By Michael Bello
Published 03/08/2023; Updated 03/08/2023

Instead of the usual Wednesday night group ride, we joined Stage 1 of the Tour of Watopia.

Our four NCC riders (Chris, Melissa, Zinj, and me) rode the Magnificent 8 route.

We rode at an easy pace. Zinj, as always, arrived late. He was put towards the front when he joined, but got off the bike a few times and was with us at the end.

Melissa finished about 2 miles ahead of us. She was struggling with the group ride concept, but kept her heart rate in check throughout the ride. Her competitiveness did appear when she questioned why she only took the Zwift QOM jersey. She would like everyone to know that she was 62 out of 138 on Zwift Power because she was not trying.

We all enjoyed our brief time riding in giant dinosaur costumes. I’m assuming that the wagging tail was not the most aerodynamic.

Chris bridged a 40 second gap and caught up to the group Zinj and I were in. With less than 2 miles to go, he attempted to drop the group. Zinj and I blocked our group from chasing him. He crossed the line about 10 seconds ahead of us.

Chris finished level 15 and earned his avatar Stylish Shades.

In total, we rode 18.1 miles with 509 feet of climbing. It took us approximately 55 minutes to complete the route.

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

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.