By Michael Bello
Published 02/18/2021; Updated 02/19/2021

For the fifth week of the NCC Zwift Winter Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we ascended a volcano.

This week, our challenge was the Volcano KOM in Watopia. This 2.33 mile climb has a 3% average gradient (394 feet). This is a short climb, but still very challenging.

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 fifteen riders today, we had 11 participants in the group ride. During our 13.8 mile lead-in, we all chatted on Discord.

After earning his Lightweight Meilensteins wheels last night at the top of Alpe du Zwift, it was no surprise that Henry W set a PR this evening and captured the win.

There were many PRs today: Henry W, Andrew, Charlie, Henry vdB, Michael, and Joe.

Here are today’s results:

1. Weis, Henry; Time: 0:07:02; 19.9 mph; 15 points
2. Weinman, Kevin; Time: 0:07:11; 19.5 mph; 14 points
3. King, Dusty; Time: 0:07:17; 19.2 mph; 13 points
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:07:36; 18.4 mph; 12 points
5. Pazmany, Andrew; Time: 0:07:40; 18.3 mph; 11 points
6. Bailey, Charlie; Time: 0:07:44; 18.1 mph; 10 points
7. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:07:47; 18 mph; 9 points
8. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:07:50; 17.9 mph; 8 points
9. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:08:07; 17.2 mph; 7 points
10. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:08:19; 16.8 mph; 6 points
11. Lellman, Joseph; Time: 0:08:20; 16.8 mph; 5 points
12. Krause, Ashley; Time: 0:08:46; 16 mph; 4 points
13. Goodwin, David; Time: 0:08:53; 15.8 mph; 3 points
14. Condon, Sean; Time: 0:09:34; 14.6 mph; 1.5 points
14. Coleman, Jeremy; Time: 0:09:34; 14.6 mph; 1.5 points

Note: Jeremy and Sean tied, so they split the collective points.

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 5; Points: 61
2. King, Dusty; Event(s) 5; Points: 59
3. Weis, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 51
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 5; Points: 50
5. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 5; Points: 42
6. Bailey, Charlie; Event(s) 5; Points: 36
7. Pazmany, Andrew; Event(s) 4; Points: 31
8. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 30.5
9. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 5; Points: 26.5
10. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 5; Points: 20
11. Lellman, Joseph; Event(s) 4; Points: 17
12. Poe, Carson; Event(s) 1; Points: 13
12. Niesen, Chris; Event(s) 1; Points: 13
14. Weinberg, Ben; Event(s) 1; Points: 10
15. Krause, Ashley; Event(s) 3; Points: 8
16. Coleman, Jeremy; Event(s) 4; Points: 5.5
17. Goodwin, David; Event(s) 2; Points: 5
18. Condon, Sean; Event(s) 2; Points: 4.5
19. Cahillane, Dan; Event(s) 1; Points: 3
20. Wise, Greg; 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.