SDW Online Cycling

Latest News 

  • Our very active online cycling community chat is now on Discord. Members can join and keep in touch with latest events at 
  • The club has funded two Wahoo KickR Snap smart trainers to loan for free to get you started. Contact Simon Miller for more info.
  • SDW Friday Frenzy Series 4 launches on Friday April 8th 2022 on the free RGT platform. Check back in shortly for further information.
  • Zwift Racing League 2022 Season 3 starts on April 5th 2022. Contact Julian Fussell now to get added to one of a number of SDWasps teams across all category levels.
  • The 2021 SDW Online Club Champs were held on Saturday 6th November. Congratulations to our winner of The Henderson Cup, Rory Barrett. Click here for full results and click the image below to watch a replay of the event.
  • Note: Please see file downloads at the bottom of the page for helpful guides and resources.  


Online Cycling with the SDWasps

The Southborough and District Wheelers have an active "SDWasps" online cycling community catering for all levels with male, female and youth riders participating in a busy schedule of racing and group ride events.
In early 2020, the lockdown limits on outdoor group cycling led to our regular Sunday group rides going online via the Zwift platform. As the numbers grew, so did the appetite for racing and the advent of the British Cycling South East (BCSE) InterClub Competition led to the formation of the SDW Wasps - our online cycling community for group riding, training, racing and a lot of banter. 
At our 2nd attempt, SDW won the BCSE InterClub Competition as well as the following London Lockdown series, beating some of the largest clubs in the South East. Since then we've enjoyed a lot of Zwift success, taking it to the mega online cycling clubs in numerous global series including regularly fielding up to 50 riders in the prestigious Zwift Racing League
In November 2020, the club held it's first ever Online Club Championships with over 40 riders competing across categories on Zwift. Keith Henderson narrowly took the Category A and overall Club Championship win from Neil Harris and Keith Brown. James Currie, Tim Bottoms and 8 yr old Ollie Fussell took the Category B, C and D titles respectively with Ed Bowyer our highest placed Youth Rider. Watch a replay here.
Many of us also ride and race on the RGT platform which provides a different flavour of racing and enables us to ride local SDW real life routes that we can upload for training, group rides and races. The club now runs its own RGT Series "SDW Friday Frenzy" pitting SDW riders and teams against others from around the globe on local routes uploaded to the platform. 


So as a club member, how can I get involved?


Join the SDW Wasps eRacing Nest Facebook group and our SDWasps Discord chat group at .  This is the best way to keep in touch with various group rides and races we all take part in, plus where you can get lots of friendly support to get you started.


What do I need to get involved?

  • Software/Platform: Most of our club activities at this point are on Zwift and RGT. RGT is free for the core features allowing you to free-ride, train, race and join other's events. Zwift is chargeable however check your BC membership rewards for occasional Zwift new joiner offers. If you are looking for an alternative to Zwift or RGT then other great platforms where you might find Wheelers include RouvyBKoolSufferfestTrainerRoad and FulGaz 

  • Bike: You will of course need an indoor bike set-up be that a turbo trainer, a static bike (e.g Wattbike) or rollers. Zwift and RGT will allow you to use a standard "dumb" trainer or rollers with regular speed and cadence sensors. But to get the full experience and be eligible for all race results, then you will ideally need a "smart trainer" that has an in-built power meter. Alternatively, you can add external power meters (cranks, pedals or other) to your dumb trainer set-up however a smart trainer that changes resistance enables you to properly compete and experience the gradients in the course. Popular models include Wahoo Kickrs, Tacx Neos and Saris H3s but there are an increasing number of models to suit budgets. DC Rainmaker and ZwiftInsider provide good trainer reviews and comparisons.

  • Apps: For Zwift you will need the Zwift game app on your tablet, mac, PC or phone.  The Zwift Companion phone/tablet app is a must to accompany you from your mobile while riding. From here you can also easily sign up to events and follow and message other riders. Note you must have the app on the same network as your main Zwift platfrom app for them to work alongside each other while riding. Within the app, search SDW to find fellow club Zwifters.

    For RGT you will need two apps, the game app on your phone or tablet plus a screen app on your diplay device ie PC, Mac or Apple TV.See this RGT getting started guide for more info.

