ZwiftHQ has released an update for Zwift (version 1.0.18507 on PC/Mac, version 1.0.18494 on iOS). Here are the details on some of the most notable changes.
Spectators and Pedestrians
This was the biggest surprise in this update, and it certainly increases the realism. Game Master Jon Mayfield had this to say:
For so long I’ve kept the spectators out of Zwift mostly due to performance and memory constraints (Zwift users typically have pretty low end graphics chips), but finally we decided to go for it.
Our first attempt may be overly cautious, but I want to see how it all works out from a performance standpoint across the entire zwift userbase. If it all looks good we’ll probably increase the quality of the people a bit and add more of them while we’re at it. If it turns out to be a more major slowdown than expected, then we may cut some out.
We don’t have spectators on Watopia or Richmond yet, but Mayfield says Watopia will get them eventually. (I hope Richmond will, too!)
New London Roads
We’ve got a new stretch of mostly flat road southwest of the Classique Loop, ~7.5km (4.7 miles) in length. Along with the new scenery there are three new route options:
- Greater London 8 (14.8mi / 23.8km) – This route covers the expansion, before heading out to Box hill for the finish. Strava Forward Segment > Strava Reverse Segment >
- Greater London Loop (13.2mi / 21.2km) – A big loop around the outside of the course. Strava Segment >
- The London Pretzel (34.6mi / 55.7km) – All roads, in both directions. Strava Segment >
(More route details and Zwift Insider verified segments coming soon.)
New Watopia Route
Finally, a route that takes us up the new volcano climb! If you’re looking to do some real work, look no further: the new “Three Sisters” route (30.0mi / 48.3km with 2942′ of climbing) is the shortest route covering all 3 climbs. (Route details and Zwift Insider verified segments coming soon.) Strava Segment >
Non-Event Riders Hidden
Some events will have non-event riders hidden entirely. This is an exciting feature for racers, since it eliminates the oddities of having non-racers on course.
Visible Group Classifications
For group riders/races, the rider list on the right now shows which group (A/B/C/D/E) each rider is in, making it easy to identify who is in your group when racing.
Run Workout Support
Workouts are now supported for running mode, with three test workouts available.
Assos “Go Long London” Mission
A new mission has launched, allowing Zwifters to unlock an exclusive Assos kit if they complete the new London Pretzel route. (More details to follow in an additional post).
French Language Support
Japanese was the first non-English language supported (added in May’s update) so French, being the “language of cycling,” seems like a logical second.