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If the info in this article is correct - https://zwiftinsider.com/how-height-aff ... -in-zwift/ - it occurs to me there may be an incentive for people to state a much lower height for themselves on Zwift to gain maximum advantage. Obviously the same is true for weight (even more so as much bigger potential gains) but as Zwiftpower shows rider weight, it can be obvious if someone's really under-stating their weight. Does Zwift power also have access to height data? Is there any way to tell if a 6 foot tall rider reduces their height to 4 foot to gain a few watts advantage?
Looks like height is included in recent race results. And yes, I’m sure it’s a thing.
eeppansson wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:03 pm
Looks like height is included in recent race results. And yes, I’m sure it’s a thing.
Oh yeah, so they are - is that a brand new thing? Never noticed it before and none of my previous races have height included (the column's there but there's no data in it)
Yes, height doping has long been a thing. There was a notorious case of it more than a year ago, for example.

There has been a height column available on ZP for a long time, but it was until recently not displayed by default.
https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=213007 KISS Community League (c)...looks 6ft on Strava but only 121cm for this race...
Darren Green wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:22 pm
https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=213007 KISS Community League (c)...looks 6ft on Strava but only 121cm for this race...
We know about him; quite a few caught already.
This makes alot of sense now...
This height thing is extremely disappointing lol
It takes alot more than knowing height to determine CdA
Zwift apparently knows my flexibility, bike positioning and whether I climb in saddle or off saddle (yes that matters IRL) 👎

Gimme some damn crosswinds or some mechanics that help us lose these tiny guys on the flat then, drafting is so OP on the flat.
It appears everything is skewed to benefiting small man performance.
I’m 190cm, my bars are nearly 200mm lower than my saddle.

I’ve put my height at 190cm.

In real life I can put my palms flat on the floor, but I’m slowed by the Zwift algorithm.

Any tips on how I should beat beat people who are midgets but ride upright?
I found two suspicious profiles regarding height doping:

https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=901283

https://www.zwiftpower.com/profile.php?z=513815

Both changed their height between races.
Maybe it isn't the right place to post it, but I didn't found a better one.