- Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.
Weeksy, please take this as constructive criticism: You often change the spec of your bike to suit the event which is fair enough. But you can also adapt your own physiology if you want. The 1 min interval work will help you in Flanders as most stuff is 1-5 mins effort with spikes within that.Posted 2 months ago
Sadly not, part of me hopes they add it, part of me not as it wouldn’t suit me as much.Posted 2 months ago
Basically it just provides a short hard and mostly flat race for now with close racing.
Over 120 in C tonight so a good start essential along with sitting as close to the front as possible in case of splitsdirtyriderMember
(and i didn’t know the london bit, i just assumed my avatar continually took a rubbish line through there as i always ended up towards the back) haha
Posted 2 months ago
Auto-braking on turns is a rare thing in Zwift–in fact, it only happens in one place, as far as we know. That place is on the 180-degree turn on London’s Classique course, and even there it only happens in one direction.
As riders enter this turn, their speed is automatically slowed to around 21 mph. This gives racers another opportunity to dig hard and attack after the deceleration, which keeps things interesting on an otherwise flat course where few attacks happen.
While most of the turns on Crit City could realistically be negotiated while coasting at high speed (just like outside), the two “dead turns” could have auto-braking added. This is the one feature we would like to see added to the Crit City course.
(And we’re not alone in this opinion: the course was launched only hours ago, but already the Zwift Community is saying, “We love the course–but slow us down in the corners!”)
Automatically slowing riders on these turns would result in two key improvements to the race experience: it would make the ride more realistic, as racers wouldn’t be negotiating hairpin turns at 30mph. And it would make races more dynamic by providing two more attack points per lap.
Well it’s tougher doing the Dolphin way round, higher HR but also caused by a few rogue riders as usual and the small climb is a bit longer that way round.
Got 7th on the road but a kid had 4.8av and 3 with no HR info.
FTP increase to 287w.
Fun race thoughPosted 2 months ago
Went to do a Traineroad ramp test before starting my training plan for Dirty reiver and Bham Velo but had a CBA moment and went for the Danmarks Cykle Union Racing League 20 k instead. Entered at the last minute and had not ridden before but I guess you could say it suited me – flat and short.
Not cycled much over the past weeks with all the bad weather, done a couple of 40 milers, slooowly so wasn’t expecting much. Thought I’d give it some beans at the start to stretch my legs as had not had time to warm up. Got to the front easy enough but was then surprised to pull away. I thought I might throttle back, but thought again and decided to sit at 350-400w for the first 10 mins as I felt OK.
Expected to blow up and have the field come back but it never really happenend. As I got to 15K I had to have a word with myself to keep above 300w, but there was no real pressure from the field. A chap eventually realed me in with 2 k to go. I could keep it going but found it hard to increase my speed. I forgot to put the fan on and was overheating quite a bit too.
Zwiftpower gave me the win in (cough) C. Always been upper end of C but I guess this looks better as its a short event and plays to my strengths.
Funny what a rest and a few Christmas parties can do, along with zero expectation. All downhill from here.Posted 2 months ago
The Crit courses have been VERY kind to my overall ranking points. Or was it indeed my swap to a 44T front and grinding out the power… Certainly a combination of both i think
But in the last 10 days i’ve got 6.07, 0.81, 10.32 and 16.27 (for last night) which has moved me up massively from 221 up to 100th in C rankings. Massive jump.
Not sure i’ve actually improved in either fitness, riding or ability, but recent races on the Crit layouts really have worked in my favour. Big bunches, with good riders trying out the Crits and finding the course doesn’t necessarily suit them, but suiting my profile perfectly.
Sadly, i’m still missing gold lately… 4 months since gold and that was in a 1 C rider race lol. My last proper Gold was in April !!!! Which is a shock considering i used to win many many races. But i don’t recall the fields being quite a strong then, plus the fact i got bumped to B.Posted 2 months agoADSubscriber
Nice one Weeksy – I think I need to try the Crit course!Posted 2 months ago
Finally completed one the Tour of London courses yesterday (smaller field seemed to lead to far less glitchiness) https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=269238
My ride consisted of hanging onto one group for first lap before being dumped on a short descent. Then grabbing another group before being dumped on the climb before finally grabbing another group as it caught me – at least I managed to hold that one to finish:)neilsMember
when does Zwift power move a person up a category? – looking at the race weeksy did there are some interesting results in the C category – i know I got bumped up to B because I had a few “good” results which pushed me over 3.2 w/kg – I tend to do 13ish mile TT’s – no drafting skills needed so all down to rider powerPosted 2 months agotomlevellMember
What Crosshairs said ;0)
One session a week of V02 max repeats stepping up in duration by small increments for 4 weeks.
Test up Watopia KOM before when rested.
Do again on week 5 rested.
Then test again a say 4 weeks after that to let adaption take place.
Go on be a guinea pig.Posted 2 months ago
Was bored at lunch today so thought “I’ll jump on this Crit”
Sitting in the lead bunch happily at 8.6km and we came to the small kicker of a hill, i’d taken it in 44/11 for the first few laps but fancied a spin instead of a grind so changed to a gear easier at the bottom and lost the chain off the front ring ! ARRRGGGGGHHHH. I’ve not had this before but i’ve always run a N/W ring on the front but having gone to a 44T i got a ramped ring for silent running… but it dropped.
I cruised a lap as the group behind were 35s down on me and did the rest of the race with that group.
Meh and GRRRRRPosted 2 months ago
Crit race. Lol.
It seems day after day crit racing your legs eventually quit. Did ok for 5 laps but come lap – on the hill I needed a wheel to drag me in again. Lap 7 I just hung in. But lap 8 I got gapped after it and on the run to the line which is usually where I gain places I had nothing at all in the game.
Interestingly it was the fastest race I’ve done too. Tough one!!!Posted 2 months ago
Good work. I know I’ve only done one but I thought the Crit was horrible and the first time I’ve nearly thrown up on a bike.Posted 2 months ago
I will try another maybe when a bit more rested but the Alpe climb race I found much nicer, maybe it was less competitive being longer.
I assume shorter Races attract more riders and more competition due to the convenience as well as it suiting them.
Climbing shouldnt suit me being 97kg though.J-RMember
I saw you’d register for one of the Crits yesterday Weeksy so I thought I’d give it a go. But of course I didn’t see you because you only see your own group, and you ended up doing a different one anyway!
It’s not well suited to me, and I’m pretty unfit from hardly any riding the last few weeks. I only managed to hold onto the leading pack for the first third, then ambled around until a small chase group caught me. But as I don’t really like it, it’s probably good for me – an FTP test on steroids!
I reckon you’d have been as fast as me on the Crit despite being a C, and probably nailed me on the sprint.Posted 2 months ago
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