I’m making this post at the end of November, 2015. The Zpower issue is alive and well, and there are many level headed zwifters who are discussing this on a daily basis. In one camp there are the “who cares, why can’t we all get along” group. There are the ‘games should be fair and zwift should address this sooner rather than later’ camp, and there there are the serious racers who are the ‘I’m going to track them down and shame them into quitting camp’.
For me, I’m in the ‘games should be fair camp’. Zwift has chosen to award prizes, jerseys for being the fastest on certain sections of the course or a single lap. Because of that, people try and compete. If one looks at the leaderboards, the majority of the top 10 are zpower riders. Not always, but most of the time I’ve been on. If you look at the riders on course, the majority of riders are either using power meters or smart trainers. I would bet that most if not all riders who race, or are serious cyclists are using power meters or smart trainers. One would think, therefore, that the top 10 of leaderboards would be dominated by the riders with power.
My suggestion is to have separate leaderboards for zpower and for those using power. For those using well calibrated zpower, I wonder whether they would care about leaderboards. What it would mean is that zwift could eliminate the complaints from those using power, and if I’m correct, those are the majority of riders.
Alternatively, stop awarding jerseys, stop posting fastest times. Zwift is trying to mimic RL, and in RL, guys on mopeds wouldn’t be awarded jerseys or any prizes. They would be ignored. So why doesn’t Zwift do the same?
I understand that you have a business to run, but it has been a while, and this issue has not died down. I’m sure that zwift is aware of all the discussions and so forth… even from the racing group who are pondering ways to ‘certify’ riders.