By Michael Bello
Published 11/21/2023; Updated 11/21/2023

For the eighth week of the NCC Zwift Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we travelled to Virginia.

This week, our challenge was the Richmond UCI Worlds course from 2015. This 10.1 mile course includes 198 feet of climbing, which is concentrated in the final three miles.

During warm up, Zinj compared the Richmond course to the outside Deerfield and Hatfield TTs. It became obvious that despite winning the outdoor series multiple times, he is a little shaky of course specifics. Also, just a note, we do the same eleven Zwift hill climbs and time trials twice per year. It amazes me that many of our series regulars, not Jonathan, always seem surprised by the routes!

Jonathan extended his lead in the series by taking the win by 15 seconds over Zinj. Andy celebrated his birthday by taking third and earning the first PR for the fall season!

Henry vdB and Joe rounded out the wide angle podium.

Henry III rode earlier in the day and must have been pressed for time. He rode the correct mileage, but appears to have stopped just short of the official finish. I estimated his time because I am an extremely kind organizer.

Here are today’s results:

1. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:25:02; 24.2 mph; 7 points
2. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:25:17; 23.9 mph; 6 points
3. MacDonald, Andy; Time: 0:25:22*; 23.9 mph; 5 points
4. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:27:06; 22.3 mph; 4 points
5. Laviolette, Joe; Time: 0:27:40*; 21.9 mph; 3 points
6. Wheaton, Henry; Time: 0:34:55; 8.2 mph; 2 points
7. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:35:18; 17.1 mph; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 8; Points: 42
2. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 7; Points: 36
3. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 6; Points: 34
4. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 6; Points: 12
4. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 3; Points: 12
4. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 3; Points: 12
7. Downey, Tim; Event(s) 3; Points: 10
8. Yarosh, Scott; Event(s) 1; Points: 8
8. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 8; Points: 8
10. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 3; Points: 7
10. Laviolette, Joe; Event(s) 2; Points: 7

Next week, we will do a hill climb of the Epic KOM in Watopia.

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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