By Michael Bello
Published 03/04/2021; Updated 05/28/2021

For the seventh week of the NCC Zwift Winter Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we visited London.

This week, our challenge was the Leith Hill. This 1.2 mile hill averages a gradient of 7% and includes 440 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.

All thirteen participants were in the group ride.

We were fast this evening! We had eight personal records: Ben, David, Henry, Jonathan, Kathryn, Kevin, Melissa, and Michael. As soon as Ben joins the NCC Club on Strava (hint, hint), he will hold the NCC men’s record for Leith Hill. Not to be outdone, Melissa improved her NCC women’s record today.

After the official Hill Climb, the group observed Ben’s power surge climbing the extremely short, but steep “Stairs from the Underground” (100 meters, 15% climb). We all decided to see our watts per kilogram numbers. Many of us got above 10 watts per kilogram, but Melissa bested us all!

Here are today’s results:

1. Weinberg, Ben; Time: 0:05:06*; 14.3 mph; 13 points
2. Weis, Henry; Time: 0:05:27*; 13.4 mph; 12 points
3. Weinman, Kevin; Time: 0:05:48; 12.6 mph; 11 points
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:05:57*; 12.2 mph; 10 points
5. King, Dusty; Time: 0:06:13; 11.6 mph; 9 points
6. Pazmany, Andrew; Time: 0:06:15; 11.6 mph; 8 points
7. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:06:18; 11.6 mph; 7 points
8. Bailey, Charlie; Time: 0:06:38; 11 mph; 6 points
9. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:06:39*; 11 mph; 5 points
10. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:06:41*; 10.9 mph; 4 points
11. Goodwin, David; Time: 0:07:06; 10.3 mph; 3 points
12. Lellman, Joseph; Time: 0:07:17; 10 mph; 2 points
13. Kothe, Kathryn; Time: 0:07:54*; 9.2 mph; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. King, Dusty; Event(s) 7; Points: 80
2. Weis, Henry; Event(s) 6; Points: 76
3. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 6; Points: 72
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 7; Points: 71
5. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 7; Points: 58
6. Bailey, Charlie; Event(s) 7; Points: 49.5
7. Pazmany, Andrew; Event(s) 6; Points: 49
8. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 5; Points: 38
9. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 7; Points: 36.5
10. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 7; Points: 30
11. Weinberg, Ben; Event(s) 2; Points: 23
11. Lellman, Joseph; Event(s) 6; Points: 23
13. Poe, Carson; Event(s) 1; Points: 13
13. Niesen, Chris; Event(s) 1; Points: 13
15. Krause, Ashley; Event(s) 4; Points: 11
16. Goodwin, David; Event(s) 4; Points: 10
17. Coleman, Jeremy; Event(s) 4; Points: 5.5
18. Condon, Sean; Event(s) 2; Points: 4.5
19. Cahillane, Dan; Event(s) 1; Points: 3
20. Kothe, Kathryn; Event(s) 2; Points: 2
21. 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.