Zwift racing

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Zwift racing

Post by cowboyjon » May 11th, 2021, 7:33 am

Any other zwift racers on here?

I was recently moved up to B class and have found it pretty much soul destroying if I'm honest, lol.

Gonna have to take a different approach to my training when the erg arrives (13 week waiting list! FML!) anyway so may as well start something different, namely not doing 3 or 4 races per week for a start.

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Re: Zwift racing

Post by faach1 » May 12th, 2021, 2:42 pm

I’m an occasional Zwift racer. I’ve found that when I get moved up into the next class that it takes me a good 6 or 7 races to adjust to the new tempo.

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Re: Zwift racing

Post by flatbread » June 6th, 2021, 11:56 am

I've done a few. My Zwift rig is my old track bike, 42x16 with a Powertap hub, on a Kurt kinetic "dumb" trainer.

I'm 4.5-4.7 w/kg depending on fitness so I'm in the As, I get slaughtered.
54, 1m84, 75kg

RHR 40, MHR 166

10k 37:57-ish, 5k 17:52, 2k 6:52

2020 power bests on bike: 405w 5min, 357w 20min, 350w 60min

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Re: Zwift racing

Post by kini62 » June 22nd, 2021, 9:22 pm

I love zwift. Don't too much racing as there are far too many cheaters. Last race there was a "D" rider blasting around at nearly 4w/kg for over an hour. Even worse I'm at the lower end of the C class so I get smoked. I could cheat and ride in the D category but I would still lose. :(
58m, 5'6" 160lbs, rowing and skiing (pseudo) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Re: Zwift racing

Post by Carl Watts » June 23rd, 2021, 12:36 am

Far to easy to cheat on a bike full stop compared to the Erg with a PM5. Beating the PM5 you really had to think outside the box. Very difficult so you can be rest assured there are far more people cheating by taking drugs than cheating by other means on the Erg.

I have taken up repairing some bike monitors and have replaced the whole mechanical side of the bike with some pretty simple electronics. I can now "Ride" at 356W cadence 30 or up to 1536W cadence 120 all day long by just turning a potentiometer. This combined with the whole weight fake makes it a nightmare if your trying to take Zwift seriously.

My idea to fix the problem with Zwift racing is to mount whatever your riding on a platform which is constantly weighing your bike and rider and its connected via USB or Wi-Fi into Zwift. Pretty hard to "manually type in" 65Kg when your 85Kg and it could also motion sense to check your actually pedaling the bike that does a synchronize check with what the bike electronics is putting out to ensure your actually on the platform and its not sitting there beside you with some of your weight plates stacked on it !!!!!! The various bikes all have known weights and so do the trainers so that can be captured into Zwift and the balance is the rider weight. There may be a lot of effort to try and reduce the weight of the equipment but this is far harder than it would be to say add weights if that gave you an advantage in cycling, which it doesn't, quite the opposite.

I should have patented the idea really but if anyone takes up production, please contact me via a PM and I can send you my bank account number.
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Age:54 Weight: 104kg Height:183cm
Concept 2 Monitor Service Technician & indoor rower.

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