I am really light (60kg) with an ftp of just 208.
Now according to my w/KG and zwiftpower i am forced to race in the B Cat.
I like the flatter races, but my ftp is just good enough to maybe hang back in the C Cat. So far this is really holding me back from racing on Zwift.
I see that the average ftp for B is around 270, I am nowhere near that and will never be able to stay in the group.
Even if I get better (250ftp) to maybe be middle pack I would be bumped to A which will put me in the back again.
I really feel that as a lighter cyclist the system gives me no chance of being competitive.
You could argue that a lighter cyclist should specialize in climbing, but I would only be average as I am competing against riders with the same w/kg.
The system gives a disadvantage for me in flat races and no advantage in hills/mountains.
IRL at least lighter riders can draft better because of their small size, but I dont think Zwift has something like that.
Long rant I am sorry for that, but wouldn’t it be better to assign cat for flat races based on ftp and hill/mountain races w/kg
Or even better, based on past results