i have used Zwift 3 times since joining the Beta program so I don’t have a lot of experience using the program. I have been using the Kickr with Kinomap, bool, and a couple others, and I will say that the graphics are beautifully done and superior to the offerings by the others. I would say that there are some things in their front end that help acquaint a user to how things work moreso that I have seen thus far. I also had a TACX Trainer for the past 5 years and have a lot of experience with it.
My main questions related to above as follows. Are there any interactions that can be made with the mouse and/or keyboard? I have pushed a lot of buttons and have not seen anything or any way to get more info about a power up or perhaps pull up a current leaderboard. The only way to access anything seems to be to stop pedaling. If there a intro or help section in the program? Are their any videos or other tutorials introducing the user to how things work and what everything on the HUD represents.does? Why can’t a user have an all white or black bike? Will users be able to change hair color?
Riding is great. I definitely think i would find ways to classify riders somehow as I could see people getting discouraged always losing every sprint, climb, or lap to the same guy. In one session, I was that guy, and in one, I was not even close. That would allow people to have goals to move up classes and also group like riders together. Even with power to weight a 60 year old rider may never be able to compete with a well trained young rider. It would be fun to allow challenges of distance or time between people not riding at the same time or perhaps race a ghost of ones last rides.
Similar to the discussion above is that there seems to be some ways to game the system if not using a power meter, so I would separate those groups in some way to keep things fair. A guy could remove all tension and fly at full speed from a non power meter driven unit.
It also seems that some sort of progress report would be interesting. A trophy case for achievements like in video games, perhaps challenges for a given period like climbing, distance, time etc to unlock new levels, worlds, or more.
All in all it is a great experience! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.