just thought i’d give you a slightly different perspective regarding cheaters and accusations of cheating.
i have been a zwift member for years, used it on and off and recently (at a friends request) entered a race yesterday - we both went in the same category as our averages are both the same and fall within the limits
reading up on zwift races, the advice is to come out fast, hang with the fast group as long as you can, benefit from their slipstream and then you should have a good distance ahead to hold on - so that’s what i did.
2-3km in and i get a message saying i’m too strong for my category (even though i was almost bust and was never going to hold anything like that for the remainder of the race) and was levelled up - i was also given a nice icon above me and on the list of riders at the side for everyone to see
now another 2km in and it would be apparent to anyone that i wasn’t too strong as my output fell and i was promptly and constantly being overtaken - but there was no levelling back down to make it fair - so i struggled the rest of the race, came in second last.
on zwift power, my overall race power average ended up within my initial category as expected (my friend who output the same watts/kilo in the race as me actually lapped me and finished way-way above me)… now i see this as just a fancy video game so not really that bothered about the result as such, but what i didn’t enjoy was singling out and the passing comments and accusations from other riders in the group chat
i’ve contacted zwift with a screenshot from zwift power and asked for their comments on my experience but i genuinely thought zwift was a safe space. even though it was clear that i was struggling after my initial exerts i had comments come up on the general chat about being a cheater and “another cheater beaten” etc - which i didn’t particularly enjoy. i suppose zwifts level up icon gave licence to my fellow community members to send abuse my way… but at my end it wasn’t pleasant
the end result is i very much doubt i’ll be racing again and the whole experience, especially my fellow community members actions during the race has made me kinda question if zwift is for me
so while your all out on your witch hunt looking for people who are cheating in your virutal game/races - just remember they may not be