What Zwift is, how it works, and what equipment you’ll need are all explained here.
Online cycling game and training software Zwift allows players to cycle, train and compete in a virtual environment while using their computer or mobile device.
Since its introduction in 2014, Zwift, a fitness app designed to alleviate the painful boredom of merely sitting on a trainer and gazing at the wall, has gained tremendous popularity.
Indoor cycling is becoming the vogue among fitness enthusiasts. Every cycling brand now seems to have something to offer in this rapidly expanding industry, with recent releases including indoor bikes from Wahoo, Stages, and SRM, as well as indoor-specific cycling gear from Madison and Le Col, to name a few.
In terms of indoor cycling applications, there are a plethora to choose from, but Zwift is by far the most comprehensive and almost likely the most popular – statistics claim that more than half a million people have signed up for an account so far.
Zwift eRacing is a virtual racing game.
eRacing is now a legitimate sport. While it’s certainly not the same as riding a bike on the open road, it’s a terrific way to get in a good exercise without going too far.
More and more features are being introduced to Zwift on a regular basis, which is mostly beneficial since it adds a significant amount of value to an already amazing product. However, it may be quite difficult to figure out where to begin and how to get started.
There’s no reason to be concerned, though. The virtual training and racing platform has been the subject of much study, and we’ve put up a thorough guide to help you navigate it. Everything you need to know about Zwift may be found right here.
What exactly is Zwift?
Zwift is a training and racing platform that is accessible online and interactive. Your avatar is propelled around a virtual course by the pedaling of a virtual trainer. The more forcefully you pedal, the faster you will move.
You may navigate the roads as you travel in each of Zwift’s nine separate worlds (more on these later).
Inside Zwift, you may join thousands of other riders on a virtual ride. You may participate in group rides and races – and even get a draft from other riders – or you can just join the world and hop on with other riders whenever you wish. In addition, you may conduct planned power-based exercises.
It has a plethora of gamified aspects that motivate you to bike longer and harder with the purpose of improving your overall fitness level. The tagline for Zwift is ‘Fun is quick.’
Of course, if that doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, there are a slew of other fantastic applications to check out, like RGT Cycling, Wahoo Systm, TrainerRoad, and Rouvy.
What is the Zwift method of operation?
If you’re in the mood to park your bike in the center of your living room, there’s an app available for Apple TV. A smart trainer, such as the Wahoo Kickr seen below, can assist you in getting the most out of Zwift and its features. Zwift
With the help of an algorithm, Zwift converts the data from your bike – whether it’s via a power meter, a smart trainer, or just a speed/cadence sensor connected via ANT+ or Bluetooth – into the speed of your avatar on the virtual course.
Weight, power (or estimated power), road gradient, and the draft (or lack thereof) from other riders are all taken into consideration when calculating your speed.
If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you can use Zwift on it. You can also use it on your computer (PC or Mac).
Zwift is now now compatible with Apple TV, which means that if you have one of them (and your partner or roommate doesn’t object), you can set yourself up directly in front of the TV to complete your workout.
How much does Zwift set you back?
Initially, it is free; nevertheless, in the long run, it is not.
Registration for a Zwift account is free for the first seven days, but after that, it costs £$14.99 a month to continue using the service once the trial period has over.
What kind of equipment do I need in order to utilize Zwift?
The following is a general list of the items you will require:
Bicycle (or smart bike)
A trainer or a pair of rollers are also good options.
A measuring gadget that uses ANT+ or Bluetooth, such as a power meter, smart trainer, or speed/cadence sensor
A computer, smartphone, or tablet equipped with Bluetooth or ANT+ (or an ANT+ USB dongle) is required for this task.
You may use Zwift on an iOS or Android smartphone that is compatible with the app.
The ANT+ or Bluetooth measuring gear you choose is very important since it serves as the primary source of data for the virtual world (after your bike, obviously).