    For many events we also use the Discord app to enable us to communicate to each other during rides - an essential in Team Time Trial races. Join the main SDW Discord channel here and check the SDW Wasps eRacing Nest Facebook group for the relevant SDW Discord sub-channel  for your event. 

  • Screen: PC, Mac, ipad and AppleTV are your options with bluetooth or ANT+ connections. Alternatively, for Zwift, some use a phone as a screen and cast to a TV.  Refer to the Get Started and How to guides and videos on the Zwift and RGT websites to review minimum hardware requirement specifications. We also have some RGT guides uploaded to the files section of the SDW Wasps eRacing Nest Facebook group and see the RGT resources document at the foot of this page.

  • Wi-fi and Sensor Connectivity: All of these platforms do require relatively fast, strong and stable wi-fi and depending on your own set-up and provider, may require a bit of bespoke configuration to get it all working nicely for you. Similarly, Bluetooth or ANT+ interference can cause sensor issues. If you are experiencing buffering, drop-outs or crashes then do check the troubleshooting guides on the platform websites, the RGT resources documents below or reach out to any of us on the chat rooms to share our experiences. 

  • ZwiftPower: If taking part in Zwift racing leagues, you will need a ZwiftPower profile and category. You gain your ZwiftPower category (A, B, C or D) by competing in at least 3 events in the last 90 days with your category determined by your 20min w/kg efforts in those events. Once you have joined ZwiftPower, go to the Teams sections and search SDW to join our club team.  This is a helpful How To Guide to getting set-up for racing with ZwiftPower

  • Tags and Kit: For Zwift, it's helpful to add the tag SDW to your surname in your Zwift Profile (and this should feed through to ZwiftPower also). When in a racing team there may sometimes be extra tag requirements shared with you for each race. As a club we have adopted the Basic Kit 2 in the Zwift Kit Store which somewhat resembles a black and yellow Wasp. For RGT, we have our very own SDW kit in the locker room. Simply go to the app menu then Equipment and then select the SDW jersey. We tend to add the SDW tag to our name simply for fellow club rider identification and if you contact Simon Miller, then you can also be added to the SDW teams on RGTDB for results filtering in series competitions. 

  • Other: Fans, towels, sweatbands and lots of fluids are highly recommended, together with a well stocked fridge of beer for that post-ride reward and suffer selfie in our Wasp chat rooms. 





  • GP Llama - a great independent review guide with lots of how to guides and test videos across platforms 
  • ZwiftInsider - the go to bible for all things Zwift. Follow them on Facebook too for weekly event updates and more
  • ZwiftCast - a regular podcast on all things Zwift 
  • Zwift Community - follow this Facebook Page for links to live streaming of professional and community race events
  • Zwift Hacks - alongside the Zwift Companion App, a great resource for searching and signing up to events
  • Zwift Hub - a helpful tool to track your progress against Zwift's courses and badges 
  • British Cycling South East Zwift Community - home of the BCSE leagues and us good local club banter
  • WTRL - Organisers of the Zwift Racing League and Thursday Team Time Trial series. Check-in here for upcoming events and latest Wasp results and see the document below for top tips on TTTs
  • RGT - See the RGT Resources document at the foot of this page for lots of resources- from community engagement in their Facebook groups to troubleshooting steps
  • RGT Magic Roads - See the RGT Magic Roads document at the foot of this page to learn more about downloading or creating your own Magic Roads in RGT (requires premium membership)
  • The HERD Racing League - A great racing community on RGT and Zwift whose series we regularly take part in. Follow them on Facebook and look out for their Pink Tron weekly podcast.
  • VCycling News - Join Mike Lister and Riley Harvey via their YouTube channel and Facebook group for updates on all things Virtual Cycling including reviews of new platform developments and regular livestreams of prominent events. 

Common Questions:

  • How do Zwift meet-up club ride events work? Most of these are now set-up via our Zwift SDWasps Club which you can find in the Zwift Companion App. To be added to the club, add SDW to your Zwift name and follow Simon Miller SDW via the Find Zwifters feature in the app. I can then invite you to join.

