NCC Zwift Road Race Series (12/14)

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Jonathan O'Keeffe

Dec 13, 2020, 8:41:05 AM12/13/20
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For the NCC's fall road race series, we will be joining organized Zwift races, racing against each other as well as other riders.  Scoring will be based on how you finish relative to other riders in your category.

The Week 7 race will be on Monday December 14, 6:00 PM EST.  We will be entering the "ZHQ FutureWorks Crit City Race - Boost mode" ( race, which is 10/8/6 (A/B/C&D) laps of the Downtown Dolphin course in Crit City, for about 12.2/9.8/7.3 miles total.   Each category in this week's race will ride separately.  You can register for the race ahead of time in your browser at the link above, or you can join the race on the spot when you start Zwift by finding it in the event list in the upper right corner of the startup screen.  Note that start times for these races will vary, depending on the Zwift event schedule, but will generally start between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  There is no late join option for organized races on Zwift, so make sure you're ready to go ahead of the scheduled start time.

Note that this week's race uses Zwift's new "Boost Mode" feature, which basically gives you a rechargeable battery on your bike that you can charge by putting out extra watts, and engage on demand for a wattage boost.  More details on how it works are here:  Be sure to check out this post ahead of time if you haven't used Boost Mode before.

Scoring will be based on the results published by ZwiftPower (  You must be registered for a free account on ZwiftPower in order for your results to be counted.  If you're not already registered on ZwiftPower, be sure to sign up in advance of the race, as it takes a little while to get your Zwift account linked to your ZwiftPower account.  You should also join the NCC team on ZwiftPower ( so that I can pick you out in the results.

Zwift races have four categories - A, B, C, and D.  You must enter at least the category specified by the "Minimum Category" setting on your ZwiftPower account.  You can race up a category if you'd like, but you cannot race down (a Category B rider can enter the B race or the A race, but cannot race with the C race).  Riders racing up a category will receive a 10% point bonus.  Women racing in any open (mixed-gender) category will also receive a 10% point bonus.

Scoring is based on how well you place relative to the other riders in the race.  The maximum possible points for a race is 100 points.  If there are 100 people in your race, and you finish 1st, you will receive 100 points.  If you finish 2nd, you will receive 99 points.  If you finish last, you will receive 1 point.  If there are 10 people in your race, 1st place is worth 100 points, 2nd place is worth 90 points, etc.  In general, Points = (100 * (B + 1)) / N, where B is the number of riders you beat, and N is the total number of riders in the race.

Optional audio/video chat will be  available on NCC's Discord channel at

This race is part of our weekly lineup of  Zwift rides, as follows:
  -  Mon afternoon - Road Race (times will vary between 5 PM and 7 PM EST)
  -  Tue 8:00 PM - Social Ride (invite required)
  -  Thu 5:30 PM - Time Trial / Hill Climb (solo effort, TT bike required) (invite required)
  -  Sat 9:00 AM - Social Ride (weather dependent) (invite required)
Follow Michael Bello on Zwift for invites to the invite-only rides.

Check the calendar page at for full details on all events.

Jonathan O'Keeffe

Dec 14, 2020, 9:25:46 PM12/14/20
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We returned to the Crit City Boost Mode this week, with myself, Charlie, Kevin, Mike, and Zinj racing in the Bs, and Michael and Melissa in the C group.  I think Chris J was in the C group as well, but again he is not showing up on ZwiftPower, so Chris, if you were there, let us know how you did (and double-check your ZwiftPower registration).

There was a bunch of discussion at the start line about which boost to choose.  I think all of us ended up with either the middle boost (17 seconds @ 200W) or the long-term one (90 seconds @ 50W).  As in the previous boost-mode race we did, it seemed like most people were just conserving their boosts for the finish.  I tried deploying one on lap two or three, and briefly established a bit of a break, but it was quickly closed down.  It would be interesting to see if the boost mode races developed into more dynamic, attack-friendly races, but so far that hasn't really happened.

The B race ended up in a strung-out sprint, with a group of three out in front.  I chased them down and caught them at the end to finish second in-game, with ZwiftPower showing first.  Zinj just missed the podium in fourth.  In the C race, Michael continued his consistent high-placement streak, getting on the podium in third, while Melissa continues to get stronger every week as she comes back from her shoulder injury, grabbing another top-half finish.

We are going to run this series through the end of the year (two more weeks), and then take a couple weeks off and restart a new series in January.

Tonight's results:
1. Jonathan O'Keeffe - 1 of 23 (B race)- 100.0 points
2. Michael Bello - 3 of 21 (C race)- 90.5 points
3. Zinj Guo - 4 of 23 (B race)- 87.0 points
4. Kevin Weinman - 8 of 23 (B race)- 69.6 points
5. Melissa Warwick - 10 of 21 (C race)- 62.9 points
6. Charlie Bailey - 13 of 23 (B race)- 47.8 points
7. Mike Hempstead - 21 of 23 (B race)- 13.0 points

Overall standings after week 7:
1. Jonathan O'Keeffe (7 races) - 613.6 points
2. Michael Bello (7 races) - 604.6 points
3. Kevin Weinman (6 races) - 512.3 points
4. Zinj Guo (7 races) - 432.1 points
5. Melissa Warwick (3 races) - 176.1 points
6. Charlie Bailey (6 races) - 167.7 points
7. Jeremy Coleman (1 race) - 100.0 points
8. Chris Johnson (1 race) - 76.9 points
9. Mike Hempstead (2 races) - 39.7 points

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