I think you’re right. That’s what happened to me when I started - I didn’t understand w/kg and didn’t know Zwiftpower existed. I just entered in D and kept getting beaten by miles and figured “I guess I’ll move up if I can get some regular top 10s”. It was only when I started getting really keen on Zwift that I started reading about it and learned I should be in C.
I think the pandemic brought a greater proportion of “casual Zwifters” to the platform than before, and that they’re less likely to go hunting for the info than “enthusiast/die-hard Zwifters”.
Get organiser to do what I’ve always done: remove results from Zwift and force people towards ZwiftPower. If they’re genuine, they’ll ask questions and learn; if not, they won’t want join ZP so they won’t get their moment of “glory”.
This is a clear sign that ZP is a part of Zwifts plan going forward. Maybe a preparation for the coming category enforcement solution. If they could just brand it now, it wouldn’t feel like a 3rd party site.
Having Zwift as a identity provider also opens up the possibility for other sites to be allowed to use Zwifts ID for their site. WTRL will be the natural next candidate.
I think this is a bit like Cav, but with lower numbers. He can put out great numbers and is pretty good in time trials, but in flat races likely to end in a bunch sprint he drafts as much as possible and saves himself for the sprint finish. If he knows he can’t win, he saves himself for the next day / race.
The same thing happens in Zwift racing. It’s almost as if some people try to emulate the tactics of one of the greatest sprinters of all time, but with lower numbers!