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This update includes Training Plans that are more flexible, two new triathlon-specific TT bikes, upcoming Pace Partner changes, and various other things. Here are the details…
Training Plan Updates
Each of the last few updates has seen Zwift make their Training Plans more and more flexible. Today’s update continues that trend, opening Training Plans wide open so when you sign up for a plan, all workouts in the plan are immediately unlocked. No more waiting until the start of the week, or not having access to certain workouts.
It’s all open. You’re in control. Go get ’em!
New TT Bike Frames
Two new triathlon-specific TT bikes have been added to the Drop Shop:
- Felt IA 2.0: 1,136,000 Drops, Level 34+ required, rated 4 stars for aero, 1 for weight
- Scott Plasma RC Ultimate: 1,136,000 Drops, Level 33+ required, rated 4 stars for aero, 1 for weight
We’re testing both frames now, and will publish results when available.
New Run Routes
Two new run routes have been added, and include achievement badges:
- Surfin’ Safari: 9.77km/6.07 miles
- Splash and Dash: 5.92km/3.68 miles
These are event-only routes at this time, and will be used in the upcoming adidas Run for the Oceans events (more on that soon, in a separate post).
Pace Partner Changes
Although these changes aren’t yet live, today’s update notes include information about upcoming Pace Partner changes (pace partner tweaks are generally done on the server side, so no game updates are required on the client side):
- Beginning 15 May, 3 new Pace Partners will be found in Watopia:
- Dorothy Duster who will ride at 1.15w/kg
- Diego Duke who will ride at 1.8w/kg
- Danny Draft who will ride at 2.15w/kg
- We will be making significant and regular changes to these Pace Partners throughout the summer.
- Additionally, the 4 Pace Partners found in Makuri will be taken offline and will remain offline for the foreseeable future.
Additional info in the Zwift forum >
New Workouts of the Week
Workouts have been added to the on-demand list for May and June. You can only see the current week’s workout, which you can do on your own or in a Wednesday Group Workout.
- May 16th – 22nd: WHOOP | EF Pro Cycling’s Yellow Day Workout
- May 23rd – 29th: INEOS | The Thomas
- May 30th – June 5th: ZA Road ‘21 | Threshold Under/Overs
- June 6th – 12th: Athlete Inspired | Punchy Climbs
This wasn’t included in the update notes, but Zwift continues to localize On-Demand workouts, rolling out 12 workouts in Japanese with this update. According to our sources within Zwift, they are continuing to work to add more workouts and languages.
Permanent Pride Tower
Downtown Watopia had a rainbow-painted Pride Lifeguard Tower that was used for past Pride events, but only visible in events. This was a virtual remake of the Pride Tower in Long Beach which was destroyed by an arsonist in March 2021, but subsequently rebuilt.
This is now a permanent fixture in Watopia.
Read more about this on the Zwift forum >
New Mountaintop Pens and Event-Only Downhill Routes
Zwifters are reporting new event start pens atop both Alpe du Zwift and Ven-Top. Now that’s interesting. What does Zwift has planned… downhill races? It appears so. There are two event-only routes in this update:
- Alpe du Zwift Downhill
- Ventop Downhill
Bike Changing Bug
Zwifters are also a reporting (and we’ve seen on this end) some weirdness when it comes to changing bikes in the garage or Drop Shop. Bike selections don’t seem to “take” every time, although clicking around enough seems to make it happen eventually.
Bug Fixes and Misc Improvements
Here’s Zwift’s list of fixes and improvements included in this update, with notes in italic from us:
- Watopia’s own KQOM radio station is hosting a familiar voice for your listening pleasure. Wonder what this is all about? We’ll have to ride up there and check it out…
- Fixed an issue impacting PowerUp probability for events with custom PowerUp settings. This was wreaking havoc on ZRL races, which have since turned off all powerups. Hopefully the bug is truly fixed.
- Fixed an issue causing workout blocks to be missing if a workout is started without a power source paired.
- Fixed an issue that would cause some running workouts not to unlock on the correct day in a training plan.
- Fixed an issue that would cause the ride report to appear when the Zwifter starts a workout.
- Fixed an issue that would prevent a Zwifter from advancing from the pairing screen after devices have been paired.
- Fixed an issue causing bikes and riders to fly after completing Repack Ridge. But did they fix the issue which caused us to fly from the start of Repack Ridge?
- Fixed an issue causing event-specific bike overrides to remain after the event is over. Help, I’m stuck on a gravel bike!
