Hello. I signed up for a race (https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=284433) which did not require the use of a heart rate monitor. I read the description before signing up, and still can’t find where it says a HRM is required.
Anyway, I have the strongest start, pushing 6w/kg for about a minute, and get a small group together.
Almost immediately after I let off the power to my 4.5w/kg FTP pace, this dude starts hassling me and saying I’m disqualified for not wearing a HRM. I tell him that the description on ZwiftPower had no indication of that rule, and keep racing. He keeps hassling me and telling everyone I’m faking and cheating, and not to chase me.
Keep in mind this guy is going 5.5w/kg at 145bpm for 10 minutes. He tells me to read more carefully, and that I’m Dq’d.
Thinking he’s some sort of organizer or affiliated with the race, I minimize Zwift and look at the description again - no mention of HRM rule.
By that point I load back into the race, but everyone is 1 minute ahead of me and they’ve past the initial climb. I had to back out and forfeit a race I probably could’ve made top 10 in, which is good for me in A levels.
When I quit out of the event he was still at 5+ w/kg and low heart rate relative to his power. He was also 1 minute ahead of all the otherA’s and A+’s.
I guess I just wanted to vent because this was the first time I’d encountered someone who seemed to be both weight cheating (and neither on ZwiftPower site either) and trying to make a strong rider quit the race. Feel like a complete fool for falling for it.
I’m not crazy, right? Do these races that I linked to require HRM?