Despite having 1,500 users riding at any one time, finding a group to ride with on Zwift can be a tough task, especially as abilities can be so wildly varied at times. However, Zwift hopes to solve this issue with its latest feature.
Group workouts allow Zwifters to register for a group ride online using the Zwift Mobile Link app, which is a similar setup to the race or group ride events already available on the platform.
What is different here though, is that all riders train to the same effort level. This is based off your FTP (functional threshold power) and means no matter the power output of others the group is kept together as long as you are pedalling. A push to make structured training more social and motivating, according to the American brand.
The idea is to bring a more social and motivation aspect to the online platform says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and co-founder.
“Group Workouts really opens up Zwift to the masses. Now all ages and ability levels can train together for the first time, whether you’re a WorldTour Pro or a recreational cyclist. This is about delivering quality and convenient social training experiences to people at home.
"We’re taking the motivation of the spinning experience and fusing it with structured training content created by world class coaches.”
Former pro Greg Henderson shows how the group workout feature works in the below video.
Zwift already rolls out a number of pre-structured workouts that have been created by professional coaches for individuals to use and train with.
The online training platform says it will be adding extra content every month which will include group workouts and programs to allow Zwifters to take part in online training camps from home.
The group workouts are available to all Zwift users and can be found in the events section of the website or in the Mobile Link app. You'll be able to find 15 or so events scheduled throughout the day for you to take part in too.
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