Zwift transparency and the role of dual recording during racing

Zwift dual recording
(Image credit: Zwift / ZwiftPower)

Zwift has truly taken the world by storm. Millions of users have logged more than one billion kilometres on the virtual cycling and running platform, riding and racing their way around Watopia, New York City, London, Richmond, and more. As the platform grows, so has the interest in virtual racing. And in 2020, virtual racing reached a whole new level, going from a niche winter activity to a fully-fledged UCI eSports World Championships event. 

As the seriousness of Zwift racing grew, so did the need for data accuracy, including height, weight, and power verification. We have all seen the obvious cheats on Zwift, “winning” a 30-minute Zwift race with an average power of 550w and 7.5w/kg… But harder to spot are the minor cheats and the data manipulators. Those who have messed with their trainer or power meter’s calibration (sometimes unintentionally), lowered their weight by a few kilos or pounds or made their avatar a few centimetres or inches shorter, thinking nobody would notice.

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Zach is a freelance writer, the head of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and e-racing. He writes about everything cycling-related, from buyer's guides to product reviews and feature articles to power analyses. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all abilities and ages at ZNehr Coaching. After entering the sport at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included winning the 2017 Collegiate National Time Trial Championships and a 9th place finish at the 2019 US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors with NeXT eSport.