I have noticed and at least partially verified some quite interesting anomalies of late that I (and some team mates) are trying to further diagnose and understand but am posting here to see
If others have found same or Its a known issue
The issue in a nutshell is
I am viewing and riding beleiving I am in the draft of a specific rider . That rider beleives that he is in my draft .
I beleive this,if not appeared since I appreciate this can never be 100%, has become significantly more the case in the last 3 or 4 weeks . It has degraded IMO to the point where UX is unacceptably bad.
There was lot of anecdotal experiences that made me think there was an issue .
Aparrently far too sticky drafting scenarios
Riders breaking draft and apparently going off the front doing very low w/kg
In really extreme situations I have seen riders doing hugely unexpected things such as passing doing vastly lower w/kg and rolling up the road even in the front . Without any change to there w/kg or mine and on (as far as this can be the case) broadly equal terrain shortly later I will pass them again and drop them as I would expect i.e with the exact same paramters .
In some extreme cases these events show me riders doing such things ( we are talking doing sub 2 w/kg when I am doing 4 rolling off into the distance as if they were doing far far more ).
Often these events in particular the last one will coincide with riders appearing to ride off the road path limitations as I would be able to do ( I have steering so know the limits quite well) .
That is not always the case however but it did get me to thinking that this was not some zwift physics algorythm or some “exploit” or “game playing” but was something to do with the simple rendering of users on the screen.
We rider the WTRL TTT , and it is there for obvious reasons this problem has proved the most impacting since knowing where everyone is on screen really matters. It also because we are a team gives us an opportuntity to test thsi and it seems to indicate that the problem ( maybe not for all those ) but for some anyway , IS the rendering of riders around you .
So what did we do .
We called out not just who was going to the front but took time to call the order we saw on the screen.
What we found was that for very significant periods of time each of us saw different ordering of the team .
What this led too examples Someone wanting to pull on the front was putting in more and more watts taht requiremed because they though they were not in the front yet ( still suck in draft) . For everyone eles we saw them rolling off the front and then we had to power up to hold there wheel . That led of course to them seeing our watts and thinking we were being idiots and not respecting the pace line . In other cases when we started to understand this issue we were finding that if we operated a good pace line a lead rider might think he was way off the front , but in fact others saw a good paceline .
Anyone else seeing this or similar ?
Just riding around Zwift this is just a annoying degrading of user experience ( which has defiantely got significantly worse as I said in the last month) , but in racing and in particular this TTT it makes the experience far less fun if you cannot rely on what you see on the screen is infact shared.
Feedback anyone ?