Zwift. You’ve probably heard the name mentioned a 100 times over the last weeks and months. Popular before the current crisis, it’s now become something of a safe haven for cyclists who want or need to keep riding through this time of selfi-solation and social distancing.
Zwift doesn’t give out its user data, but it does say that it has smashed its concurrent user figures — numbers riding at any one time — this spring, while the number of miles logged each day has risen from around a million last year to 3.4 million now.
So what’s the appeal? Why do roadies love it so, and should us mountain bikers bite the bullet and take part?
What is Zwift?
Think of it as link between a turbo trainer and an electronic device — your computer, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV.
The idea is to turn training into a game, plonking a screen down in front of you and letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment.
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