By Jonathan O'Keeffe
Published 02/15/2024; Updated 02/15/2024


Tonight’s race took us to the Makuri Islands for the final stage of the 2024 Tour de Zwift, four laps of the “Castle Crit” circuit, with about 125 starters. I neglected to do my homework and went into the race thinking it was in the flat castle circuit in Neokyo, but instead this was in the hilly castle complex in the eastern part of the original Makuri Islands map. Each lap felt like it was climbing forever, like something designed by race director M.C. Escher.



The race broke apart quickly on the opening climbs, with almost all of the NCC riders managing to hang on to the front group through the first lap. There was some attrition after that on the endless climbs of the remaining laps, and by the end, only Dusty and I were up front. Dusty managed to easily drop me on the finishing climb and scored a podium finish in third place. Melissa and Lauren were the top two women in the race, and the NCC placed six riders in the top 20.

Results from tonight’s race:

  1. Melissa Warwick (B) – 18 of 92 = 111.3 points
  2. Lauren Cunniffe (B) – 20 of 92 = 108.3 points
  3. Dusty King (B) – 3 of 92 = 102.7 points
  4. Jonathan O’Keeffe (B) – 6 of 92 = 99.3 points
  5. Patrick Rondeau (B) – 9 of 92 = 95.9 points
  6. Henry van den Broek (B) – 16 of 92 = 87.9 points
  7. Keith Streeter (D) – 58 of 92 = 57.1 points

Overall series standings:

  1. Melissa Warwick (6 races) – 666.9 points
  2. Jonathan O’Keeffe (6 races) – 567.4 points
  3. Patrick Rondeau (6 races) – 551.0 points
  4. Dusty King (5 races) – 509.7 points
  5. Henry van den Broek (3 races) – 266.9 points
  6. Henry Weis (2 races) – 192.3 points
  7. Zinj Guo (2 races) – 185.0 points
  8. Joe Laviolette (2 races) – 179.2 points
  9. Lauren Cunniffe (1 race) – 108.3 points
  10. Michael Bello (1 race) – 89.1 points
  11. Jamie Pair (1 race) – 60.8 points
  12. Keith Streeter (1 race) – 57.1 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.