Cycling Weekly February 20 2020

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Letter from the editor

Two weeks ago I took the plunge and joined the virtual riding world of Zwift. I’m a bit late to the party here, I know, but my indoor riding has always been limited, and when I did do it I opted for rollers — the concentration needed to stay upright kept me interested enough to see a good session through.

I hadn’t ridden on a turbo for over a decade, but as I fell further and further behind in my bid to ride 5,000 miles in 2020 I knew I needed an added dimension to my riding as the bad weather continued to hit the UK.

I was dubious when signing up. Several of my colleagues have been bitten by the Zwift bug but having watched the first round of the KISS racing series last year I remained underwhelmed.

Then, 20 minutes in I was bitten by the bug. It’s incredibly addictive, with lots to hold your interest and countless little rewards to keep you riding a little longer or jumping back on the turbo sooner than planned.

It will never replace riding on the open road, but discovering Watopia and all its challenges has already upped my fitness. Will it help me reach my 5,000-mile target? Only time will tell.

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Simon Richardson,
Cycling Weekly magazine editor

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