Whose farcical decision was it to allow all the code 7 and code 8 DQd riders from last week to be reinstated?
Was it not enough that the cat boundary leeway was increased initially (from 0.1 W/kg to 0.2 W/kg) after scores of riders exceeded limits, allowing most (but not all) of 'em back in?
I’m sure the pressure of incessant lobbying from team managers (boo hoo, I’ve lost my best riders for the semi-finals) was too much for WTRL (?) or ZRL (?) and they relented. Their pathetic get-out-of-jail-card excuse was that the next races are “test” events, so we can change the rules at our whim.
It makes a mockery of the whole ZRL Series IMHO. Your mileage may vary and I’m sure I’ll get shot down in flames.
James, please accept my apologies for being a bit insensitive and confrontational (should know better, been there myself, so I know what it’s like. Had to up-sticks in the US and return to UK after losing my job).
Anyway, time to let sleeping dogs lie, and maybe give 'em a good kicking next season. After this, I can’t see any way that WTRL would contemplate using CE for the next season of ZRL (with riders potentially moving up and down in cat on a weekly basis etc).
At WTRL Racing Finals - WTRL WTRL say that (my emphasis) “During the 2 WTRL Finals races, we are testing several mechanisms and algortihms relating to both the format itself and our ACE (AutoCat) system”.
I can see the.schism getting wider and wider for Zwift CE vs WTRL ACE
Yep, ZRL. They haven’t used Autocat before lat week’s race, when a huge number of DQs (for exceeding power limits up the Innsbruck mountain) caused WTRL to do all sorts of tinkering post-race, including trying out some Autocat algorithms.
Now it seems they want to do more tinkering with this experimental semi-finals/finals. I assume this will be post-race, because they can’t go and suddenly recategorise people just for these two races.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they’re wondering about implementing Autocat for the following (September) season of ZRL, given that Zwift’s CE will likely be almost everywhere else by then.
I do hope that Zwift are having some very serious conversations with WTRL about CE for ZRL.