I guess a lot of people love Power-Ups…personally I’d rather we didn’t have any. But at least could we lose the Ghost? I played Mario Kart with my son for years, so I don’t need Zwift to give me a reminder of how frustrating power-ups can be…especially the Ghost. Yes, they can liven up a race, but for me it’s way too artificial. If it must be kept, please at least make the duration shorter. It’s possible to make a break and reappear completely out of sight…which sometimes makes it impossible to react to. Generally I hope that Zwift does not go further down the gaming route…My impression is that your main demographic of users aren’t the type who would wish for more gimmicks - rather they’d prefer future improvements to make the experience more realistic…but that’s my view and I may be wrong!
Both preferences are common on Zwift. There are frequent requests for Mario Kart races, and there are people who like no powerups. You are not alone but I have no idea which is more popular. (And I don’t really care since I like no powerups and I refuse to change.)
There is a search filter available on ZwiftHacks that will let you search for no-powerups races, and there are a lot of them.