Rider categorization based on FTP — how do you rank?

Rider categorization based on FTP — how do you rank?

We’ve already discussed what FTP is, and why it matters on Zwift. Now that you know your FTP, where does that place you among other riders?

Here’s a handy chart showing typical power numbers for various categories of cyclists in real-world racing. (The “FT” column is your FTP number.) This chart was originally created by Andy Coggan.

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Rider categorization for racing on Zwift breaks down differently, although this may change when Zwift rolls out their racing features. Currently the most popular categorization scheme for Zwift races is as follows:

A: 4.0 w/kg FTP or higher
B: 3.2 w/kg to 4.0 w/kg FTP
C:: 2.5 w/kg to 3.2 w/kg FTP
D: Under 2.5 w/kg FTP

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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jim
jim
10 months ago

I have a question about the W/kg I am categorized as a D (which is what I am) but i really dont see any D rides or races for that group.

Bryce
Bryce
8 months ago

I have a slight issue with this, I’m classified under A grade (My FTP is ~4.6w/k). But I’m so light that I think in a race that isn’t completely uphill I’d get slaughtered. I weigh a little under 110ibs meaning my FTP is a little over 210. Do you think I’d be better off going to the B race?

Fr. Brady
Fr. Brady (@padrebrady)
7 months ago

Is there any consideration I should take for living at altitude? My assumption is that I race according to the pure numbers I can sustain at 5,500ft (1,676m).

Steve
Steve
6 months ago

When completing the FTP test what rpm do you recommend? as a triathlete I`m trying to keep a high cadence and currently doing the test at around 100rpm, these are my latest result figures, FTP 341 watts, 4.49w/kg threshold hr 157 bpm.

René Goedkoop
René Goedkoop
2 months ago

W/kg does not take into account age. Is curious to understand how W/kg would rank by age by sex

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago

We’ve seen Primoz Roglic’s power numbers for TTs that he’s won on the protour and they’re in the middle of the domestic pro range, and those are TTs that are less than an hour. So his actual FTP is lower than that, probably on the level of a US Cat 1. To me, that indicates the numbers are ridiculously high on this chart. Not sure if this is just a matter of estimates, trainer inaccuracies, or an indication of rampant cheating on zwift (would not be surprised).

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

I didn’t read carefully and see that it’s based on real world cycling. I would not believe this chart for a second based on what we know about top pros.

Ant
Ant
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

I think what you have shown is that your guess of Roglic’s FTP is wrong, rather than the chart is wrong. Froome did a well publicised test where his FTP was 419 @ 69.9kg – giving an FTP of 5.99 putting him in the middle of World class, where we would expect him.

Also worth remembering that this chart covers all areas of cycling, not just GC but TT and importantly track rider (as well as others).

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