If you’re serious about your indoor training (and have the money to spare), you may invest in an indoor bike that is specifically designed for that purpose.
Those trying to extract every last watt out of their virtual training and racing sessions may do so with high-end smart bikes such as the Stages Cyling SB20, Wattbike Atom, and Wahoo Kickr Bike, which are fully integrated indoor training solutions.
In order to compute your in-game speed, Zwift will take the information from your power meter.
The next best choice is to use a smart trainer. A smart trainer, similar to an indoor smart bike, will monitor your power directly and send that information immediately to Zwift.
Smart trainers are capable of more than just monitoring power; they can also replicate course slopes, altering the resistance according to the slope, and they can be controlled by Zwift in Workout mode to ensure that you’re reaching the specified wattages of a training session (again, more on this later).
Despite the fact that smart trainers are still not inexpensive, costs have been steadily decreasing in recent years as the industry has gotten more competitive. Visit our guide if you want to learn how to get the most out of Zwift while staying within your budget.
If you have a power meter, you may use whatever kind of trainer or rollers you choose as long as they are comfortable. When you use a smart trainer or an indoor training bike, Zwift will take the data from your power meter to compute your in-game speed, but you’ll lose out on the simulated gradients and regulated Workouts that come with utilizing an indoor training bike.
When using a speed/cadence sensor, you may ride your ordinary bike coupled to a standard trainer (without the need for a power meter). This is the most basic option. After that, Zwift will crunch the statistics to determine your power output. Of course, it isn’t the most exact or realistic choice available, but it does have one significant advantage: it is the most affordable way to get started on Zwift.
Companion App for Zwift
This software for iOS and Android smartphones enables you to manage your avatar as well as access other features such as texting and attending events without having to reach for your laptop or desktop computer.
What is the best way to get started on Zwift?
To begin, you must first create an account.
You may do it online on the Zwift website using your Mac or PC. Installing the Zwift app from the Apple App Store or Google Play on a tablet or smartphone allows you to sign up for the program.
You may join up for a monthly membership ($14.99 per month) right now, or you can start a free seven-day trial right away.
It is also recommended that you download the Zwift Companion app from the App Store or Google Play if you are using a computer or Apple TV to participate in Zwift. This software offers a variety of useful functions at your fingertips, such as the ability to change the orientation of your avatar and the ability to communicate with other Zwifters.
Aside from that, the Companion app is an excellent tool for discovering and signing up for the many events that Zwift hosts, including as group rides, group workouts, and races.
Once you’ve completed the setup and have the app running, you’ll need to couple your devices together. As soon as you’ve awakened them up, you should see them appear as clickable choices on your screen.
Following that, you just choose the course you want to ride in.
On Zwift, what kind of courses can I ride?
On Zwift, there are presently nine separate worlds that are often used:
- Makuri Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean.
- New York is the capital of the United States.
Zwift London is a transportation service that connects people and places.
As well as the ‘always-on’ world of Watopia, there is a rolling roster of guest worlds, including London and New York…
Each of these worlds has a number of pre-designed courses for you to ride, or you may just bike around each map at your leisure.
There is, however, a catch to this. On any given day, there will only be three worlds accessible to ride: Watopia (Zwift’s original and most fully featured virtual world) and two ‘guest worlds,’ which are essentially mini-versions of the original Watopia (two of the others).
Zwift New York is a virtual reality game.
…as well as a future interpretation of New York.
This may seem to be a limitation, but Zwift is intended to be a social network, and this prevents the user base from being too dispersed over the site. Due to the implementation of this feature, you will always have other people to travel with (and against).
On the right-hand side of the Planet Choice screen, you can see the timetable for the next month, which will tell you when a certain world will be accessible to ride.
Alternatively, you may organize rides with your friends in any of the eight worlds by utilizing the Meetups function in the Zwift Companion app, which is available in both the iOS and Android versions (more on this later).
