Ok, so I did my first ‘proper’ ride today so I thought I’d share some feedback…
I got the beta when it was first released ages ago, and had a quick try only to find it didn’t work very smoothly on my laptop - so I binned it and carried on with Zwift. Fast forward maybe a year or so, and I downloaded the latest beta yesterday and installed…
- Windows Surface Pro 4, i5, 8gb
- Windows 10 Pro
- Ant+ USB dongle
- Arion Digital Smart B+ rollers
- Bluetooth h/r monitor
- Stages powermeter
I have to say, compared to my previous try I’m pretty impressed… the download took a while, and the uploading/patching process took FOREVER… but that doesn’t matter. I fired up today, and ran a quick graphics test - then went back in a turned on some shadows because it looks weird without them - but left everything else as the software suggested.
When it came to having a ride, it found all my tech no problem, and simply worked. Up I jumped onto the bike, and off went my little avatar man.
I thought the graphics look really nice now - and everything seemed to run smoothly, with no glitches noticed at all. I rode the first course - not the most exciting environment, but well modelled and nice enough to look at. I was running as a free ride, and the power steps all seemed to work pretty well as expected. With only a couple of 4 degree climbs there was nothing too taxing, but it did seem to be talking to the rollers ok.
I did think there didn’t seem to be much in the way of visual clues as to whether you were going up or down though - the horizon seems to stay in the middle, so the sensation of climbing is only through the legs, not obvious by watching the screen.
I’ll have a pop at one of the other courses next time, but this has definitely made huge leaps in usability since I last tried it, and is now a viable software for training it seems.
What I’d like to see now…
What I’d really like now, is to be able to import the day’s training plan from Training Peaks so it automatically runs that. To run my workout today, I had to follow my Garmin for when to step up & down, rather than the VirtuGo program. In Zwift, I just tell it to import and follow the day’s TP workout and it just adjust things automatically. Hopefully this is in the works?
Anyway… a good thumbs up from me, and I’ll be back to try it out some more over the next couple of weeks hopefully.