- Fixed an issue causing segment leaderboards to exclude other riders in your meetup.
- Fixed an issue causing the Pace Partner proximity UI to remain once riders were within range of the Pace Partner.
- Fixed an issue causing cobblestone sounds to be a bit too loud.
See Zwift’s notes on this update release in the Zwift forum >
Questions or Comments?
If you spotted any other changes or bugs in the update, please comment below!
No new routes? Darn!
can we get the option to have 2 POV windows? for example with having main Pov as rider view with smaller window also showing alternative pov (say rear facing) ?
Yup, I prefer using the 1st person view for gaming immersion (Camera 3), but really don’t like the lack of context within a group ride setting. As odd as it might sound, I think a “rear view mirror” or other camera option as a supplement makes perfect sense. Could be similar to a car mirror, helmet mirror or simple Picture in Picture type of view. I see that additional view as a supplement that replaces the actual sensory results we have when riding outside in a real group. Locking down to a single view in gaming is unnatural and lacks… Read more »
The fact that Zwift still hasn’t provided an easy way to view at least two camera views at the same time, during a race, is a real shame.
Mr Zwiftcast on the radio tower would be superb!
I wonder how many watts of power KQOM has. Maybe it is a function of the number of watts produced by Zwifters on course? It would be great to be able to “tune in” from wherever…. At least wherever in Watopia. Game Sounds + Ambient Sounds + KQOM.
That’s a fun idea: 60 riders racing to the top of the radio tower might blast enough watts so the radio can be heard clear to the Volcano.
I’d like a pacepartner riding @ 3,8 approximately. Gap is to big between 3,2 and 4,2.
Really really wanting a huge update from Zwift right now. More routes, more levels, and all of the frequent asked features.
Interesting thing about A and B, A is riding at 274w, B at 265w due to weight differences. So not much difference on flats, big difference on climbs.
Hah, wow. Interesting they choose such a weight difference. At 90kg, I have to do upwards of 400w to keep up with the A pace bot on hills, but in the draft it’s an easier ~300w
Gravel bike with 3.2W/kg bot?
I’d like a pacing partner at 5 w/kg, or an adjustment option to the existing bots such that drafting is turned off.
Following the 4.2 bot only requires around 3.
You could ride a TT bike, they don’t draft.
wow, so the 3 new pacers are in addition to the current D pacer and are all below Coco pace? What are your thoughts on that Eric? Do you think the demand is there for that?
Speaking as a D or C rider, yes. When riding with 100+ people with Dan, we will often get passed by the other pace partners and their handful riders. The problem is that the jump from Dan to Coco is huge on a percentage basis; you need to increase your power output by 66% to make that jump. The jump from C to B and B to A are closer to 33%. There needed to be some intermediate steps. And then there are the people who can’t keep up with Dan. This is a very welcome change
While I obviously don’t have access to data on Zwift subscribers, if those individuals resemble most bike clubs I’ve seen, the majority of folks ride at a relatively slow pace. While those riders who can manage consistent high wattages get a lot of attention, they represent a pretty low overall percentage of cyclists.
I might be in the minority, but I rather enjoyed going flying after Repack Ridge. Since you can’t just choose your own mtb and do loops of the course, it was a fun reward for having completed the course. Of course, if they do let me choose my own mtb and make it possible for organizers to make races with multiple loops of Repack Ridge (preferably without requiring steering), that would be so awesome, I’d take back any complaint I made about losing flying.
I finally set up the Sterzo Smart I got on clearance a month ago and did laps of Repack Ridge tonight. Pretty fun, but I was sad that I couldn’t fly when I finished 🙁
The update also adds two new event-only running routes
9.77km / 43 elev
Splash and Dash
6.03km / 26 elev
I don’t know the exact route though. By the name, I assume they are near the ocean.
No cycling routes were added
where do I find my training peaks workouts? I don’t see them in training like I used to – not sure I like this new layout either …
Is there really a need for three new super slow pacer bots? And Dorothy Duster at 1.15? Really? How about a super speedy interval bot that runs at 5wkg for a certain length of time interspersed with short recoveries?
Yes there is. Not everyone rides at higher paces and this gives a good spread within the D category. Perhaps the other categories could do something similar.
I’m very grateful for the new super slow pacer bots! As a solid D rider, I tried a pace partner ride with D. Diesel when I was new to Zwift (last Fall/Winter), but I found it not challenging enough to want to try again. I haven’t even tried riding with C. Cadence because I know the w/kg isn’t sustainable for me (yet). Diego Duke and Danny Draft will be the perfect bridge! I’m happy to see Zwift making some improvements for less powerful riders like me.