A peloton rides by neon-lit arcade halls in Zwift’s new virtual riding metropolis, Neokyo, as it makes its way across the city.
Neokyo, a section of the Makuri Islands world, is the most recent addition to Zwift’s ever-expanding virtual universe, which was formerly known as the Makuri Islands World.
There are also two extra world maps that are only available during certain events:
- Crit City is a fictional city in the United States that is based on the fictional city of the same name.
They are not included in Zwift’s normal “guest world” rotation, and may only be accessible via in-game events like as races or tournaments (more on Zwift racing below).
What is the best way to join a group ride on Zwift?
Once you’ve completed the setup and are ready to go, you may begin exploring Zwift’s virtual environment at your leisure, but you also have the option of joining a group ride.
When you first log in to Zwift, you’ll see a list of future rides and races in the upper-right corner of your Mac or PC’s display. A more full list, with descriptions, hours, and more information, may be found on the Companion application. You may also find a complete list of events at zwift.com/events.
To participate, just click on the ride. On most group rides, you may choose your own degree of effort, ranging from A to D (we’ll explain what each of these categories means in the racing section further down this page). Group rides are divided into categories to guarantee that everyone rides in the same group.
Zwift group rides make indoor cycling more enjoyable and social.
If you have not yet ridden, you may set up a reminder to remind you. In the case that you are currently riding and an event is about to begin, you may register to participate. When the event’s start time approaches, your avatar will be transferred to the starting line, where you can warm up on a virtual trainer while waiting for the event to begin.
You can view the other riders who will be participating in the event from the start corral, and your instant messaging conversations will only be visible to the other riders in that group.
The majority of events have a ride leader that you can follow, and you can read their remarks on the screen as you travel through them. For more leisurely rides, the group leader would often speak with the riders in order to keep the group together.
Pace Partners is an acronym that stands for “pace partners.”
In the case that you do not like to participate in an organized event but would still like to ride with someone, you may now select to ride with a Pace Partner. These are robots that ride throughout Watopia and the Makur Islands at a set speed in order to collect items.
Riders may join and leave the group at any moment, making it a handy and unplanned ride for everyone. Depending on how many other Zwifters choose to ride with each bot at any one moment, the size of the group that each bot has with them varies from one bot to the next.
Partners in Zwift Pace
Watopia now offers the option of riding with Pace Partner bots.
Pace Partners are now comprised of four individuals:
D. Dan has a weight of 1.5 w/kg. A relaxed group ride with a few modest hills in between.
C. Cadence: 2.5 watts per kilogram of body weight. A moderately paced group ride with some hills thrown in for good measure.
B. 3.3 watts per kilogram of body weight with climbs aplenty on this advanced group ride.
A. Anquetil has a power-weight ratio of 4.2 w/kg. A challenging course is used by an elite group. Expect a lot of difficult ascents.
Visit Zwift.com for more information on when the various Pace Partners will be available to you.
Is it possible to race on Zwift?
Yes, you may participate in races on Zwift. It is as simple as participating in any other event or group ride on the calendar – you just pick a race from the events list, choose the category in which you wish to participate, and submit your registration form.
Functional Threshold Power (FTP), measured in watts per kilogram (w/kg), is used to determine the categories for racing:
A = 4.0 watts per kilogram of body weight and above
B = 3.2–3.9 watts per kilogram of body weight
C = 2.5–3.1 watts per kilogram of body weight
D = 2.4 watts per kilogram of body weight or less
In the event that you are unsure about your FTP, you may utilize one of the FTP tests offered on the Workouts page of Zwift – further information can be found in our article on how to take an FTP test on Zwift.
The moment you’ve picked a category and signed up for a race, Zwift will immediately transport you to the race start when the event is set to begin, saving your time and effort.
If you have to stop in the middle of the race, make sure you have your water bottles, an XL fan, and a towel on hand. Otherwise, you will be dropped and left behind quickly.
