Winter is here so are the dark nights and chilly mornings, so we're restarting the midweek virtual rides (from 3rd November). Details are regularly posted in the member's Facebook Group of these and ad-hoc member group rides - if you're not on Facebook drop us a message over on the contact form (recipient: Web Manager).

Midweek Meetup

Wednesday night around 7pm. Typically a Zwift group meetup on alternating courses. We use Discord for group voice chat, and it's a leisurely spin with the keep-together option on. Don't have Zwift, just join us at the same time on Discord for the chatter and spin in your own virtual world.

For a Wednesday Zwift invite; follow "Richard Sanderson (ZRScot)" and request an invite on the Spond event, or by pinging a message on the contact form.

Ad-hoc Member Group Rides

Rides are posted by any member in the Facebook Group, and WhatsApp group. Ping for access to those groups if you don't have them already.

Apps and Tools

Zwift

Rides are meetups with an organiser. You need to follow the organiser on Zwift, and ping them to be sent an invite. Try to do this well in advance of the ride because it requires the organiser to receive the notification and send out the invite. Late join is possible, but the invites must be sent in advance.

Zwift meetup screenshot

Rides can have the keep-together option on which keeps members of the group together on the screen regardless of power output. Sometimes this is switched off, for example if focussing on a climb and wishing to tackle it at individual pace.

It is possible to do a workout and attend a group ride on Zwift. Join the group ride, then navigate to the menu and choose your workout. If your workout is longer than the ride when the group finishes you will continue the rest of your workout. If your workout is shorter than the group ride you will be in the group as normal once the workout finishes. This is great if you're navigating a training plan and want to join the social rides too!

Zwift requires the Zwift app, which is usually on laptop, tablet, or Apple TV. There is also a Companion app which runs on your phone that helps with receiving meetup invites, joining events and in-game text chat.

Zwift requires a monthly subscription after the limited free trial.

RGT

Rides on RGT are group rides unless advertised differently. There is no keep together option and it is up to the group to keep together or not.

RGT screenshot

RGT allows the organiser to create a course based on the GPX of a real-world route. We've done the Loch Leven TT, and Hilly TT courses. The distance and elevation profile matches what you would find in the real world, but the graphics are generated - there's no way for them to know to put a loch on your left hand side for the Loch Leven TT route for example.

RGT requires two apps, a mobile app and a screen app. They work together, your turbo and sensors connect to the mobile app, and the mobile app connects to the screen app to show you the virtual world. Mobile app is available for Apple and Android devices. Screen app is available for PCs and some tablets. See getting started on the RGT website.

RGT has free and paid tiers. Free is sufficient to ride our group rides and some of their regular courses.

Discord

The club uses Discord to power group voice chat while on many of the meetups. Apps are available for most devices, but we usually find the mobile app with a set of earphones the best. See the meetup Facebook Group post or ping us for the Discord invite link. Discord is free.

Just join us option

Nevermind having a Zwift subscription, or juggling RGT apps, join our Discord channel at the allotted time for the meetup chat and spin whatever setup you have.

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