Algorithmic obscurity in Zwift?

Saying that Zwift cycling has become a global phenomena and revolutionised indoor cycling is not provocative. The popularity of Zwift as a training tool has even caused problems such as capacity break-downs and subsequent massive negative reactions among its users.

This means that Zwift has become a powerful platform that affect cyclists all over the world in ways that goes beyond its features of providing indoor virtual cycling training and racing. Recently, there has been new types of questions in the many online-forums for Zwift riders, that does not concern questions regarding how to get started or general trouble-shooting. The new questions target the behaviour of ones avatar when Zwift-riding.

The question below is from Swedish Zwift-riders on Facebook and address why the cyclists own avatar tend to be positioned in a less favoured positions when transitioning through the curve. Other users in the Facebook group make comments that it is similar for everyone. Others comment that they have tried to modify their cycling pattern in order to affect the avatar behaviour. 

Independently of what is causing the behaviour, these very specific issues seem to engage the platform users in some-what elaborate sense-making processes in order to better understand the algorithmic obscurity of the Zwift platform.

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