Zwift Club Rides

Zwift is an online cycling and running program that makes training indoors more social, dynamic, and fun.  Since the platform was launched in 2014, the Northampton Cycling Club has been active on Zwift.

The NCC offers activities throughout the week on Zwift.

Here is the current (as of September 2020) NCC Zwift schedule:

  • Monday Night Road Race Series (6:30 PM): This is an open-category, race-style event, with varying routes each week. It typically lasts about an hour. Participants may use any type of bike, and drafting and power ups are allowed. Each week, riders earn points based on their finish position, and at the end of the series, an overall winner is crowned.
  • Tuesday Night Social Ride (8:00 PM): This 60-minute social ride covers a different Zwift route each week.
  • Thursday Night Hill Climb/Time Trial Series (All Day and 5:30 PM): The goal of the HC/TT is for participants to test themselves against the clock. Each week, participants can ride the route on their own (until 10 PM) or join the group ride version at 5:30 PM. Time trial bikes are required, and power ups are not allowed. Times are reported based on Strava segments. Each week, riders earn points based on their finish position, and an overall winner is crowned at the end of the series.
  • Saturday Morning Social Ride (9:00 AM, weather dependant): The Saturday morning social ride typically lasts 90 to 150 minutes. Each week, we mix up the routes. These rides are held during cold and inclement weather.

Please check the NCC Calendar for Zwift events. For full details about each week’s individual event, visit the Virtual/Indoor Club Ride section of the discussion boards.

Although Zwift offers ingame text chat, the NCC has a Discord server for audio/video chats during the rides. Discord is optional, but our members enjoy the conversations.

The NCC is one of the few clubs in the world to have a custom jersey in Zwift! To wear our jersey, when riding in Zwift, press “p” on your keyboard and enter: NCCMAKIT.

Are you into racing or participating in events on Zwift? Please join the NCC team on ZwiftPower.

For complete details, information about how to change to a TT bike, etc., please refer to the NCC Zwift Guide.

Typical setup with a direct-drive trainer (Zwift stock graphic)

If you want to join the NCC on Zwift, you will need a few things to get started:

  • REQUIRED – An account at Zwift.com. A trial period (based on km ridden or time) is available.
  • REQUIRED – A computer (Mac or PC) with a decent graphics card, an Apple i-Device, or an Android device.
  • REQUIRED – A stable Internet connection.
  • REQUIRED – A bicycle or smart trainer.
  • REQUIRED – A stationary trainer. For those new to this, a trainer is a device that either connects to your chain (where your real wheel usually is) or presses up against your rear tire to provide resistance as you pedal. Both smart trainers and classic trainers are supported; however, with a classic trainer you must have a speed sensor. Please read this article regarding supported configurations.
  • OPTIONAL – A power meter.
  • OPTIONAL – A heart rate monitor.
  • OPTIONAL – A smart device with the Zwift Companion and Discord apps loaded.

Helpful Zwift Links:

See you on the virtual road!

NCC Social Ride (with NCC Kit).
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