Next Up For Zwift Clubs

Zwift Clubs have been out for around 7 months now, the feature has allowed for thousands of Zwifters to create their own private events and clubs! Zwift has just posted on the forums with what is coming next for clubs.

What is Zwift working on now?

  • Ability to discover / search and join a club – Zwift has been working on this for awhile now, I would expect this to be rolled out in the next month.
  • Ability to share and join your club via web – A highly requested feature, this shouldn’t be too hard for Zwift to implement.
  • Double draft mode – The original clubs feature had the ability to turn this on or off, so it is another function that will probably be released in the next few months
  • No draft mode – Same as Double Draft timeline wise
  • Rubberband mode – Zwift has started working on this and a few tests have already happened. Now Zwift is just trying to make sure the speed is accurate.
  • Making event only routes available – Definitely shouldn’t take too long
  • Reduce route image sizes during route selection
  • Abandon / delete a club – Seems like a very simple feature, very surprised this isn’t already an option
  • Group workouts – Group workouts are another highly requested feature, probably won’t be released in the next month

Read the full post on the forums here: https://forums.zwift.com/t/march-clubs-update/581889

Zwift to Test Dynamic Pace Partners

Earlier today, Zwift put up a post on the forums saying that they will be testing dynamic pace partners. This is a pretty big feature request, so it is good to see Zwift making some progress on this. Dynamic pace partners: Having the pace partners change speed based on the gradient(harder on climbs, easier on flats/downhill). The goal of dynamic pace partners is to make a more realistic ride, this change will make pace partner riding closer to a real riding style.

The first test will be on the 28th of March. The C pace partner will start using the dynamic pace parter feature. Her pace will now be 2.7 on inclines and 2.5 on flats/downhills. This test will only be for C Cadence, but if it goes well, other pace partners will eventually be enabled.

Zwift has provided a forums thread for feedback once Zwift releases this: https://forums.zwift.com/t/pace-partner-dynamic-pace-testing-march-2022/581351.

Zwift New Home Screen/UI – A Complete Guide

Zwift has just announced that they will begin rolling out the much anticipated new home screen. Zwift has provided short video clips of certain functions that can be done with the new home screen. The first roll out will be to a limited amount of Windows users, with Mac coming next, iOS and Andriod following if everything runs smoothly. The goal of the new home screen is to make the home screen easier to use and more intuitive. Let’s dive into the details! (Sorry for the poor drawing skills!)

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Free riding

To start a ride, click the globe icon in the top left tab(the same function can be done my clicking on the routes square. The new home screen will tell you approximate duration, badge XP, distance, elevation, and difficulty on a scale from 1 to 5.

Events

In order to find events, you just need to click on the events square. If you are already signed up, you just need to find the event under my upcoming events, and you are good to go!

Garage/achievements

In the top right corner there is a little badge icon, and a little garage icon. If you click on the badge icon, it will bring up your route badges, if you click on the garage icon, you can browse the drop shop, change your kit, socks, etc.

Workout

Zwift has a dedicated card for workouts, if you click that, you will be able to browse the different workouts. Once you find one, you can select a recommended route, or choose whatever route you want.

Pace partner

Zwift now has a dedicated card for Pace Partners, just click it, choose which pace partner you want to ride with, then hit start ride!

Pairing devices

If you haven’t already paired your devices, just go to the little cable icon, then it will bring up the pairing screen.

For some FAQ head over to this link: https://forums.zwift.com/t/new-zwift-home-screen-update-january-2022/570708.

Zwift Pen Enforcement Test – My Thoughts

The race

Today I participated in the pen enforcement test. Looking at the sign ups there were some very strong riders that were signed up in the A pen. Because of the current category boundaries, I was put into the A pen, with no option of B or C(My Zwift Power category).The route was 6 laps of Champs Elysees, a course that I had raced a few times before this race.

I was expecting the race to be hard, but not as hard as it ended up being. The race didn’t start as fast as I anticipated, but the pace ramped up on the climb. On the flats I was already holding around 150 watts just to dangle off the back of the group. I held onto the front of the group and only 2-3 riders dropped on the climb. As soon as I got my power ups, I had to use them in order to give myself some rest. I held on for one more lap, then on the third climb, I couldn’t hold on any longer. Dropped.

While saving my ride, I realized that I got a new 20 minute power, which means a new FTP. Pen-enforcement doesn’t seem to work for lightweight riders, as when I was pushing as hard as I could, I couldn’t hold onto the lead group.

My thoughts

Overall I think pen-enforcement has a lot of potential, it works, just not for riders like me. With some boundary adjustments, this feature could put an end to sand-bagging. I look forward to more Zwift making some changes to the feature, but for now I’m staying away from the test events.

