I am relatively new to Zwift and especially to racing on Zwift, so please excuse if I’m asking something obvious. I did my first Time Trial just now (Koa Sports League Time Trial , 01/19/2021 at 9:30 a.m. UTC+1) and have a question regarding the results:
I came in second place in the B race (just six riders started) with 4.07 W/kg and an average power of 350W (I am quite heavy with 86 kg). The winner of the B race was almost 40 seconds faster with 4.07W/kg and 305W average power.
I used a Cervelo P5 with Zipps 808, according to Zwiftinsider one of the fastest TT setups until level 30 in Zwift. As drafting is disabled in time trials, I am wondering how the winner of the race was able to gain such a huge lead with the exact same W/kg but an even lower average power. He can only have used a similar setup, as he is only level 28 on Zwift, thus can’t obtain disc wheels etc. This winner of the B race was even 24 seconds faster than the second place in the A race, although that rider put out 4,33 W/kg and 316W average power.
I must be misunderstanding how power output translates to speed and time in Zwift, can someone explain to me how these differences in racing times can occur?
To clarify: its not so much about why I have lost the race - it is more about what else is there to consider and pay attention to the next time, so I will not loose 40 seconds although I am putting out the same W/kg and have an assumed similarly fast setup. I totally understand why in an ordinary race with drafting etc someone with lower statistics can win the race just with clever riding (riding in the pack and conserving energy etc.) But in a flat time trial I thought it would all come down to power output, which it obviously doesn’t.
Thanks a lot
P.S: Please excuse my grammar, I am not a native speaker