The latest Zwift update is now available on all platforms: Mac, PC, Android, iOS, and AppleTV.
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This is a smaller update than last month but it includes some welcome and much-requested changes. While it doesn’t include new roads (those will come in November), it includes more new stuff than we’ve seen in the past several months, and that’s great news.
Category Enforcement and Hardware Requirements UI
Events using category enforcement and/or hardware requirements now visibly indicate this in-game, on Zwift Companion, and on the Zwift.com website. These “rules” are indicated with a warning sign ⚠️. Here’ what it looks like in the Companion app:
Pace Partner UI Update
Pacer Group cards on the homescreen now show average w/kg and speed values, allowing you to see the average pace the group will cruise at during the ride. This is a welcome upgrade, as the w/kg will no longer change depending on whether the group is actively ascending or descending.
Pace Partner Drops Multiplier Game Updated
The Pace Partner Drops Multiplier Game encourages riders to stick with their Pace Partner by multiplying the rate at which you accumulate Drops, as long as you stay near a Pace Partner.
In the past, the multiplier would go up to 2.5x, then revert back to 1x to start over again.
Now once you reach 2.5x, the multiplier will stay at that level as long as you stay with the Pace Partner. Time for a shopping spree!
New Innsbruck Route
New event-only route added to Innsbruck for the Continental Qualifiers for the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. Watch for a separate post all about this route, once we’ve had a chance to ride it and create Strava segments for it.
Bug Fixes and Misc Improvements
Here’s Zwift’s list of fixes and improvements included in this update:
- Improved reliability of joining a Pacer Group.
- A new font family has been introduced for better functionality in-game. Areas of the game that require smaller font sizes will use a slightly different font better suited for its size.
- Although we liked seeing your bunny hops and hurdles, we fixed a recent issue where small gaps in roads appeared.
- Smoothed out avatar transitions between “in the drops” and “on the hoods” animations.
See 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!
The 2.5 multiplier update could be a good or bad idea.
Good for people who need drops to buy an upgrade bike/ wheel set.
But. Like most of us now….. We’ve got the best bikes n wheels already, so getting drops by the ton, will just give us a very large amount of drops to sit there doing nothing. 😕
Pity there isn’t an opt out button.
I’d buy more bikes and wheels if there was a better way to organize them in my garage. Maybe the garage should be organized like the shop!
We’d all buy more bikes and wheels if Zwift was introducing them in a way that made sense, and that created a range of performance and applications for each frame, wheel set, or other element (helmet, jersey, etc.). If we had real choices to make, then either the shop or the garage or both could be, derp, organized by the traits that mattered. The problem is that they’re… doing something else, which I really have trouble seeing. The amount of effort spent in delivering gravel bikes over time is just goofy, given that all I’m choosing between is skins on… Read more »
Maybe Zwift is planning an upgrade to the shop, so we can use drops to buy/upgrade stuff. And Zwift want to make sure, that everybody easily can get drops to use.
I remembr the ceramicspeed mission, where we got the OSPW that actually made the bike faster. I had such high hopes that we would see the drop shop full of component upgrades.
The “bad idea” is that you have to ignore a different number?
If one starts from the provisional assumption that “most of us” are billionaires, fixing the price of excellent French bread is… a bad thing? Not just neutral? I am confused. First. World. Problems, though, I guess.
I guess it’s bad if you buy too much stuff you don’t need and then find your garage overly cluttered. I accidentally chose the wrong bike in a race on the weekend and didn’t realize it until the race was over. Didn’t end up making a lick of difference, but I would gladly pay all my drops for a long-term storage container to store all the bikes and wheels that I don’t plan to ever use again to get them out of the way (or to buy premade slots to store my most used bike setups). But yeah, definitely first… Read more »
The configuration slots idea is intriguing.
Thank you, Eric. Earning more drops with the pace partners is good, but we need some more items to purchase with the points. Many of us have millions of points, but nothing to buy. A clean up option for the garage would also be handy to recycle those bikes/wheels we no longer use as we upgrade our gear through time.
I love the drops change. I have untold millions of drops so it doesn’t really matter to me personally but I’ve got 2 kids and a wife who ride Zwift 2 hours a week all winter instead of 12 and it’s been very hard for them to buy anything, even my daughter at level 23. Lowering the barriers and making things more fun and accessible is great.
