New starter guidance

(Phil Mills PACK(C)ZHR(H)) #1

Being new to turbo training and Zwift I am impressed with the site but there are a couple of things I think would be useful to add to the guidance.  It’s not easy to find out where to look for stuff and also guidance on what to set things at to start. e.g. What are rides classifications A,B,C etc, what do you set FTP at when you first join.

Overall very pleased and will br signing up at end of free period.

(Paul Allen) #2

Here are a few links to get you started:

I would recommend just riding to begin with and have Zwift automatically set your FTP after a few rides.

(Gerrie Delport) #3

Hi Phil 

welcome to Zwift.

The classification is the different race groups. You pick your group when racing. don’t just jump into racing, just ride a bit around the course to get used to how thing work.

Just check the Race instructions I have seen some that have different categories

GROUPS: Use your FTP and then divide by your weight in kg then pick the correct group.
A: 4.0 W/kg FTP or higher
B: 3.2 W/kg to 3.99 W/kg FTP
C: 2.5 W/kg to 3.19 W/kg FTP
D: Under 2.49 W/kg FTP



I would set my FTP very low, i.e. 100. As you ride around the course Zwift will calculate your FTP, it will never lower your FTP. You can also do a FTP test to calculate your FTP, the test is under workouts.

EDIT: Paul type faster than me 

PS. Read those links Paul posted it will help you a lot. 


(Paul Allen) #4


We more or less posted different thing covering all the questions he needed answering so all is good.


The rides are W/kg, but there are a few that seem to go over the posted W/kg causing issues with splintered groups. Also w/kg is not the only factor governing speed within Zwift so you may have to ride above or below the stated w/kg to stay in the ride.

After about a year and half I have yet to do a group ride and don’t plan on ever doing one. I am a solo rider and I like it that way, but there are many ways to enjoy Zwift.

(Phil Mills PACK(C)ZHR(H)) #5

Thanks for all the info guys.  Spot on.

(Joy Hughes) #6

Hey Phil thanks for posting asking what you did as I am in the trial period too so the replies from all helped me out as well.

RIDE ON mate and look forward to seeing you out there sometime.

Joy (Australia )