Wahoo has once again pushed the boundaries of virtual racing with the release of Race Mode on the Wahoo KICKR. This feature is designed specifically for virtual racing and promises to enhance the experience for riders.
Race Mode enables a 10Hz broadcast rate from a KICKR connected via Wi-Fi or Direct Connect module. This means faster power updates, up to 10 times per second, resulting in a more responsive avatar while riding. In virtual races, slower data broadcasts can create gaps in power data transmission, making it harder to pace and draft. However, with Race Mode, the power updates are sent 10 times per second, ensuring that your avatar is responsive and better at executing your race strategy.
To enable Race Mode, simply update your Wahoo KICKR with the latest firmware, open the Wahoo app, navigate to Settings > Sensors > KICKR, and toggle on Race Mode.
It’s important to note that Race Mode is only available when in sim mode. This means it will only be activated when you’re participating in virtual races, group rides, or just riding normally. It will not be available during structured workouts using ERG mode.
Wahoo has once again set the bar high with the release of Race Mode and has been leading the way in trainer technology. This feature could give KICKR riders a slight competitive edge in virtual racing and it will be interesting to see how other racers and trainer manufacturers react to it. It will also be interesting to see how Zwift responds, especially considering their past actions of disabling certain features that could give racers an advantage in an effort to even out the playing field.
So, what do you think? Would you upgrade your KICKR or switch to Wahoo for this feature? Share your thoughts in the comments below.