Team affiliation runs deep in competitive cycling, so it’s no surprise that teams have been a part of Zwift from the beginning. In some cases Zwift teams are born out of real-life cycling teams, and in the case of at least one team (ODZ) the Zwift team became a real-life team! Here’s an introduction to Zwift cycling teams, with a particular focus on teams who race together.

What are teams doing on Zwift?

Team members typically race together in individual events or team events such as team time trials or the Zwift Worlds Team Race. Some teams also organize regular Zwift group rides–these often begin as team training rides then later open up to anyone interested.

Lastly, team members interact with each other, typically via Facebook. Facebook is the main place where Zwifters interact, but the main Zwift Riders group is too large to facilitate intimate, ongoing interaction. A team’s Facebook page is a good place for a small group of Zwifters to get to know each other, congratulate each other on race efforts and share racing/training tips.

How many teams exist?

There is still no central, commonly-used registry of Zwift teams, so figuring out how many there are or which one you should join can be a real challenge.

Here is a list of teams pulled from ZwiftPower.com on 12/23/16. I only included teams with 20 or more riders in ZwiftPower. There are certainly other groups active on Zwift, but these are the established teams actively racing at this time. I have included a link to the team’s homepage if available:

How do I join a team?

You can check the “Available for recruitment” box in your ZwiftPower profile to encourage teams to reach out to you, or take the initiative and reach out to a team directly through their website or Facebook page.

In most cases, joining a team is as easy as joining the Facebook page and starting to race under that team’s name and (if they have one) kit of choice. Some teams have requirements for team members, but most are open at this time.

Note: this is an updated version of a post originally written in August 2016.