The burgoning popularity of Esports has created new opportunities for cheaters to practice their craft. Zwift and similar platforms are not
immune to such shenanigans. Zwift and ZwiftPower have implemented many measures to identify and disqualify riders that put in unusually
spectacular performances. We defer to their algorithms to find and disqualify the culprits.
Weight plays a critical role in your performance, so it's imperative that you weigh yourself frequently and update your in-game weight.
Better than frequent updates is joining the ZwiftTransparency Facebook group and posting live weigh-in videos of you and your scale.
Heart rates increase with increased exertion. When a rider does 5 w/kg for 30 minutes and their heart rate is 120 bpm, something's up.
When an event organizer lists heart rate monitors as necessary equipment, make sure you wear one. Maybe even replace the battery if it's old.
Dual recording is nice, but not mandatory. If you have two power sources, you can run one to Zwift and another to a head unit. After the
race, go to ZwiftPower and upload your file on the Analysis tab found in your profile. It'll do a comparison of the two data files
to show your numbers are legit. Again - not mandatory, but nice to have.
Beware ZPower riders! ZPower is Zwift's "best guess" at power output for riders with no smart trainer or power meter. It uses cadence and speed sensors
to estimate power. You've probably seen guys whiz by at 250 mph sporting every jersey available for that world. But not all ZPower riders are
as obvious. The way you know them is by looking at the rider's "w/kg" value in the name list. If there's no lightning bolt next to the "w/kg" label,
Do not sit on their wheel. Do not allow them to chase down breaks. Do not allow them to pull you away
from the pack. Stay away from ZPower riders. If they become a nuisance, use the Zwift Companion app to flag them.
With enough flags, they're removed from the event and no longer influence it negatively.
Also note that not all ZPower riders are cheating. Tires deflating by a few psi can affect ZPower, so please
don't verbally assualt anyone without a lightning bolt. But if they chase your break down single-handedly, but
all means - FLAG THEM!
At the end of the day, this is a free event with no opportunity to win money, prizes, or pro contracts. It's the thrill of competition we seek.
Compete and have fun. When the dust finally settles and we take it outside, we'll be