This is my first post, but I have already contacted the Zwift ‘gods’ to ask about them developing a handcycle option for those of us that are paralysed or have conditions that mean we cannot use a conventional two wheeled pedal-cycle! Zwift mentions posting it on the forum might give the idea some traction!!
I’m not going to rant about this, but in a world that is gradually becoming both more accepting and adapted, would be great for my avatar to be able to hop into a handcycle!!
Thanks and stay healthy,
I think making handcyclist a feature of the account, rather than just another bike in the garage, makes sense. That would perhaps make it less likely riders are going to be just doing joy rides on the “handcycle”(pedaling a normal bike).
This would be great. I have a spinal cord injury and am lucky to still ride a two wheeled bike, but I train with others that ride hand cycles. This would be a nice commitment to diversity. Would also be nice to have unique rider levels and group rides/races for physically challenged athletes.
Hey all, I’m the leader of the paracycling program at the Norwegian Cycling Federation. We’ve arranged a weekly Zwift paracycling group ride. It’s a proper event that is open to everyone. The rubber-band effect is turned on so it keeps everyone together, regardless of power. It is meant to be a social ride for paracyclists from around the world to connect. You’re all invited to join! Every Wednesday at 19:10 CET.
Note: I have been involved in this discussion about para zwift riders for a long time and I’m aware that this group ride does not solve the avatar issue. The rubber-band is the key feature of this ride because it keeps all avatars together and allows us to enjoy the social aspect of the ride.
I am still in the fight. as of this morning I reached out to Jerremy Bishop, and Tyler Pierce aka The Vegan Cyclist - these are probably the two most dominant figures I know that are working with Zwift.
I will keep you posted after I have a conversation with each of them trying to get introduced to the right person at Zwift.
It’s been a few years and still nothing towards handcycle and paracycling avatars? Discrimination? Every handcycle and paracycle user on here pays a subscription, take our money but not listen for 5 years? That seems a little underhanded to me. Would sure like zwift to be a little more inclusive with their program. UCI is having events on here, paracycling is part of UCI. Maybe we need to make a little more noise to be heard
“ The league “will also offer events for para-cyclists, and offer virtual adaptive bikes and avatars. The series was developed in collaboration with the Paralyzed Veterans of America and USA Paracycling. “
No word on a release date but suffice to say, this isn’t Zwift.
The topic highlighted in this feature request is significant and near to my heart. In an effort to raise greater awareness I recently published the story of an adaptive athlete and Zwift community member on the virtual cycling blog - The Zommunique’.
I plan to publish further reports on this issue in the near future. Please let me know how important it is to you and why? The more awareness the greater chance that it will become a reality.