Been a Zwift rider for several years now, enjoying workouts, races and group events. Not sure if others a noticing the same but I’m finding about 50% of group events described as “Social Rides” with associated wattage averages included are really just races with little attempt to control the pace by the ride leader.
I’m a lower end C rider who can race for an hour at about 2.7watts per kg. Last night I was looking for a relaxed ride so I chose to get up and join a group ride at 5am Pacific Coast Time listed as “Nic and Amanuels Social Ride” described at 2.0 wpkg. From the start there was an immediate high wattage push which the ride leader did not attempt to control but went with. As riders texted, questioning if this was a 2 watt ride, there was no attempt at regrouping. In fact one of the leaders joked that they could not count to 2.
I continued to ride an average output of 2.1 or so with others that were dropped. The last lap the ride leader was putting out well over 3wpkg which seemed to be an all out race. By the end of the three laps the ride leader was nearly 8 minutes ahead of me. I checked strava flyby and the group was spread out over 2+ miles. Had a similiar experience with AFR ride on November 1st on a ride described 2 to 2.5 wpkg. I averaged over 2.5+ and finished 3+ minutes back.
Other rides like the PACK Sub 2 rides are run as advertised. The ride leaders make a real effort to keep the group together and ride at the advertised rate. Others not so much.
I certainly don’t mind others riding faster or even racing but I’d rather not plan to get up early to join a social ride which is really a race. It does not seem to be to anyone’s benefit to have such a disparity
I supposed my question is:
1. Is there any training for ride leaders to follow the described ride?
- Is there any post group event monitoring by Zwift?
3. Is there a forum where post ride feedback can be given so ride descriptions can be adjusted ? Or particular groups rides can be put on notice as “beware of over eager ride leaders”?