So to me, the easiest way to deal with the cheating, depends a bit on how strong you are. If you are an A cat, then this may not work as well, but for B and C cats I feel like it works well. So to race B cat, you have to have an ftp under 4.0 or youâ€™ll be DQd in zwiftpower. So step one is using Zwift power. Secondly, if someone is cheating, but they are cheating in a way that keeps them under 4.0 then Iâ€™m like meh, that may not be real for that guy, but itâ€™s certainly a realistic power output, that many people can do, so Iâ€™m fine racing against it.
And if you donâ€™t want to use zwiftpower, itâ€™s honestly been my experience that sandbagging in Bs isnâ€™t that bad, because even if someone is putting out higher than 4.0, it probably isnâ€™t much higher, and they ainâ€™t getting away from the pack anyway. Racing Bs is fun. Especially when the categories start separately. Now if you are an A it gets tougher, because of the A+ riders, some of whom are legit, some are clearly not. Since I donâ€™t race A itâ€™s hard for me to give much advice, other than pick your races well :)
Easiest way to handle is realize a lot of cheating "could" be going on and keep it in mind....it's really a game so don't take it all too serious. I was on a ride the other evening when someone cruses by me on the Desert Flats pushing 15.8ish/wkg for as long as they were in my "view". The reality that that was accurate is about 0% Get a good workout and have some fun while at it and enjoy Zwift for what it is not taking it 100% serious.