Please allow yourself plenty of time to warm up since Zwift races are infamous for beginning quickly – some participants even increase their power levels just before the race begins in order to acquire an advantage over the rest of the field.
Be aware that drafting occurs in all forms of racing, even virtual racing! In the same way that you would in the real world, try to take advantage of this.
Zwift racing is a virtual reality game.
Zwift races are often staged on short courses, such as those at Crit City, which results in highly fierce competition.
What exactly does w/kg stand for?
W/kg is an abbreviation for ‘watts divided by kilograms.’ Power-to-weight ratio is another word for this metric, and it’s a crucial factor in deciding how well you do on a bike, whether in virtual reality or the actual world.
On a level road, the absolute amount of power that someone can generate is a critical factor to consider. However, while traveling uphill, you must also contend with the force of gravity, and the larger your overall mass (including your bike), the more effort is necessary to accelerate to, or maintain, a certain speed.
When you are riding in Zwift, your w/kg at FTP is used to decide how quickly your avatar goes in the virtual environment, particularly uphill.
The watts you can create per kilogram of body weight becomes the most important parameter on any substantial climb while keeping this in mind.
Your w/kg at FTP is used to determine how quickly your avatar travels in the virtual environment, which is very important while climbing hills. Apart from that, it makes use of w/kg at FTP to define categories and intensity levels for group rides, competitions, workouts, and training programs, among other things.
According to what you’ve probably gathered, it’s rather simple to game the system by inputting your weight as a number that is lower than it really is. However, as the adage goes, you’d only be cheating yourself if you did…
The amount of watts per kilogram of body weight you can create is a major factor in how quickly you can climb in Zwift. Zwift
What exactly are PowerUps?
PowerUps are one of the ways in which Zwift makes the platform more gamified. They provide you with either an instant number of experience points (XP) or a method of momentarily increasing the speed of your avatar.
It is possible to get them at random anytime you pass through a start/finish line, KOM/QOM, or sprint arch. Similar to Mario Kart, if you already have an unused PowerUp when you travel through an arch, you will not be able to get another one.
In Zwift, there are presently nine distinct PowerUps to choose from:
Large Bonus: You will immediately get 250 XP points.
Small Bonus: You will immediately get 10 XP points.
This is represented as a feather, and it lowers your weight by 10% for a period of 15 seconds. It is best kept for usage on a steep ascent, when it will make the most impact to your overall performance.
During the 30 second duration of the Truck Draft Boost (represented by a van), the impact of drafting other riders is increased by 50%. This is a PowerUp for riding at a high rate on the flats, where drafting has the most impact on performance.
Helmet Aero Boost: For 15 seconds, your avatar’s aerodynamic drag is reduced by 25 percent, thanks to the helmet. This is beneficial while riding alone on flat terrain or at fast speeds.
Breakaway Burrito: This burrito makes you ‘undraftable’ for a period of 10 seconds. When attempting to break away from a group, this technique is most effective.
A ghost represents the ability to temporarily become invisible to other riders for a period of 10 seconds. When attempting to break away from a group or a solitary rider, it is best to develop a space before reappearing and causing everyone to realize what you have accomplished.
Steamroller: This power-up is only available in off-road events in Watopia’s Jungle Circuit, and it provides a large decrease in your avatar’s rolling resistance for a period of thirty seconds. The overall effect is that it makes cycling on dirt roads just as effortless as riding on pavement.
Anvil: The Anvil is the polar opposite of the Featherweight PowerUp in that it makes your avatar 50kg heavier for a period of thirty seconds. It is most effective on descents, when you want to maximize your speed.
PowerUps may be accessed at any time by pressing the spacebar on your computer or by using the Zwift Companion app – just tap the PowerUp symbol that appears on the screen. Once activated, timed PowerUps will display a timer indicating how much time is remaining on your PowerUp’s clock.
Sadly, if you’re in the midst of a scheduled exercise or riding a TT cycle, you’ll only be able to get Small and Large Bonus PowerUps, which means you won’t be able to utilize them to make your training any simpler.
