If you haven’t heard of Zwift, it’s a massive multiplayer online cycling platform that takes away the boredom of exercise. Instead of riding up and down hills on a gym exercise bike, you put your training bike in front of a TV and ride together. the roads and trails to reach virtual destinations.Zwift has existed since 2014 but arose during the pandemic as the perfect foil for the claustrophobia of confinement.Roads on the TV or screen in front of you meander through cities and forests, across rivers of lava on volcanic islands, through glass tubes underwater tunnels that would not be possible in the real world, through a nature reserve with dinosaurs grazing nearby, and to distant mountain ranges.You can ride along roads in southern France in play. version of the Tour de France.To set up a Zwift system, you download the app to a set-top box system like Apple TV or Chromecast, and you put a regular push bike in front of your TV. You swap the rear wheel for a Bluetooth-enabled virtual trainer that connects to the Apple TV, desktop computer, Mac, or tablet device that hosts the Zwift app. Your iPhone or Android device can show a map of where you’re going and an Apple Watch and some Android watches will start working to measure your heart rate. The system is smart enough to support bike gear. It can make cycling harder when you climb virtual hills, and easier when it goes down a slope. The cyclists and runners you see on the street are other Zwift users in different parts of the world. You can organize a bike ride with friends who live thousands of miles away.Zwift offers virtual bike worlds in playful depictions of London, Yorkshire, New York, Richmond Virginia, Innsbruck Austria, Paris, southern France, and in the Zwift faith world of Watopia . .Last year Zwift added the Makuri Islands, a mythical set of islands with a gamified Japanese country setting called Yumezi. This week it adds “Neokyo” (read Neo-Tokyo), with eight bike paths ranging from 6.1km to 32.5km. “Neokyo is following the original edition of the Yumezi map from May 2021 and doubling the size of Makuri islands,” Zwift says in a statement. “Inspired by Japan’s major cities, Neokyo electrified the night. Vibrant colors, bursting neon lights and glowing fast roads ensure this night city is anything but dark.” Zwift says the urban rides are a perfect contrast to the tranquility of the Yumezi Japanese rural rides. “Neokyo introduces the fast-paced nature of city life to Makuri Islands,” says Zwift. “Fast flat roads, towering buildings, striking neon. Billboards, night parties and arcades make Neokyo a perfect place to test your legs and drive fast. A new adventure awaits.” Australian cyclist Freddy Ovett says he is on board with Neokyo. “I first jumped on Zwift in February 2020, when Spain got into a heavy blockade for three months because it was the only thing available for professional athletes to train while indoors,” he said. said. ”It not only helped me stay physically and mentally fit, it provided my L391ON team and me a way to stay socially connected to each other, as well as the wider community. We used Zwift every week to travel with thousands of people around the world. “I look forward to having a new map to explore, ride and race together when meetings and events are available at Neokyo.” Neokyo has to go. online between 4 and 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.Zwifters will be able to reach Neokyo of Yumezi via a road through rice fields that connects the two experiences. Just follow the directions.