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Thursday, November 25th at 7:00PM


The Royal City Rumble: This week's edition will be 4 Laps of Neokyo's "Rooftops & Railways" (= 27km, including lead in). We'll begin with 4.9km Neutral Start (see below) to assemble our group. Racing starts at the Polka Dot KOM Banner. We'll hit the Railway Sprint segment with speed and race to the Green Banner. After the sprint we'll ride very easy to regroup. We'll complete 4 intervals in total. 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: Makuri's "Rooftops & Railways" https://zwiftinsider.com/makuri-islands/

Neutral Start: 4.9km*. The Neutral Meet-Up Start is VERY different than Zwift races. There is no start "corral" like in Zwift races. When the Meet-Up begins we group-up from the back:

  • If you're avatar spawned behind the ride leader (Kyle; identified with the yellow arrow) pedal a bit harder to catch up.

  • If you're avatar spawned ahead of the ride leader you should be coasting or riding at <75W until the ride leader passes you.

  • 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 Meet-Up as we head towards the Start.

Stick with the ride leader and we'll ride easy to the Polka Dot KOM Banner. At that point it's time to drop the hammer. Unlike IRL bike racing we will actually ride easy (<100 Watts) for the neutral start. 

Interval Start: @ KOM Banner. Racing begins each time we pass under the Polka Dot KOM Banner. Measure your effort appropriately; from the KOM Banner to the Railway Sprint Start = approx. 3.0km.

Railway Sprint: 0.64km @ -1.1%. Look for the green indicator on the left side of the road signifying the sprint segment start.

Interval Finish: Green Banner. We'll finish all 4 intervals at the Railway Sprint Green Finish Banner. There will be NO Blue Meet-Up Finish Banner this week (ie. no "race results" to enable "late-join").


*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. 

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