Due to all the discussion about weight / height doping, I had to look up some stuff on the typical body size(s) of cyclists. Turns out many aren’t actually that short. Some are, but many of the top guys are actually taller than average. They’re not horse racing jockeys as Zwift would have you believe.
Height doesn’t factor in as much as riding position and even body proportions:
- A rider that can ride in a relatively aggressive position for longer easily has an aerodynamic advantage over someone 10cm (or more) shorter. Easily!
- The scale of the effect of height is so much so it seems like they’ve calculated it based on everyone riding completely upright. A short person riding a commuter bike is less aero than a tall person riding a road racing bike.
- The only calculation the game cares about is total height, not torso/inseam length. And why not (dare I go there) body width. The legs and pedaling is really what causes the most drag (apparently? but correct me if I’m wrong there). A relatively short bodybuilding would have more drag than a taller, slimmer person.
Height is one of the factors that absolutely punishes honest participants (along with weight). Worse yet the effects are exaggerated compared to the real world. Just get rid of it. It’s a game… at the very least why not balance things out to make it less advantageous for liars? Just get rid of height calc’s, and make weight give the lighter riders advantages uphill, but offset it completely for heavier riders on the downhills (would make things much more interesting… maybe).