Thursday, March 31st 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 event will feature one complete lap of Innsbruck's "Lutscher" route. That means we will complete two ascents of the Innsbruck KOM (7.4km @6%). The first ascent will come during the "lead-in" and, after descending the back side of the mountain, the second time up will complete the course lap. We will begin the ride with a neutral lead-in. Racing begins at the KOM start and finishes at the Polka Dot KOM Banner. We'll descend easy and regroup where possible. 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: Innsbruck's "Lutscher":

Neutral Start: ~4km 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 KOM. At that point it's time to drop the hammer. Unlike IRL bike racing we will actually ride easy for the neutral start.

Innsbruck KOM (x2): (7.4km @6%).

Start = KOM Start Indicator (ie. flashing red marker on the right).

Finish = Polka Dot KOM Banner.

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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