Although a really cool feature, the icon next to a players w/kg seems to be causing a fuss among the community. It seems as though, if you don’t have a power meter or smart trainer (so no lightning bolt) it is assumed that you should not be able to get a jersey and if you do, you must be cheating. I propose that the indicator be removed so as not to differentiate between player types (zPower vs Power Meter). There have been numerous discussions (on here, on facebook, etc), surrounding the ideas of segregating the two groups. That, to me, is ridiculous. However, it occurred to me that this has already been done to some degree. By having the indicator players that use zPower are “exposed” to ridicule from others. I am a rider that uses zPower. I believe my setup is “close” to what I would experience in real life. I don’t fight for jerseys (unless it is reverse on Watopia and even now that is getting harder) but it is tough to work up the motivation to get on Zwift when, just because I don’t have a power meter or smart trainer, there are people saying that people on zPower are nothing but cheaters.
I honestly believe that if the indicator was removed, nobody would be able to tell who was on zPower and who wasn’t (except for when you see a ‘flier’) and thus these discussions of “cheating” would be tempered. They wouldn’t necessarily go away but they could at least be lessened.