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Too good for Zwift races

zest28zest28 Posts: 365
Thomas de Gendt was racing at 8.4W/kg sustaining 550 Watts, which was flagged and he got kicked out of the race.

Seems that some people are too strong for Zwift. Quite a shame because it would be awesome if more pro’s start racing on Zwift.

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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 19,993
    How long did he hold that sort of power for?
  • zest28zest28 Posts: 365

    How long did he hold that sort of power for?

    The entire 17km.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 19,993
    no, but seriously.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    There's loads of pros on Zwift already.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 1,028
    It's because he wasn't registered as a pro (or something) so it flagged him.
    It's been sorted now.

    There's tonnes of Pros on Zwift, no-one is too strong for it.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 19,993
    Yes, but he still wasn't holding 8.4W/kg for 20 minutes in a zwift race.

    It's interesting to know what power and over what time caused him to get auto-flagged.
  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 1,010
    I've done quite a few races where that woudl have had him lingering at the back with the other D racers :D
    Insert bike here:
  • df3er342df3er342 Posts: 5
    I've played a lot of games, too
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,779
    8.4 W/kg for 17 km is not possible... not even for De Gendt, Wiggins or Addy Merckx in his prime...

    The reality is that 550/8.4 = 65 kg... and De Gendt is bigger than that...

    I am also not particularly comfortable with 550 W for 17 km, but that's another story
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 19,993

    8.4 W/kg for 17 km is not possible... not even for De Gendt, Wiggins or Addy Merckx in his prime...

    The reality is that 550/8.4 = 65 kg... and De Gendt is bigger than that...

    I am also not particularly comfortable with 550 W for 17 km, but that's another story

    well exactly.

    He probably hit 8.4W/kg when passing someone, but noone is doing those numbers for that time.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,779
    In the days of Superman, maybe 7 W/kg over 17 km was a possibility, now maybe 6.5 W/kg at a push.

    I've seen a 10 mile TT on Zwift the other day... a few European athletes took part... the winner averaged 5.9 W/kg...
  • angry_birdangry_bird Posts: 3,782
    Seen a couple of juniors knocking out 5.9-6.1 W/kg on some of these Zwift 10s. Nuts. Wish I had their legs!
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,779

    Seen a couple of juniors knocking out 5.9-6.1 W/kg on some of these Zwift 10s. Nuts. Wish I had their legs!

    Heart, you want their heart and lungs... the rest can be trained
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,378

    8.4 W/kg for 17 km is not possible... not even for De Gendt, Wiggins or Addy Merckx in his prime...

    The reality is that 550/8.4 = 65 kg... and De Gendt is bigger than that...

    I am also not particularly comfortable with 550 W for 17 km, but that's another story

    well exactly.

    He probably hit 8.4W/kg when passing someone, but noone is doing those numbers for that time.
    You wouldn't get flagged just for doing 8.4w/kg anyway, there must be some duration element. 8.4w/kg is easily possible even for someone rubbish like me, just obviously a very short period of time in my case. There's no way he did it for 17km though, unless his trainer was wrongly calibrated.
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