Not sure if it is me, but I’m finding that all the decent hour-long (ish) races are disappearing from the calendar and it’s now just saturated with sprint events. What’s going on?
I tend to ride before work, 6am - 8am in the morning (UK time). There used to be a decent choice, but now:
a) I’m seeing most races are now maximum 20 - 25km long; the classic 38 - 43km ‘hour-long’ events seem to have entirely disappeared
b) Loads of group rides are taking their place
c There is frequently lots of gaps in the day without any races at all
d) Lots of shorter 10km time trials, or sprint events are coming in
e) There are virtually no longer events - in fact, the XRS events are the only ones I can think of longer than 1 hour
f) There are fewer events up the Alpe than there used to be
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that there are fewer events overall, but for someone looking to get a good 1 hour hard effort in before work, I’m often seeing nothing suitable available whereas there used to be plenty of choice. Looking at tomorrow (Friday 18th) as an example (just showing races here) in BST:
6:00am - 17.6km ITT
6:05am - 18.9km race
7:10am - 22.5km race
8:00am - 23.3km race
8:05am - 33.2km race
8:30am - 19.7km race
9:05am - 4.4km race
9:30am - 23.6km race
9:45am - 15.7km race
So, from 6am to 10 am there is not a single hour-long race in the schedule.
Come on Zwift, please address this - not everyone wants to jump on for 30 minute races, or do stupid 4.4km sprint events (really?!); there used to at least be something in the diary. You’ve got a whole 1:05 hours without any races at all!
Where are the Innsbruckring 4 or 5 lap events? Where are the 3R Volcano Flat races?
It just feels like Zwift is really going backways now; I used to ride 7 days a week and there would always be an event for me, no matter what I fancied doing that day or time. It seems to me like Zwift is flooded with similar group rides, or sprint-length events and we’ve lost the longer-format events.