Just did a pp ride and it only went up to 2.0 multiplier. Is there a long delay before it bumps to 2.5?
I had the same thing happen to me. B pacer, 42 kmh avg n Tempus fugit. Initially wasn’t aware of the change but now reading this, I understand something maybe not be the way m it’s supposed to be. I’m sure they’ll fix it soon.
Coco ride this morning stopped @ 2x not 2.5 as suggested. Don’t really mind now as I have no use for Drops now.
Holding at 2 is probably more rewarding in the long term than going to 2.5 and then reverting back to 1, so I’ll take even that improvement even if it’s not what they said they were going to do.
Speaking of enforcement. When did ZP start filtering out those without HRM’s on group rides? Surely, this is overkill as HRM’s are only important when racing.
Oh, yeah, I noticed that.
HRMs are also among the finicky bits of kit that often drop for me. I would put them just below “DANG IT WHERE IS THAT TOWEL??” on the list of things I recognize are missing 1/3 of the way into a ride.
I would like some of the pace partners to be a bit more variable. More like a group ride. Maybe be able to respond to the riders around them?
did a bit of pace riding over the weekend, steady pace, volcano circuit, noticed as i approached the banner the pace dropped off until i was 25m ahead of pacer, slowed down to allow pacer to catch up and then in blink of an eye, out the back and 40m behind, then lost the pacer so had to start from scratch on the next lap, very frustrating to say the least!!
The trick I’ve learned if I get too far ahead is to slow down to about 1/2 the pacer watts and then beginn accelerating again when the distance is down to about 7 meters. short sprint then level the watts to the pacer. It seems to put me right even with the bot.That technique keeps me from getting spit out the back with a hard sprint to catch up.
it’s to do with drafting mechanics. if the group is riding at 2.6wkg in the draft, and you start eating the wind, they will come flying past you. it’s especially bad on descents, if you go tearing up a KOM and fly off the front of the group solo, you’ll get absolutely smashed on the descent. very hard to get back on without a solid 15-30s out the saddle effort as they are approaching!!
On last night’s ZRL race, (one of the few times I eased to let a pack join me on a descent and was able to hook back on successfully), I found that Sauce for Zwift made this so much easier. Using the groups around me (or whatever it’s called widget), I could see the speed that the approaching group was doing and, as they got closer to me, accelerated to be 1-2 kph under it. Once I saw them, a couple hard pedal turns and I was hooked on. Seeing the actual speed they were going so that I could… Read more »
Should be a shed for the unused bikes in the garage, and then a skip. And a charity shop to donate unwanted bikes/wheels to club teammates.
Good idea. There is no point keeping mediocre frames and wheels. I’d like to declutter. Would also be nice to gift drops to others. I’ve got about 9 million with nothing to spend them on (no point buying less than the best kit available)
“the w/kg will no longer change depending on whether the group is actively ascending or descending”
Woah, was this announced somewhere?
Oh, they are saying the displayed value won’t change. The pace partner will still change w/kg. Confusingly worded!
I would like to see native Apple Silicon support. How can the iOS apps run native but MacOS still needs Rosetta 2 emulation!
My multiplier only got to x2.0 last night and was stuck there. It did not go any higher after 45 minutes
2wift “updates” the pace partner multiplier to what it was 2 years ago. But they can’t even get the release notes right…
is anyone else having problems with this update on Apple TV? I used it yesterday without issue but post update Zwift will not load and it just returns me to the Home Screen.
There’s a known issue, see below:
Yes, just loaded up ATV and Zwift won’t run
Glad not just me
Same for me🙁
any suggestions on a fix?
From Zwift forum. Uninstall Zwift, reboot the ATV, and re-install. Worked for me
Yup. I had the same issue on AppleTV this morning.
Same issue but the uninstall reboot option isn’t working
Direct connection via Ethernet cable between ATV and router is working for many. Issue seems to be specific to ATV HD and not ATV 4K.
I personally would have chosen something other than a generic alert yellow-triangle “!” to indicate “rules” being enforced.
The exclamation point usually warns of “danger” in almost any setting; it seems a little weird that an effort to make races fairer is being framed that way. But (eh), it’s not a huge deal.
Good point. :”Danger: we’re making you follow the rules. You can’t cheat if you join this race!!!”
I do like how the danger triangle has replaced the greyed out plus sign on categories you aren’t allowed to join in cat enforcement events though.
