Turn Off "Close the Gap" Message


(James Blake) #1

I would like to be able to turn off this message. On busy courses (Innsbruk), that message is constantly popping up, and can be pretty distracting.

If you can’t turn it off, then make it more context specific. For example, slogging up a 10% grade at 5 mph, I doubt I need to close the gap. The same could be said for when a rider goes by 5-10 mph faster, or you pass someone that’s going slower.

Thanks for listening.


(i van) #2

A workaround is to use the TT bike as it doesn’t benefit from the draft AFAIK.


(John Hallas ) #3

I think that is true and is a good workaround but it also limits you from certain events.
I tend not to change my kit or bike and would forget to do so if I was doing a race where it was not allowed

John


(Bhaltair Gruamach [DIRT]) #4

Yes please. Give us an option - like the blurred vision effect option.

Or replace the giant “Close the Gap” message and graphic with something less obtrusive - perhaps a Draft Effect bar.


(Mark Hewitt) #5

I think the main problem is the size of the thing. It just made half the size or as some sort of sliding bar would me much nicer.


(James Blake) #6

A drafting effect bar is a great idea! It would be awesome to see how many watts one is saving by drafting.


(Jeff Englin) #7

While the “Close the Gap” message can be annoying all on it’s own in a normal ride (for various reasons), it is getting almost DE-motivating during the Tour de Zwift “double-draft” event.
I frankly don’t know if this is more of a fix, or simply a request to enhance/fix the “drafting” component.
When riding in a group, I don’t know how many frickin-annoying times (seriously way too many to count even in a 20 mile ride), my avatar will be “just” left or right of the rider in front of me & I lose my draft - & boom, there’s mister annoying “Close the Gap” message. And actually, there’s been a few times, a group of us have formed bonified pacelines & my avatar is squatting nicely behind one or two guys & the message will still pop up! Even when it looks like I could be pedaling the guy in front of me’s bike! Seriously, I’m so close I can’t see his shorts, but I get that frickin message! “Close the Gap” After a while you mentally start feeling the perceived resistance!
Related: regularly, I will be riding in a group of 20+ people, several in front & behind, constantly shifting positions within the virtual peloton, when my avatar will all of a sudden swing out to the left or the right of the group & I’ll get the “Close the Gap” message. ??? WTF. I’ve been riding at a similar pace, with the same people for sometimes several miles & my avatar decides to go ride the curb by myself for a bit. ?!? Or, somebody passing our group comes splitting up the middle & seemingly shoves my avatar out of our group. —
This needs a fix IMHO, it’s moved passed annoying to demotivating. It’s started to make some of my rides not as much fun.


(David Dewaels IM) #8

I think too a drafting effect bar is a great idea !


(Jon Wakefield) #9

Agree… A ‘draft effect’ bar (showing % savings or % of draft benefit) would be beneficial and add a visible level of reward for ‘closing the gap’.

Cheers,


(Herb Koch Velocity) #10

This needs to be optional. It’s so distracting and not at all motivating, which was likely the goal when it was dreamed up.


(Isaiah Cervantes) #11

great idea!