Weight equalizer / Handicap / Race option

(Pitch Blank) #1

Setup min and max weight and/or power restriction for race x automatically by the system.

The system searches for the weakest rider or an average of all riders (optional) and equalizes all other riders W/kg automatically.

Example 1 (3 riders)

  1. 60 kg FTP 320 W = 5,33 W/kg
  2. 70 kg FTP 320 W = 4,57 W/kg
  3. 80 kg FTP 320 W = 4,00 W/kg

The weakest would be the 80 kg rider (because of his weight in power all are equal) but in order to make it more interesting the system modifies the weight of rider 1 and 2 automatically just before the race starts.

  1. 80 kg FTP 320 W = 4,00 W/kg
  2. 80 kg FTP 320 W = 4,00 W/kg
  3. 80 kg FTP 320 W = 4,00 W/kg

Vice versa for the strongest rider …

Example 2 (3 riders)

  1. 60 kg FTP 200 W = 3,33 W/kg
  2. 70 kg FTP 350 W = 5,00 W/kg
  3. 80 kg FTP 380 W = 4,75 W/kg

Averaging W/kg and setup riders weight automatically before the race.

Average: 4,36 W/kg

  1. 46 kg FTP 200 W = 4,36 W/kg
  2. 80 kg FTP 350 W = 4,36 W/kg
  3. 87 kg FTP 380 W = 4,36 W/kg


  • all riders have similar weight / handicap
  • riders still have to put in their real weight
  • race initiators can change between weakest or average adaptation of rider weight
  • the only thing which leads to victory is willpower and endurance
  • pros and cons of weight still come into effect but more so the equalisation
  • in my point of view this would be the most interesting race solution i can imagine

All doping affairs in sports especially in cycling were always based on discrepancies especially weight to power output. With something like that every indivdual scheme in secret meaning to be competetive or have minimum equal initial value would be real. The only thing left riders can find out “who is best” is their “focus of the mind”. I really like to see this as an optional setup for future races and i’m very curious what you guys think about it!

The absolute overkill would be to make it valid for everyone in the zwift world. Each and everyone on Zwift is riding with the same W/kg and that value is an average of all Zwifters W/kg.

Some more posting from the past which in this case might be useful:

Why Weight?
“Weight” doping
Rider Weight (A few things to consider)
Handicaps as an alternative to race category
“Heavier rider is always faster”. Was it actually changed since that two years old test by Bruno?
Junior Weight Limit

(Gleb Chugin #adoptdontshop) #2

lol no please, don’t do that to zwift

(Paul Allen (Watopia Wayfinder)) #3

You lost me with all the copying and pasting.

(Pitch Blank) #4

Eat some Polysaccharides and everything will be fine :wink:

(Karissa Minn [TFC Racing]) #5

Equal w/kg doesn’t mean equal speed, though. Heavier riders (because they’re producing more watts) would always have an advantage. :confused:

I do like the idea of a handicap mode, though! With the data Zwift has, I think they could do it in a way that works well. I know some races have adjusted both weight AND height (for aerodynamics) and that’s gotten close to an equalization. :slight_smile: