As a regular on KAB rides and sometimes one of the leaders, I have noticed a significant change to how the most recent update has affected the ride. (and not in a positive way)
Example: Monday 2-1-21, I was not yet the leader and was helping sweep. I was off the back of the group, about 5-6 sec and asked if others that help sweep would come back… no response… I continued to drop to the rider that needed help and was about 12 sec back, when we started to close the gap… I continued to ask for help from other sweepers, but no response. (I purposely didn’t direct message anyone to test the “newly enhanced” features of zwift.) I sent about 6-8 messages to the group with no response and nobody seeing my messages… When I was finally only 2 sec off the back did someone start to see my messages.
Today (2-3-21) I was helping sweep and a rider off the back had sent numerous messages to the group chat, but nobody was seeing them, they then had to direct message me in order to alert us that they were in need of help back to the group.
As the leader the chat issues make it a lot harder to coordinate the group, keep everyone together and give all the best group ride possible. I often miss a lot of the messages people are sending and I have heard that not everyone is seeing the messages I am sending. (despite the fact everyone is supposed to see all of the leader’s messages)
I also notice other riders “blinking” in and out at times. I’m assuming this has to do with the number of riders within my proximity and zwift trying to decide who to show me and who not to show me… Unfortunately this also negatively affects the draft/position in the blob calculation that my client device is trying to do. So I’m moved throughout the blob and have seen myself kicked out the back of a group, even when I shouldn’t have been. (I do have over 14,000 miles on zwift over the last year, so I’m not new to this.)
I’ve also noticed a change to the sticky draft effect. I was cruising along (during a free ride) at about 3.5w/kg and got “stuck” behind someone doing 1.5w/kg. I had to push over 4 to get past them and then continue on. This is a more extreme occurrence, but I have noticed that it has gotten significantly worse since the last update.
I am running an Apple TV 4K, with a hardwired Ethernet connection and have not experienced anything as frustrating as what has been going on with the latest update, since I started zwifting.
I feel that, like others have stated, there needs to be a change to this and that this change needs to happen ASAP. Even a reversion to the previous version would be better than what we are dealing with at this point.
Thank you for your time.