Thursday, February 4th at 6:30PM & 7:30PM
The Event: The first meet-up, the Royal City Rumble @ 6:30PM, is an Australian Pursuit style showdown touring the NYC's Central Park. Our second meet-up, the RC After Party @7:30PM, is a 4.0km Time Trial.
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 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 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 New York's "Mighty Metropolitan" are on Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/newyork/
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: "Lumpy" 20km Lap. About half way through you hit the challenging New York KOM Reverse. New York KOM Reverse: (1.1km @5.7%) Begins at 9.1km*
Finish: Blue Meet-Up Banner at 20.1km. 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 Orange Lap Finish Banner.
*Distances are approximate because every rider's avatar will spawn at a slightly different point on the road.
The RC After Party:
Pull the TT bike out of your garage! This RC After Party will be a true test of raw power. When using a TT bike Zwift's algorithm eliminates drafting. This allows everyone to start together but ride their own race. Once again, points are up for grabs in our Points Classification Contest.
We'll be using the same course as the Royal City Rumble so everyone will be well familiarized with the course. Route details for New York's "Mighty Metropolitan" are on Zwift Insider here: https://zwiftinsider.com/newyork/
Start: at Km = 0 (No Neutral)
Route: "Lumpy" initial 4km of the course. Finish: Blue Meet-Up Banner at 4.0km. Use the "distance remaining" indicator on the dashboard (blue, bottom right) as the finish is at the Meet-Up Finish (= Blue Banner).
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.