By Michael Bello
Published 12/11/2021; Updated 12/11/2021

On this rainy Saturday, we had four riders (Brant, Melissa, Tim, and me) tackle the Figure 8 route in Watopia.

Given the weather, we were surprised there were not more participants today. Despite assurances from two of our regulars who are in the process of moving, they were missing in action today. At least two NCC riders (Dusty and Jonathan) participated in the Zwift Insider Badge Hunt ride of the PRL Full in London (107.5 miles with 7,513 feet of climbing). To quote Jonathan, “Never doing that again.”

Our Discord conversation covered a variety of topics. We chatted about tubeless tires and bike trainers. Tim and I both recently upgraded trainers, and we were comparing the differences.

Skiing and skating were also discussed. Tim recently cleaned out his basement and got rid of countless kids hockey skates. He said he could have supplied an entire team of different size kids. Melissa is thinking of getting back into skiing to pass the time while her kids take lessons.

Tim explained that he saw the House of Gucci movie with his wife on Thursday afternoon. The movie was much longer than he expected, so he missed our race. Melissa, fresh off her win on Thursday, humble bragged that she was the fourth fastest women in her age group for the Railways and Rooftop route.

We discussed descending in real life and on Zwift. This brought us to the Chesterfield hillclimb and the speed of the decent. This reminded me of our Saturday Morning C ride from July. We all agreed that descending at speed is safer on Zwift, but more work than gravity assisted reality.

The group is interested in completing the Four Horseman route before the end of the year. Brant is looking for the elevation, while Melissa, Tim, and I want to cross off one of our few outstanding route achievements off the list. Here is a link to a short survey to pick a date and ride options if anyone is interested.

In total, we rode 30 miles with approximately 1,200 feet of climbing. It took us approximately 1 hour and 36 minutes to complete the ride.

Tim kept going as he is trying to prepare himself for the Festive 500. Brant pushed on since he was close to completing level 33. He was about to stop when Tim and I asked him to check the menu screen to view his point total. Doing the math quickly, we realized he needed less than two miles. He lifted his arms in triumph as the banner awarding him the Zwift Monochrome Kit flashed on the screen.

Here is the NCC Zwift schedule:

  • Tuesday 6:00 PM – Time Trial / Hill Climb (invite required)
  • Wednesday 8:00 PM – Social Ride (invite required)
  • Thursday Evenings – Road Race (times will vary between 5 PM and 7 PM EST)
  • Sat 9:00 AM – Social Ride (invite required)

Join the NCC Club on Zwift or select the link in the discussion board/calendar for 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.