Off the MAAP: Prepare to Ride

by Zwift
on August 03, 2020

Welcome to the Off the MAAP Tour! This multi-staged event is like a real-life fondo—a giant party on wheels where we’ll push watts and see beautiful sights together. This post helps you prepare to have an awesome and smooth experience.

Group rides on Zwift are a great way to meet people and build camaraderie. Chat while you pedal, find a pack, and take in the sights during each stage. As this is not a race, there is no winner. If you’re brand new to Zwift and need to gear up, watch this How To video.



From the Off the MAAP Tour homepage, click into each stage page. You’ll see a description of the stage, the available dates, and the scheduler feature for upcoming events.


Like a fondo, group rides for Tour events are organized by distance. The A Group rides a longer stage, but they’re not necessarily a faster group. The B Group rides a shorter stage. You’ll find Zwifters of all levels in both groups. Both men and women may join either A or B Group.



Make sure you give yourself a good 15 minutes to warm up because most rides go hard out of the gate. This is also a good time to make sure all your connections—heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, and trainer—are calibrated and working properly. We notify you in-game when your event is about to start, so don’t worry about losing track of time while warming up.

Make sure your bottles are full, nutrition is within reach (at least for longer rides—most Zwifters don’t eat during events shorter than one hour), and a dry towel is handy. Don’t forget about your fan!



Group rides are all about strength in numbers. Stay with a pack to get in on the draft, so you don’t have to work as hard as you would solo. More on the draft effect below.

Group rides typically attract large fields of Zwifters at all ability levels, so you can find the pace you’re looking for. Sit in, take some pulls, and get to know a new Zwifter or two. Group rides are all about having fun.



Zwift’s Heads-Up Display (HUD) includes a lot of information to help you understand your data:



To better mimic the real world, take full advantage of drafting. Simply put, if you are on someone’s wheel, you can put out less power and still stay with them. This essentially allows you to “rest” while someone else does the work. It’s a good tactic to use, but don’t expect someone to let you sit on their wheel for an entire ride. Catch your breath and take a pull.



Learn how to chat with friends and motivate them with a Ride On:



Zwift PowerUps are like superpowers! They give you a temporary edge in the game. Pop a PowerUp and set a new PR on a solo ride or sprint, or surge ahead of the pack.



Weight impacts your ability to go up hills. You may see Zwifters put out massive watts on steep hills and charge up ahead. This is because lighter riders ascend easier than heavier riders and need less power to do so. Keep this in mind as you try to catch someone going up the Watopia mountains.

Ride On.


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