In addition to creating test cycles from the Cycles view in Zephyr Scale, there are other ways to kick off test-cycle creation.
Create a test cycle from a Jira issue
You can initiate the creation of a test cycle from a Jira issue by clicking the ellipses, then selecting Create Test Cycle. You are taken to the Details tab of the new test cycle, and the name of the test cycle defaults to the name of the Jira issue. (Check out more info on managing test cases and test cycles from the Jira issue here.)
Create a test cycle from the Tests view
In the Tests view, when you have at least one test case selected, the Create Test Cycle button appears.
Select the test cases you want in a test cycle, and click Create Test Cycle to begin creating your new test cycle.
The new test cycle is created in the All Test Cycles folder, which you can access from the Cycles view. You can drag-and-drop test cycles to move them from folder to folder.