Zwift Over the Past Year

Zwift Over the Past Year

Not sure if you’ve heard, but people are talking about whether Zwift is worth a recent 50% price increase. We decided to see what Zwift has done to improve in the past 365 days, hopefully helping us to see if it’s even possible to bring us a 50% usability and features increase in the coming year.

So here we have the big updates Zwift has rolled out in the past year. Please note this just hits the “big stuff”–there were many smaller features updated during this time as well.

On December 4, 2016 here’s what the courses looked like: 

  • December 10, 2016 – Zwift for iOS released!
  • January 23, 2017 – Watopia’s Volcano Expansion goes live! Running mode enabled on PC/Mac versions.
  • March 1, 2017 – The Volcano Climb is now available!
  • March 30, 2017 – Ride Report Feature added and is now displayed at the end of your ride.
  • May 3, 2017 – Route Previewer added at startup; ERG workouts with power meters, backup ride leaders; late joining of events; Japanese language support, women’s jersey bug fixed (this was a BIG deal for many of the women, myself included!)
  • June 13, 2017 – Spectators and pedestrians added in London; new London roads added; non-event riders hidden
  • August 4, 2017 – Avatar customization; runners can now earn items and level up to level 10; more options added to your connections page; in-game trainer calibration
  • September 14, 2017 – Minimap is added to the screen; action bar added to Windows and Mac versions; “Riders Nearby” now shows mini celebrations when something notable is done; ride sweepers are now an option; TrainingPeaks workouts automatically sync
  • October 2, 2017Zwift Companion major upgrade.
  • October 9, 2017 – Group workouts feature added!
  • Oct 26, 2017 – Mayan Jungle Course added!
  • November 19, 2017 – Zwift launched on AppleTV

In addition to these changes, Zwift has grown globally by adding support for Japanese, Italian, French and Korean languages.

On December 4, 2017 here’s what the courses looked like:

This is quite a list of upgrades, and I know in the coming months Zwift has even more major upgrades in store.

Here’s my opinion: Zwift had already revolutionized indoor training for cyclists. Then they made more improvements in the last 12 months. If they’ve done all that with our $10/month, “$15 Zwift” is only going to be better. Take heart, Zwifters: the future is bright!

About The Author

Monica Schlange

Monica wears many hats but the two most important to her are: Mom of two teens, and Wife to Zwift Insider editor Eric. A casual cyclist, her resolve is stronger than her legs, which still gets her pretty far! She enjoys trying new things on Zwift that others find intimidating so she can write about the experience and inspire others to push themselves as well.

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