Which category to race in

Hi, I am relatively new to zwift racing. Absolutely loving. My zwift power says i am almost a C and the past two races i got a WKG and in yesterday’s race i got bumped to C. I was just wondering is it best for me to enter into C races from now on. I have really enjoyed the past D races and really pushed myself and felt on power with the other racers. I am just worried at going to C and being left at the back chasing.

Any help much appreciated

Chris

Minimum Category D Almost C 5 races
95% of 20min 190watts / 2.63wkg
95% of 20min 166watts / 2.21wkg
95% of 20min 161watts / 2.18wkg
Average 172watts / 2.34wkg

If Zwift Power has you at C then you must race in C.

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Thanks Gerrie, it says D almost C. Is it best just to move up?

You are very close and if you already get WKG then it may be better to upgrade.

It is a hard call.

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Embrace your new category and don’t worry if you initially struggle in C.

Use it as inspiration to continue to improve.

Ride On!

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Appreciate it, i’m just going to start racing C. Kinda annoying though as it seemed just as you get competitive in a Cat you get moved up.

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That’s the way of the world in competition. Consider it a promotion based on performance. One day you’ll look back and say I used to be a good Cat C rider.

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I did my first C race yesterday, super hard going especially trying to stay in the peloton. Glad i did it, I managed to finish 28th (12th on Zwiftpower) and achieved a 2.7 w/kg. My average is still 2.48 which is kind top D/C but i think i made the right choice to move up. Interestingly looking at times i would have came first on Zwiftpower if i raced D (although i would have been bumped I’m sure). I am still not sure how i feel about the way it’s all works as there will be some races were you exceed yourself pushing to win but will end will be almost penalised

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Something is weird there.

It look like the WKG event was not used for the calculation.
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Think i have just figured it out, i may be due to the race lasting less than 20 mins

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As u do the C races and you finish with a overall time faster then the fastest d Grp then u should stay a C but if u find you are finishing slower most of the time, then u mgt consider Gaining weight, lift weights and maybe you get moved back to D one day .