Just started zwifting but I’m a bit confused regarding the Categorys, and why/if i need to up my category even if I’m not close to ending up in front…
I done 3 races in total and got UPG in the last two races. On zwiftpower I was classed as a A before the race today, after the race a “B almost A”. Beeing dropped the race before and Zwift still have the B open for me?i again entered the B category, finshied midpack in B and still got a UPG with avg of 3.6w/kg…?
Was this because I entered a B category when before the race Zwift power had me at class A?
My heart rate was red in zwiftpower, not high enough hr for the avg w/kg?
If i get a UPG in a random race, do i miss any points,XP or sweat drops etc? Does it matter?
In the two first races i pushed avg 4,1-4,2 w/kg and got a UPG in class B…i can understand this. But still got dropped by zwifters with lower avg w/kg & lower absolute watts by like 20 watts in class B…?
Basically this was a flat course and then up a hill with me beeing dropped in the hill. This was where I got my avg of above 4.1 w/kg, during the flats and then uphill. How can a lighter B rider hang in there pushing less watts and not get a UPG or be forced to Cat A? I suck at drafting…? Not upgraded bike/wheels etc?
The guys that won Class B and have a weight of 62-64 kgs and a ftp of 325 in Zwiftpower…? How can they stay in B…but i get dropped and get a UPG in cat b?
The 3R race does not seem to be a CE race. I assume you were a Cat A during the 3R race so you should have entered cat A. This is because you had 2 very good races. Now you have 3 races and the average is just under Cat A so you can enter cat B.
I would suggest racing in A because if you race like you did nit the first 2 races you will get a Upgrade again.
Looks like it is a CE race with ZP Cat rules enforcement combined, like this one which seems to be the norm with 3R races now.
Whilst some people like/dislike that configuration (I like), the race config really should be highlighted in the description so people are warned what rules are in play. Only way to tell is to check ZP prior to race.
One enforces a category but comes mixed up with some badly setup categorization. A categorization that due to bad setup actually gives people with low short term power occasionally a lower category than expected. That is tackled by combining it with ZP.
Does it win Beauty Award? No but kudos to organizer again for making the best of a crappy setup.
Out of my CE races since beginning Nov (11) as a CE and ZP C rider, 7 had ZP Cat B’s in the groups I was in (at or near the front). Mixing ZP and CE makes complete sense to me until we get custom pens based on rankings.