So, I’m going to do a vEverest on Alpe du Zwift using my Watt bike Atom. I’ve done it a few times and it feels realistic having also ridden it also in real life. However… I read in the rules that the trainer difficulty has to be set to 100% (or max in the settings). So I changed to this from the default 50% and found this way more difficult than it is in real life. Now I know the power output is the same, but I am a spinner with a high rpm. Setting the trainer to max meant that i was down to around 60rpm on some of the sections which just isn’t realistic to the way I ride.
From what I can tell having done a lot of real life mountains, having the trainer difficulty on Zwift set to 50% feels like when I ride with a 32 rear cassette and then when I change to 100% it feels like I am riding up Alpe du Zwift with a 25 cassette instead! What’s everyones opinion on this? I’m a bit annoyed that the official vEveresting rules say it should be on 100%. Theres clearly loads of people cheating as I’ve gone past so many riders with Everesting in their names and their legs are clearly spinning way faster than mine at the same speed when I’m in the lowest gear!
Has anyone done the vEverest on a watt bike? I think we’re being penalised by the rules - much easier on a smart trainer and a higher geared road bike.