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TriSA Virtual Ride
Triathlon South Australia Virtual Ride is HERE
When: Sunday April 5th – 8:00am South Australian Time
Cost: free to Zwift subscribers or users on a free trial
Triathlon SA is proud to offer a moderated and coordinated Zwift virtual bike ride on Sunday the 5th of April for approximately 90 minutes. Participants can ride as long as they wish and stop whenever they feel they have had enough. As long as you start together in the meet-up, you’re in the group.
Why are we doing this?
We are a community, and although we can’t see each other right now due to social isolation measures associated with COVID-19, it doesn’t mean we can’t help. Through a shared group ride and chat, we can talk, we can smile, we can listen. We want to be clear that the best people to tell you how to train during this time are your coaches, and Triathlon SA’s role is not to take valuable work away from those coaches. This forum is an opportunity to provide positive mental health through a group ride in Zwift. For detailed and personalised fitness plans during this time, <click here> to access the list of accredited Triathlon Australia coaches in your area.
Using the Zwift “meetup” function, each club will create a meetup at 8:00am Sunday the 5th of April. Detailed instructions are being sent to each club. The course location is to be Watopia – Figure 8
The meetup function can accommodate up to 50 riders in each meetup, so in an effort to accommodate as many riders as possible, the ride will be coordinated through each club. By each club creating their own Zwift meetup, scheduled for 8:00am Sunday the 5th of April, the Figure 8 course, we are able to exceed the 50-rider maximum (i.e. Lakers can have up to 50, Meteors can have up to 50, Trikings 50, Tempo 50, Riverland 50 and so on). The overall bunch coordination will be achieved through a free voice chat application called Discord which run in the background on your preferred device while you ride on Zwift. Additionally, we will use a Zwift function called “all together” than enables all members of a meet-up to stay in a pack and not get dropped from the group.
Sounds great! How do I do this?
For club members, your club will announce through their communication channels who their nominated person is to set up their club Zwift ride. Once known, you are to open the Zwift companion app and “follow” the clubs Zwift ride coordinator. Once you have followed them, they will be able to add you to meetups.
What if I’m not a member?
Not a problem! If you’re not a member, you won’t receive the meetup request that’s sent from each club, however that doesn’t mean you can’t ride with the group. Just log in to Zwift at 7:55am on Sunday the 5th of April, Select the appropriate course (Watopia – Figure 8) and then wait for everyone to start riding at 8:00am. You’re free to join the discord voice chat too, just download the free app, create a free account and then when the voice channel link is posted to the Trisa Facebook page at 7:45am, click the link to open the voice channel. Just remember to stay on mute unless you want to say something otherwise, we’ll have lots of people talking (or breathing heavily while they cycle)
I’m part of a club but I haven’t got an invite
Talk to your club committee, your clubs nominated Zwift ride coordinator or talk to Jason and Jesse in the TriSA office via (08) 8363 9133 and we’ll assist you to be added to the list. Failing that, join in using the instructions for a non-member and you’ll be able to ride, you just won’t be in the “stay together” function.
What equipment do I need?
If you have a smart trainer that's identified <here> then watch this video to see how to set up Zwift
If you don't have a smart trainer, watch this video to learn how to get set up without. You'll need a Bluetooth speed and cadence sensor.
What about the voice chat?
We will be using a free app called Discord. It is available on IOS and Android devices. Download the free app and create a free account. Then just wait for TriSA to post the link to active the voice channel where everyone will be online and chatting as we ride. We recommend using headphones with a microphone and having your device visible either on a handlebar mount like Quadlock or on a table next to your bike as you’ll likely need to go on mute and off mute several times during the ride. Keeping your phone in your back-jersey pocket during this situation is often not useful as it restricts you accessing it for mute / unmute function.
Clubs will be sent a detailed set of instructions to set up your club meetup, and Jason and Jesse are here to walk you through it.