Here’s the rub, and it seems unintuitive, but perfectly models how you get out of the draft in real life…
If you’re riding and slam up behind another rider in Zwift, and get “stuck”, your first inclination is to pedal harder to “pass”, so you put down more power. And more. And more. And you’re still not passing until you put out enough that you pop out, or the other rider slows down slightly and allows you to pop out (this is the key hint here).
But instead, if you let up on the pedals slightly, OR increase your cadence before you reach that rider’s draft, you’ll cleanly slip around them. Drop your cadence for half-a-revolution and you won’t get stuck.
You wouldn’t stay 8cm behind a rider in real life and then just hit the afterburners to pass. You’d slow your cadence, drop back, possibly stand up and sprint past them. It’s the subtle slowing/reduction in cadence (not power) that will get you past a rider you’re drafting.
I realized this when I seemed to be the only one who never got stuck in this new draft zone that everyone else gets tangled in, but that’s because I instinctively slow my pedaling as I reach their rear wheel, and if I want to draft, I match their speed, if I don’t, I increase my cadence (not power) and pass them around on the side.
Try that, and you might be surprised how well it works. I’ve mentioned the same technique to others who were getting stuck, and now they’re not, so it does work, and not just in my own setup.