Interesting article from DCR here:
I reckon it’s pretty spot-on.
One particular part struck me though, and that was a quotation from Steve Beckett (Zwift’s VP of Marketing & Customer Acquisition):
Across 2019, Zwift will be working with hardware manufacturers to mitigate this from 2020. It is very likely that hardware restrictions for racing will tighten up in 2020, but Zwift needs to acknowledge that hardware manufacturers need time to respond to this feedback as trainers are developed
Now, I was planning on buying a new direct-drive trainer in the next few months.
However this quotation has struck a note of caution. I wouldn’t want to buy a new DD trainer now for £600 or more, only to find that come next year isn’t not regarded as legitimate for Zwift racing.
So now I’m stuck. I don’t know any of the detail of what Steve thinks might happen. And I don’t know how limiting “the wrong” trainer might be for someone interested in Zwift racing.
I do think something has to happen in order to legitimise Zwift racing though. Concept 2 races and records are regarded as a level playing field, for example, because one C2 machine is directly comparable to another. Without that trusted equivalence, Zwift racing can never really be taken seriously I think except perhaps in model-specific race series. e.g. the Neo Series, Kickr League, Hammerfest etc.