Thursday, October 15th @ 6:30PM
The Ride: We're returning to the very popular "Aussie Pursuit-style" event format. 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 four 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 (D) @ +0:00 Wave 2 (C) @ +2:00 Wave 3 (B) @ +4:00 Wave 4 (A) @ +5:00 So, when you're in the start corral don't start pedalling 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 pedalling.
We're completing 2 laps of Watopia's Volcano Flats. Route details are on Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/watopia/
I've recon'd the course for the event. See pics and use this info to create your stem guides:
Lead-In (0.8km): Not Neutral Volcano Flat Lap (12.3km): 2 Laps to complete the meet-up 200m* To Go: Use the Blue Distance Remaining Indicator on the Game Dashboard. Should closely align with the indicator signs on the right side of the road. Finish: Blue Banner. The meet-up will end approximately at the White+Orange Lap Banner or just slightly past.(=25.5km*). *Distances are approximate because every rider's avatar will spawn at a slightly different point on the road.
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.