Zwift communities: Virtual cycling doesn’t have to be lonely

A large group ride on Zwift, with matching black and orange jerseys
(Image credit: Zwift)

Often when we think about indoor cycling, we imagine someone suffering alone in their ‘pain cave’, maybe with loud music, maybe staring at a screen, while traversing the many virtual worlds of Zwift. Of course, this lone suffer-fest appeals to many who just want to get their heads down and train hard - in fact, with the  UCI Cycling eSports World Championships just around the corner, many will be inspired to take up the mantel themselves we're sure - but what about those of us who enjoy a good old group ride?

If you’re the kind of person who thrives when they ride with others, sharing the struggle, celebrating the wins, and just having fun together, then the idea of sweating it out alone on one of the best turbo trainers must sound like your worst nightmare.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike