By Michael Bello
Published 02/20/2024; Updated 02/20/2024

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.

For some reason, everyone was dreading the three very short climbs today. There were certainly a lot of pain faces on Discord. During the warmup, we had a very detailed discussion of axe throwing. This may be the first time we have ever discussed axe throwing while on Zwift.

Dusty, who rode 32 miles outside this afternoon to prep for the TT, took the top spot on the podium. Finishing 34 seconds back, Mark put up a PR for second. Andy also put up a PR and finished third.

Henry W, who was psyching himself out about the hills, was fourth. Jonathan earned the final position on the wide angle podium.

Despite a brief trainer dropout, Zinj overcame a bad night of sleep to earn sixth place.

Speaking of excuses, Henry vdB overcame a wild 72-hour stretch where he played pickle ball and indoor soccer, and went ice skating and fat biking. He completed the TT in seventh place. Prior to volleyball, Melissa rode to eighth place.

Steve got a PR for ninth place. I rode my workout to take the final point of the evening.

Here are today’s results:

1. King, Dusty; Time: 0:23:34; 25.7 mph; 10 points
2. Hewitt, Mark; Time: 0:24:08*; 25.1 mph; 9 points
3. MacDonald, Andy; Time: 0:24:48*; 24.4 mph; 8 points
4. Weis, Henry; Time: 0:24:56; 24.3 mph; 7 points
5. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Time: 0:25:51; 23.4 mph; 6 points
6. Guo, Zinj; Time: 0:26:00; 23.3 mph; 5 points
7. van den Broek, Henry; Time: 0:26:05; 23.2 mph; 4 points
8. Warwick, Melissa; Time: 0:26:44; 22.6 mph; 3 points
9. Wysk, Steve; Time: 0:29:11*; 207 mph; 2 points
10. Bello, Michael; Time: 0:32:51; 18.4 mph; 1 points

*Strava PR

Here are the series standings:

1. King, Dusty; Event(s) 8; Points: 81
2. Weis, Henry; Event(s) 7; Points: 55.5
3. Guo, Zinj; Event(s) 8; Points: 48.5
4. Weinman, Kevin; Event(s) 5; Points: 45
5. van den Broek, Henry; Event(s) 7; Points: 44
6. MacDonald, Andy; Event(s) 6; Points: 31
7. O’Keeffe, Jonathan; Event(s) 5; Points: 30
8. Warwick, Melissa; Event(s) 6; Points: 28
9. Yarosh, Scott; Event(s) 2; Points: 22
10. Hewitt, Mark; Event(s) 2; Points: 19
11. Long, Thom; Event(s) 2; Points: 15
12. Wysk, Steve; Event(s) 6; Points: 14
13. Bello, Michael; Event(s) 8; Points: 12
14. O’Connor, Colman; Event(s) 1; Points: 9
15. Lellman, Charlotte; Event(s) 2; Points: 7
15. Laviolette, Joe; Event(s) 2; Points: 7
17. Wheaton, Henry; Event(s) 2; Points: 6
18. Silva, Tim; Event(s) 3; Points: 5
19. Mccarthy, Justine; Event(s) 1; Points: 2

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 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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