Zwifters will now be able to register for Group Workouts, both online and using the Zwift Mobile link smartphone app. They're similar to the races and group rides, but allow all riders to train according to effort level rather than their power output so everyone stays together.
It's all part of Zwift's plan to make virtual riding more social - no more seeing avatars wooshing past putting out double your power output... in Group Workouts you'll be on a level playing field assuming you're putting out the same level of effort according to your Functional Threshold Power. Zwift CEO and co-founder Eric Min says: "We’re taking the motivation of the spinning experience and fusing it with structured training content created by world class coaches.
"Now all ages and ability levels can train together for the first time, whether you’re a World Tour Pro or a recreational cyclist."
There are already numerous structured sessions you can join on to in Zwift, with Group Workouts being the latest expansion aimed to appeal at all levels of cyclist. You can search for them in the 'Events' section of Zwift, and there will be up to 15 scheduled every day. USA Cycling's Endurance Performance Director Greg Henderson will be leading a series of Group Workouts later this month, and there will also be a live stream from Team Dimension Data's training camp in South Africa for a whole week, where the team will be leading the sessions.
World exclusive road.cc Group Workout - 7/11/2017, 19.30pm GMT
To coincide with the launch of the new Group Workouts feature, we're inviting you to join in on one of the very first Group Workouts with road.cc on Tuesday 7th November! As mentioned previously, it doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned pro or complete novice - you just need to know your Functional Threshold Power (or complete a test to find out if you don't know it already), then Zwift will work out what power you need to put out during the session to put everyone on an even keel.
We're ready... are you?
The session will be short and sharp, not too intense but will pack enough punch to give you a decent midweek workout. We want as many of you as possible to join us, so keep an eye out for more news between now and Tuesday evening. Of course we also want the road.cc colours taking over Zwift's virtual world during the session, so make sure to read our guide on riding in road.cc kit on Zwift here... the details of the workout will be posted on road.cc soon with a link to sign up, so we'll virtually see you there!
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.