For KISS races to run smoothly (for both the racers and organisers) certain rules need to be adhered to, they are outlined in this document. If something is unclear the KISS organisers absolutely reserve the right to determine the outcome in a manner that is both fair and in their opinion in the KISS or Zwift communities’ interest.

Rider naming convention to be used

Your rider name and Strava activity MUST contain the following:

First Name Last Name [Team Name] Race Tag (Category) e.g. John Smith [Best Team] KISS (B)
Your Strava activity save name Must contain Race Tag (Category) e.g. Zwift London – KISS (B)

YOUR IN GAME NAME: Please add KISS and your CAT. to the end of your name. Click edit profile on your dashboard: https://my.zwift.com/dashboard or via the Zwift Mobile App

YOUR NAME KISS (X) where  X = category (see below)

You will not feature in the results if you fail to do this.

Can I race without a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)

For all KISS races a HRM is required for CAT A racers to qualify for race position.

All other categories do not require a HRM.

Your category selection

Find your FTP by using one of the FTP tests on zwift to give you a figure in WATTS. Divide by your weight in kg then pick the correct CAT. below:

CAT A: 4.0 W/kg FTP or higher. Performance over 5W/kg?
CAT B: 3.2 W/kg to 3.99 W/kg FTP
CAT C: 2.5 W/kg to 3.19 W/kg FTP
CAT D: Under 2.49 W/kg FTP

The zPower Rule

zPower racers with avg. W/kg over the duration of the race of greater than 3.99W/kg will not be eligible for CAT or Race Wins. Cat A racers are required to wear a heart rate monitor.

Racers producing over 5w/kg average will be disqualified. They can be reinstated if close real life power meter verified performances can be provided.

Performance over 5W/kg

If requested to do so you are expected to send KISS your .fit file for your Zwift race and also a real life ride .fit file that you consider to be representative to the KISS organisers for comparison. Failure to provide appropriate .fit files will results in automatic disqualification from the event in question and possibly ongoing disqualification. In the event that you fail verification then we will assign an appropriate handicap so that you may continue racing. Failing to ride with this handicap will results in an automatic Disqualification. This handicap may be subject to future revision.

Race Handicap

If racers cannot produce real life efforts matching efforts on Zwift if they exceed the 5W/kg rule they will be eligible to race if they agree to adopt a handicap determined by the KISS organisers or their designated performance assessor.

Different types of KISS Races

  • Road Race

Join the event either using the Zwift Mobile App or when logging in. When you join the event you will find yourself in the starting pen. The countdown tells you when the race will start.

DURATION: Road races vary in length and duration; see the event listing for further details
POWER UPs: Allowed at all times
BIKES: All allowed

  • iTT (individual Time Trial)

Mass start individual time trial. Join the event either using the Zwift Mobile App or when logging in. When you join the event you will find yourself in the starting pen. The countdown tells you when the race will start.

DURATION: iTT will typically be either 10 miles or 25 miles in distance
POWER UPs: Not permitted or possible
BIKES: Only TT bikes are permitted. Riders on road bikes will automatically be disqualified.

  • TTT (Team Time Trial)

Due to current limitations within the event module the TTT
DURATION: TTT will be of variable distance depending on course
POWER UPs: At all times
BIKES: Only road bikes are permitted

You do not need to be a member of a Zwift Team to compete. If there are 4 unaffiliated racers that want to club together then this is OK.

The category you enter must be the same as your highest category participant. For example if you have 3 B racers and 1 A your category is A.

Teams of 3 or 4 racers. Finish time will be taken from 3rd rider to cross the finish line.

Start times will be published a few days before the event

It is essential you leave at your alloted time. You have 60 seconds to cross the start finish line.

The clock starts ticking from the 1st rider to cross the line and stops on the 3rd rider. This is the same for 3 or 4 man teams. Rolling start is permitted and indeed recommended.
All racers must have KISS (X) in their name where X is your team category. Usual KISS category rules apply. You can have mixed category teams but you will be entered in to the category with your highest categorised rider. So a team with 3 B racers and 1 A will be racing in A category.

  • KISS Chase

Similar to the Australian Pursuit Race or APR. Also known as fox and hounds.
KISS Chase is a handicap race in which groups of racers set off at intervals with the intention each group seeks to chase down the group in front and all groups come together at the finish for the strongest racer to win.
Racers need to pre-register and have ridden the course PRIOR to the event and they will be allocated to the appropriate group. Non registered racers and those entering the incorrect group will be disqualified.
DURATION: KISS Chase like the road race will vary in length and duration; see the event listing for further details
POWER UPs: Allowed at all times
BIKES: All allowed