By Michael Bello
Published 12/05/2023; Updated 12/05/2023

For the 10th week of the NCC Zwift Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we rode in Watopia.

This week, our challenge was four laps of the Volcano Circuit. In total, the four laps covered 10.2 miles with 224 feet of climbing.

Next week is the finale, and we will ascend Alpe du Zwift. There are double points on the line and an extra point for PRs.

Jonathan took the win again tonight. He surpassed Zinj by 20 seconds. Since Zinj only did one lap for the warm up, it was entertaining having Jonathan ask Zinj bike questions as Zinj rode his first lap.

Melissa, who rode solo earlier in the afternoon, took third place.

Joe put up a PR on the first lap and then settled in for strong times in the remaining three laps to finish fourth.

Dusty was back tonight! He regaled us with a description of his IRL new bike during warmups. Dusty put up sub-six minutes first lap, but then then his legs caught up with him. As Dusty put it, “That was just the rude awakening I ordered.”

Henry III put up extremely consistent lap times to take sixth, while Steve was almost as consistent to finish seventh.

I took that final position again tonight. I will say, it is nice to be ahead of Dusty and Scott in the series standings. I do not believe I’ve ever been able to say that before.

Here are today’s results:

1. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:23:12; 26.4 mph; Splits: 0:05:37|0:05:50|0:05:55|0:05:50; 8 points
2. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:24:06; 25.4 mph; Splits: 0:05:59|0:05:57|0:06:05|0:06:05; 7 points
3. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:24:52; 24.6 mph; Splits: 0:06:13|0:06:11|0:06:12|0:06:16; 6 points
4. Laviolette, Joe; Time: 0:25:08; 24.4 mph; Splits: 0:06:10*|0:06:17|0:06:25|0:06:16; 5 points
5. King, Dusty; Time: 0:25:47; 23.7 mph; Splits: 0:05:54|0:06:24|0:06:23|0:07:06; 4 points
6. Wheaton, Henry; Time: 0:26:07; 23.4 mph; Splits: 0:06:33|0:06:34|0:06:33|0:06:27; 3 points
7. Wysk, Steve; Time: 0:27:19; 22.4 mph; Splits: 0:06:45|0:06:54|0:06:54|0:06:46; 2 points
8. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:30:07; 20.3 mph; Splits: 0:08:01|0:07:01|0:08:01|0:07:04; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 10; Points: 58
2. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 9; Points: 50
3. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 7; Points: 40
4. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 4; Points: 18
5. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 8; Points: 17
5. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 17
7. Laviolette, Joe; Event(s) 4; Points: 16
8. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 5; Points: 12
9. Downey, Tim; Event(s) 3; Points: 10
9. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 10; Points: 10
11. Yarosh, Scott; Event(s) 1; Points: 8
12. King, Dusty; Event(s) 1; Points: 4

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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