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Richard A
Sep 27, 2021
If you won’t be next to your Zwift set-up when the pen opens (30 minutes before race start), get Zwift up and running well before the race, as Matt says. Get to the point where you are ready to ride in any world and open companion app on your tablet or phone so that it connects in dashboard mode. Set an alarm for just before the race starts. You can then click to join the race from your phone without needing to be on your bike. These races will be busy so it pays to be at the front. Even if you can’t be on your bike for long before the race still try to get on in time to warm up. Zwift have introduced Pace Partners. These are bots that ride Watopia at a set WKg. You can use these to warm up. I go for my cat or the cat below just to get my legs moving. For TTTs it‘s a good idea to practice drafting. An important part of this is recognising when the “Close the gap” message actually applies. Often this will come up because the person directly in front of you has moved over a lane and Zwift has taken the next wheel in the line. Don’t try to accelerate, just wait and the person in front will come back into the same lane and the message will go. In TTTs you need to learn to regulate your speed to avoid dropping and overshooting too much. This makes for a messy, less efficient line and makes it harder for the rider behind to concentrate on what they’re doing. When you ease off just do it by applying slightly less force to the pedals. If you stop pedalling you’ll drop too quickly. The same is true if you join back on. Don’t sprint as hard as you can or you’ll overshoot then yo-yo back and forth until you get in position. Communication is key. In the points races you might be able to deploy some team tactics but rarely. In the TTT it’s all about the team. Take your turn on the front, say who you are and how long you are taking 1st wheel. Aim for 30-60 seconds each and shout when you have 10 and 5 seconds left as well as when you drop. This gives 2nd wheel time to prepare. You can drop by either easing up and drifting to the back or by stopping pedalling and sprinting back on. The latter is best avoided if you haven’t done it before. Try to keep your position and stay in a near line for the TTT. A line is much faster than a blob and a lot less work for everyone. Again, communication is key. If you are struggling say so. Miss a turn if you need to don’t go on the front again if necessary. You want to get more than 4 to the line just in case something goes wrong. Burning out and being inefficient won’t help. check your trainer difficulty setting. You might prefer it lower or higher but work out which you prefer. Just don’t ask anyone to explain to you how it works. Bring double the drinks you think you need.
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