Hey Zwift racers,
We’re making this short post to let you know that as of today, ZwiftPower category has been replaced, and is now calculated by our Category Enforcement metrics.
That means when viewing your category on ZwiftPower, it will now be based on the same metrics as your category in Zwift under Category Enforcement.
Those metrics are:
The goal with this update is to reduce confusion between the ZwiftPower and Category Enforced categories by creating a consistent and unified measure of category across Zwift and ZwiftPower. This should result in you seeing the same category across both Zwift and ZwiftPower.
We will retain the A+ category on ZwiftPower for legacy purposes, which will be determined by:
- zFTP > 4.6 w/kg AND >300w
You can find more details about Category Enforcement at this article. You can find out where to check your Zwift Category Enforcement metrics at this article.
Two other important aspects to take in consideration:
By default, events in ZwiftPower will no longer Upgrade or DQ riders based on their category or W/Kg limits. This is because we plan to use Category Enforcement in the majority of events going forward, and this change will work well with that. Event organizers will have to configure this option explicitly in ZwiftPower on a per event basis if they wish to continue to use the legacy system.
This change won’t affect events already in ZwiftPower when the release happens. Only future events being picked up will have those enforcement options turned off by default.
The category update on your ZwiftPower profile will not happen automatically as soon as we update with the new system. It will be progressive. You will have to either take part in an event or click the ‘Refresh profile’ option on your ZwiftPower profile for you to see the Category Enforcement information on your profile.