According to the disciplinary charge:
It is stated that Cameron Jeffers participated in the British Cycling Zwift
This constitutes misconduct under Clauses 3.1 and 3.2 (a), (c) & (h) of the Disciplinary Rules for Cycle Sport.
According to the charges and statement released by Chris Snook, Zwift PR manager, ”
This ANT+ simulator is a simple software bot that is available for anyone to download and use. It allows you to enter a value for either power, cadence, or heart rate and it broadcasts that value(s) over ANT+. So for example, you can set 1000 watts value and your Zwift avatar will move at 1000 watts. It’s designed to primarily test devices or simulation purposes.
It’s important to note that Cameron didn’t cheat during the actual event. The racing itself was clean and his power numbers were real. The cheating happened before the race.
Earning the Zwift Tron bike is not an easy feat. For me, it took about 6 months of solid climbing to earn the bike.
When I think of pre-race data manipulation, weight and height are the first things to come to my mind. Never in a million years thought of cheating my way to the Tron bike as a pre-race manipulation tactic.
The Tron bike is considered the fastest bike on Zwift for flat and mixed terrains. So probably in most situations, the Tron bike might be the fastest bike. Also, on your way to the Tron bike, you earn other frames and wheels. According to Cameron, he spent a lot of time studying Zwift racing, the course, equipment to use,
Also, the timing of this news is all interesting to me. Just last week, Zwift announced that it will host the first-ever UCI Cycling Esports World Championships in 2020. Did they use this as a way to show how serious they are on cracking down on cheaters?
Zwift Terms Of Service clearly prohibits the use of any application that interact with their platform or emulate communication protocols:
Develop or use any applications that interact with our Platform without our prior written authorization, including any cheats, mods or matchmaking services or applications that emulate or redirect the communication protocols used by Zwift in any way, including for unauthorized play over the Internet, network play, or as part of content aggregation networks
It will be interesting to see how Zwift and UCI move forward. I am sure Cameron isn’t the only one that earned Zwift points with fake sweat drops.
What do you think? Let me know your thoughts below.
Here is Cameron’s video: