I’m killing myself trying to keep up on downhills… Climbing and flats seem like a perfect simulation of my outdoor road numbers, efforts, and the feel of it - but I dread all the downhills… Individuals and groups easily pull away from me on the downhills, while I’m crushing it at 4 or 5 w/kg trying to keep up. And that’s crazy compared to the real world for me - where I’m the guy coasting to the front and looking forward to rest on the downhills. I’ve tried coasting, I’ve tried smashing the watts, it doesn’t matter which bike I choose or wheels… Today on Tour of London, my riding partner was coasting with 0 w/kg and pulling away second by second, and I was struggling at 2.5-3.0 watts/kg to keep up.
This happens coming off the radio tower in Watopia, and down from l’Alp du Zwift, any and all downhills. My max lifetime watts was not climbing l’Alp, but descending and trying to keep up.
My system: Tacx/Neo 1; Windows 10 (Alienware); wired internet with 200Mb/10Mb down/up. ANT+ with no problems. I have my “realism” set to about 40-50%, and I’ve used both the Tacx “estimated” cadence, as well as a real cadence sensor on the crank. I even swapped from my Litespeed on the trainer to my Moots. I even put my aero Campy FRONT wheel on the trainer bike (yeah, the last two statements are supposed to be funny).
My avatar and I suck at downhills, I guess…