I didn’t get a video recording of the race because it was going to be a long race(but of course I got dropped). Later on in the day I did another race in A, I think I am capable of racing A in some cases, but for now B seems to be the best category for me.

To learn more about the pen-enforcement tests, head over to this link: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2022/02/15/zwift-to-test-pen-enforcement/

How to Get Your Teams Custom Kit On Zwift

Here are some ways that you can get your teams kit into Zwift, so you and your teammates can represent your time while riding through the world of Zwift. There are a few ways to do this, and none of them are very easy.

Have a team in the Premier Division

In order to get a custom kit, you team must win the A category Zwift Racing League D1, then beat all of the other D1 teams before making it into the premier league. Part of making it into the premier division includes getting your own custom kit. Once you make it in, you just need to send your design into Zwift, and they will get it into the game. Typically kits are added in the monthly game releases, so it might take up to a month for your kit to actually show up in the game. Zwift then needs to add the kit to your account in order for you to wear it.

Have LOTS of members

At first, only the biggest of the biggest teams had their kits in game, but now Zwift is adding in game kits to smaller teams of around 200+ riders. You are more likely to get your kit in game if you lead weekly group rides, and have a good reputation.

Event series/race series that requires a kit

Lots of racing series and event series include an in game kit, which can be unlocked or used by the users. This is a good way for companies that also have a Zwift team to get their kits in game for their riders to use.

Mark Cote, a member of the Zwift Staff posted this on the forums around 10 months back. These are the factors considered when adding a kit to the game.

“-Zwift or partnership campaigns requiring new kits
-Racing leagues (often with broadcast components) that require differentiated brands to know who’s competing versus each other (Super League Triathlon, Zwift Racing League Premier Division, etc)
-UCI ProTour Team requirements, as well as national federation requirements for sanctioned eSports competitions
-Prominent Event Promoters who benefit the community by representing their identity on kit
-Strategic partners who require brand presence in the Zwift ecosystem

Note that this is a manual process, and Zwift says that they have to design the kits pixel by pixel, which is very time consuming. Getting your kit in game has gotten a LOT easier in the past few years. At first, Zwift would just add a few kits each month, now dozens of teams are getting their in game kit each month.

What’s Next For Zwift Clubs?

Zwift clubs is just getting started, Eddy Lee, the one managing a lot of of the clubs stuff, has posted some information on the forums of what is next. Looking for information on the clubs feature in general? Head to this article: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2022/01/11/a-complete-guide-to-zwifts-clubs-feature/. Here are the changes that might be made in the coming few months with some comments from me. Here is the post from the forums:

What can you expect next release?

  • Team has been out from the holidays and will have no significant updates in the January release
  • Focus on rolling out Clubs to ALL users Currently at around 40% of users have the feature, it is by devices, so some devices may have it, and some will not

What is Zwift working on now?

  • Push notifications when a new club event is created
  • Push notifications when there is a new club chat
  • Ability to discover and join a club

Club Management

  • Push notifications with club events – In Progress Helpful to help get the word out about events
  • Push notifications with club chat – In Progress If Zwift enables this, then larger clubs will likely get annoyed if people are constantly chatting…
  • Enable moderators to create, edit and delete club events – In Progress
  • Ability to search and join a club – In Progress Helpful for club discovery for riders who aren’t too familiar with Zwift group rides
  • Push notifications with club announcements – Backlog Seems more important than having notifications on club chat
  • Sharing a club via link on web – Backlog
  • Ability for non ZC users to join a club – Backlog
  • Links in club chat to be clickable – Discovery Helpful when sharing event links, and more
  • Dedicated club chat channel – Discovery
  • Having more than 100 members in a club – Discovery Helpful for the larger clubs that weren’t in the orginal beta
  • See and customize time zones for clubs – Discovery
  • Club race radio – Discovery
  • Ability to join more than 1 club – Done

Club Events Settings

  • Make event only routes available for club events – In Progress Definitely a very welcome feature, brings a lot more customizability to club events
  • Reduce the route image size on route selection – In Progress Good feature/change since it takes forever to scroll through the routes
  • Steering mode – Backlog
  • Double draft mode – Backlog Who doesn’t like double draft 😉
  • Fence mode – Backlog Probably not that helpful for smaller clubs, but for larger clubs where event links are shared to the public, the fence will be nice
  • Rubbberbanding (keeping everyone to gether) mode – Discovery

