I am a huge fan of Zwift. The opportunities are endless. The racing I find is both great fun to do and watch. It’s different from gaming in that you know that there’s someone actually riding a bike powering the avatar on the screen. The efforts required are no less intense than racing on the road. Indeed my highest 90 minute power on Zwift was greater than that of the hardest road race I did last year!!
There’s a different skill set required to race on Zwift. You have to be both really strong on the bike and understand how to play the game well. You regularly see pro-riders turning up to races and getting dropped!!! The guys winning the big Zwift races have massive 1 and 5 minute power.
Yep, there’s always going to be the cheats. But the majority of strong riders are for real. All the live events have proper weigh-ins, and for the people that are putting in unreal or elite level efforts there’s CEVA Z. They need to provide real life data to back up their Zwift performances.
As for results - I ignore the Zwift results and only look at the Zwiftpower results. Most folk that are serious about Zwift racing only use Zwiftpower for results.
The new meet-up function is superb. Only this week I organised a “club run” on Monday night. We usually have a development/recovery run on Monday nights, and we are now able to have the same thing on Zwift now, and safely maintain the social aspect of our real life club.
There’s a lot a neagtivity on this forum toward Zwift, and it’s almost seen as an inferior platform or those using Zwift aren’t serious about training. It’s almost got the the point that I’ve considered pulling the plug on my TR subscription.