For the fifth week of the NCC Zwift Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we ascended a volcano.
This week, our challenge was the Volcano KOM in Watopia. This 2.33 mile climb has a 3% average gradient (394 feet). This is a short climb but still very challenging.
Since yesterday was Halloween, I gave everyone an extra day to complete the climb. Little did I know, but everyone else refused to hand out candy and was 100% dedicated to the hill climb on Tuesday. Needless to say, I was the sole rider to take advantage of the extra day.
Andy took the top spot on the podium by 9 seconds over Zinj. Melissa rounded out the traditional podium.
Jonathan’s time surprised me a little, but then I saw Melissa’s note on Strava: “Jonathan came to the ride in costume. I am not sure how he wore the mask the whole ride. I would have been hypoxic!”
Here are today’s results:
1. MacDonald, Andy; Time: 0:07:49; 17.9 mph; 6 points
2. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:07:58; 17.6 mph; 5 points
3. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:08:17; 16.9 mph; 4 points
4. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:08:30; 16.5 mph; 3 points
5. Wheaton, Henry; Time: 0:11:04; 12.6 mph; 2 points
6. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:15:05; 9.3 mph; 1 points
Here are the series standings:
1. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 5; Points: 25
2. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 4; Points: 21
3. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 4; Points: 20
4. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 3; Points: 12
5. Downey, Tim; Event(s) 3; Points: 10
6. Yarosh, Scott; Event(s) 1; Points: 8
6. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 8
8. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 5; Points: 5
9. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 1; Points: 3
10. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 1; Points: 2
Next week, we will do a time trial on the Park Perimeter Loop in New York City.
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
To learn more about the NCC and Zwift rides, please visit our Zwift page.