By Michael Bello
Published 01/10/2023; Updated 01/10/2023

For the second week of the NCC Zwift Winter Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we rode a time trial in Yorkshire.

The challenge for the day was the 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit. The course is 8.58 miles with an average gradient of 0%. That said, there is still 787 feet of climbing throughout the course.

For the second straight week, Dusty took the top position. Considering he was questioning his motivation going into the ride, I think his mojo came back. The rest of the wide-angle podium — Jonathan, Zinj, Henry II, and Henry III — all finished under 23 minutes.

Zinj would have ridden faster, but he threaded his chain through his derailleur incorrectly the other day, so his drive train was not efficient today. For those concerned, he fixed it after the TT.

Henry III scouted the course last week to prepare for tonight. Unfortunately, he scouted the other UCI course in Richmond, which we will ride in Week 8.

Melissa and Tim had the closest rivalry of the evening. Melissa bested Tim by 1 second. Please insert Melissa’s humble brag here.

I continued my workouts this evening. I rode the course on a TT bike (with lightweight wheels) at my prescribed power. Although I finished last, it was nowhere near as slow as I thought the lap would be.

Congrats to Henry, Lauren, Steve, Chris, and Keith for putting up PRs tonight.

Here are today’s results:

1. King, Dusty; Time: 0:21:23; 24.1 mph; 13 points
2. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:22:02; 23.4 mph; 12 points
3. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:22:20; 23.1 mph; 11 points
4. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:22:26; 23 mph; 10 points
5. Wheaton, Henry; Time: 0:22:49*; 22.6 mph; 9 points
6. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:23:16; 22.1 mph; 8 points
7. Downey, Tim; Time: 0:23:17; 22.1 mph; 7 points
8. MacDonald, Andy; Time: 0:23:46; 21.7 mph; 6 points
9. Cunniffe, Lauren; Time: 0:24:55*; 20.7 mph; 5 points
10. Wysk, Steve; Time: 0:26:13*; 19.4 mph; 4 points
11. Stratton, Chris; Time: 0:28:00*; 18.4 mph; 3 points
12. Streeter, Keith; Time: 0:29:47*; 17.3 mph; 2 points
13. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:31:26; 16.4 mph; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. King, Dusty; Event(s) 2; Points: 27
2. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 2; Points: 23
2. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 2; Points: 23
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 2; Points: 21.5
5. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 2; Points: 19
6. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 2; Points: 18.5
7. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 2; Points: 13
7. Downey, Tim; Event(s) 2; Points: 13
9. Cunniffe, Lauren; Event(s) 2; Points: 10
10. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 2; Points: 8
10. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 1; Points: 8
12. Streeter, Keith; Event(s) 2; Points: 5
12. Stratton, Chris; Event(s) 2; Points: 5
14. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 2; Points: 2

Next week, we will do a hill climb up the Innsbruck KOM.

Participants in the Hill Climb/TT series may ride any time during the day or participate in the group ride version at 6:00 PM. Please visit the NCC Zwift page for the series rules.

Here is the NCC Zwift schedule:

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

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