Zwift makes abrupt U-turn after banning weight-doping hack whistleblower

Zwift dual recording
(Image credit: Zwift / ZwiftPower)

Days before the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, Zwift user Luciano Pollastri took to a burner blog account to publish 'The Ultimate Undetectable Weight Cheat on Zwift', which outlined how, using the Zwift companion app, users could alter their weight mid-race to gain a performance advantage.

Given the sensationalist nature of the title, which made no plea in itself for the bug to be fixed, Zwift proceeded to slap Luciano with a 30 day shadowban, meaning he could still use the platform, but his avatar would not show up for other users, and his results would not feature either.

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.