Hello fellow zwift enthusiasts! Today, I write to you to provide constructive feed back to the Zwift developers for ideas to spice up or remove richmond, or to merge it with london.
In order to do this though, lets look at why Richmond was important
When Richmond launched, Zwift was much smaller. A.i. Controlled creepy blue cyclists were still a rather common sight. This added an entire world to Zwift, and it was timed well to match up with the 2015 UCI course that it is based off of.
Clearly this was a great press tool for the company to try to introduce the training platform to a bigger audience, but then that was it. We saw no further updates.
The case to remove Richmond:
The graphics are dated. Just look at the buildings. At time I feel like I am looking at buildings modeled in the mid 2000s.
Extremely limited selection of where you’d like to go. Everyone goes the same direction. You are always either being passed by a mob of people or getting pulled along by random packs of riders.
The course itself is boring if your just riding for fitness. I see its merits as being great for hard interval efforts or even races, but not so much free riding.
Richmond must have been hit with an apocalypse. London is filled with people everywhere, parked trolleys etc. It feels like your riding in a city. Richmond feels abandoned, lifeless.
Watopia, and to a lesser case London have recieved course updates, new routes, secret routes, wild life (Yetis in one case). Watopia looks beautiful from a graphics perspective.
Most importantly, Richmond is just not fun for regular, free riding which is what this platform needs. The recreational cyclist, not interested in racing will tune out on Richmond days. I know i’ve purposefully have made Richmond an off day anytime its on the calendar in the winter
If you have arguemtns as to why Richmond should stay in the regular rotation or removed please add constructive feedback. “It sucks” or “Its awesome” is not constructive.