By Michael Bello
Published 03/16/2022; Updated 03/16/2022

We joined the Tour of Watopia event this evening. The goal of the ride was to earn the new event only route badge for the Triple Flat Loop in Watopia. The key word is flat, which most of us needed after last night’s Hill Climb/TT series finale.

Our four riders (Melissa, Tim, Zinj, and me) completed the 22.6 miles with 535 feet of climbing very quickly thanks to the double drafting. We all stayed together for most of the ride. I eased off a bit in the final few miles.

Despite the speed of the ride, the pace was comfortable and our conversation carried on as normal. Melissa is exploring climbing bikes, which makes us all fearful of her potential gains in the outdoor time trial and hill climb series.

Tim, who missed last night’s climb up the Alpe du Zwift, has the freshest legs for tomorrow’s race up the Alpe du Zwift (6 PM Tour of Watopia – A). The rest of us plan to hop on his wheel in an attempt to survive Jonathan’s flogging.

We also discussed outdoor riding. Tim may join us for some of our Saturday rides.

Melissa, Zinj, and I earned the Triple Flat Loop route achievement, which doubled our XP points for the ride. This was Tim’s second time doing stage 2 of the ToW, so he had already collected the badge.

Our 9 AM Saturday group ride will be Stage 3 of the Tour of Watopia (C version). The plan is to earn the new Downtown Titans route achievement on a rainy morning.

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.