I love the Tour of ___ multi-stage events that Zwift puts on - I do all of them that I can. I also really like the concept of the current Tour of Watopia showcasing new features and adding some different elements to each ride. However, I need to share some constructive criticism of the current stage, the group workout Stage 3.
I get what you’re trying to accomplish here - introduce people to structured workouts on Zwift - and I think it’s a great idea. However, I found the execution to be severely lacking.
First, you guys need to relax the rubber banding. It’s a great concept to keep everybody together regardless of individual FTP, but as it’s currently implemented, it’s enforcing one of the most antagonizing situations in all of Zwift. The huge clump of riders all jammed together and bumping around with no way out is completely maddening.
I certainly understand the appeal this would have in a group of several friends or a club, but I don’t need to be neck-to-neck with 970 randos when I’m also being asked to throw down 730W.
That brings me to my next criticism. Jon’s mix is a terrible workout if you’re actually trying to get new people to think this is a good idea. Short warm-up, then hold 3 reps of 150% FTP for a minute each? Followed by 5 short sprints at 265% FTP? I’m well familiar with a lot of the structured workouts, so I handled it fine, but this is a horrible intro to structured workouts for anyone who’s new to it. I saw so many “WTF” come flying through the chat and so many people complaining they had no chance to hold these numbers.
It makes no sense. Make it a nice workout if you want new people coming out thinking it’s something they might want to try again - maybe some SST - don’t push us all through the kludge you use to beta test your new features.
I rode this one because I’m a completionist and want to ride the whole tour. I usually enjoy each stage, but I’m just glad this stage is over.