  • How do I enter my first Zwift race? Use the Zwift Companion App to browse through events and pick one that suits you in terms of distance, climbing and format (details on the format are in the event description). Then choose the Category you feel comfortable with based on your anticipated w/kg (FTP/weight). Not sure - then start off in D or C and see how you get on. E cat is for women only but women can enter any other cat if they choose. If you enjoy your first races then set-up a ZwiftPower account (see above) and start to get ready for some competitive racing. 

  • Why are the race result in the Zwift app different to ZwiftPower? ZwiftPower is used for official results and filters out those that are racing in incorrect categories or with dodgey data. Although all people in league racing will have a ZwiftPower profile, not all Zwifters do. So you can often find your final ZwiftPower results many places higher than those on Zwift itself. Note: ZwiftPower can take a few hours to update as data gets synched and placings validated.

  • I'm not up for racing but can I still ride with other Wheelers? No problems - our online club rides and other ad-hoc rides cater for this and there's always someone up for a free-ride. Just post a message on either of the Facebook pages above. Zwift and RGT also have regular group rides and training programmes you can take part in at any time. Use the RGT App or Zwift companion app to browse the events for group rides, free rides or select a training programme.

  • Does trainer difficulty setting (Zwift) or slope setting (RGT) make a difference? In short No - it is effectively virtual gearing and just down to your preference. If you have a narrow cassette range or prefer to avoid too many gear changes on a lumpy route, a lower setting will reduce the range of gradient and resistance. But watts are watts and it won't affect your in game performance which is still based on your absolute power output irrespective of setting.  For Zwift, there is lots of info on ZwiftInsider and here's a good GP LLama video to learn more.

  • Can't we have our own SDW custom club kit? For RGT we do (see image below) which can be selected from the Equipment store in the RGT app. For Zwift this is not something currently made openly available but it is rumoured to possibly be part of a new and upcoming club features release that will also provide extra functionality for organising club events. In the meantime, we have adopted the Zwift Wasp looking Basic Kit 2 available in the Zwift garage. 

  • Does it matter what bike and wheels I select? InZwift, yes - you can buy (using your earned virtual Drops currency) or earn (according to your achievement levels) upgraded bikes and wheels with some better for climbing, rolling or flats. Full tests and comparisons are on this ZwiftInsider page. For RGT, no - they are all the same weight and speed spec.

  • What can I expect from my first race? Pain and a whole lot of fun. Race tactics apply just as in real life as well as getting to grips with the gaming aspect of the platform. Search ZwiftInsider for basic and advanced Zwift racing tips and see the RGT resources document below for RGT guides

  • What is WTRL?  WTRL is an official race organiser that run both the Zwift Racing League and the WTRL TTT Leagues. The latter is an excellent and addictive format that takes part on Thursday nights and we regularly enter teams for this. Look out for team invites on our SDW Wasps Racing Facebook group as well as guide in the documents below on how to sign-up and compete in a Zwift TTT.

  • How does RGT differ to Zwift? That's a huge question but the biggest thing is that RGT has very different riding and racing dynamics that aim to be a bit more realistic of real life riding e.g. the braking, cornering and drafting. See this great blog on RGT Physics to learn more and join one of the regular Lou's Drafting Clinic group ride events to practice, learn and master the dynamics - it's great once you know how. 

    The graphics are also quite different. However, do note that graphics on the RGT Real Road routes are superior to the more basic graphics on the community created Magic Road routes. So do give a Real Road experience like The Stelvio a try (also be sure to test the different graphics definition settings in the app to get the full experience). 

    RGT also has more flexibility for premium members to create their own events and own Magic Road routes (see the Magic Roads document below). The event creation allows for quite a bit of creativity from creating scratch, TT, omnium and elimination races, with or without drafting and with or without bots racing against you with power ranges you can define. So you can upload your own real life facourite routes and even in your own solo event or training ride, there is always a target you can set up the road to beat.

    RGT also has a great close knit and supportive community through the RGT Facebook User group.

    We think both platforms are great but different and we look forward to hosting SDW events across them to appeal to people's preferences and to take full advantage of all the features they both offer. 

The SDW Wasps in Team Time Trial Action