First of all, the new Event system is excellent and makes group rides a properly organised affair now. I tried it for the first time this morning and I really like what you guys have done there.
The processes of registering for an Event, joining an Event, being able to warm up at the start line, and knowing what’s going on during the Event in terms of visual cues, progress, etc. are all excellent.
The only issue I had this morning was with regards the END of the Event.
I rode in the Trek-Segafredo coffee ride this morning and about 3 minutes from the end I made a rookie mistake and dropped back to find the group leader, who in turn suddenly accelerated past me to rejoin the front pack. In the process, I fell off the group and couldn’t catch them again within the remaining time.
When the allocated 30 minutes for the ride was up, the progress indicator simply disappeared and I was left cruising along the road without any clear indication of whether I had officially completed the Event and if the system had registered that I had finished it successfully.
I was pretty exhausted and didn’t want to ride any further, and saw non clear indication that I had completed the Event, so I simply did a normal Quit and Save to Strava to be on the safe side and make sure I didn’t lose my ride stats.
My questions are:
In a time based event like that, how do I know that I’ve officially completed the Event ? Should I have carried on riding until I hit some kind of end-of-event marker or something ?
I read elsewhere that when you complete an Event it saves your Event ride to Strava and automatically starts a new Zwift ride for you in the background in case you want to carry on riding after the Event. But that’s not what happened this morning. I was expecting that to happen, but nothing happened after the Event timer elapsed, the visual cues vanished and I was simply left riding on my own normally. Since then, no other ride was logged to Strava, so assume no background uploading of any sort took place ?
I think there probably needs to be a little more clarity on when an Event completes and if you have officially completed an Event, possibly with some visual cues on screen telling you what to do at the end if you need to fulfill some kind of requirements.
I’m also now wondering if I needed to finish within a certain proximity of the group leader ? Or at a certain place on the map, despite it being a fixed time based event.
Like I said, overall I love the new Event / Group Ride functionality and I feel that it adds massive value to an already impressive system.
Thanks in advance for any feedback on my questions.