Thursday, February 25th at 6:30PM & 7:30PM
The Event: The first meet-up, the Royal City Rumble @ 6:30PM, is an Australian Pursuit style throw down of London's "Greatest Flat" loop. Our second meet-up, the RC After Party @7:30PM, will be a short and sweet burn of the final 1km of London Classique.
The Royal City Rumble: An Australian Pursuit begins with a staggered start. Riders go off at different time intervals (usually strongest last) but the objective remains the same: first to cross the finish line wins. Riders at different points along the road can work together (or not) to gain an advantage on competitors. Riders will go off in three wave starts. Waves are self selected but a good rule of thumb is to follow the Zwift rider (A,B,C,D) classification:
Zwift rider classifications are based on relative ability level (using Functional Threshold Power = FTP). Take a look here for more info: https://zwift.com/news/4310-zwift-how-to-prepare-for-your-first-race-or-group-ride Wave Start #, (Suggested Rider Classification), Time Gap Wave 1 (C & D) @ +0:00 Wave 2 (A & B) @ +2:00 Wave 3 (A & A+) @ +4:00
So, when you're in the start area don't start pedaling until your wave start time!
It's also a good idea to pace yourself off the start rather than blasting it right out the gate. This will benefit you and all the riders in your group. A group that comes together quickly and works well together will be the fastest moving riders on the road.
Tip: Use the green rider displays on the right side of the screen to see who's around you, time gaps and how hard those riders are pedaling.
Route details for London's "Greatest London Flat" are on Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/london/
I've recon'd the course for the event. See pics and use this info to create your stem guides:
Start: Wave Start. See above for self selected wave guidelines.
Route: "Flat" ~24km Lap.
Finish: Blue Meet-Up Banner at 25.1km. Use the "distance remaining" indicator on the dashboard (blue, bottom right) as the finish is at the Meet-Up Finish (= Blue Banner). This will be very close but slightly different from London Finish Gantry.
*Distances are approximate because every rider's avatar will spawn at a slightly different point on the road.
The RC After Party:
It's all about the sprinters! This RC After Party will be a true test of max power. We'll ride neutral to the "1km To Go Banner" and T-up a big sprint finish.
Route details for London's "Classique" are on Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/london/
Neutral Start: 4.9km*. Stick with the ride leader and we'll ride easy until it's time to not ride easy ;)
Course "Opens": Racing will begin at the "1km To Go Banner". Any time beyond that you're free to launch your move!
Sprint Start: @ 5.7km*. Look for the green indicator on the side of the road signifying the sprint segment start. Left side in the UK.
Sprint Finish: @ 5.9km* = London Finish Gantry. We'll race to the Lap Finish Banner. You can forget about the Blue Meet-Up Finish Banner this week (ie. no "race results" to enable "late-join").
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.
Results will show up when you cross the finish and available when viewing your activity in the Companion App.