First time poster, sorry if its a whinge but I’m genuinely struggling to understand the category enforcement.
I started on Zwift in June and absolutely love it. It’s part of rehab as a 51 year old who has spent the last 10 years having over 15 knee surgeries. I have no ACL or much of a PCL in my right knee after a failed reconstruction, and have gone from 90kg in January to 81kg where I sit right now. Not that this is relevant as such but just so you know my numbers are pretty much the absolute best they can be right now. There is no sandbagging going on at all.
Anyway, as my fitness gets better I have done a couple of races, and as I’m trying to get the Zwift Academy badge I figured I’d do both of those. Imagine my amazement, when after finishing 12th, I’m upgraded to Cat C!!!
Now this race was my giving the absolute best that I could (felt sick at the end, was running at pretty much my max heart rate at the end and some fellas just breezed past me) and I wasn’t within an asses roar of winning it (as with any other race I’ve done). My average power for the short race was 2.9 w/kg which I understand is above category but there are others above me who have not suffered the same fate. Guys part of racing teams, with hundreds of races under their belt, many with podiums and looking at their power numbers, far more capable, experienced riders than I am.
In an earlier race, I was beaten among others, by a 50+ y/o at 46.5kg, also with hundreds of races under the belt, who somehow managed to cruise the whole thing and then produce 9-11 w/kg at the end? All still Cat D.
Its frustrating because I was really enjoying the races and thinking I might try to do one weekly but I may as well not bother and just use the trainer as a trainer because I will be dead last in Cat C.
I just dont understand how with such a short history, that a single absolute max effort from me gets me upgraded to a Category I cannot be even in touch with the front. As I said, its not like I have any podiums or anything but I have managed to usually hang with the front group in the races I’ve done and be modestly close to competititve while being under no illusions that I have a chance against the people I’ve raced with.
Is there anything I can do? How long do I have to wait to get downgraded?