by a few psi can affect ZPower, so please don't verbally assualt anyone without a lightning bolt. But if they chase your break down single-handedly, but all means - FLAG THEM!

At the end of the day, this is a free event with no opportunity to win money, prizes, or pro contracts. It's the thrill of competition we seek. Compete and have fun. When the dust finally settles and we take it outside, we'll be