For many of us, it’s getting to that part of year where it takes more time to find and put on enough gear to stay warm, than the amount of time you actually spend outside. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but the days are getting shorter, the temperatures colder, and that means more time spent on a trainer for a number of cyclists.
But thanks to the best thing to happen to trainers since sliced bread (training sandwiches?), life has gotten so much more tolerable while suffering indoors. We’re talking about Zwift of course, and moving forward into the 2017/2018 trainer season, there are a ton of updates to make things even better.
One of the biggest announcements is that Zwift will soon be available on Apple TV. Using a free app, users will be able to use Zwift just like they would through their computer or phone, just through the Apple TV environment. Take note though – we’re told it will only be compatible with the latest 4th gen Apple TV which may leave a lot of users out in the cold.
Also in the works is Zwift on Android which will finally open up the training app to those who haven’t bought into the Apple platform. Officially an invite-only beta test program, Zwift expects a fully functioning Android version by the end of Winter 2018.
As far as in-game updates go, the Zwift Mobile Link 2.1 offers vastly improved maps with real time rider locations so you can actually figure out where you’re going and where you might want to go. The improved mapping also extends to the desktop/laptop minimap with better overlays to make it easier to navigate. The messaging center is also far better as is the ability to join other Zwifters you follow mid ride.
On that note, Group Workouts have also arrived with private chats, shared workout goals and the ability for riders of different skill levels to ride together without worrying about getting dropped.
Are you at level 10 yet? If so, you’re about to gain a new world with the Mayan Jungle course expansion. The Mayan expansion is part of the Watopia map, and is accessible through three different course options in the game – as long as you’re level 10 (or riding with a friend, or a special event).
And there’s more – Zwift also offers running options for anyone using footpods or sensors, and while it’s been a hidden option for almost a year, more running features are on the way. Which means we can expect a full release in the near future. There’s also new cloud storage for workouts coming in Spring 2018, a new virtual store for avatar customization, and more slated for the coming year.