Yeah, having a similar issue, i’ve seen a pretty solid increase in fitness recently, and I’ll admit, my W/kg is starting to get decent (last race put my 20 min PB at 4.6W/kg). Previously, I had won a few B races when my FTP was closer to 4.0, specifically hilly ones, and based on W/kg, zwiftpower has upgraded me to A, which is fair, though it means I no longer get any rankings unless I race in A.
However every A race I have done recently has resulted in me needing to bail, the difference in pace is just insane. Going from averaging 4.0W/kg in a B race, to each of those A races setting new 10-20 minute power PB’s each time and then getting spat out the back doing 300w @ 4.5W/kg (my 20 min power PB), while also trying to be as conservative as possible.
I think having a B+ category would be a great idea, 4.0-4.5W/kg, that way I feel I could still really push myself at the upper end, and still be somewhat competitive. Each A race at the moment just ends up being straight into VO2max, and staying there the entire race, and it is quite demoralizing, especially given that even though I was winning some B races, I never felt I was cheesing it and still had to dig deep to finish the races.
Especially now that there are so many more riders on zwift, the player pool issue from before may no longer be a thing. I’d also like to see category progression that isn’t based purely on W/kg, but based on results and points. I guess the main issue is the disparity between riding ability. Realistically, Category A/B encompass all road racing categories from Elite to 4th Cat, it feels there should be a bit of a better spread there.
I Guess B+ can still fit into the mass start races, that’s fine, but it would be cool if on Zwiftpower, you are only comparing results against other B+ racers. Equally that means in a race, if you are getting shelled, then other B+ riders are likely going to end up in the same group as you, meaning you still have people to watch and race against.