Oh come on… don’t sell him BS. You know better. Or should at least.
Yeah, sure, a better bike will shave a couple of seconds, but that is not what decides races.
And as for the secret masonic rocket science of Drafting™… it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to ‘fail’ at under the current pack dynamics model. What I mean is, especially in lower categories, it’s not hard to be decent at drafting and you don’t have to be a genius to understand that you should draft and how to do it. Drafting perfectly, though, is very hard if not impossible, if others in the group are either a) not as good at drafting as you, or b) not willing to pull at the front (who in his right mind is?). This is where you get the constant wave motions within a group with riders at higher speeds in the back clip straight through riders closer to the front. Hence, even as the High Priest of Drafting you have to adapt and ‘dodge’ these waves constantly with comparatively high Watts, especially if you’re light, as to not hit the front or get spat out the back, which in turn will require even more Watts because of the massive speed loss. There is no drafting at even, conservative Watts in Zwift. Efficient? No. You just pick the lesser of two evils.
Let’s talk realities instead. As long as race categorization is based on performance measures involving weight at all (rather than past results, or pure Watts, an inferior alternative) then guys like the OP at 65kg will always be shafted in any category sub-cat A. They have to work harder than their heavier competitors just to keep up, and with the ‘new’ categorization model you are allowed to do that to some extent (under the old straight W/kg model you just got DQ’d if you hit the same Watts as the heavies mid-pack because your W/kg was through the ceiling, whereas their’s weren’t).
So the heavies can, all else equal, conserve energy for short climbs or pushes, whereas the grasshoppers are on the limit throughout the race. And it doesn’t end there. Then, provided you as a light rider can stick with them until the finish at all, you will, all else equal, get severely outsprinted since the heavier riders have a bigger muscle volume in absolute terms. All else equal, equal W/kg, equal HR zones etc, you have no way to win as a lighter rider.
The only realistic solutions is to let these heavier winners move up a category, for winning too much. You can’t beat them, but you could get rid of them at least by not letting them easy-mode chained wins perpetually. It’s a nobrainer.
Guys, we have been through this so many times over the last 3-4 years. I have shown you the statistics from races already, more than once. Let’s not do this again.
@Mattias_Schnell Put your faith in Zwift’s promise to deliver a results-based categorization zoon. That will solve the problem. For now, just accept the fact that you can’t beat the heavies unless your physiological profile is deviant somehow. Like someone said, just focus on yourself for now. Because chances are that winning right now would require you to be so fit that you can cruise the major part of the race below your actual level so that you are even more rested than the heavies once that hill comes and you drop them. I.e. you would have to be so fit that you actually belong to the category above, and then some. And there would still be a risk that you got upgraded but not them if you don’t play it right. That’s no way to race.