Club Event Management

  • Ability to configure more than 1 leader and sweeper for backups – Backlog Good for larger clubs and just to have a backup incase the leader cannot join
  • Remove subgroup text descriptions – Backlog In some cases this is good, and in some it is quite annoying
  • Creating recurring events – Backlog Very helpful so you don’t have to create a weekly ride over and over again every week
  • Integration with Zwift Power for club created events – Discovery Very helpful for racing, I believe there is a way to do this right now, just not easily…
  • Changing ride leader and sweeper at any time, even live during an event – Discovery Zwift doesn’t have this yet for public events, so this one will likely take awhile
  • Ability to edit subgroup start times – Discovery Helpful for chase races, and mass start races
  • Ability to hide an event from club events feed – Discovery Not sure why you would want to do that, but ok…
  • Ability to delete a club event – Done

Club Event Modes

  • Group workout mode – Backlog Group workouts are something that Zwifters requested for the meetup feature, but never got.
  • Using workout library in game to create group workouts – Discovery
  • Club training plans – Discovery Wouldn’t expect this anytime soon
  • Custom club group workouts – Discovery
  • Create club races – Discovery You can kind of already do this with the clubs feature, but a lot more can be done with it(including Zwift Power integration)
  • Team time trial event mode – Discovery Wouldn’t expect this anytime soon, since they don’t even have this for current events
  • Chat with club members after event end in game – Discovery

Club Identity

  • Custom Club logo – Backlog Good for serious clubs or brands who have a Zwift club
  • Using special characters in club name – Backlog Small change, but that would allow more fun and creative names
  • Club representation in game – Discovery A welcome feature, likely would be similar to what Strava does with showing the club(s) you are part of
  • Club kits – Discovery This would be very helpful for club group rides to help get your club better known, and give your club more personality

Bugs

  • Event page crashes (Android) – Discovery
  • Pre-set club images are not always loading – Discovery
  • Event attendee list showing duplicates (iOS & Android) – Backlog
  • Changing routes doesn’t update in subgroup text description of the event (Android) – Backlog
  • All worlds are listed as Watopia for run templates (Android) – Backlog
  • App crashes during event creation (Android) – Done
  • U16 being able to join (iOS & Android) – Done Very sad, but I understand why Zwift did this, and I am looking forward to changes to this one Zwift gets this figured out
  • Reports of users not getting the “join event” button (Zwift Game) – Done
  • Changing pace groups cause routes to change randomly (iOS & Android) – Done

Zwift Releases Clubs Feature

Zwift is slowly releasing their clubs feature, yesterday, Zwift did another wave of their release, which included approximately 10% of users on Zwift. Only Zwifters who are invited to a club, or a level 20+ cyclist, or 10+ runner. Zwift is doing a release early on every week, so keep an eye out for the clubs tab on your companion app! For more information on how to join clubs, create a club, create a club event, and everything you need to know, head over to this article: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2022/01/11/a-complete-guide-to-zwifts-clubs-feature/.

Unfortunately riders under the age of 16 are still unable to join or create clubs. This likely will not change in the next few weeks of the release, so be prepared to wait awhile juniors!

A Complete Guide to Zwifts Clubs Feature

A guide to this post so you can jump around to your convience.

Background Information

Clubs was first introduced back in 2019, when the first private club was created for users that joined the platform during the Beta program. However, the other few million riders who did not join that early, had no access what so ever. That is about to change in the next few months. Just last week Zwift announced that they would be rolling out clubs for more riders who would like to have a Zwift club before year end. Riders can request to get the feature, but Zwift is not guaranteeing that they will be able to grant the feature. Zwift is currently doing a gradual global roll out, so it will take a few weeks for everyone to have the feature.

Creating a club

Creating a club is pretty straight forward. Once you get the clubs feature, you will have a tab in Zwift Companion that says clubs. From there, you just hit Create Club, then you will go through a set up process where you can name your club, set some settings, determine whether you will be a ride club, run club, or both. One step that is included is choosing a club icon, the icon can actually be uploaded to match your logo/symbol that your team/club uses. This can be done by going to the my.zwift.com website, and you can customize your club from there. One of the steps will look something like this image below.

Creating a club event

To create a club event, you will have an option that says Create Event. Once you start the process, you will be presented with an option to create a group ride. Group ride is currently the only option, but Zwift is working to expand the feature by adding group workouts and races. You will then be presented with a few different templates, if none of the templates suit what you are trying to do, then you can select your own route at the bottom of the screen.

After creating the event, you can change settings such as the distance, time, categories, leaders, route, and more.

Editing a club event

Once you publish the event, you can still edit it by going to the event page, hitting the three arrows, then edit. You can not edit the event too close to the start time of the event.

Managing club settings

Once you create a club, you can change all of the settings that you previously set, who can join the club, club name, description, header image, event image, icon, and more. To do this, head to your club home page, hit the three dots, then you will get a menu like this. You can edit the club from here.

Club roles

Once you’ve got some members in your club, you can set them as just regular members, moderators, or the club owner. The moderators can do most things that the owners can do, except some of the main club settings.

