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Hors Categorie Series

Get ready to push yourself to the limit and experience the thrill of competitive racing on extremely challenging courses! The Hors Categorie Series, powered by Team DIRT Racing, is bigger, better, longer and harder than anything we’ve hosted before!

Challenging Courses

Four hard and challenging courses with custom finishes. The races with lengths are around 60-70 km will test both your endurance and strength

Category Enforced

Category Enforced individual racing and a balanced points structure (FIN, FTS, and FAL). Competitive experience for everyone!

Sunday 18:30 UTC

From the 22nd of January to the 12th of February, join us every Sunday at 18:30 UTC.

Hors Categorie Series Calendar

Date Course World Length Event link
22 Jan 2023 Six Little Sisters Watopia 67.3 km | 840 m
29 Jan 2023 Royal Double + Pump Yorkshire 68.2 km | 1.206 m
05 Feb 2023 Stairways to Heaven New York 60.1 km | 992 m
12 Feb 2023 Ride of the Valkyries Watopia 59.4 km | 1.942 m

Stage Briefing

Stage 1: Six Little Sisters (67.3 km | 840 m)

Custom finish line on top of the Volcano

Lap 1:
13.0-15.6 km Titans Grove KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS
25.5-29.2 km Volcano KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS

Lap 2:
38.7-39.6 km Zwift KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS
50.8-53.3 km Titans Grove KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS
63.2-66.9 km Volcano KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS

Stage 2: Royal Double + Pump (68.2 km | 1.206 m)

Lap 1:
12.0-13.2 km Yorkshire KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS
15.2-15.5 km Yorkshire Sprint = FAL (Sprint)
17.6-18.7 km Yorkshire KOM Reverse = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS

Lap 2:
30.0-30.4 km Yorkshire Sprint Reverse = FAL (Sprint)
39.7-40.9 km Yorkshire KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS
42.9-43.2 km Yorkshire Sprint = FAL (Sprint)
45.3-46.4 km Yorkshire KOM Rev. = FAL (KOM Cat. 4) / FTS

Lap 3:
57.7-61.1 km Yorkshire Sprint Reverse = FAL (Sprint)
67.4-68.2 km Finish KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 4)

Stage 3 – Stairways to Heaven (60.1 km | 992 m)

Custom Finish

Lap 1:
8.7-10.1 km New York KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS

Lap 2:
29.8-30.0 km NY Sprint Forward = FAL (Sprint) / FTS
31.1-32.4 km New York KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS

Lap 3:
52.3-52.5 km NY Sprint Forward = FAL (Sprint)
53.6-54.9 km New York KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS

Stage 4 – Ride of the Valkyries (59.4 km | 1.942 m)

Custom finish on top of ADZ

8.5 – 12.4 km Volcano KOM = FAL (KOM Cat. 3) / FTS
24.2 – 33.3 km Epic KOM Forward = FAL (KOM Cat. 2) / FTS
47.1 – 59.3 km Alpe du Zwift = FAL (KOM Cat. 1) / FTS

Rules and Scoring

1: Overriding Principles
  1. Race within the spirit of the rules. You can see what we’re aiming for here so work with us. Don’t try to game the system if we missed a loophole. We want to find the fastest riders not the smartest sneaks.
  2. Be honest with your stats and recognise that when we are eRacing the appearance of honesty is also crucial! Don’t mess with your height. Don’t lend your account to anyone else to play with. Don’t find a massive weight drop the day before the Alpe du Zwift race.
2: Rider Requirements
  1. All riders must have completed 3 maximum effort RACES (minimum 20+ minutes per race) that count towards their ZwiftPower 3 Race Average in the prior 90-days to start in a HCS race. This is mandatory and easy to do. Failure to comply will result in results being annulled.
  2. Riders must have a fully registered ZwiftPower.com account that has enabled the sharing of rider data with ZwiftPower from your Zwift Profile Connections.
  3. Riders should ensure that races in this series are saved as PUBLIC to ensure transparency.
  4. In the event that a rider is reported to Race Control, then Race Control will request the original ZWIFT FIT file from the team captain via notification on Direct Message on Discord. This will need to be provided within 24-hours and failure to provide that FIT file will itself be a DQ for the rider in question.
  5. Riders must have accurate height and weight entered in-to their Zwift profile, either through Companion app or Zwift.com. Weight reductions of >2kg close to the event will require the rider to verify this with a weigh-in video.
  6. Riders are not permitted to change their height, weight or other biometric information from the point they enter the pen to when they exit the race. Failure to comply will result in a rider DQ.
  7. All riders must transmit power information to Zwift. This can be done by using a Smart turbo trainer, Smart bike or Classic ‘dumb’ trainer with a separate power meter. Not transmitting power information to the game will result in points being annulled.
  8. All riders must wear a heart rate monitor (HRM) that transmits data directly to Zwift. Failure to comply will result in results being annulled.
3: Categories
  1. HCS uses Category Enforcement (CE) to place riders into the correct pen. This process is automatically done based on rules defined by Zwift, which can be viewed here: https://support.zwift.com/en_us/category-enforcement-faq-rJ5CQrpvc
  2. Category Enforcement (CE) means that riders could start in different categories within the series, always in the minimum possible category on race day. However the race results for the league table are category-related, which means that only the points earned in the specific category are added to the overall result of the same category. Therefore we recommend riders who are close to a specific category limit to start directly in the next higher category.
4: The HCS Threshold
  1. If a rider does 0.2 w/kg over the relevant Category limit (double the normal Zwiftpower limit), and is 10w or more than the Watts Range for their category, in a HCS race then they will be disqualified with a WKG tag.
5: Individual Leaderboard and Points
  1. The Individual leaderboard is calculated to the accumulated Total Rider Points (Finishing + FTS + FAL points) of a rider in all HCS races of the same series.
  2. Finishing position points (FIN): are awarded to all riders finishing the race as per the table in 5.1 below.
  3. Fastest Through Segment (FTS): points are awarded to the top 10 times through the segment on each lap as listed in 5.2 below – in conjunction with the course schedule. Be aware some segments may be worth double points and some segments may not count so study the race details carefully!
  4. First Across the Line (FAL): points awarded to the top 10 riders across the segment finish line on each lap as listed in 5.3 below – in conjunction with the course schedule. Be aware some segments may be worth double points and some segments may not count so study the race details carefully!
  5. The results will be published on Zwiftpower.
6: Points Tables

6.1 Finishing Points (FIN) table

6.2 Fastest Through Segment (FTS) table

6.3 First Across the Line (FAL) Table – Weighted KOM points

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