Episode Seven

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For this episode we are also trying a new way of listening to the Zwiftcast. Look out on selected Group Rides and Events on Zwift where you may find a button to enable you to listen as you Zwift, in-game, using the platform’s new audio functionality.

 

Simon, Shane and Nathan get together to discuss the latest Zwift news, plus a series of features on matters of interest to all Zwifters.

Nathan relates how he broke his collar bone racing and how Zwift is helping his rehab.

There’s a feature with Tim Searle, leader of the Australian HDR ride, which is drawing huge numbers and may now be the biggest group ride on Zwift.

Charlie Issendorf, VP of Events for Zwift, tells us how the new Event Module is bedding in and forecasts how it’s going to develop in coming weeks.

Simon, Shane and Nathan discus the new London course, the advent of bad weather on Zwift and speculate about the possible introduction of a velodrome..

Team Sky’s Head of Innovation, Simon Jones, a keen Zwifter, talks about how augmented reality and virtual reality may have a part to play in pro rider training in the future.

In part two of our interview with Charlie, we discuss the next stage in the development of the platform towards a general fitness arena, with the testing of running in the virtual environments.

This episode of the Zwiftcast wraps up with a discussion on a slew of new trainers which have just been announced.

Episode Six

Welcome to Episode Six of the Zwiftcast – and a new format.

I’ve been joined by Nathan Guerra from the US and Shane Miller from Australia. Together we’re chewing the fat over all the latest news and developments from Zwift as the focus shifts towards the Southern Hemisphere’s indoor season.

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The episode features an interview with Zwift’s creative genius and co-founder of the company, Jon Mayfield. Jon has some really interesting things to say about a division between Z Power users and those with Smart Trainers/Power Meters. He also talks about how the draft in Zwift is still at an early stage and raises the prospect of introducing steering into the game.

There’s a great interview with Australian hand cyclist Alex Welsh and myself, Shane and Nathan discuss the issues he raises about avatar customisation.

The KISS races have now launched all over the world and are attracting huge fields in the Southern Hemisphere. I talk to Glen Knight, one of the originators of the wildly popular series and afterwards we discuss the genius of the http://www.zwiftpower.com tool.

Matt Hayman’s coach, Kevin Poulton, still buzzing from his rider’s amazing victory in Paris-Roubaix, talks about how Matt used Zwift in his training – and gives his views on the value of indoor riding for training for the rest of us.

There’s also a lively review of the indoor season so far in Australia with Shane and I discussing the massive popularity of the Aussie HDR group ride.

I hope you like the new format – let me know on the Zwiftcast Listeners Facebook page.

 

 

 

Best of Season One

This is a compilation Zwiftcast, featuring some of the best material from Season One. I hope that listeners in the Southern Hemisphere, just starting their indoor season might like it.And for new listeners elsewhere, it’s a chance to hear what the podcast is all about.

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Virtual coach David Lipscomb, of CIS Training Systems, explains how he guided his rider to a win whilst racing in Zwift – as he actually rode the race.

Zwift staffer Mike McCarthy explains his “don’t be afraid to fail” training philosophy.

There’s a compare and contrast, including sound level tests, between the two big beasts of the Smart Trainer jungle, the Tacx Neo and the Wahoo KICKR.

Zwifter Marcus Neil explains how cycling – and Zwift – rescued him from depression.

We meet Nathan Guerra, the “voice of Zwift” and Rachel Elliott talks about how she coped with being accused of cheating after she won a race.

Episode Five

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In this episode US Zwifter John Hampton joins me to discuss the latest talking points in Zwift. We cover his One True Scotsman theory; the Fort Bragg police and ask why cyclists are so fussy.

Rachael Elliott made Zwift history when she became the first woman to win a race in a male dominated field. Some questioned her performance – but they were wrong. Rachael reveals how it felt from her side.

Special Guest G Master is on the Zwiftcast – or at least someone who seems to know a bit about who the mysterious figure is and what he does.

David Desrosiers discusses his brilliantly useful new resource for Zwifters – the Zwift Riders knowledge base. Knowledge Base

The article in the kb about improving frame rate is here. Frame Rate improvements

Lots of people are now completing the 12 Week FTP Builder programme – we hear from a Zwifter whose FTP has rocketed thanks to his commitment to the plan.

And we’re in Belgium to hear how Zwift is being received in the land of the hardman cyclist.

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In this episode, former world track champion and Zwift insider, Mike McCarthy dispenses some real wisdom on how to get the best from Workout Mode.

Race organiser and all round good egg, Christian Wiedemann joins me to discuss the latest chatter on the groups.

The “Queen of Zwift” Julynn Washington has completed 19 metric and imperial centuries. She’s got tips on how to get the 100.

Rollers are perhaps not the most popular choice for Zwifters – but Jeremy Brazeal has lots to say in their praise.

And Derek Boocock gives us some highlights from his amazing life story – and explains how Zwifting with just one lung is propelling him back to fitness after his latest brush with cancer.

 

 

Zwiftcast-Special: Event Module

No – it’s not released yet. But lots of Zwifters can’t wait for its arrival. The Zwiftcast has assembled a round table of “Zwift Elders” to speculate on what might be in it, devise a wish list for what they’d like to be in it and chat about how it might develop.

Race organiser, James Gill; Ladies’ champion and group ride leader Cassie Baldi and team organiser and group ride leader Frank Garcia chew the fat.

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Episode Three

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What’s In Episode Three

I’m chatting with Chris Parker, the founder of the UK Zwifters group, about the latest on the FB groups, including the Watopia extension and swearing in-game. CEO Eric Min tells us what plans Zwift has to clean up profane text messages.

Zwift staffer Steve Beckett reveals – a little – about some Zwift news due to be revealed in full at the Tour Down Under.

New Zwifter Marcus Neal has a great story to tell – uplifting and positive – about how Zwift and cycling have changed his life.

In a two part interview with Steve Beckett, offers some fascinating glimpses of what’s likely to be in the Events Module  and Steve is forthright about what constitutes good group riding. We also discuss the soon-to-come Mountain Route and talk a little about the “Zwift vision”.

The Tacx Neo and the Wahoo Kickr,  top of the list of most desirable trainers,  go head-to-head in a Zwiftcast test and review segment.

And we meet the Voice of Zwift, ace racing commentator Nathan Guerra.

Plus, the names of our competition winners are revealed.

I hope you enjoy the Zwiftcast!