For the organizers, I was wondering if zwift makes it much harder for you to orgnaize a race with staggered start times for categories as opposed to the current mass start that most races have.
IMO, all categories starting together is one of the biggest flaws with many of the current races. The race is decided in the first 3-5 minutes regardless of how long the race is and many Bs, Cs will have the 3-5 minute power to hold on to the A group and then just sit in. This also allows for manipulation of power data that leads to sandbagging, i.e., a B racer with the power to hang on with the A pack start, most likely has a much higher 20 minute power than is showing because after the start, he/she just sits in the pack on cruise control.
If these same B riders were starting with only B riders (or C with C, D with D), sure they could still make the massive 5 minute surge at the start, but then would be faced with 2 scenarios -
1.They’ve burned all their matches and have to race at the power that they would usually have while sitting on with As and eventually get caught by the pack OR,
- They would continue the race at a high enough power to stay away from the pack and this would lead to their 20 minute power being more reflective of their true category and they would get put in the appropriate zwiftpower category.
Fixing this wouldn’t solve all the problems, but I think in terms of some other fixes it would make zwift races more enjoyable and fair for most racers (except for the sandbagging MF’ers, but they’re d**s so they can GTFO).