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Why didn't Zwift do a Belgian Virtual Ride?

Old 09-25-21, 08:37 PM
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Why didn't Zwift do a Belgian Virtual Ride?

I guess this is a bit late to ask but wondering why Zwift completely ignored a Belgian ride to celebrate the 2021 UCI World Championships as they did in previous years?
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Old 09-30-21, 05:13 PM
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They do virtual events. Not actual race routes like Rouvy does.
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Old 09-30-21, 06:16 PM
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Sorry, bad choice of words on my part. They replicate a route based on the location where the world championships take place, like Yorkshire England 2019, Innsbruck 2018, Richmond 2015. Not an official tradition but come to be expected I guess.

They will then host events, group rides or races on these routes before, during and after the actual live events.
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Old 09-30-21, 07:35 PM
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Yeah, would have been nice. I am not a big fan of Yorkshire and Innsbruck, and Richmond is getting old
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Innsbruck I think is a great addition to Zwift - that and Watopia Epic / Epic Reverse are the only climbs of that length (Shorter than Alpe & Ven-Top, longer than the London climbs / Volcano).
I typically don't race great on that route though. I LOVE Yorkshire, have had some of my favorite races there, and yea - Richmond is used a lot, because it's a really good race course.

The UCI courses are good courses. I think the replica course is a great start - but they could definitely build out around those courses like they did for London. I don't think they're going to add more different 'worlds' for a while though, is my feel.
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I used to ride in Richmond back in the '70s and '80s. There were nice areas around Richmond back then, zwift could erase some of the sprawl and add some nice courses. But all the hills nearby are because of the river for the most part.
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Originally Posted by Viich View Post
Innsbruck I think is a great addition to Zwift - that and Watopia Epic / Epic Reverse are the only climbs of that length (Shorter than Alpe & Ven-Top, longer than the London climbs / Volcano).
I typically don't race great on that route though. I LOVE Yorkshire, have had some of my favorite races there, and yea - Richmond is used a lot, because it's a really good race course.

The UCI courses are good courses. I think the replica course is a great start - but they could definitely build out around those courses like they did for London. I don't think they're going to add more different 'worlds' for a while though, is my feel.
I totally agree, when Innsbruck came out I rode that dozens of times, group rides, races or just for fun and found it a great work out that didn't get boring. I also really enjoy France, as long as it's not Paris or Mount Ven Top.

I agree Underhausen, not a big fan of riding the Richmond route and Yorkshire was fun for a while but got old. The route I hate the most is NYC. Was great for about the first 6 times but got bored of it after that.
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I do like France a lot. Paris is okay, but once you have done it forwards and backwards it's pretty boring.
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I think that, because they're focused on building out the Makuzi Islands, they're skipping the UCI courses this year. I've heard there's a lot more courses in the islands to come.
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that's interesting, how many times can we ride to the temple in one ride?
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Yesterday I watched paris roubaix
While doing it I was on Rouvy
https://my.rouvy.com/virtual-routes/detail/9601
Doing the last 50k


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Ed Wiser, very cool and there's something special about riding on the trainer while watching a major event. A few years back I rode Zwift on the Innsbruck map while watching the men's elite race at the same location during the UCI championships.

What were you watching it on? I was able to watch that UCI championship race streaming live on Youtube but that doesn't happen any more.
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Peacock streamed it live. They have the replay up now. Might be included with your cable subscription, it's worth checking.
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I'm still waiting for the Imola course from 2020 with the F1 track finish.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Peacock streamed it live. They have the replay up now. Might be included with your cable subscription, it's worth checking.
I'm in Canada so we don't get Peacock Sports. Our only option is a subscription based service, Flo Bikes or GCN +, both of which I've heard are not great choices.
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I watched Paris Roubaix while riding indoors as well, but had to settle for Zwift's France world. No Rouvy for me.

Just as well, I was barely paying attention to my virtual ride as the end of that race was pretty riveting.
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
I'm in Canada so we don't get Peacock Sports. Our only option is a subscription based service, Flo Bikes or GCN +, both of which I've heard are not great choices.
GCN+ (if it's not geolocked for you) got off to a rough start, but everyone seems happy with it now. The only issue for U.S. viewers is you have to use a vpn to see a lot of races.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
GCN+ (if it's not geolocked for you) got off to a rough start, but everyone seems happy with it now. The only issue for U.S. viewers is you have to use a vpn to see a lot of races.
GCN+ is geolocked, Flo Cycling has exclusive rights to virtually all cycling for Canada, as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
Ed Wiser, very cool and there's something special about riding on the trainer while watching a major event. A few years back I rode Zwift on the Innsbruck map while watching the men's elite race at the same location during the UCI championships.

What were you watching it on? I was able to watch that UCI championship race streaming live on Youtube but that doesn't happen any more.
I was watching on GCN+ with express vpn. They have races on all week long every week around the year. Looking forward to cycle cross season.
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