Begginer Races

Are their any races for the 1.5 w/kg range? Most races have a D division that’s 0-2.5, and putting me in the same group at 1.5 as someone with 2.5 just isn’t appealing.

As far as a I know there are a few races that include an ‘E’ category which usually is 1.0w/kg and less.

There have also been multiple suggestions through the years to get ride of the w/kg system and go to a points system. The sad fact of Zwift racing is even if you could hold 2.5w/kg (top end of D Cat) you’d never win cause people enter who put out 3+w/kg as sandbaggers. It’s the main reason I stay away from racing until Zwift gets its act together.

You can use https://zwifthacks.com/app/events/ to search for events. Found this one with the E Cat

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Look at some of the Herd races even if they call it ABCD they use lower limits

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The that’s a good point. I’d like to do a race now and then. It seems like the hobbit as a whole really doesn’t think much about beginners. It’s to bad.

I’ll do that, thanks.

There is often an EMU beginner race that runs ~7 am eastern standard time in the US (I think the race organizers are in Japan). It has lower division categories that might fit what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, most people don’t read that the categories are different from usual and sign up for their normal race category. At least that happened the 2 times I did it. I’m usually a D, but met the C requirements for this particular race. Half the D field had a higher average and 20 minute power than I did and all the C field (as well as most of the B and A fields) were on the usual ranges, not the ones specified for this race. Those might not have been how that race normally works though. Give it a try.

The three EMU races next week seem to use pretty standard w/kg ranges:

Welcome to the EMU Japan Race!
POWER UPs:Allowed at all times
BIKES:All allowed

CATEGORY:
Use your FTP and then divide by your weight in kg then pick the correct group:
A:4.0 W/kg FTP+
B:3.2 W/kg to 4.0 W/kg FTP
C:2.5 W/kg to 3.1 W/kg FTP
D:Under 2.4 W/kg FTP

2.4 is still a lot for a beginner.
Jason Crews

Try the EMU Novice Race on Saturdays (D is under 2 W/kg. Not as low as you were looking for ubt a start):

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Welcome to the EMU Novice Race!

If you win 1st to 3rd place in yourcategory, let’s step up and race at upper category from next. If you win in category A means the graduation from the Novice race!

POWER UPs:Allowed at all times
BIKES:All allowed

CATEGORY:
Use your FTP and then divide by your weight in kg then pick the correct group:
A:2.9 W/kg to 3.2 W/kg FTP
B:2.5 W/kg to 2.8 W/kg FTP
C:2.1 W/kg to 2.4 W/kg FTP
D:Under 2.0 W/kg FTP

ROUTE:
VOLCANO CIRCUIT CCW, 6 Laps - 29.6km

Have Fun! Ride On!!