By Michael Bello
Published 01/12/2022; Updated 01/12/2022

We rode the Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop in Watopia this evening. The route name does a nice job describing the scenery on the ride.

We had seven riders today (Charlie, Iggy, Melissa, Noah, Tim, Zinj, and me). Tonight was Noah’s first NCC Zwift ride.

Our Discord conversation was lively as always. Melissa was a bit sore tonight after spending the afternoon at Berkshire East. After getting her kids ready for their ski program, she met up with Dusty and Henry for some descents down the mountain. Since the skiing was not recorded on Strava, we all doubted that it actually happened.

Zinj was a little concerned about the brief climb up the beginning of the Epic KOM. He was on rollers and was worried about going too slow.

Melissa and Iggy had some Zwift challenges. They rejoined the ride before the 30 minute mark and everything was back to normal.

We discussed last night’s challenging time trial. We all agreed that the cool down lap was a bit harder than it should have been. I switched from my time trial bike back to the Tron bike to make the cooldown a bit easier.

We ended the conversation talking about chickens, sweaters for chickens, and chicken Facebook pages. Noah suggested that the club be rebranded as the Northampton Chicken Club.

Charlie, Iggy, and Noah earned the Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop route achievements, which doubled their XP points for the first lap.

Thursday’s race starts at 6 PM. We are ride the Tour of Zwift Stage 1 (A Division).

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.