What if I want to utilize Zwift for an organized workout?
It’s possible to choose from many various training regimens, each with a particular objective. The plan might be wide in scope to improve overall fitness, or it can be more targeted to particular fitness goals.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most important aspects of Zwift.
Hundreds of planned workouts (which are effectively interval training sessions) are available to pick from on Zwift – or you can create your own – and you can even sign up for long-term training programs via the platform.
‘TT-Tune Up’ is a strategy that focuses on the aerobic power and top-end fitness necessary for time trialling, and it can be customized to tackle particular events or deficiencies.
Alternatively, there are more comprehensive programs, such as ‘FTP Builder,’ which are aimed to improve your overall fitness as well as your Functional Threshold Power in a short period of time.
All of these plans have been put up by actual coaches and are meant to be adaptable, so that if your life becomes busy, you can simply rearrange your sessions to accommodate everything that is going on in the real world.
Training schedules for Zwift
The length of Zwift’s training regimens may be customized to meet your specific requirements.
To get the most out of Zwift’s organized training, you’ll need to use some form of power measurement equipment, such as a smart indoor bike, smart trainer, or power meter to measure your watts per kilogram of body weight at maximum effort.
If you’re riding a smart indoor bike or a smart trainer, you may choose to let Zwift to manage the resistance in ERG mode while you’re doing your workout.
This will overcome any variations in course gradient and adjust the resistance in accordance with the wattages established in the exercise session. This is an excellent method of ensuring that you are producing the recommended wattage and getting the most out of every training session you do.
As an alternative to a power measurement device, Zwift will attempt to estimate your power output based on data from your speed/cadence sensor and information about the trainer you’re currently riding. Due to the fact that these statistics are just estimations, the training zones and data collected will not be as exact as they might have been.
What is the best way to complete a Zwift workout?
You may choose the exercise you want to complete, and Zwift will lead you through it, giving you a goal power (and, in some cases, a target cadence) for each interval.
To participate in a workout on Zwift, first log in and then choose ‘Training’ from the drop-down menu under the ‘World Choice’ area in the center of the display.
This will open a new window with two tabs on the left side of the screen. One for single workouts and another for training regimens including many sessions are available.
If you’ve already determined your functional threshold, you can simply choose an exercise and get started.
If you’re new to Zwift, it’s recommended doing an FTP test to acquire an accurate baseline number that you can use to base your workouts on in Zwift’s software.
Workouts in a Zwift training plan are only accessible after a defined period of recuperation time has elapsed, in an attempt to prevent you from being overtrained. Zwift
In addition to activities that you may perform on your own at any time, there are planned group workouts that take place at certain times. These are similar to a group ride in the real world in that they begin at set times (and you must sign up for them in advance via the events page) and involve a large number of participants.
Group exercises, on the other hand, are designed to keep everyone together in a group setting, unlike group rides and races. As long as you are pedaling, you will remain with the group.
Your efforts are calculated in the same way as they are for the individual exercises. In group workouts, on the other hand, Zwift binds everyone together, creating the effect of being in an indoor cycling class: you are all following the same program together, but at varying individual intensities depending on your fitness level.
This is a good example of how the group chat feature works, in that the only messages you see (and may send) are those to the group.
What is the best way to submit my Zwift rides to Strava?
You may connect your Zwift account to your Strava account to guarantee that your efforts are recognized on the KOM and QOM leaderboards, respectively.
There are two options for completing the task. On the Zwift Companion app (available for iOS and Android devices), or on the website zwift.com.
If you have the Zwift Companion app, hit ‘More’ in the bottom right corner, then go into the setting menu (see screenshot below). From there, choose ‘Connections,’ and Strava will appear towards the top of the list. To begin, just press the Plus symbol, and you’ll be prompted to input your Strava login information.
