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April’s race report.


There’ll be two sections to these reports, Physical races and Virtual races, first off in the real world:

Time Trials:

Leicester Road Club Hilly Time Trial 1st April – 27 Miles, windy but dry

·         Mick Stevens – 1hr 22, 3rd place Over 60’s Veteran.

·         Ivan Lucas – 1hr 18, 1st place in age category.

·         Mick Stevens, Ivan Lucas and Ben Freeman 1st placed team

·         Martin Fisher, DNF – Double Puncture.

Coalville Wheelers mid week TT 10th April – 5.1 Miles

·         Mick Stevens – 10m21, 3rd Guest TT bike

Coalville Wheelers mid week TT 12th April – 8.2 Miles

·         Mick Stevens – 22m13, 1st place Guest TT bike

East Midlands VTTA 20th April – 10 Miles – headwinds!

·         Charlotte Dadd – 25m43, 2nd in Handicap competition

·         Mick Stevens – 23m00, 1st on Age Adjusted Timing (like a handicap, but solely based on age)

Cambridge Cycling Club 27th April – 15 Miles

·         Mick Stevens – 34m05, 2nd on AAT

o   National and East Mids age record, and beat his previous national age record by 4 seconds

CTT National Road Bike Championships 28th April – 22.25 Miles, very cold wet and windy

·         Mick Stevens – 59m25, 1st in age group for the 3rd year on the trot

Coalville Wheelers mid week TT 30th April – 10 Miles

·         Mick Stevens – 25m24, 4th overall TT bike  

Crits and Road Races

Darley Moor Crit 7th April – 45 minute race

·         Will Blythe - 10th overall

Darley Moor Crit 20th April – 45 minute race

·         Will Blythe - 15th overall

·         Chris Booth – 18th overall

Other Notable Rides

Mick Stevens and Martin Fisher did out and back to Skegness, 161miles on the same day, averaging just under 21mph, there was a 3rd member who had to get the train back, there’s no shame in this at all. Very hardwork on the way back as the tailwind that helped, continued and became the headwind that we all know and love.

 

 

Virtual:

Zwift racing is category based:

·         Cat E is open, there are no power limits you are competing against anyone that wants to race.

·         Cat D is up to about 2.6W/Kg, it varies a little by race organiser, but you are competing against people of a similar power level, obviously weight impacts climbs and descents, but you need to learn to use what you’ve got to work with.

·         Cat C is up to about 3.4W/Kg.

·         Cat B is up to about 4.0W/Kg.

·         We won’t talk about the lofty heights of Cat A, yet.

So far as I know there were 3 riders actively racing, in alphabetical order, I’m not going to be worried about 1st and 2nd claim for virtual racing. And as expected it’s dropped off a lot as events in the real world are now kicking off in earnest.

Chris Glover; 4 Cat D races, 4th, 5th, 8th and a 25th

Chris Schofield; 1 Cat C race, 2nd overall!  And 3 Team Time Trials

Ivan Lucas; Coalville Wheelers Zwift series has final finished, 1st place for 2nd claim and guest riders leagues

Paul Martorano; 1 Cat D race, 3rd overall!

Great efforts by everyone involved, this will likely pick up again in October-ish, assuming the price hike doesn’t put people off.

Join the team here: https://zwiftpower.com/team.php?id=21592 if you want your results included, I know there were a few more, indeed some returning to being competitive after some time away.

The races are easy to get into, and whilst being very different to normal racing and a completely different kind of race craft they are very very good training sessions.

 

What do you want to see on the reporting? I could easily add it as a table, reporting on each race, maybe including overall w/kg, along with the race details. If that helps you think, could I give it a go, then it’s worth it, and the answer will always be yes.

Formatting this is a little tricky, wasn’t sure whether to group by events and riders at events, or group it by the riders and then list all of the events that they did. Let me know what you think!

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