Neutral Start Pace Car for Races

(David Kindler) #1

It would be great to have a pace car at the start of races.   Seems like adrenaline takes over right from the line.   The option of holding everyone back for some warmup distance might be a nicer way to start some races and rides.   On lots of group rides the leader keeps saying hold back for xxx distance, but few follow the instructions.   A physical barrier could do the trick.   Obviously some leaders woud not want a pace car…but some would appreciate having it.

(Martyn Kimberley OP [B]) #2

Voted up in agreement.

The standing start drag race makes for a boring race for many users. Although i can hold a mid to high Cat B pace in a group i don’t have the huge jump off the gun (more of a roleur than a sprinter). So my races are pretty much done in the first 5 minutes.

Having some sort of neutral zone to build up to race pace will result in bigger fields and more even races. How do Zwift do this? They could go down the virtual car route to replicate real life… or perhaps a derny bike that swings off to the side of the road. It’s time for the developers to get imaginative.

(🚁💨 choppa.slw) #3

RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!  It’s a race.  Everyone has an equal opportunity to take the start as they please, if you don’t like it fast, don’t take it fast and let us know how that works for you.