Zwift announced via the forums that they will be assembling a Zwift Focus group, a group where people can sign up to test the new features and give feedback to help them improve the features. In order to sign up to be on the Zwift Focus Group, you must send an email to email@example.com. For more details, head over to this forums post: https://forums.zwift.com/t/zwift-focus-group/582052.
This weeks world of Zwift covers upcoming events in the next few weeks, Alex Bogna’s first day as a pro, Tour of Watopia information, and more!
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Rapha Rising was a mission a few years back. It is back this year, but not as a mission. Instead, the challange will be 3 different stages on three different days. The series will conquer a different route each day, some of the most popular climbing routes on Zwift. There will be virtual gear that you can unlock throughout the challenge, including the kit and socks. For every stage you complete, there will be in game gear that you will unlock. Completing all three stages will amount you with a total of 2,896 meters. If you complete all three stages, you have the opportunity of winning a 1500 Euro voucher to Rapha.
Stage 1 – Road to Sky
Climb up Alpe du Zwift, an exact replica of the IRL Alpe du Huez climb. Complete this stage to unlock the Rapha Rising 2022 Socks
Stage 2 – La Reine
Tackle most of the Mt. Ventoux on Zwift, with the route ending at the KOM banner around 2/3 the way to the top. Complete this stage to unlock the Rapha Rising 2022 Cap.
Stage 3 – Climbers Gambit
This is a relatively new route on Zwift, and it goes through titans grove with a finish at the top of the Epic KOM reverse. Complete t his stage to unlock the Rapha Rising 2022 Kit.
If you complete all three stages you will be entered to win a Rapha voucher. There will be a few up for grabs, so be sure to finish all three stages!
Dates and Sign up
Sign up opens on the 18th of February, stay tuned! There will also be a Zwift Power GC league for those who are in for some competition. The event begins on the 25th and goes through the 27th of February.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Getting started with Zwift is pretty simple. Once you have a trainer or power meter that is compatible with Zwift, all you have to do is download a compatible device. Here are the devices that are compatible with Zwift.
- Windows 10+
- Android 7.0 or higher
- iOS 12 or higher
- Apple TV 4th gen or higher
You can find the download link by going to the google play store or the app store. For those on a laptop or desktop, head to this link for download: https://www.zwift.com/download.
Once you have it downloaded, open the app, enter your log in information, pair your devices, and you are ready to go! You can then start riding, and Zwift will have a in ride tutorial to get you started with the app.
For some more articles about Zwift that will help you navigate the game, head over to these links.
- Getting Started With Indoor Training
- All About Zwift Drops
- All About Zwifts HUD
- All About Zwift Kids Acounts
- Zwift Updates Device Compatibility
- A Recap Of the Last 6 Months on Zwift
- Zwift Events
- Connecting Partner Accounts to Zwift
- Training On Zwift
- Leveling Up Faster On Zwift
- Zwift Course Calendar
Here is a video of getting started with Zwift by GPlama.
The Wahoo climbing mission was announced in a press release back in December of 2021. This mission will mark the return of missions on Zwift! We haven’t seen a mission for awhile now, and Zwifters love challenges and carrots to chase! The goal is to climb 20,000 ft(6,096m) during the challenge. There will be opportunity to win IRL prizes from Wahoo, and in game prizes throughout the challenge.
10,000 ft climbed(3,048m)
If you climb a total of 10,000 ft you will be entered to win a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. You will also unlock the new Wahoo socks.
You will be entered to win a Wahoo KOM bundle, which includes a Wahoo Kickr, Wahoo Kickr Climb. You will also unlock the Wahoo cap.
20,000 climbed(6,096m) – Challenge complete!
If you climb 20,000 ft, you will be entered to win a Wahoo KICKR Bike Ultimate Bundle. Which includes the Wahoo KICKR Bike, Wahoo floormat, Wahoo indoor training desk, Wahoo Kickr headwind, and a Wahoo SYSTM Subscription.
The mission will begin on the 24th of January 2022, you can sign up starting on the 17th on the Zwift home screen The challenge will end on the 26th of February. So almost all of February and a week of January to complete the mission.
A guide to this post so you can jump around to your convience.
- Background Information
- Creating a club
- Creating a club event
- Editing a club event
- Managing club settings
- Club roles
- Inviting users to a club
- Whats coming next
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.
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/
Got a family full of Zwifters? All the subscriptions add up to $180 every year for each person. One common feature request on the forums is to have a family plan option. Something similar to Rouvy, where you pay for one member, and two other family members can have accounts for free. So if you have 3 members in your family who want to all Zwift, only one person has to pay. Or another solution is having the price per account discounted if you have more than 1 rider in your household who would like a Zwift account. For now, you could always switch to Rouvy for the time being, as they offer a family plan. You could also use RGT, as the platform is completely free, unless you want a premium account.
I do not think Zwift will do this, as they already offer accounts for kids under the age of 16 free. Offering accounts for kids free solves this problem for most users, so the main people this would benefit is a couple, or a family with kids over the age of 16. For information on kids accounts on Zwift, head over to this link: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2021/08/03/all-about-zwift-kids-accounts/. It is possible that Zwift could change their payment plans, but not in the near future.
Vote it up on the forums
Although I do not see Zwift doing this in the future, you can still have your voice heard by voting for the topic on the forum, or joining in on the discussion. Head over to this link to the forums: https://forums.zwift.com/t/family-and-child-plan-request/13112.
Use your power ups wisely
Power ups are given at every arch/banner in the game. When you go through a banner/arch, a random power up generator will show up and will give you either an Aero boost(helmet), Draft boost(truck), Lightweight boost(feather), Undraftable(burrito), Steamroller(steamroller). The best power up in most cases will be an Aero boost. Note that using the draft boost when you are not in the draft will not benefit you at all. The steamroller is a very commonly misused power up. The steamroller is used to make every surface you ride on have the same rolling resistance as the road for 30 seconds. It is best to use this power up on dirt, cobbles, or wood planks. Having a power up in the final sprint will help you a ton, and if you race a lot on Zwift, you will notice that the top 5-10 riders all used an aero power up in the final sprint.
Use the draft
Why would you want to pull in a Zwift race? Use the draft wisely and sit in when you can, it is not smart to burn your matches in the front of the group. Saving your energy and drafting will lead to a much stronger sprint and will allow you to have the energy to follow attacks, push on the climbs, and breakaway for a solo win!
Know the route
Knowing the course that you are racing is extremely important. You don’t want to be surprised when there is a huge climb in the middle of the race. Knowing the route better also helps with bike selection, bike selection may seem like it makes a minor difference, but bike choice can impact your time by around 1 minute! Fancy an attack? Knowing the course will also help you plan your attacks wisely, because an attack on a pan flat course likely will not work.
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