What do you need?
Well that literally depends on how much money you’re willing to spend. You can get started for under £200 providing you have a bike and a relatively new-ish smartphone. On the other end of the scale you could spend over £2000 to get the best hardware available to make the most out of your Zwift experience. I’ve added 3 different options below, with examples linked:
So what can you do on Zwift?
Well at first you may just want to cycle around one of the Zwift maps. Currently there are 4 different maps to explore: Watopia, London, Richmond and New York Central Park. Watopia is by far the biggest and most developed map, with plenty of flats, rolling hills and all-out climbs. To cycle all the routes would take a great deal of time and effort, but you can pick which route you want to ride in the menu before starting. You can then control which way your avatar turns at junctions using the Zwift companion app (downloadable to your smart phone).
Aside from exploring, Zwift also has training sessions available. These range from ‘one-off’ sub 60 minute workouts to full 12 week training programs. Despite some criticism regarding the plans, I have successfully used one (4 week FTP booster) to improve my performance.
Now I’ve saved the best feature til last. Zwift has a really, really good competitive element to it. The race feature. The ability to race others online is something that I really like! It allows you to push your limits further than you would with the training and free ride options. Zwift does racing well, there are many different races throughout any given day, with different distances and elevation profiles available. You can find standard races, crit style races and even time trials. Racing is also split into categories (cat A, B, C, D) similarly to real life racing so that it keeps things entertaining for all abilities. There is even a finishing leaderboard with plenty of race stats. The racing is so popular, that there is a huge following and even an excellent racing stats and ranking website developed by enthusiasts (www.zwiftpower.com).