Once this is completed, your accounts will be synced, and your Zwift rides will be automatically uploaded to Strava as well.
A slew of virtual Strava KOM/QOMs are available in each world, including the monstrous Alpe du Zwift, which can be used to post times. Zwift
Your connection has been established if the Strava logo shows in color and the + symbol has been replaced with a check mark.
When using zwift.com, the procedure is almost same. Upon logging in to your account, go to the top-left corner and click on ‘Settings.”
Select ‘Connections’ from the drop-down menu under Settings. When prompted, enter your Strava log-in information by clicking on the ‘Connect’ button under the Strava logo.
Once you’ve finished, you’ll be instantly sent back to Zwift, where the Strava logo should now be visible in full color rather than greyed out.
What is the best way to customize my Zwift avatar and bike?
Yes, we are each and every one of us! In Zwift, you may change the look of your rider as well as the appearance of your bike. The ‘Drop Shop’ has a lot of options for how your avatar and bike appear, and you may customize the appearance of both by going to the Preferences area of the menu.
In-game cash and experience points are earned via riding and completing tasks (known as Drops). As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to purchase more bikes and wheels with the currency you’ve earned. If you want to ride the best bikes, however, you’ll need to put in a lot of hours on your bike (unless you’re willing to resort more nefarious means).
Drop Shop on Zwift
Customizing your avatar’s appearance is possible, and you can spend in-game currency earned through riding to purchase new bicycles and wheels in the Drop Shop. Zwift
Bikes and wheels that have been locked may also be more aerodynamic or lighter (and occasionally both) than the basic equipment that is available when you first start out. The equipment you earn will, therefore, have an effect on your avatar’s speed in the virtual world, rather than merely how it appears.
Zwift group rides are a great way to meet new people.
What is the best way to communicate in Zwift?
When using a computer, press the letter ‘M’ and then simply begin typing. Riders in your immediate vicinity will be able to view your messages.
With the Zwift Companion app, you may communicate with riders in the same group or race by pressing the “Group Text” button on your phone’s screen. You can also send a private message to a specific rider by clicking on the chat box next to their name.
The most straightforward method is probably to use the talk-to-text feature on an Android or iOS smartphone. To do so, press the microphone symbol on your keyboard once you have opened the message box.
What is the best way to organize a group ride?
The Zwift Meetups function in the Zwift Companion app is the easiest and most convenient method to organize a private group ride with your followers. Then go to the Events page and touch the ‘Create Meetup’ button located towards the top of the page.
There are a variety of options for customizing the ride from there, including the date and time you want to ride, the location you want to ride, the route, the length of time and distance, whether you want to automatically keep everyone tethered together or not, and whether you want the Meetup to be a race!
You merely need to invite individuals from your list of followers (at this time, you can only invite Zwifters who follow you to a Meetup ride), write some ride specifics so that invitees know what they’re getting themselves into, and then press Create Meetup to complete the process.
Meetups with Zwift
You can use the Meetups feature in the Zwift Companion app to quickly schedule private group rides with other Zwift members. Simon von Bromley is a photographer for Immediate Media.
It’s as simple as logging into Zwift a few minutes before your Meetup and Zwift will transport you to the start of the ride for no additional charge.
As a bonus, Zwift recently changed their policy so that you can still join a ride up to 30 minutes after it has begun (provided it is not a race), so there’s no need to be concerned about arriving late.
Is it possible to report passengers that exhibit inappropriate behavior?
Zwift is, on the whole, a pleasant experience, although you could run into some difficulties.
As a starting point, it is impossible to crash or be crashed by another person. Using the Zwift Companion app, you may report someone who is behaving improperly if you believe they are doing so.
You may also report other riders for using rude language, harassing them, or producing unusually high amounts of power. This last category, which Zwift has designated as ‘flier,’ simply means that if you see someone flying by you at a consistent rate of 8+ watts per kilogram, you should assume that something is wrong.
