Zwiftcast Episode 96: Zwift Re-thinks Height/Weight Call; ZwiftHub Rescue and Zwifting in Jail

Zwiftcast Episode 96: Zwift Re-thinks Height/Weight Call; ZwiftHub Rescue and Zwifting in Jail

Simon, Shane and Nathan round up all the latest from Zwift. The podcasters look at what they believe to be a big first: Zwift has changed its mind over a plan to hide riders’ weight and height after an outcry from the racing community.

Amidst other signs that Zwift may be extending its plans to consult the community on some planned changes, the Zwiftcasters discuss the significance of the decision as well as the thinking behind the initial plans.

After a roundup of the Zwift news, including an easy way to ride without the Heads Up Display, the saving of the ZwiftHub site by friend of the podcast Eric Schlange of Zwift Insider, and how an early precursor of Zwift was laughed out of the Dragons’ Den, the chaps move on to discuss an innovative move from sports superstore operator Decathlon. The company has rolled out an advertising campaign championing prisoners’ use of Zwift inside a jail in the Belgian cycling heartland of Oudenaarde. The idea came from advertising creative and avid Zwifter Frederik Clarysse. He explains how the initiative came about.

Andrew Cotter – and his dogs Olive and Mabel – became global online superstars during the pandemic. Andrew, a sports commentator, is a keen Zwifter and Simon discusses how the platform has provided a valuable escape during the pandemic and lockdown.

Finally Shane reveals that he is again the target of lawyers… after seeing off the Peloton briefs last year, now a German IP expert is after our Aussie friend – over 10 dollars worth of T-shirts!

We hope you enjoy listening.

About The Author

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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Mia Wallace
Mia Wallace
8 days ago

Zwifting in jail sounds like a great idea! Will there also be complimentary Zwift subscriptions, smart trainers and PCs for the victims of these criminals? If not, why not?

Evan
Evan
8 days ago
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Mia Wallace
Mia Wallace
8 days ago
Reply to  Evan

Thanks Evan. I didn’t find anything in the linked article about efforts to help crime victims heal, but I appreciate your reply.

Jaja
Jaja
4 days ago

Shane had the only sensible take on the height/weight issue. Lots of people are creeps, especially men. Maybe you do give the ability to monitor weight/height to promoters, but then it might be smart for Zwift to require background checks on promoters.

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