By Michael Bello
Published 01/23/2024; Updated 01/23/2024

For the fourth week of the NCC Zwift Hill Climb/Time Trial Series, we went to Paris.

This week, the challenge was a two-lap time trial of the Champs-Élysées. In total, that was 8.22 miles with an average gradient of 0% (224 feet of climbing).

Apparently, skiing in the morning and time trialing in the afternoon is the recipe for success. Dusty won again and was the sole rider below 19 minutes. Kevin took second, followed by Henry Weis.

Our wide angle podium included two newcomers: Thom and Colman. Both riders had negative splits, with Thom prevailing by 7 seconds.

Henry vdB finished one second behind Colman for sixth.

Zinj, Melissa, and Andy took seventh, eighth, and ninth. All three riders put up negative splits.

Thanks to Henry III for filling in for me on the group ride this evening. Despite my trainer issues, I somehow rode two equally timed laps and repaid Henry III by besting him by 15 seconds.

Steve, who is on retirement countdown, was twelfth, followed by Tim.

Congrats to Thom, Colman, and Tim for lap PRs today.

The series standings are very unique after four weeks. Jonathan should be back from his travels, but seeing our Fall series winner in last place made me double check my math.

Here are today’s results:

1. King, Dusty; Time: 0:18:34; Splits: 0:09:13|0:09:21; 26.6 mph; 13 points
2. Weinman, Kevin; Time: 0:19:13; Splits: 0:09:34|0:09:39; 25.7 mph; 12 points
3. Weis, Henry; Time: 0:19:19; Splits: 0:09:45|0:09:34; 25.5 mph; 11 points
4. Long, Thom; Time: 0:19:58; Splits: 0:10:01|0:09:57*; 24.7 mph; 10 points
5. O’Connor, Colman; Time: 0:20:05; Splits: 0:10:10|0:09:55*; 24.6 mph; 9 points
6. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:20:06; Splits: 0:10:04|0:10:02; 24.5 mph; 8 points
7. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:20:14; Splits: 0:10:08|0:10:06; 24.4 mph; 7 points
8. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:20:30; Splits: 0:10:18|0:10:12; 24.1 mph; 6 points
9. MacDonald, Andy; Time: 0:20:34; Splits: 0:10:22|0:10:12; 24 mph; 5 points
10. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:20:42; Splits: 0:10:21|0:10:21; 23.8 mph; 4 points
11. Wheaton, Henry; Time: 0:20:57; Splits: 0:10:29|0:10:28; 23.5 mph; 3 points
12. Wysk, Steve; Time: 0:21:58; Splits: 0:10:56|0:11:02; 22.5 mph; 2 points
13. Silva, Tim; Time: 0:22:35; Splits: 0:11:10*|0:11:25; 21.8 mph; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. King, Dusty; Event(s) 4; Points: 43
2. Weis, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 31.5
3. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 4; Points: 29
4. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 3; Points: 28
5. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 4; Points: 27.5
6. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 3; Points: 17
7. Long, Thom; Event(s) 1; Points: 10
7. Hewitt, Mark; Event(s) 1; Points: 10
9. O’Connor, Colman; Event(s) 1; Points: 9
9. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 2; Points: 9
11. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 3; Points: 7
11. Laviolette, Joe; Event(s) 2; Points: 7
11. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 4; Points: 7
14. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 2; Points: 6
14. Lellman, Charlotte; Event(s) 1; Points: 6
16. Silva, Tim; Event(s) 3; Points: 5
16. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 1; Points: 5

Next week, we will climb the Volcano 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 7:30 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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