As you may have seen in This Season on Zwift, we have been working hard on new gamified ways for you to ride on Zwift with steering. We have now reached the point where we would like to open these experiences up to the broader Zwift community as part of testing as we look towards the next steps for gamified experiences with steering.
From Friday, November 10th we will have a number of regular events on Repack Rush and Crit City. Although part of the Zwift Play Beta experience, if you own a Zwift-compatible steering device, we think that you will love trying these events out and the new fun, competitive experiences they bring to Zwift. This phase 1 of testing will run through to December 10, 2023 with events available on a limited schedule however there may be some different events we add to assist with getting the feedback we require - all events can be found at https://www.zwift.com/uk/events/tag/steeringonly
To keep this discussion timely and on-topic for phase 1, we will auto-lock this thread on December 11.
Repack Rush Event Races
You’ll race against others down a 2.8 km / 1.7 mile route while avoiding hazard pads, aiming for boost pads to get more speed and collect time deduction bonuses. At the end of the event, riders are ranked by their total race time with bonuses and penalties factored in.
Crit City Gamified Races
Gamification adds fun new ways to race in Crit City. With full road-width steering enabled, you can choose between taking the shortest racing line or choosing a line to hit boost pads and avoid hazard pads coming around the corner. The experience here in Crit City is a dynamic one, as some of the boost pads will swap to be hazards, while others will be sliding across the course, so make sure you keep your eyes open for changes and adapt fast!
Although the standard Power Ups won’t be available, we have added a new Boost Power Up, which you can deploy twice per lap with your normal Power Up button, which gets refreshed at the lap arch at the start of each lap.
We are excited to see you try out these events and see all the new ways Zwifters can get competitive, have fun and find new ways to ride where power is no longer the only input.
How do the gamification elements work?
There are a few elements in these experiences you will need to know about:
These blue boost pads will give you a boost of acceleration, you can even link the boost pads together to increase your acceleration further! Each individual pad gives a speed increase of 10kph.
These red hazard pads will slow you down so make sure that you steer away from these to avoid having your momentum decreased. The effect on you as a rider is that your speed will decrease to 85% of the current speed.
Time Deductions (Repack Rush Only)
Collect these as you ride on Repack Rush, each one is worth 0.2 seconds and the total amount you collect will be removed from the time it takes you to complete the event from when it starts, the moment the event clock countdown hits zero to when you cross the finish line.
Check the results screen to see how you performed against others and look at what tactics worked best; go hard and fast to the finish or take time and collect time deductions.
Boost Power Up
This is a new Power Up for Crit City Gamification which gives you a speed boost of 10kph on each charge. Every time you pass the Lap arch at the start of a lap you will get two new charges as long as you used them both on the previous lap.
What you’ll need:
- Zwift game version 1.52 or newer.
- A supported steering device: Zwift Play controllers, Elite Sterzo Smart, Elite Rizer (if paired to a compatible Elite smart trainer), Jetblack Smart Turn Block, or Wahoo KICKR Bike.
- Zwift Companion app is not required, but deploying Boost power-ups is quicker using its Action Bar.
When are the events?
Events will be available on a limited schedule starting from Friday, November 10, 2023 through to Saturday, December 10, 2023.
All events can be found at https://www.zwift.com/uk/events/tag/steeringonly
We understand the number of available events is limited, but the experience for these gamified events is much better when you can ride with others. There should be multiple opportunities to suit most during the week for all time zones. We will be monitoring the size of the events, and once we see the need for more events, we will add more to the schedule.
The usage of this event functionality is limited to Zwift-owned events only for the foreseeable future.
Why can’t I join the event?
You can sign up for the events by logging into the Zwift Game, on the web or through Zwift Companion; however, you will not be able to join the events unless you have a steering device paired on the pairing screen.
Will there be more or longer events set up on Crit City?
We are looking to add events with more events and possibly longer events than 3 Laps in the future once we see a higher demand.
On launch, we want to ensure there are enough people in the events to ensure it is fun, and the events have been scheduled at times when we see people riding with steering devices paired currently.
We’d love to hear about your experiences in these events and a bit about how you normally Zwift. Please let us know below!