Many of us in the Tri Club use Zwift as a Virtual Training and Racing tool. During times of lockdown, Covid restrictions or just plain bad weather we will be trying to offer regular Zwift activities and signposting to other races. We post weekly on the Tri club Facebook page and the email the details of these.
If you would like to join in or Sunday Social Ride add ‘Jonathan Girvan – (CTC)’ on Zwift companion and you will be invited to the social ride for a 9:30am start, but remember get on early.
When we ride socially we use the options of no drop, meaning as long as you keep pedalling you’ll stick with the group. We also do Group only view, giving us the Zwift world to ourselves. There is options to choose workouts or just ride. We usually get on the app Discord – a voice chat function during these rides (think team radio), to get onto our Discord group you’ll need to get in touch with James Morgan or Jonathan Girvan at email@example.com as sign up links only last 24 hours, make sure you have good headphones with a speaker to be heard as well.
What you need
New to Zwift?
What you need?
- A bike: You’ll need your bike.
- An indoor trainer: An indoor trainer attaches to your bike and gives you resistance, a smart trainer does everything you need, when using an older turbo trainer often referred to as a dumb turbo, you will need speed and cadence sensors.
- ANT +/Bluetooth: An Ant+ dongle or Bluetooth connectivity depending on your set up allows your indoor trainer or sensors to communicate with your laptop, iPad or phone.
- Zwift app: Download Zwift. Or head over to Zwift.com to get set up. You can start with a free 7-day trial. It is £12 a month after the trial.
- A fan: Outdoors you have the relief of a breeze, not indoors, you will get warm fast, a good fan can bring some reflief.
- A towel: For similar reasons as a fan, you’ll need a towel to mop of any sweat.
Don’t forget all the usual Hydration and Nutrition.
There are many how to video’s on YouTube, just search ‘setting up Zwift’ here’s one from GCN
A number of our club members have been using Zwift for years and will be happy to help out, just get on a group ride using discord and ask away.
Once you feel a bit more comfortable using Zwift, you might want to start trying out some races which can be great fun and are broken down to A,B,C & D category’s so that you can race at your level and ability.
To get the most out of these races you will need to sign up for Zwift Power, now this is getting a little more complicated but this YouTube video by Crit Whit explains all, click here. You can also search for Chester Tri Club (CTC) and link yourself to our club. Zwift Power gives race results and gives you details of your power curve.
Zwift has some fantastic racing options, some of which include those organised by the WTRL. Chester Tri Club have partaken in the Thursday Night Team Time Trials in the past, this works like in real life with a smart draft at play, meaning the person at the front works hardest and those behind may not work as hard. Taking it in turns to do big efforts on the front can help the team get a good overall time. It’s great fun and a fantastic motivator to push harder than you might usually. There hasn’t been too much interest in this from club members recently, but every so often we might post to see if there is interest.
What happens in a Team Time Trial, check out Andy Wyrko’s commentary of his first one.
Andy’s video actually comes from our participation in the Zwift Racing League, which features Scratch Races and Team Time Trials over the course of a season (8 races) with multiple seasons per year.
Season 1: Chester Tri Club entered the inaugural season of the Zwift Racing League, taking part in the 4th tier of the A league, coming second overall.
Season 2: Chester Tri Club gained a double promotion to the 2nd tier of the A league. Such was the popularity that we entered another team that we have called Real Chester Tri as it is the first season of this team they are entered into the 5th Tier of the B league.
This is fast and furious racing that pushes you beyond your normal comforts to new heights. Those taking part are happy to rotate to ensure others get the chance to take part. If your interested and you are a high C or above on Zwift then email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or follow the conversation on the Discord App.