Author: eschlange

Racing smart on Zwift: don’t dodge the draft

Racing on Zwift isn’t just about putting out big power numbers–it’s also about conserving power so you have it when you need it. Just like riding in real life, the number one way to conserve power is to draft behind other riders. Thanks to Jonathan Lemon’s race data tools we’re seeing some nicely detailed, very accurate numbers coming out of recent races. Here are the race results for a recent ZTR–the A group results are below: Group A pos name time watts w/kg 1 David Vaughn (ZTR-A) 1:08:26.7 290 4.75 2 Justin Purificati (ZTR – A) + :01.3 299 4.75 3 Jeremy...

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Zwift racing: how real is it?

Shane Miller of Lama Cycling and ZwitReview.com has posted a nice article discussing the realism of racing on Zwift. I was curious to read Shane’s take on the subject because he is an experienced Zwifter with a lot of real-world racing experience (check out his cycling bio). Shane says Zwift feels like real racing in these ways: The Effort (physical effort is on par with real racing) Concentration (you can never let your guard down) The Randomness (no two races are ever the same) Read the full article...

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Zwift jersey previews and unlock codes

Here is the most thorough list I’ve seen of kits in-game and their unlock codes or methods (if known). Some kits are listed without unlock codes. These kits have been seen in game but the unlock code is a closely guarded secret! See the update log at bottom of page to learn when new kits have been added. To unlock a kit, just hit “P” in game and enter the unlock code. A big thanks to Morten Tillquist Nielsen for creating the graphics. Thanks also to James Gill whose list of unlock codes on the Unofficial Zwift User Manual helped us get...

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Interview with ZTR race organizer Christian Wiedmann

My first race on Zwift was the Tuesday Night Worlds, which happens each Tuesday at 3PM my time. I loved it–I was hooked! I wasn’t very impressed with the neutral start, though, and posted a comment about it on the Zwift Riders Facebook group. Much to my surprise Christian Wiedmann, the organizer of the race, responded and explained (graciously) why the races begin with a neutral start. I was impressed with Christian’s patience and obvious desire to get as many folks racing as possible. Since that time I’ve interacted with Christian on a number of occasions and he has consistently shown himself to be...

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