By Michael Bello
Published 02/05/2022; Updated 02/05/2022

We travelled to London this morning to ride the Surrey Hills route. The route is a tour of all the hills on the London course: Fox Hill, Leith Hill, Box Hill, and Keith Hill. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of climbing today.

We had eight riders (Andrew, Dick, Donna, Henry Wheaton, Kathryn, Melissa, Tim D, and me). Melissa joined us a bit late due to dropping children off at outdoor skills camp. She texted me before the ride, and I quote, “It is a day of fire and knives, so I will be a little late.” I’m getting more nervous about the camp I signed my daughter up for based on Melissa’s recommendation.

Zinj made a cameo for 30 seconds. He took the plunge and bought an electric car. I’m sure we will have more detailed discussions on this during a ride soon.

I confused Tim greatly this morning. I could not find my regular sweatshirt I always wear to start rides. My wife decided to wash it because it apparently “could walk on its own.”

Many of us were still exhausted from Jonathan’s races (“the Flogging, part III”). Henry picked up the pace at the front, while I settled into a moderate pace sweeping. I ended up about 15 minutes behind the group.

We had a long discussion about Strava KOMs/QOMs. Melissa has taking a few of Kathryn’s QOMs. This lead to a chat about KOMs/QOMs for Zwift segments and calibration of trainers. Andrew told us about the power calibration of the Concept rowing machines and how it is very accurate. Many newer bike trainers auto-calibrate, while the pro e-cycling divisions require dual power recording.

Someone brought up the need to adjust their weight on Zwift. I realized in advance that everyone would laugh, but I shared that I have a scale that syncs my weight with Strava, Zwift, and Wahoo. It makes life very easy.

We had a long discussion on technology. A few riders were looking for new and easy technology setups for Zwift. Tim and I are both fans of using the Apple TV for Zwift. The conversation did not feel complete without Zinj discussing frame rates!

Towards the end of the ride, the topic of chain rings and cassette ratios was brought up. Tim is a fan of the 11-34 cassette outside, which I thought sounded very intriguing.

Andrew and Henry earned the Surrey Hills route achievement, which doubled their XP points for the ride.

Tim completed the Wahoo Climbing Mission. The mission runs through February 24th, so many of us will be following his lead over the next few weeks.

Kathryn completed level 10 and earned her avatar the Digital Camo Kit. Dick started level 19 and can now wear Cool Shades.

In total, we rode 30 miles with 3,274 feet of climbing. I crossed the line last with a time of 2 hours and 9 minutes.

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.