I completed my first race: https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=94349 Profile: https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=824702

Since it was my first race, and I didn't really have an idea of an accurate FTP or Power output, I decided to be conservative and go in the C category. Unfortunately, I guess I was TOO conservative and I have been marked as ZP = unfiltered results only.

What is the negative ramifications of this, if any? I suppose next race I should be category B, or even A?

Some guidance on this would be great, thanks in advance!
djkayce wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:51 pm
I completed my first race: https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=94349 Profile: https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=824702

Since it was my first race, and I didn't really have an idea of an accurate FTP or Power output, I decided to be conservative and go in the C category. Unfortunately, I guess I was TOO conservative and I have been marked as ZP = unfiltered results only.

What is the negative ramifications of this, if any? I suppose next race I should be category B, or even A?

Some guidance on this would be great, thanks in advance!
You were DQ for using zpower rather than a smart trainer or power meter. Most organisers put restrictions on zpower users; depending on what Cat you enter and/or final position.
Your numbers put you as a very strong Cat A and not too far away from an elite level cyclist, so you may want to review your set up.
uclown2002 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:53 pm
You were DQ for using zpower rather than a smart trainer or power meter. Most organisers put restrictions on zpower users; depending on what Cat you enter and/or final position.
Your numbers put you as a very strong Cat A and not too far away from an elite level cyclist, so you may want to review your set up.
Thanks for the reply.

Was I DQ only for the ZP, or the combination of ZP AND going too fast for the category?
Will I always be DQ for only having ZP?
Here is a real world ride as a recent comparison https://www.strava.com/activities/1761053242. Lap 4 particularly.

My setup is following the Tacx and Zwift guidance, and my Garmin speed/cadence sensors are correctly calibrated, what more could I do to make ZP more realistic?

Thanks again!
djkayce wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:32 am
uclown2002 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:53 pm
You were DQ for using zpower rather than a smart trainer or power meter. Most organisers put restrictions on zpower users; depending on what Cat you enter and/or final position.
Your numbers put you as a very strong Cat A and not too far away from an elite level cyclist, so you may want to review your set up.
Thanks for the reply.

Was I DQ only for the ZP, or the combination of ZP AND going too fast for the category?
Will I always be DQ for only having ZP?
Here is a real world ride as a recent comparison https://www.strava.com/activities/1761053242. Lap 4 particularly.

My setup is following the Tacx and Zwift guidance, and my Garmin speed/cadence sensors are correctly calibrated, what more could I do to make ZP more realistic?

Thanks again!
DQ for ZP but regardless you would likely have been filtered out as you entered Cat C (2.5-3.19 W/KG FTP) and you produced a race FTP of 4.6 W/KG.

You will need to check race descriptions to determine how they handle zpower users.

zpower is inherently unreliable even with efforts to ensure best set up.
uclown2002 wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:03 am
DQ for ZP but regardless you would likely have been filtered out as you entered Cat C (2.5-3.19 W/KG FTP) and you produced a race FTP of 4.6 W/KG.

You will need to check race descriptions to determine how they handle zpower users.

zpower is inherently unreliable even with efforts to ensure best set up.
OK, thanks for the responses.