By Jonathan O'Keeffe
Published 02/08/2024; Updated 02/09/2024

Tonight’s race took us to the final stage of the 2024 Tour de Zwift, one lap of the Big Flat 8 course in Watopia. Melissa, Patrick and I lined up in a huge field of almost 300 racers. I always think these flat races are going to be easier, but I’m wrong every time.

The big field pushed super-fast at the start, and established a lead group of about 80 for the first half of the race through the desert. The little climb out of the desert doesn’t seem like much, but the group hit it hard and shed about 30 riders, with Patrick and I managing to hang on. The next little rise, the “Dirty Sorpresa” dirt climb up to the Italian village, split this field in half again, and this time it was Patrick and I watching the lead group ride away from us. I was solo for a while and then got caught from behind by a big group, and managed to sprint out near the front of this group for 32nd overall. Patrick was less than a second behind. Melissa was about two minutes back, the third overall female finisher, and she managed to eke out enough points to take the NCC points win again tonight, extending her lead in the season series.

Results from tonight’s race:

  1. Melissa Warwick (B) – 81 of 283 = 97.9 points
  2. Jonathan O’Keeffe (B) – 32 of 283 = 93.5 points
  3. Patrick Rondeau (B) – 38 of 283 = 91.3 points

Overall series standings:

  1. Melissa Warwick (5 races) – 555.6 points
  2. Jonathan O’Keeffe (5 races) – 468.1 points
  3. Patrick Rondeau (5 races) – 455.1 points
  4. Dusty King (4 races) – 407.0 points
  5. Henry Weis (2 races) – 192.3 points
  6. Zinj Guo (2 races) – 185.0 points
  7. Joe Laviolette (2 races) – 179.2 points
  8. Henry van den Broek (2 races) – 179.0 points
  9. Michael Bello (1 race) – 89.1 points
  10. Jamie Pair (1 race) – 60.8 points

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

Join the NCC Club on Zwift or check Link My Ride on your mobile device for information on each ride.

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