NCC Zwift Hill Climb (1/14)

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Michael T. Bello

Jan 10, 2021, 3:32:31 PMJan 10
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It is time for the grand finale of the Fall NCC Zwift Hill Climb/Time Trial  Series.

This week is the hardest challenge to date in the series. 

The Hill Climb will be in Watopia.

Distance: 7.59 miles
Avg Grade: 8%, 3,428 feet of climbing
Strava Climb Category: HC
Way to Get there: Road to the Sky (3.2 miles in) or Tour of Ice and Fire (8.1 miles in) route

For the group ride, we will ride the Tour of Ice and Fire route, which will provide an 8 mile lead into the climb. 

Since this will be an extra long hill climb, we will award double points. We will also award an extra point if you earn a Strava PR on the Alpe du Zwift segment.

Please remember to use a time trial bike.

There will be two options for the weekly challenge. Here are the details:

1. NCC Group ride at 5:30 PM. Please follow “Michael Bello - NCC” on Zwift for an invitation. We will be chatting on Discord throughout the ride.
2. Ride the route at any point in the day and e-mail mbello at so your results can be counted.

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

If the HC/TT route is not in the day's rotation, please refer to this ZwiftInsider article about setting up your own meet up:

Here is a summary of the Hill Climb/Time Trial rules:

- Must be a member of the NCC’s Strava Club
- Must have your Strava ride viewable to the Everyone (otherwise we cannot tally the results)
- Must use a Time Trial bike for both the hill climb and time trials. This prevents drafting. A time trial bike is available in the Zwift Garage. 
- The use of Power Ups is not allowed in Time Trial or Hill Climb events.

Honesty Policy:
- Please remember, Zwift is a game and everyone participating in the TT or Hill Climb series is doing it for their own enjoyment.
- Since Zwift uses power data (either from a power source or from calculated ZPower), riders are expected to have an accurate weight listed in Zwift.
- If you use a power source (power meter or smart trainer), please calibrate it prior to the event.
- If for some reason your times are unrealistic, the NCC may review your past rides to determine if the time is realistic. If needed, your placement may be adjusted.

- Each week, points will be awarded based on the number of competitors and your overall placing. For example, if there are 19 riders and you have the best time, you will be awarded 19 points, second will get 18 points all the way down to the last rider who will get 1 point).
- At the end of the Zwift series, the rider with the most points will be awarded the NCC Zwift Series title.

Michael T. Bello

Jan 14, 2021, 10:40:51 PMJan 14
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To see the results from today's Time Trial, please visit the NCC website:

Jan 14, 2021, 11:09:48 PMJan 14
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Thanks for all your effort coordinating the events and compiling the results. Fantastic job, and a lot of fun.

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Kevin Weinman

Jan 15, 2021, 12:14:55 AMJan 15
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Thanks Michael for all of your work on the ITT/HC series. So great to see participation build over time, a tribute to your tireless efforts. These events are a ton of fun and a welcome challenge and much needed diversion and social outlet during these trying days. Even those that go straight up a virtual mountain for far too long. Much appreciated!
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