James Bailey and friends have continued with their weekly testing and tweaking of Pace Partners to dial in the best mix of bots, paces, routes, and events.
Beginning tomorrow, Pace Partners will be heading back to the Alpe to pace riders in honor of the Queen’s Stage of the Tour de France. We’ve also got a new mix of routes for the other pace partners, so let’s dig into the latest Pace Partner news!
This Week’s Ride Routes
Riding routes for each Pace Partner have been changed this week. James notes, “In terms of route selection in Watopia moving forwards, I’ve finalised a list of 8 routes for the Pace Partners to follow. You can see these in the schedule below (missing is Triple Flat Loops). Of these routes, 2 are hilly, the other 6 are flat and will form the ongoing rotation for the Watopia riders.”
- Anquetil (4.2) – Big Foot Hills
- Brevet (3.3) – Three Little Sisters
- Coco (2.5) – Tick Tock
- Daniela (2.15) – Watopia’s Waistband
- Diego (1.8 ) – Flat Route
- Diesel (1.5) – Volcano Flat
- Dorothy (1.15) – Volcano Circuit
Makuri Island Pace Partners will remain in France for another 3 weeks.
- Bernadette (3.8 ) – Petit Boucle
- Charlie (3.0) – Tire-Bouchon
- Denise (2.0) – Douce France
- Eddy (1.0) – R.G.V.
Smarter Power Modulation Update
Last week, Zwift introduced smarter power modulation to Pace Partners. It sounds like that new scheme will stay in place, as James noted in the latest update, “We began using Dynamic pacing from 1-3%, rather than just 3%+ which I feel is working well and will remain in place.”
Celebrating the Queen’s Stage of TdF
From Tuesday to Thursday this week, Zwift is hosting a number of Alpe Pacer events to celebrate the Queen’s Stage in the Tour De Frace!
See upcoming events at zwift.com/events/tag/festivaldalpe
Pace Partners are set up to complete the climb in 49 minutes, 59 minutes, 69 minutes, 89 minutes, and 119 minutes. Choose your desired pace! The pacers will run at 2/3 of their climbing pace during the lead-in.
In terms of route selection in Watopia moving forwards, I’ve finalised a list of 8 routes for the Pace Partners to follow. You can see these in the schedule below (missing is Triple Flat Loops). Of these routes, 2 are hilly, the other 6 are flat and will form the ongoing rotation for the Watopia riders.
Running Bots on the Volcano Circuit
Run bots are warming up on laps of That’s Amore this week, with plans to change the featured route each week. There are 11 run bots at a wide range of paces, so if runners want a bit of company, there’s a bot available:
- Michael Midsole: 10:00/km
- David Doubles: 9:00/km
- Tracey Trot: 8:00/km
- Albert Amble: 7:30/km
- Sarah Stride: 7:00/km
- Benito Bounder: 6:30/km
- Hettie Hare: 6:00/km
- Brendan Bolter: 5:30/km
- Rebecca Rocket: 5:00/km
- Stuart Speedster: 4:30/km
- Patricia Pacemaker: 4:00/km
James is looking for feedback on all things Pace Partner. He requests that you share feedback (and any questions) in one of these spots: