Hello Zwift ️
I went up at Box Hill today trying to go for a new PR . But I found myself being slowed down by riders I was passing. I could see it on the ETA time. Depending on how fast the rider I passed was, I lost 3-7 seconds for each rider I passed.
My data was about 18-20 km/ h and 250-270 watt. Is it just the way it is or are you looking in to that already ?
It is the same on Watopia climbs… here I can see on the speed
Happy new year 2018. Keep up the good Zwift and may your Zwift be with you
It appears that (sometimes at least) the drafting simulation “sticks” you behind a rider you’re expecting to pass.
I’m just taking part in a discussion about this as another possible viewpoint…
I ride that hill a lot and even on that same day as you mentioned. I was feeling particularly good and set some PR’s. Zwift is very subjective as to the riders approach and in my case, I use my KickR as a bicycle simulator, using sim-mode with gradient set to 85-90%. I find that if I pull more inches in my gear selection and apply strong, even power, I ride right past most people (only because they choose to ride slower than I, I am no powerhouse!).
I do see occasions where I’ll lock onto a person matching my output. Perhaps ERG mode might make this happen more often and a group workout with rubber banding sure as heck will cause it.
Good luck and have a great 2018.
Hello Steve and Cary
the issue I have is not that I am stick behind a rider. I pass them without trouble but I can see on the ETA time that there is a time “ penalty”. And depending of how quick the rider is the “ penalty” is from 3-7 seconds. The slower the rider goes the less “penalty” I get☺️
A climb on Box Hill can give me a “penalty” of more than 30 seconds because of this issue.
Can’t say as I’ve noticed this, I do get stuck behind riders where the power output is similar. On a climb I do notice the ETA tends to jump around quite a lot but not to the point I feel penalised. I’ll pay more attention next time.
I also notice the ETA jumps around but I thought it was due to the change in gradient and the program not doing a good job of estimating the finishing time as you slow down with increased gradient or speed up with reduced gradient.