How can I view the live stream?
How can I attend as a spectator?
Official results will be published on Zwiftpower.com and via this site you will also be able to view live results during the race (click the ‘Live’ button in the right hand corner). To appear in the race results your need to:
- Register on zwiftpower.com. Make sure you link your Strava account and add your Zwift ID. If you do not have a Strava account you need to open an account there as well (either the free or premium account)
- Use the correct name tag (XRS) and category prior to logging into Zwift
- Select the race via the Zwift Event module, either via the app. or when logging in to Zwift.
- Save your ride to Strava with the correct category. The ride saved on Strava needs to be open (i.e. not a private ride).
Zwift ID: This can be found on your computer in the Zwift/CP folder. The folder Userxxx identifies your Zwift ID (xxx = the numbers at the end).
Race results are published via a three stage process:
Initial Strava scan
- Results are a first indication only and derived from the time it took to ride a certain segment
- These results are only used in case the other steps fail and are also a reliable source for power data
- Strava times are less accurate for the results due to differences between the exact start time and finish and due to computer clock variations
- Live data is captured from Zwift and this is a much more accurate source for the final results
- Bike usage, use of PowerUps, as well as weight and height are included
- This step is manually initiated and where races rules are applied
- Manual process initiated by the organiser
- Possible errors have been checked and results are final (published within 24 hours)
The use of PowerUps is not allowed in races and a time penalty of 60 seconds will be given when used. In principal PowerUps will not supplied by Zwift in our races after passing the first banner after starting the race. However it is possible you might carry a previously earned PU into the event start pen and you need to be careful not to use this and you are advised to clear any PUs before the start of the race.
Riders without a powermeter are using zPower in Zwift to convert speed into power via specific algorithms. In our races zPower is welcome in category B-D but podium positions are not available for zPower users in these categories. zPower is not allowed in category A and you will not be placed in the final results on zwiftpower.com.
HR monitor (HRM)
We strive for fair racing and this is supported by using a HR monitor. You are highly encouraged to use a HRM and it is mandatory in category A and B. Malfunctioning of the HRM should be avoided by replacing the battery in time, as a DQ is at risk.
ZADA, exceeding 5 W/kg FTP and the Z badge
Riders who are exceeding 5 w/kg FTP during races need to provide real life evidence to the Zwift Anti Doping Authority (ZADA) for verification.
- Verified riders are recognisable in Zwiftpower via their (Z) badge.
- Until ZADA verification riders exceeding 5 w/kg are placed in the results in the ZADA category
- FTP is calculated by Zwiftpower by taking 95% of your 20 min power output.
The ZADA Project was set up by a number of Zwift community members who saw a trend in Zwift racing and the potential need for a method/process to approve rider performances based on Real Life riding information.
Although race organisers have been working on approval of riders themselves for their racers, there can always be questions of bias of those verifications especially when the ones doing the approval may be members of a competing team to the rider being checked.
The ZADA Project aims to bring together the great minds and performance analysts from different teams within Zwift and develop a process for rider approval whilst where at all possible keeping the identity of the rider anonymous to the verification team. There are two outcomes of the process – Approval or a Handicap. Pretty clear cut, this will always work to enable them to race fairly, maybe not realistically but fairly to the rest of the racers.
What is Team Experimental?
Team Experimental is a group of cyclists with the purpose of racing. We stand for fair racing and we submit ourselves to the ethics needed to keep racing fun and fair. In this respect a cheated win doesn’t mean anything to us. Team riders are encouraged to participate in races and we have a strong focus on winning, but we are much more than that. Our great team culture of mutual respect, team bonding and applying team tactics in racing is what makes every team member proud of being part of our great team. After all, cycling is a team sport.
Our hard efforts for fair racing means that the setup and calibration of riders is checked and scrutinised before a rider is even considered to join the team. We have an ongoing discussion on what behaviour is expected and which behaviour should be avoided (like taking advantage of clearly miscalibrated riders).
Joining Team X is by invitation and currently we not recruiting actively. When riders are invited they start riding within our Team X academy, which provides a great nursery for Team X.
Cycligent Virtual Rankings (CVR)
CVR is a new service and a way of ranking Zwift racers. The system is still being developed, but it is already very powerful and functional. There is much debate in the Zwift racing community about how to best rank and categorize racers. Currently most races group participants by FTP watts/kilogram and this has several problems. The CVR system has the potential to eliminate the issues with this approach.
Visit the website for current standings, divisions and more information: http://www.zwiftrankings.com/