It has taken a while to set up our virtual shop ride on zwift, there was quite bit of back and forth but eventually the guys behind the scene at Zwift organised a slot for us every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Last Tuesday was our first official shop ride event and we had seventy plus riders, with many of our regulars joining us.
It’s not easy riding indoors, the lack of wind means your body temperature will rise, your output wattage will decrease but it is the best fun one can have on a smart trainer because you’re riding with real people.
The wanting to keep up with others drives your efforts, you’ll feel the drafting effect, the competitive side comes out and more than likely you’ll find yourself chasing one of your friends up a climb, all of which means your head temporarily forgets the pain and time passes in the most efficient way. The best spent time training for the next time you’re on the road again.
You can join Zwift rides on rollers or a non-smart trainer using a speed sensor and/or a powermeter but bare in mind the results are not accurate, how well you seem to be doing virtually won’t translate to the outside and the sensation a good smart trainer gives the rider is part of the ‘real’ feel during these sessions.
You can cheat by stating that you weigh less than you do but you’re only cheating yourself. You can also inadvertently cheat by not calibrating your smart trainer.
To join us, once logged onto Zwift go to events you’ll find “Cycle Right Zwift Shop Ride” on Tuesday nights. If you need to warm up, start earlier. 10mins before the ride you’ll be put into a starting pen and while waiting there you can be warming up. At 7.30pm the gate opens and ride begins.