I haven’t got the re-designed home screen yet, should I have?
Me, either, on my Windows laptop. Had the new UI on my Mac (main computer) shortly after it dropped. No biggie for me, but confusing.
That sounds like something’s blocking your auto-update. You might try download/reinstall from Zwift’s site. As long as you don’t “uninstall” first, all your logs, history, etc. remain on your local machine so that after the reinstall everything’s still there and fine.
HRM now not working post update. Seem to spend as much time dicking around with system as training. Losing patience rapidly. Just want to ride my bike please.
I rode with Yumi today, it went up to 2.0 and remained there, never saw 2.5
Had the same issue with Coco…
RE category enforcement, is it really an enforced upper limit for A now?
On the screenshots it says 4-6 w/kg which should obviously be fine for almost everyone but in the past there were a lot of events where A read as 4-5 w/kg. That upper limit wasn’t enforced though, no problem to join those events with a w/kg >5. Would suck for a lot of racers if they couldn’t join an event because they’re above the highest limit.
there is no upper limit for Cat A, it’s for the best of the best.
in the past you had to show proof of real-world performance for >5wkg efforts to not get DQ’d (on zwiftpower forums), not sure if this is still a thing (probably not).
When was that on Zwiftpower? My results from 2019-2021 are still visible including a couple races with >5w/kg and nobody ever asked me about any kind of proof.
They even totally overestimated my FTP to a number that would have translated to 5.9 w/kg.
Did a pace partner ride today. Pretty sure the multiplier stopped at x2.0.
what is easiest way to find workouts that were previously listed under “Workouts?” For instance, to ride L’Etape workouts, I am having to do to “endurance,” and then I can scroll over to the old workouts…any other way easier or less time consuming?
This is an older problem introduced with the new home screen UI. The nifty new search/filter option no longer respects the older file/folder structure on your local machine that showed up as black bar “groups” with expander button to show the workouts within that group. I think if you tinker with the workout editor and “tag” them, though, there might be a way to find/filter on workouts under the tag.
Probably just a coincidence, but after that upgrade, my erg mode ride on my Wahoo Kickr Core was suffering terrible erg behavior. Dropout blips every ~10 sec. and is unable to keep a constant power level. I’ve tried to reset controls for smoothing and moving from Ant+ to Bluetooth, but still experiencing inconsistencies. My conspirational mind jumped to something in the update that was degrading Wahoo support in response to their lawsuit. Of course that probably isn’t the case. It would be a very unwise move. But just wondering if there are any other reports of erg mode problems after… Read more »
I had a similar experience this evening, Kickr V6 / Apple TV.
Had the erg issues you describe, had two “connection failure” alerts even though everything was working and reading power/HR/cadence.
Had two full dropouts and had to re-pair trainer to continue with my workout.
All that happened within an hour 😩 hopefully it’s a glitch related to the update and will be patched asap 🤞
I am running Zwift on Windows with a Kickr and Garmin HR monitor. Since this update both my rides have suddenly lost connection to both with no ability to find them again. Very frustrating and sounds similar
Dear Zwift Insider,
since last update that changed the menus I feel a lot of connection break all the time.
Specially in races.
The new update caps out at 2.0, not 2.5. Right after the update, I got to 2.0 and it stayed there and did not pass 2.0. Also, my multiplier reset today when I was only 17m ahead of the pace partner…used to be able to stay within about 50m ahead. Right after the update, had a problem joining the pace partner…my avatar randomly did 3 u-turns and went the opposite direction…had to jump out and get back in for it to work…Nice thoughts with the update, but they didn’t quite squash the bugs!
is anabody having problems with update apple tv. program wil not start !!
als ofter delete and re install
Problems with app now crashing when trying to open on Apple TV. Unable to now use zwift – hope a bug fix will be made soon. Looking on zwift forums there are a lot of people with similar problems
Zwift still seems to be pushing their hard-to-read font. Does anyone know if Youry will be updating his font patch?
For unnecessary stuff the garage sale and second hand market would be a nice upgrade.
The next step for those who has collected a lot of drops – connecting ZWIFT with crypto and implementing game&earn system. Last but not least an NFT jerseys and other cycling gadgets.
PS. Remember to send me some % 😊
I am having real issues with Apple TV and training plans. Remote does not seem to work well in the plans section to the point I have given up on a plan.