Central Park

Thursday, January 20th at 7:15PM

The Royal City Rumble: We'll complete 3 full lap of New York's "Park Perimeter" (= 29.8km, including lead in). The meet-up will feature 2 reps aimed to highlight key features of the route and preview next week's Zwift Racing League course. At the start, we'll roll-out together as a group for 7km. Rep #1 begins when we reach the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner. At this point riders can take off and race for 1 complete lap (9.8km) and finish back at the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner. We'll take 1 full lap to regroup. Rep #2 will start back at the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner and race to the Orange Lap Banner (2km). As always, all abilities can join just be prepared to go hard! 

I've done some recon for the event. See pics and use this info to create your stem guides: 

Route: New York's "Park Perimeter" https://zwiftinsider.com/route/park-perimeter-loop/

Neutral Start: 7km* The Neutral Meet-Up Start is VERY different than Zwift races. There is no start "corral" like in Zwift races. When the Meet-Up begins we group-up from the back:

  • If you're avatar spawned behind the ride leader (Kyle; identified with the yellow arrow) pedal a bit harder to catch up.

  • If you're avatar spawned ahead of the ride leader you should be coasting or riding at <75W until the ride leader passes you.

  • Mistake: Don't try to catch up with the first rider on the road. That will pull other riders up ahead and create gaps. Pedal as needed to get into the "Ride Leader Group" and the group will pick up all riders in the Meet-Up as we head towards the Start.

Stick with the ride leader and we'll ride easy to the beginning of the interval. At that point it's time to drop the hammer. Unlike IRL bike racing we will actually ride easy for the neutral start. 

Rep #1: (9.8km). We'll race 1 complete lap. Starting and finishing at the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner.

Rep #2: (2.0km) We'll race from the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner to the Orange Lap Banner.

Don't worry about Blue Meet-Up Finish Banner this week (ie. no "race results" to enable "late-join").

*Distances are approximate because every rider's avatar will spawn at a slightly different point on the road. For a fair start we begin with a neutral roll-out and group up from the back. So, please make sure to stick with the ride leader (me) until we reach the Green NY Sprint Rev. Banner at ~7km.

A few reminders so that things go smoothly:

  • Power Ups are fair game! 

  • No TT Bikes. If you need to change bikes you can do so in the game by going into your garage and selecting a road bike. 

  • Get your warm-up/activation done before the meet-up. 

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