Zwiftcast Episode 12

October 19, 2016

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Simon, Shane and Nathan are back to discuss the increasingly lively – and populous – Zwift platform.

We start this episode with a big discussion on the major success, and minor failings, of the Tacx World Champs series of races. Zwift VP of Marketing Steve Beckett answers questions on why around 10% of users had problems during the race – with Shane, Nathan and Simon, along with KISS race organisers, seeking some perspective on the event.

With Zwift becoming ever busier, is it time for the opposition to walk in fear of the Zwift indoor riding bulldozer, or are they raising their game to compete? We discuss.

A French academic working at a German University reveals the results of his research into how avatars in “exer-games”, like Zwift, may actually influence the performance of the user.

Zwift community stalwart Eric Schlange makes a long-overdue appearance on the podcast to discuss his painstaking tests to find out which bikes are fastest on Zwift; discuss his IRL racing career and chew the fat a bit about expensive trainers.

Zwifter Paul Stokes has been co-opted onto the Zwiftcast to review the new Elite Rampa trainer. What does an “ordinary Zwifter”, someone who doesn’t ride a whole lot of trainers, make of the rival to the Vortex and the SNAP?

And we talk to Tam Burns, the man who’s coming back for a second bite at the cherry. After organising a massively popular mass participation race last year, when the lack of an event module made that an arduous task, Tam is again devoting time and energy to staging a big race. Why does he do it?

Plus lots more Zwift-related chat on a whole lot of subjects that all Zwifters should find of interest.

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2 comments on “Zwiftcast Episode 12

  1. Enjoying the show. Many thanks for this.

    Any chance of registering this on Stitcher as it would make it easier for me and probably others to listen to this in the car.

  2. I Enjoying the show. For Zwift vs. Trainerroad, I thank structured workouts are way better on Trainerroad and the training plans set it apart. Zwift is the best for group rides and races. Simulates outdoor riding the best and I use both. I do Trainerroad on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I do my longer rides on Wednesday and Sunday using Zwift and I run both at the same time with 2 ant+ sticks.
    I did my first race last Tuesday and I think I am going to do more racing switching out a structured workout on Tuesday or Thursday with a race once a week depending on where I am in my training plan. On Zwift I fall into the unstructured training just like outdoor training and my fitness go down. I can keep my fitness up better with Trainerroad 2 or 3 days a week and fill in with outdoor and Zwift.
    That’s just my opinion.

    Thank you
    Paul © 2017