It would be great to have an even better race atmosphere on Zwift. Yes, there are already some crowds or other race elements in the game, especially at the Tour de France events. Nevertheless, there still is a huge potential:
- Far more spectators
-> not everywhere, but especially on the climbs (maybe even forming an alley with caravans in the background) and close to the finish line (maybe even on grandstands)
- Cameramen on motorcycles, helicopters
- Support vehicles with spare bikes on top
- Improved sound: if there is a crowd, a want to hear it as well (cheering, cow bells, horns…), the bigger the crowd -> the louder they must be
But all elements should only be used while racing, to let me feel the difference to a normal ride even more.
In my opinion it would be great if Zwift could give us riders the best race feeling possible. When racing the Alp du Zwift I want to feel, that I am just passing the Dutch corner, rather then just seeing some orange tents next to the street.
Good examples for the implementation of such a realistic competition feeling are the common sport simulations like Fifa, Madden NFL or F1 2020.
I know the realization of this is tough (and costly) but a least this should be the vision! In the end, this would result in bigger engagement, more fun and consequently more Zwift customers… and with more riders in virtual races, Zwift could even raise more money by selling advertising boards to other companies. A win-win situation for all of us!