By Jonathan O'Keeffe
Published 03/02/2023; Updated 03/02/2023

Tonight was a bit of a scheduling snafu, as I picked the “Chasing Cancellara” race as tonight’s selection without realizing it was being run in individual time trial format. We showed up in the start pen to find everyone decked out in Cancellara kit, on identical road bikes, but with drafting disabled. This made for a weird event, with everyone starting together, but basically just doing individual efforts for one lap of the Richmond UCI Worlds course (which we just did a couple of weeks ago as part of the Tuesday night TT series).

With no real race strategy in play, the field just broke up immediately with everyone going at their own pace. I managed to stay in front of Dusty for the first couple miles, but as usual he swept me up, and then hung tantalizingly out of reach about five seconds up the road for the rest of the way. He had a similar gap to Mark in front of him, and that’s basically the way we finished, with Mark, Dusty, and I squeezing in to the bottom half of the top ten overall finishers, and Zinj a bit further back.

Sorry for the scheduling mixup — next week we will return to our regularly-scheduled Thursday night road racing as we enter the last couple weeks of this spring’s Zwift racing season.

Results from Week Nine:

  1. Mark Hewitt (B) – 7 of 44 – 90.7 points
  2. Dusty King (B) – 9 of 44 – 85.9 points
  3. Jonathan O’Keeffe (B) – 10 of 44 – 83.5 points
  4. Zinj Guo (B) – 21 of 44 – 57.3 points

Season Standings after Week Nine:

  1. Jonathan O’Keeffe (9 races) – 762.6 points
  2. Dusty King (9 races) – 734.2 points
  3. Zinj Guo (9 races) – 732.1 points
  4. Melissa Warwick (7 races) – 573.4 points
  5. Tim Downey (6 races) – 553.8 points
  6. Henry van den Broek (6 races) – 391.9 points
  7. Mark Hewitt (4 races) – 357.8 points
  8. Scott Yarosh (2 races) – 198.3 points
  9. Chris Stratton (2 races) – 140.6 points
  10. Jay Gump (1 race) – 98.4 points
  11. Charlie Bailey (1 race) – 74.4 points
  12. Patrick Rondeau (1 race) – 39.3 points