Depends: If this is the reason Makuri Pace Partners are taken offline, then NO. I also don’t buy the “gap is too big” argument, quite the opposite: it goes against the general idea of a “group ride”, which is what I understand the Pace Partners to provide. If you want to ride at a certain pace, you can do so on your own. If you want to be part of a group, making an effort to be part of that group (speeding up or slowing down) is simply required, it means that people adjust their own behavior / wattage /… Read more »
The Makuri Island pace partners (B.Brevet & C.Cadence) are my favourite go-to rides. I will miss them.
I noticed in our recent ZRL races with bike changes – the Road to Ruins and Chasing the Sun courses – where other riders had stopped, changed to gravel bikes (you assume) but still appeared as their Tron. Their power numbers and ability to keep up also confirmed this was the case.
Already noticed a bug. Went to jump in a gravel race only to find no matter how many times I tried to change to the Canyon Grail, it would put me back on the Tron. No amount of stopping and starting would make the bike change.
I found this just riding around in a workout. Eventually I figured out I needed to click the button several times before it would accept a change to the bike.
Same. I ended up just quitting and riding with a pace partner on the tarmac. Gave up after trying about 10 times.
Lots of Bluetooth drop-outs tonight after the new patch, a PC restart did seem to fix the problem though.
I love the Makuri Island pace partners I hope they come back soon!
Never had an issue changing bikes until now. Hope they fix it!
Pace partners removed from Makuri? They were just starting to get popular.
Yes, it was a backhanded way to access the Makuri world even when it was not on the schedule. It was a nice change.
and yet no fix in the ability to ride with other zwifts already riding?
To say Zwift is aimed at “social” riding, they then turn off “ride with”….total contradiction. I’m baffled!!
No more constant access to Makuri, pacer bots at a slower pace than most ride. No new real routes or land in ages. Layoff of lots of staff…. zwift is dying a slow death.
Neokyo was released barely 6 months ago. I think “ages” is a little bit of an exaggeration.
I think you under estimate the amount of people that can’t ride with Cadence just yet. Which, frankly, is also kinda insulting.
Also, I think many people underestimate the value of Z2 riding for endurance and, later with HIT work, power. Many of us who have been riding Zwift for years ended up burnt bout by racing and high intensity rides. As a 250w ftp at 72 kilo’s i certainly benefit from low intensity rides and welcome these changes. I can see there are gaps at the higher w/kg end but theres enough group rides at those inensities to accomodate while zwift sorts pace partners out.
I’m sure Zwift HQ knows how fast “most” ride, and it’s probably not the same speed as most people who read Zwift Insider. (In fact, they’ve explicitly said that on the thread. As well as that there’s currently a server limit of 8 bots that they’re working on lifting, at which point more will come.) I can’t ride with Cadence myself — Diesel is a gentle Z2 for me, and I am very much looking forward to riding with Duke and Draft — Draft is just a hair over my FTP but with the group draft I think he should… Read more »
Same here, antimony. Well said.
Zwift is rolling out these slower bots precisely because most people free ride at those speeds.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking all Zwifters are like yourself. 🙂
As always, besides the zwift bugs., it is always the same class of people saying “I WANT……”.
There isn’t much group thought it’s all personal based moans n demands.
It’s not just about you personally, Zwift is about all riders of all types and abilities and standards.
Try some respect for others that might not be as gifted as yourself.
More bugs introduced than bug fixes for me – can’t select certain bikes, client stutters and slows to a crawl on iOS/iPad now, game crashed out on me 3 times when editing a workout. Quality Control/testing seems to be entirely absent.
Par for the course with Zwift. They really need to hire on some competent programmers. Sometimes I wonder if the entire operation is run by stoners.
How fast is the new TT bike ?
I’m really excited about the new pace partners. D Diesel was always a bit slow for my recovery rides and C Cadence was a bit more than I wanted to go on easy days. This should split the difference quite nice depending on how I’m feeling.
