Welcome back to another edition of our Competition & AI Tech roadmap update. This will cover the progress we have made in July and August.
The goal is to provide insight as to what we are working on surrounding competition and what’s on deck in the coming months.
The post will cover these sections:
- What can you expect in the next release?
- What is Zwift working on now?
- What is the status of feedback the community provided?
As always, we welcome your feedback on this post! To make sure we capture it all in this moment in time, we will be auto-closing the post 7 days from the original post date.
Let’s get into it!
What can you expect from the next release?
Release version 1.29 includes updates from across Zwift, but does not include anything directly relevant to this roadmap or area of work. We do still have some news for you below, however.
What is Zwift working on now?
Improving fairness in racing through:
- Implementing scoring and categorization based on race results. While we are still in the extremely early stages of this work, it’s important to bring it to light. We don’t have all the details right now, as we are still exploring how to best implement this and are only in the early phases of work and experimentation. For now, it is sufficient to say that we will likely use scoring and categorization structures based on existing models, e.g. ZwiftPower and USA cycling.
HoloReplay: compete against personal data
- HoloReplay is a brand new feature coming 5 Oct that expands upon the Pace Partners idea by bringing Zwifters ghosts of their best segment times. You will be able to race against your segment PRs set from 16 Aug onward on a 90 day rolling timeframe, against the most recent full segment completion during a free ride, or both at the same time on the same segment. More details will be coming so look out for those!
- As many of you may know, we’ve been hard at work throughout the summer testing many variations and making tweaks to the Pace Partners, including a new UI, new routes, and new paces. That work has culminated in a new route schedule across two worlds with 9 new paces. You can now also join your favorite Pace Partners as ride leaders in events.
Team Trial Improvements - You can race with the new TTT experience with WTRL in their TTT series as well as in ZRL. Check it out at wtrl.racing! Among the improvements for TTTs are an updated paddock experience, allowing teams to join in the correct order according to their start time, the ability for all riders to pedal with their paired hardware in the paddock as they would any other event, and racers can now participate in a TTT on any course in Zwift (at the race organizer’s discretion). The goal is to roll this out to all event organizers in the future.
Individual Time Trial Improvements - Just like the TTT, race organizers can now host an ITT on any course in Zwift.
What is the status of feedback the community provided?
- Backlog : It’s on our radar and some work has been done
- Discovery : Early in the development process
- In Progress : It’s actively being worked on
- Done : Released
Improving Fairness in Competition
- Category Enforcement: improve the category limits to more closely match ZwiftPower - Done
- Hardware Requirement: implement ruleset for events requiring the use of specific hardware to participate - In Progress (testing completed, needs UI work before release)
- Hardware Requirement: implement UI informing when hardware is required and what types are required - In Progress
- Hardware Requirement: allow community race organizers to have required hardware in events - In Progress
- Category Enforcement: implement UI informing why certain categories are visible - In Progress
- Category Enforcement: implement UI showing when an event is using CE - In Progress
- Scoring & Categorization: allow race results to have a score - In Discovery
- Scoring & Categorization: allow scored results to influence category - In Discovery
- Scoring & Categorization: increase the number of available race categories - In Discovery
- Category Enforcement as an option in clubs - Backlog
- Custom category limits when using Category Enforcement - Backlog
- Pace Partners: finalize pace selection - Done
- Pace Partners: finalize route selection & schedule - Done
- Pace Partners home screen UI improvements - Done
- HoloReplay: implement playback feature based off personal data - In Progress
- More nuance and dynamism with Pace Partner behavior - Backlog
- Time Trials: improve in-pen pre-event experience for TTT - Done
- Time Trials: improve event join experience for TTT - Done
- Time Trials: allow pedaling in pen ahead of TT start - Done
- Time Trials: expand route selection for TTT/ITT - Done
A note for bugs: this update is from a limited perspective, and will not always be representative of everything affecting events, segment results, etc. These bodies of work focus most directly on competitive events, Pace Partners, and the future of competition at Zwift.
- Crash: Zwift can crash when viewing results in a meetup - Done (1.29 release)
- Crash: Zwift can crash when completing certain laps in free ride - Done (1.29 release)
- Pace Partners: red squares can appear over the avatar model - Done
- ZwiftPower: using “days to show” in filters for series breaks - Backlog
- ZwiftPower: heart rate can show in profile page results but not specific race - Backlog