Just completed ZA Race 1 (D-Cat). It was a sprint from the start and didn’t let up. About 1.5 km from the finish I was surprised to see an 11 year old keeping with the front 30 riders (140+ total). At the end of the race I wanted to check and see how they did and found they were disqualified with a WKG.
Doesn’t make sense to me, since they were 40kg, 126 watts average on a 22 minute race. 3.0 category wkg, but I wouldn’t think they would be dq’d if they are under the 150 D-cat watt limit.
I am only wondering as my kid is C-cat because his zFTP is below 200. But he can put out 3.8 wkg on a 20 minute race.
I guess he should register for a B level race?
The correct answer is hard to tell.
Zwift is designed to function using a specific range of data.
Riders under 45 kg are outside of the expected parameters and their behavior in game is unpredictable and unrealistic.
They are “unsupported” users and should have limits similar to unsupported ZPower trainers.
Oh, he just needs to compete. Doesn’t need to win or even get close. The ZA races have quite a few riders. Only the top 30 to 50% of any category (B-D) is finishing within a minute of podium. As long as there are enough riders to settle into a group and have a bit of sprint finish, then all is good.
Just enter the lowest available category and don’t worry about the DQ on ZwiftPower. It doesn’t matter. It’s not like it will prevent him from completing Zwift Academy. Ignore it. Plus it will probably go away.