100%. These mid-wattage pacers will be handy to mix up recovery rides and warm-ups… Often found that Dan was too slow but Coco too much, particularly on cold legs…
The format (screen size) of the updates now exceeds the 1920 resolution of my display and I have to scroll left / right to read text. Used to fit. What’s changed?
just updated app on chromebook, wont open, stuck on the loading page, music playing but screen stuck and flickering!!
just updated to new version, game wont load, stuck on loading page, music playing but screen constant flickering, 3 times tried to sort it out to no avail
Had an issue after update in windows 11. It kept just shutting down. I tried re-downloard and kept getting a message saying it couldn’t access the folder. It seems that for some reason my anti-malware (PC MATIC) is not allowing access. I shut down PC matic and it is now allowing me to download, but very slow. Any idea what changed?
After downloading, I enabled PC MATIC and it will not let me run the software. I get the same message stating it cannot access the folder. I have to disable PC MATIC to run it. I’ve got a message into PC matic asking why this is happening.
I was only able to Pair a single BLE device to my Apple TV this morning.
Had to go through Companion App. Not sure if this is a bug of “feature”
Yeah bike change is being super weird.
cant change bike, and somehow I’ve become stuck on the zwift carbon
Had the same issue. Don’t bother trying to choose a bike from the garage from the main menu; you’ll get nowhere.
It seems that if you choose the garage while in a ride and click on your target bike twice, the green “check” will appear on that bike (while another check remains on the Zwift Carbon, mind you…) but when you click the back arrow and go back to bike selection you’ll see your bike is selected properly.
Glad I played around with it tonight rather than waiting until the start pens for tomorrow’s long race!
Has the issue of late joining and being placed in the pens rather than jumping to the ride group been fixed?
Makuri Pace Partners taken offline? But why? Just so we can all see more Tempus Fugit? Poor move IMO…
Is the application working on chromebooks ?
Zwift doesn’t run on Chromebooks.
Yes it did until this update!!
Been running on chromebook for last 3 months, looks like zwift is losing another paying customer.
no its not
I’ld love it if you could easily jump between pace partners during a ride. I sometimes try and account for that by waiting for them to cross paths.
Anybody has seen those new pace partners? Because this morning I was riding for a while in Makuri Islands with the C bot as usual…
It’s not May 15 yet.
I didn’t see that pace partner changes starting tomorrow. My bad, apologies. 🙏
Regarding the downhill events, I wonder if they will be TT bikes only, eliminating the super tuck.
Does that just make the events less potentially interesting?
Perhaps you’re right, since active pedaling can beat a super tuck. Also, because TT bikes don’t draft a major part of racing would be lost. Just thinking out loud.
On the pace partner front, the 15th of May today and I see no new pace partners in Watopia and new PPs on Makuri Island. None of those PPs mentioned above are in the game as of yet. Hopefully before the end of the day.
With pace partners you can always adjust your weight in Zwift to ride at the power you want. I.e, if you find a pace partner too hard,drop your (virtual) weight, if too easy, add some kgs.
I’m just stating a fact. Why do I get down votes for that?
I think the introduction of bridging bots between D and C was long overdue. WHile new bikes are always welcome, did (will) Zwift include an option to delete or at least rank/sort bikes and other items in the garage? Once we (well, I) buy new bikes, wheels, etc., we tend not to use the old one equivalent anymore. Changing bike and wheels would be much faster if I had to choose from the only/top three in the garage.
Mac users may need to check their bike choices in Garage. After update, my default bike became the Zwift Carbon, amazingly it didn’t ruin my race though. I originally had Uranium selected before update and thought i switched to Cervelo 2020 in pen of race and thought it was odd it was still showing for me as white. Now need to make a double click to switch bikes.
I have an older Mac (version 10.15 and unable to install new versions). After the new release/ update, Zwift doesnt startup any more. Is that just because me Mac is to old or an other problem? (I can login, but it never really starts)
Probably this issue: https://forums.zwift.com/t/cant-launch-zwift-after-v-1-25-0-game-update-macos/584212/14
When do they fix the companion bug. I’m still 8500 kg…..
New Zwift update and message announcing that in August it won’t be compatible with the current Mac OS unless I update it…LoL
my hardware is too old, shall I buy a new Mac just for zwifting? That is a bad joke really…
Yeah, we talked about this here: https://zwiftinsider.com/os-deprecations-2022/
I tried to ride with theee different pace partners today May 20. 2022 and although i was joined to the (C) partner, my avatar took a left turn and the pace group went straight?! Joined a different pacer 2nd time, never joined group, ended ride and it asked how my pace ride went. Joined 3rd time, same thing. Never joined up with pacer. First two attempts were on my new apple TV 4k (yes Zwift app was updated). Third attempt was on my iphone 11 Pro (what I’ve been using since Nov 2021). What could possibly have happened as there… Read more »