Author: eschlange

Uploading your Zwift rides to Garmin Connect

Many Garmin users (like myself) have an activity history built up in Garmin Connect. Zwift does not currently offer seamless integration with Garmin Connect, but since your Zwift rides are saved in industry-standard .fit files on your computer you can upload your Zwift rides to Garmin quite easily. Here’s how: Log into Garmin Connect via your web browser Go to your Activities page (Menu>Activities) Click “Import” in the upper-right hand corner Click “Choose File” and find your ride’s .fit file (on Windows they are in the Document/Zwift/Activities) Click on the “Upload activities from file” to finish That’s...

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Choosing a course: how to ride either course (Watopia or Richmond) at any time Zwift

UPDATE: while the method described below still works, changing your system date can mess up other applications on your computer and make Strava behave badly. A better solution which does not involve changing your system date can be found on this page.   Zwift currently places everyone on the same course, according to the course schedule. The course schedule is posted each month in the Zwift Support Hub–for January 2016, the course schedule places everyone on Watopia Sunday-Wednesday, and on Richmond Thursday-Saturday. Eventually riders will be able to choose which course they ride on. Until then, here’s an easy...

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Zwift Weight/Watt/Equipment Speed Tests

We have completed an extensive series of test laps to provide hard data quantifying the impact of watt, weight, and equipment changes in Zwift. View data for all test laps > Weight/Watt/Height Observations A 75kg rider completes a full lap at 4 w/kg 3:40 faster than a lap at 3 w/kg. Therefore, each increase of .1 w/kg makes a difference of approximately a 22s in your full Richmond lap time in this weight and power range. If we look at the lap times for a 250w lap for riders of 100kg and 83.3kg weights, we can surmise that in this weight and power range,...

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Rider categorization based on FTP — how do you rank?

We’ve already discussed what FTP is, and why it matters on Zwift. Now that you know your FTP, where does that place you among other riders? Here’s a handy chart showing typical power numbers for various categories of cyclists in real-world racing. (The “FT” column is your FTP number.) Rider categorization for racing on Zwift breaks down differently, although this may change when Zwift rolls out their racing features. Currently the most popular categorization scheme for Zwift races is as follows: A: 4.0 w/kg FTP or higher B: 3.2 w/kg to 4.0 w/kg FTP C:: 2.5 w/kg to 3.2 w/kg...

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How to watch Zwift races live on your computer

Want to spectate on Zwift and cheer on your friends? You’re not alone. According to Zwift CEO Eric Min, many races have hundreds of spectators signing on just to watch the action! (As a racer you don’t notice this since spectators don’t show up in the game–but they are watching.) Here’s a video from Zwift corporate explaining how to watch races: Want Live Commentary? If you like live race commentary, you should check out Nathan Guerra’s Twitch.tv channel. He delivers live race commentary for some of Zwift’s regular races. Nathan is a pro rider himself, head of Team Vision, and raced...

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