Zwiftcast Episode 94: Let’s talk, say Zwift. Strava shake it up (again) and all the Zwifty news and chat

Zwiftcast Episode 94: Let’s talk, say Zwift. Strava shake it up (again) and all the Zwifty news and chat

Simon, Shane and Nathan reconvene to consider the state of the Zwift nation. Once the pressing matter of “leg posts” is dealt with, the podcasters move on to discuss the content of Simon’s interview with Zwift’s new hire Mark Cote, the company’s director of programming and content. One of the many strands of Mark’s expansive new role, which he explains in some detail, is to improve the communications between community and company, a move that the Zwiftcasters believe will be welcome.

There’s been yet another Strava shake-up on Watopia and the other Zwift worlds with a whole load of segments vanishing from the public view. Simon chats with Zwift Insider’s head of everything, Eric Schlange, on what it all means, how it came about, and why it might be time for a re-think of how segments are made and managed.

The podcasters range across a cornucopia of Zwift business including signs of Zwift restricting some hardware on some platforms for some users and the reasons why more women than men seem to be getting public sanctions for cheating in racing.

Zwift has recently launched another of its social impact campaigns, this time celebrating the contribution Black athletes have made to the sport. Simon chats to one of the inspirational voices of the initiative, ex-racer and Zwift staffer Rahsaan Bhati.

And in and amongst all that there’s lots of other Zwift-related chat. We hope you enjoy listening.

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Simon Schofield

Simon lives in Leeds, in the North of England, where grey, wet winters drive him indoors to ride. An early Zwift adopter, one day he idly wondered whether the fast-growing virtual cycling world would sustain a podcast. Fifty-plus episodes later - he has his answer - there's always something to talk about! Simon's a journalist by trade and spent many years working in TV production. He's at his happiest either drafting a big pack in Watopia or plunging down an Alpine descent with the sun in his face and the wind at his back.

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1 month ago

Unfortunately for Mark Cote, and more so for Theodore, a couple of the biggest issues Zwift appears to be facing yet not facing-up-to and are fundamental to the platform yet also fundamentally flawed are: 1) The current Zwift graphics engine (or how they make use of that engine) is woeful if they want to classify Zwift as a ‘game’, provides little to no local control over graphics level/quality used, and constantly suffers from extreme visual bugs and failures in larger events, and: 2) The current Zwift approach to race data processing (i.e. each rider’s values are processed on their own… Read more »

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