By Michael Bello
Published 02/02/2022; Updated 02/02/2022

For the Groundhog Day edition of the Wednesday Night Zwift ride, we went to New York City. The Astoria Line 8 route is a loop around Central Park, the closest we could ride on Zwift to Punxsutawney Phil’s Pennsylvania home.

We had seven riders tonight (Charlie, Henry, Iggy, Melissa, Tim, Zinj, and me).

Our Discord conversation was interesting as always. We were all surprised to see Charlie since he gives ski lessons on Wednesday nights. He finished early and joined the ride.

The water in Belchertown was a big topic. Zinj is looking to put in a water purifier and Tim gave him advice. We also learned of Melissa’s auto-sensing induction cooktop, which sounded like the most high tech way to cook potatoes.

Discussion of the outdoor time trial has already begun. Melissa was strategizing about the Deerfield TT course and wished there was an easy way develop a plan for the course. Tim and I suggested checking out Best Bike Split.

We discussed clinchers, tubeless, and tubular tires. Henry is a big fan of tubular tires. He shared a story from his bike messenger days in which tubular tires saved him from a bad accident.

Henry and Iggy earned the Astoria Line 8 route achievement, which doubled their XP points for the first lap.

In total, we rode approximately 20 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing.

With Thursday’s race being Stage 7 of the Tour de Zwift on the Royal Pump Room 8 course, I’m shifting Saturday’s ride so we will not have two consecutive events on the same route. Saturday’s ride will now be the the Surrey Hill route in London.

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.