To change a riders role, just hit the three dots, go to your roster, then hit the three dots for the user, and you will be able to change their role.

Inviting users to the club

You can invite users to a club by heading to the club roster, then add users, and you will be able to invite anyone who is following you to a club. Currently, you can only have up to 100 riders in a club.

Zwift clubs online editor

Zwift clubs also has an online editor that you can access by finding one of your events, opening it on a web browser, then clicking the little edit button. For some information about it, I put together this quick video.

What’s coming next

Zwift plans to expand clubs in the coming few months. Starting with the ability to select workouts for the entire event to do, then later on a clubs discovery UI so that riders can easily find clubs. One highly requested feature is to have a custom club jersey. Zwift will eventually release a jersey selection, where club owners will be able to select a jersey from a list of jerseys. It is highly likely that this feature could be released down the road, but I wouldn’t expect it soon. The limit on how many riders, and how many clubs you can join has yet to be released, I assume the amount of riders that can belong to a club will be pretty high, as teams like HERD, DIRT, PACK, and others have thousands of riders, while the current limit is only 500 riders. For a complete article about the clubs feature, head over to this article: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2022/01/25/whats-next-for-zwift-clubs/

How To Get Access To Zwift’s Clubs Feature

Zwift is currently allowing the public to test out their newest clubs feature. The clubs feature is scheduled to release early 2022 to the public, but you can fill out a form to get early access. Zwift is not guaranteeing that you will get access, but it is highly likely. For more information about the feature itself can be found here: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2021/10/26/all-about-zwift-clubs-feature/.

Here are the steps you need to follow to get access to the clubs feature. If you run or are part of an IRL club, the feature will be very useful for you. In order to request access, just fill out the form linked to this forums post, and Zwift will review your request. Zwift will let you know if they are accepting you into the beta program, there is a chance that they will turn you away though. Here is the forums post: https://forums.zwift.com/t/beta-testers-wanted-for-futureworks-clubs-november-2021/561754.

This is a great feature, although it is very disappointing to see that juniors can not join or create clubs. I hope that Zwift can find a work-around to this legal issue before public release, which is scheduled for early 2022. Keep a look out for the new UI, there are rumors that it could begin rolling out sometime in December.

Zwift Pack Dynamics 3.0

Overview

After numerous test rides, Zwift has just opened up pack dynamics 3.0 to the public. This update to the pack dynamics is supposed to make the group roll smoother, and have less of the riding through other riders. This also helps with “sticky draft” but does not completely eliminate it. However, Zwift has only released the new pack dynamics in London, and the other worlds will eventually get it once Zwift verifies that this is bug free. To ensure that you are using the latest pack dynamics, make sure you are on the latest version of the app. As of 10/28/21, that is update 1.18.1. Update: Pack dynamics are activated in all worlds currently. For those interested in learning about how this affects your speed, draft efficiency, and TTT’s, head over to this article that Zwift Insider put together: https://zwiftinsider.com/speed-tests-ttt-pd3/.

The old pack dynamics

Here is a video of the “old” pack dynamics that are still being used in every world except London. See if you can notice the changes!

The test

Today I hopped onto a group ride in London to see what the pack dynamics were like. This was my first time with the new pack dynamics because I missed the test rides due to school. Zwift is aiming to make the draft more realistic like “a school of fish.” So far the pack dynamics are much smoother than previously and there is much less sticky draft. I found that it was much easier to move through the group, and it was easier for me to have a position in the middle of the pack, rather than always being dangling at the back. The pack dynamics have improved a ton since a few months ago. The updates are also supposed to make rider positions more accurate, so that everyone sees each other in the same position. I look forward to trying the pack dynamics more! Here is a video recording of the ride. So far I have done 2 group rides with the new pack dynamics and they have both been great. I did try a race with the new pack dynamics and this may not be related to the pack dynamics, but it was very hard to get a position in the lead group. This could have very well been because I am a average cat B and it was a mass start race with 500+ riders. My group ride experience has been great. There have been a few issues regarding using steering with the new pack dynamics enabled. This is an issue that Zwift is looking into.

How you can test it

The best way to test the new pack dynamics is to join a group ride in any of the worlds and see how it feels. You will still see a difference when just free riding, but it will not be as noticeable when there aren’t as many riders to draft behind. The new pack dynamics are currently only in Makuri Islands, London, and Watopia, but expect them to be rolled out to the other worlds once Zwift makes sure there are no issues.

To stay updated on the new pack dynamics, head to this forums post where you can catch up on all the latest comments about the pack dynamics: https://forums.zwift.com/t/pack-dynamics-3-0-update-october-2021/560239. Notice any bugs? Leave a comment on the forums post to let Zwift know! Thanks for reading and enjoy the new pack dynamics!