By Jonathan O'Keeffe
Published 11/16/2023; Updated 11/16/2023

For the second week in a row, we raced in the darkness of Neokyo, this time doing three laps of the Twilight Harbor course. Zinj and I lined up in the B field, while Melissa (“recovering” from Covid) raced with the C group. Joe was in the C group as well, and Jeremy was in the D race, but they weren’t on Discord, and so weren’t able to enjoy all our witty banter and heavy breathing during the race.

The course looks easy on paper, flat as a pancake, but the B group was pushing super-hard, and Zinj and I were both working hard just to stay near the front. The elastic snapped on the third lap, as a front group of about 20 got away, leaving us stranded in the chase group a few seconds back. I stood up and burned a powerup along with a few matches, and managed to bridge back up to the front, but I had nothing left at the end and finished at the back of the group in the sprint.

I’m not sure how Joe’s race went, but he had a great finishing position in the C race, and takes the win tonight. Jeremy just missed a top-half finish in the D’s, and ends up in second place.

Results from tonight’s race:

  1. Joe Laviolette (C) – 14 of 38 = 65.8 points
  2. Jeremy Coleman (D) – 8 of 14 = 50.0 points
  3. Jonathan O’Keeffe (B) – 18 of 33 = 48.5 points
  4. Melissa Warwick (C) – 29 of 38 = 34.2 points
  5. Zinj Guo (B) – 27 of 33 = 21.2 points

Overall season standings after Week 7:

  1. Jonathan O’Keeffe (7 races) – 543.1 points
  2. Melissa Warwick (5 races) – 333.8 points
  3. Zinj Guo (3 races) – 114.1 points
  4. Jamie Pair (1 race) – 84.0 points
  5. Jeremy Coleman (2 races) – 80.8 points
  6. Tim Downey (1 race) – 73.5 points
  7. Joe Laviolette (1 race) – 65.8 points
  8. Michael Bello (1 race) – 59.1 points
  9. Casey Gibson (1 race) – 40.6 points

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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To learn more about the NCC and Zwift rides, please visit our Zwift page.