Virtual Zwift Rides

Not sure I fully agree. Taking the OW analogy further, I could PAYG at my local lake but I actual take out an annual membership that is not far off the annual cost of Zwift. I provide the wetsuit and the pull-buoy, they provide the platform (water) and a few add-ons (course marking, boat cover, social events, a coffee shop).

I could seek out a free stretch of water and not pay for OW swimming, but I pay for the convenience and safety of swimming at a commercial venue.

Zwift is the Facebook of trainer platforms. It has the user base, if you want to race or ride socially very difficult to go elsewhere. For structured training rides there are better platforms IMO.

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I’m a bit like MW, I enjoy the racing and it motivates me to go a bit harder in a session when I wouldn’t normally. Previously had a Powerbeam where you could program in your set and it would control the resistance, it was a lot easier to bail than when you are chasing virtual people.

Bit like people that race Parkun’s :joy:

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Without Zwift races there is basically no way I would do any intensity in my training. It motivates me so is worth the money.

And bagged a :3rd_place_medal: in the zRacing on Queen’s Highway After Party tonight, new course and a good one for me with 5 laps of the lumpy Queens Highway circuit then finishing up the KOM

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With this price increase and a few others trying to get into the space it might shift some away to other platforms, enough that they are good enough much cheaper or free.

Given I don’t Zwift over summer I’m willing to try them all out and see if any are good. If not, I’ll re-sign up in September.

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If it means I have 1-2 less coffees out every month, that’s not a bad thing

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I’m using Zwift at least 4 or 5 days a week all year round ( short training rides outdoors don’t make sense where I live because you’re just battling with the traffic for the first and last 30 minutes of the ride :roll_eyes:), so it still represents good value for me.

The issue is how much it’s going up in one go. Not too much in absolute terms, but a big price hike in % terms :man_shrugging:

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So much easier for a quick session, and avoids the morons in cars trying to kill you!

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Zwift thread gathering cobwebs…
Anyway, thanks to cat A and tonights generous ladder zp points… Finally cracked the 100.

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New routes next week.

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The Grade climb looks good.
Finally making use of the data from 800k people who’ve done an FTP test to make assumptions on your FTP from just an 8 minute climb.

Lovely :white_check_mark:

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Yeh new routes will get some interest. Im generally just doing the BL13 races on wed night at the mo. Best races on zwift :wink:

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Disappointingly flat IRL :joy:

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When are these new routes out?
I came in this morning (12th June, like the advert) and nothing :sob::sob::sob:

Aren’t there usually different dates for laptop, iPad etc when updates happen?

You looking to eviscerate the Grade then….:rofl::rofl:

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Damn right!!!

I’m really interested in it. To see if my anecdotal theory is similar to their logical one …

Just updated my iPad and they’re there.

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On it again. Updated. Not there :sob::sob::sob:

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I did one of the new routes yesterday, Mayan Mash long and hilly

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Yeah, I did coastal crown, it has more ascent than it says as it doesn’t include a long lead in.

Double snowman ride over 3 hours and a cheeky sprint effort to finish.
Shiny pb of 12.9wkg :boom:

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