Zwift provides power profiles that allow for world-class performances across a variety of time periods. The result will be something like ‘hey, you should be a pro!’ if a rider is alerted and Zwift examines their file and determines that they are truly creating tremendous power. It also includes a hint to examine their settings and a warning that their ride is invisible to other riders.
However, that rider will still be able to finish their journey and view other players in the game; they will only be invisible to everyone else.
When using Zwift, there are two reasons that may result in supernatural power: incorrectly inputting weight (and therefore affecting the w/kg number) and having a trainer that is wrongly set up.
The steering capability on Zwift is one of the more recent additions to the platform. The ability to steer was formerly confined to a short off-road track in the Titan’s Grove sector of Watopia, but it is now available across the remainder of the game.
It is necessary to purchase an Elite Sterzo Smart steering plate, which retails for $109.99 , in order to take use of this new function.
Elite’s Sterzo Smart steering plate is a front-wheel riser block that allows you to manually steer your avatar in Zwift by using the left and right arrow keys.
Steering is enabled, so you’ll be able to select your route more carefully (for example, to take a racing line) or move out of a group to avoid being dragged behind other riders.
The downside is that your avatar will no longer be able to ride through other avatars — you’ll have to maneuver around them rather than directly through them.
Zwift has added steering to all of the game’s worlds, but you’ll need the appropriate equipment to take advantage of the feature.
Another thing to keep an eye on are the riders in front of you, since it is necessary to direct oneself into the draft in order to get the most possible advantage.
When joining up for an event, be sure to double-check if steering will be enabled or disabled by the event organizers beforehand.
Zwift is a cycling app designed to alleviate the boredom of sitting on a trainer and gazing at the wall. Every cycling brand now seems to have something to offer in this rapidly expanding industry, with recent releases from Wahoo, Stages, and SRM, as well as indoor bikes from Madison and Le Col.
A smart trainer or an indoor smart bike will monitor your power directly and send that information immediately to Zwift. High-end smart bikes such as the Stages Cyling SB20, Wattbike Atom, and Wahoo Kickr Bike are fully integrated indoor training solutions. Download the Zwift Companion app from the App Store or Google Play if you are using a computer or Apple TV to participate in it. When you first log in to Zwift, you’ll see a list of future rides and races in the upper-right corner of your Mac or PC’s display. There are also two extra world maps that are only available during certain events: Bologna and Crit City, which are not included in the normal “guest world” rotation.
The bots are robots that ride throughout Watopia and the Makur Islands at a set speed. Visit Zwift.com for more information on when the various Pace Partners will be available to you. Zwift races are often staged on short courses, such as those at Crit City, which results in highly fierce competition. When you are riding in Zwift, your w/kg at FTP is used to determine how quickly your avatar travels in the virtual environment, which is very important while climbing hills. Similar to Mario Kart, if you already have an unused PowerUp when you travel through an arch, you will not be able to get another one.
There are currently nine distinct PowerUps to choose from. When attempting to break away from a group or a solitary rider, it is best to develop a space before reappearing and causing everyone to realize what you have accomplished. A ghost represents the ability to temporarily become invisible to other riders for a period of 10 seconds. The Anvil is the polar opposite of the Featherweight PowerUp in that it makes your avatar 50kg heavier for 30 seconds.
In Zwift, you may change the look of your rider as well as the appearance of your bike. The ‘Drop Shop’ has a lot of options for how your avatar and bike appear. As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to purchase more bikes and wheels with the currency you’ve earned. There are a variety of options for customizing the ride from there, including the date and location you want to ride, the route, the length of time and distance, and whether you want it to be a race or not. Meetups with Zwift
When using Zwift, there are two reasons that may result in supernatural power: incorrectly inputting weight (and affecting the w/kg number) and having a trainer that is wrongly set up. The ability to steer was formerly confined to a short off-road track in Titan’s Grove sector of Watopia, but it is now available across the rest of the game.