We now have a TEAM OP ZWIFT, so for anyone who is interested in doing Winter training, or maybe Zwift training all year around, we have put together this page so that you can get involved with the club rides on Zwift.
First off, this is a list of what you will need:
- Turbo trainer & a FAN
- Laptop, Smart phone, Tablet or Apple TV
- WhatsApp – OP Zwift (message Mike Wall)
- Discord + Headphones with a Microphone
- Zwift + (Companion application is optional)
- 1 hour of your time on a Tuesday or Thursday night
- Your Avatar
Turbo trainer & a FAN
For the best experience try and opt for a smart trainer. This will then allow Zwift to control the resistance when you are going up hill, down hill and drafting. To find out which trainers Zwift support click the
Zwift supported trainers LINK
You will then get actual power data recorded in Zwift / Strava that will reflect your Zones. If you don’t want to splash out for a Smart Trainer then have no fear. You can also opt for a standard trainer. This will then give you Virtual power or zPower depending on your trainer.
If you have opted for a Standard trainer you will need the following to get you connected to the game that is loaded on your device of choice.
- Ant+ USB Dongle
- Speed and cadence sensor
Plus the Ant+ USB Dongle dongle into your Laptop for example, so that Zwift can see your Speed & cadence sensors. This will then allow Zwift to figure out your Virtual power / speed & cadence. When you launch the game, just click add sensor and Zwift will pick them up. Remember to spin the wheel and pedals to wake then up ?
Laptop, Smart phone, Tablet or Apple TV
You can use any of the above to install the Zwift application. If you opt for the Apple TV then it only allows for 3 Bluetooth connections. This means that you will have to use the Smart phone companion application to connect your HeartRate monitor. If you don’t use one then no need to worry. But if you venture into the dizzy heights of CAT A & CAT B racing then it’s a requirement to have one fitted.
- Bluetooth connection #1 = Smart trainer Power
- Bluetooth connection #2 = Smart trainer Control
- Bluetooth connection #3 = Cadence Sensor
- Bluetooth connection #4 = HeartRate monitor via the companion application
WhatsApp – OP Zwift (Just message the committee)
To find out what is going on and get involved in the training and group chat, then get yourself added to the OP Zwift WhatsApp group.
Discord + Headphones with a Microphone
To add to the fun we use an application called Discord along with Zwift so we can all talk to each other while we ride. There’s lots of banter and encouragement when the workout gets tough. As more OP Riders are joining us on Thursday nights we now use the meet-up option. This means a rider can pick a route and invite all of their friends.
Apple users click this LINK to install
Android users click this LINK to install
Zwift + (Companion application is optional)
As mentioned above, you will need a device/Laptop to install Zwift. Additionally if you have a spare device you can install the companion application. This will allow you to do things like:
- Give Kudos ?
- See planned Zwift club events
- Text messages
- Workout data
You can use these links to install the Zwift application and companion application
Apple users click this LINK to install Zwift
Apple users click this LINK to install Companion application
Android users click this LINK to install Zwift
Android users click this LINK to install Companion application
1 hour of your time on a Tuesday or Thursday night
A message will be posted on WhatsApp – OP Zwift of when the next session is happening, so that you can message the group if you are planning to join in. Additionally if you launch the Companion application you will see a pending invite. Just click the EVENTS Tab and then click the RSVP. You should then be ready to go.
To help keep people together and spot the rest of the group, please try and use the green kit when you pimp your Avatar. Take a look at the image below for a great example