So today was the first day I tried out a new Zwift feature. It is called pace partner. Here you can choose a pacer to ride with. Typically when you join this pacer there are others as well so it can be a fair size group. The best part of it is the pacer will stay at advertised pace. So others can go off front but as long as you stay with pacer there will be the draft.
This can be a great way to get through zone 2 days with a group at your zone 2. You can even do intervals off the front but having a group to come back to. I did that today. Chose the group that was at my zone 2. Did muscle tension intervals at the front / off the front and had the group to go back to and finish up the ride.
There is no set start time. The pacer seems to be on course 24/7. So where you start just depends on where the pacer avatar is. So no fast Zwift starts! However you need to be ready to pedal once you hit start ride with pacer as you will have 3 seconds to be riding at the pace needed to stay in draft.
To choose this option you need to choose the Watopia course. You will see “Pacers” under riders to ride with.
From there you can choose what pace you want to ride at. Again this is based on watts / kg.
Then you will click on ride with “Pacer” at the bottom.
Remember once join the group Zwift will place you with them immediately on course. There is no start time. You will have to start pedaling immediately and at pace to stay with the group. So you may need a warm up before you hit join the pacer.