Private islands?

(Alan Hamilton - MRC) #1

I asked this question of the Zwift team shortly after starting the beta program:

“In the future will I be able to set up private group rides with my clubmates so we can do virtual training rides together?”

After riding the island initially with a dumb trainer, then moving to a KICKR, I have another question along the same lines:

“In the future will I be able to set up private group rides and filter riders by trainer type?”

The reason I ask is that when I moved to the KICKR it became extremely difficult to stay with other riders when cresting a hill, or on a downhill. I have to assume those riders were on dumb trainers (like I used to be) because they were able to keep a reasonably steady power level, whereas I had to shift to my biggest gear and up my cadence to an uncomfortable level to produce any significant power on a downhill. Even in the big gear with increased cadence I got dropped most of the time and had to chase really hard to catch them. (Sidebar: There is a lot of discussion on other threads about downhill physics elsewhere that show that I am not the only lightweight (69kg) who has this problem.)

So it would be a nice feature to be able to set up a ride/race that only allowed riders with the same trainer setup to join. If everyone is riding a KICKR, then everyone has to deal with the same physics.

(Alan Hamilton - MRC) #2

Just thought of an additional question:

How difficult would it be to duplicate the current server setup in order to make more copies of Zwift Island with minor differences like “KICKR only” or “55+ only?”

(Kelly Latham AHDR (C)) #3

+1 absolutely.

(Shawn DeBoer) #4

+1 for sure. Plus I’m desperate for Cycleops Powerbeam Pro trainer resistance support.

(Ron Sines [odz] B) #5

I’m not sure you would get many people to ride with if you started deviding it up like that. I use a kickr, & I think this is a good idea, but if it meant no one to ride with at 6:30pst on a Tuesday evening…

(Alan Hamilton - MRC) #6

@Ron S: True. With a limited number of beta users this might be a problem. But from a purely personal (and selfish?) POV, I’d rather ride around with 5 guys that are compatible with my power/riding style/age/training plan/etc than to ride around with 100 people that are not. (Although having lots of riders on the loop does make it more visually and socially fun.)