Thursday, March 4th at 6:30 & 7:30PM
The Event: The first meet-up, the Royal City Rumble @ 6:30PM, is one for the sprinters! We'll be targeting 4x the Lutece Sprint. Our second meet-up, the RC After Party @7:30PM, will be a 1-lap road race-style event of Champs d'Elysees.
The Royal City Rumble: This week's edition will be 3 and 1/2 Laps of Paris's "Champs d'Elysees" (= 24.6km, including lead in). We'll begin with 3.4km Neutral Start (see below) to assemble our group. We'll "open up" the course for racing at the Orange Lap Banner (= approx. 1.2km to the Lutece Sprint start). At that point anything goes. We'll hit the sprint segment with speed and race to the Green Banner. After the sprint we'll ride the remainder of the lap very easy to regroup. We'll complete 4 sprints 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: Paris's "Champs d'Elysees" https://zwiftinsider.com/paris/
Neutral Start: 3.4km*. 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 Green Lap Start 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.
Course "Opens": @ Orange Lap Banner. Racing begins each time we pass under the Orange Lap Banner. Measure your effort appropriately; from the Orange Lap Banner to the Lutece Sprint Start = approx. 1.2km.
Sprint Start: @ 4.5, 11.1, 17.7 & 24.3km*. Look for the green indicator on the side of the road signifying the sprint segment start.
Sprint Finish: Green Banner. We'll finish all 4 sprints at the Lutece 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.