“While this is true, one must not forget that if this behavior is let run rampant the frustration it causes with cyclists who do play it fair, but are competitive in nature, that such behavior may cause them to unsubscribe. This potential problem will become more apparent if Zwift decides to introduce any further form of competition, e.g. races.”
Exactly. On any given Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you can see upwards of 500 to 700 riders. This is due in part to the races being held. Zwift is working on a race module, precisely because the competitive environment is a large component of Zwift. If Zwift does not move in this direction, it will be that much easier for competing software to capture this growing market.
The gist of this thread revolves around creating separate leader boards and race formats. This allows an apples to apples environment for power users, and an oranges to oranges environment for Zpower users. Nobody that I’m aware of has lobbied for removing Zpower users from Zwift.
Those Z riders who say they are here for fun and fitness, great, have at it. How do separate leader boards affect you?
Those Z riders who say there will always be cheating are engaging in a logical fallacy that takes the following position; “Since we can’t fix everything, we should address nothing”. This premise is always followed with a remark like: “What’s next, a required note from ones doctor, or a trainer that weighs individual riders”.
Someone recently made the statement that there are more Zpower users. This is patently false. Many months ago this was true, but now smart power dominates Zwift from 70% to 90%. Many Zwifters have moved from Zpower to smart power, and this trend will continue.
There have been races that have explicitly excluded Zpower users, and most races will put an “*” in the results next to Zpower users with the statement, “Unverified power”. The community needs a separation to gain more competitive customers, as well as removing animosity. When Zwift releases their event module and/or separate leader boards, nobody will bat an eye or wonder why.