Zwift rolled out a Drops Multiplier game for Pace Partners in the September 2020 update, and evolved its functionality over the next two years. Here’s a rundown of how it works…
Stay with Your Partner
The whole point of the Drops Multiplier game is to encourage riders to group up around the Pace Partner. It does this by multiplying your rate of accumulating Drops (Zwift’s virtual currency), the longer you stay near the Pace Partner.
When you get close enough to a Pace Partne, a “Join Pace Partner” message will show on screen.
There is a “bubble” around the Pace Partner, and if you’re within that bubble, the Drops Multiplier will keep increasing until it hits its max level. The size of that bubble is dependent on the size of the group around the Pace Partner. Larger groups have larger bubbles, since it’s more difficult to stay near the Pace Partner in a large group.
As long as you’re close enough to the Pace Partner, you’re good! But if you’re too far ahead, a message will display: “LET [pace partner name] CATCH UP”. Go even further ahead and that message will disappear. This is the danger zone! At this point you need to ease off the power in order to return to the group. Going further away will eventually cause your entire Drops Multiplier game to disappear/reset.
It works the same if you drop off the back. Stay close enough to the Pace Partner and all is well. But if the Pace Partner gets far enough ahead you’ll see a message: “CATCH UP TO [pace partner name]”. Keep dropping back and that message will disappear. Drop further off and your Drops Multiplier game will disappear/reset.
Here’s what it looks like to get close to the Pace Partner, then move so far away that the game resets:
How Drops Multiply
What’s the reward for staying close to the Pace Partner? More Drops, of course!
Drops are Zwift’s virtual currency which can be used in the Drop Shop to purchase frames and wheels. Read all about how Drops work >
When the game begins, you aren’t receiving any boost in your accumulation of Drops. You must first stay close to the Pace Partner for 5 minutes (you’ll see the blue progress bar filling up). Once the progress bar fills up, the multiplier value to the right of the bar will change from “x1.0” to “x1.2”. This means you’re receiving 20% more Drops than you would on a standard ride.
Stay close to your Pace Partner for another 5 minutes, and the progress bar will fill up. You’ll be upgraded to x1.4, x1.6, x1.8, then x2.0.
You will then stay at x2.0 as long as you stay near the Pace Partner.
Practice Makes Perfect
Maintaining a good position in the virtual peloton takes some practice since the pack is constantly churning around us and we don’t have brakes to help us slow when needed. So the Drops Multiplier game is an excellent training tool if you’re new to group rides and races on Zwift!
If you feel like you’re constantly dropping off the back or flying off the front, just keep practicing. You’ll learn to modulate your power in order to stay close to the Pace Partner, and eventually it will become second nature. We promise!
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