Grand Central Circuit

Thursday, March 3rd at 7:15PM

The Royal City Rumble: Our signature club ride is now a Zwift Club Event. Make sure to accept your invite to the Royal City eSports club using the Companion App. Then go to our club and join the event.

The ride will complete three laps of New York's "Grand Central Circuit" tackling the challenging New York KOM (1.1km @5.7%). No holding back on the KOM but we'll ride easy on the descent and regroup on the flat before the next climb. As always, all abilities can join just be prepared to go hard!

Route details for New York's Grand Central Circuit are on Zwift Insider here:

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

Neutral Start: ~1.5km We begin the ride from the start pens like in Zwift races. Make sure you're pedaling at least ~10 seconds before the event begins. That way we will all leave the start pens together when the event begins.

The Neutral Start is VERY different than Zwift races because rather than going all out to get a good start position you need to adjust your effort to stay with the ride leader (Kyle; identified with the yellow arrow).

  • If you ride ahead of the ride leader you should start coasting or riding at <75W until the ride leader passes you.

  • If you're behind the ride leader pedal a bit harder to catch up.

  • 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 event as we head towards the Start.

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

Note: en-route to the New York KOM we'll first pass through the start of the Reverse New York KOM. Do not begin your effort here.

New York KOM: (1.1km @5.7%) Begins at 1.5km, 8.4km & 15.3km

Don't worry about the Event 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.

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