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10 ways Zwift Racing is exactly like real-life road racing, but also totally different

10 ways Zwift Racing is exactly like real-life road racing, but also totally different

It’s taken over 500 races to realize that Zwift is exactly like real-life road racing, but also not at all. I’m an amateur cyclist, in every sense of the word, based in the northeast of the USA, and the lure of New England’s hilly stage races has long been irresistible and exhilarating. For decades, the lust for competition and pursuit of the perfect race marched a campaign up and down America’s East Coast. Racing meant the road with its wide-open expanses, wooded canopies, and anticipating horizons. 

When the change of seasons forced the committed indoors, it was onto the turbo. Like many, my passion for fitness maintenance and off-season performance gains made it an accepted necessity. Droning away for hours was commonplace, perfectly content with the rudimentary resistance variation of any “high-tech” device. 

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