By Michael Bello
Published 01/21/2021; Updated 05/28/2021

The NCC Zwift Winter Hill Climb/Time Trial Series commenced today.

The challenge for the day was Box Hill in London. This hill is 1.87 miles with an average gradient of 4% (446 feet of climbing).

To give a brief summary of the series rules, participants must use a time trial bike, which prevents drafting. Points are awarded based on the number of competitors and individuals’ overall placing. For example, if there are 19 riders, the person with the best time is awarded 19 points, second gets 18 points all the way down to the last rider, who gets 1 point. At the end of the Zwift series, the rider with the most points will be awarded the NCC Zwift Series title.

Participants may ride any time during the day or participate in the group ride version at 5:30 PM. In the group ride version, we typically warm up together before individually completing the time trial.

Of the nine riders today, we had nine participants in the group ride.

There were several PRs today: Henry W, Kevin, Dusty, Charlie, and Melissa.

Here are today’s results:

1. Weis, Henry; Time: 0:06:49*; 16.5 mph; 10.5 points
1. Weinman, Kevin; Time: 0:06:49*; 16.5 mph; 10.5 points
3. King, Dusty; Time: 0:07:17*; 15.4 mph; 9 points
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:07:22; 15.2 mph; 8 points
5. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:07:44; 14.5 mph; 7 points
6. Bailey, Charlie; Time: 0:07:50*; 14.3 mph; 6 points
7. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:08:03*; 13.9 mph; 4.5 points
7. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:08:03*; 13.9 mph; 4.5 points
9. Lellman, Joseph; Time: 0:08:26; 13.3 mph; 3 points
10. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:08:26; 13.3 mph; 2 points
11. Coleman, Jeremy; Time: 0:09:28; 11.9 mph; 1 points

Notes: We had two Strava ties (Henry W and Kevin, and Melissa and Henry vdB), so the points were split. Joe and I finished the climb with the same Strava time; however, in Zwift, he was 0.5 seconds ahead of me, so he got the higher place.

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. Weis, Henry; Event(s) 1; Points: 10.5
1. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 1; Points: 10.5
3. King, Dusty; Event(s) 1; Points: 9
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 1; Points: 8
5. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 1; Points: 7
6. Bailey, Charlie; Event(s) 1; Points: 6
7. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 1; Points: 4.5
7. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 1; Points: 4.5
9. Lellman, Joseph; Event(s) 1; Points: 3
10. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 1; Points: 2
11. Coleman, Jeremy; Event(s) 1; Points: 1

In a few days, details about next week’s time trial will be posted on the discussion board.

Here is the NCC Zwift schedule:

– Mon afternoon – Road Race (times will vary between 5 PM and 7 PM EST)
– Tue 8:00 PM – Social Ride (invite required)
– Thu 5:30 PM – Time Trial / Hill Climb (solo effort, TT bike required) (invite required)
– Sat 9:00 AM – Social Ride (invite required)

Follow “Michael Bello – NCC” on Zwift for invites to the invite-only rides.

Check the NCC calendar for full details on all events. To learn more about the NCC and Zwift rides, please visit our Zwift page.