I LOVE Zwift, mostly as a motivation or training tool. It does what no other indoor software has ever done well.
The famed “blue guys” who appear on the circuit when it isn’t busy are neat, but for many of us, they seem pretty useless. We either fly right past them or they by us. They don’t react like real-life riders, and you can’t pop on chat and ask one of them to ride with you for a little motivation.
What if, instead, the ‘blue guys’ were user deployable and controllable? I see two scenarios where this might work really well. The first of which, is to deploy a bot to repeat a previous saved lap. Whether in the same session, or a previous session. It’s one thing to ‘beat the clock’, knowing your previous time; but having a virtual representation of your own efforts would be totally cool!
The second might be a bit more complex, from a technical perspective. However, being able to select how fast the blue guys are! If I could deploy one of the blue bots and, say, select a time that’s a minute faster than my best ever attempt and try to hang on to their wheel as much as possible; that would make them so much more useful than merely a random odd-looking road user. Alternatively (or additionally!) being able to set them to a fixed wattage would be super cool, too.
In this utopia where the blue guys are our private riding buddies, they’d disappear when we log off or deselect them.
Whadya say, Zwift Team? Could it happen?