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March’s race report.

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

Time Trials:

Matlock Hilly 25 mile – brutal hills!

·         Andy Mackay 1hr17 a great time for the course

Ratae 10 mile

·         Ivan Lucas 25:05, 9th out of 42!

Lea Valley 25 mile – Very poor conditions, ‘worst they’ve ever raced in’ strong winds and standing water on a technical course.

·         Martin Fisher 59:22 1st and his first open TT win!

·         Mick Stevens 1hr09:59, 16th overall and 2nd in age group!

Gilmorton 10 mile –

·         Jamie Haines 23:54, placed 3rd!

Northampton District 10 mile – very windy

·         Martin Fisher 22:04, 10th

Cambridge ECCA 10 mile – Strong headwind but a good tailwind

·         Mick Stevens 22:14 1St vet based on standard times and 1st in category

Long Eaton 10 mile – very cold, heavy air reported by some on the official reporting

·         Martin Fisher 22:0t 5th place

·         Mick Stevens 23:46 15th place

Crits and Road Races

Darley Moor Crit – Will Blythe, 45 minute race, 14th overall.

South Wiham road race – 4th cat race ~25miles

·         Chris Booth 14th 

·         Ivan Lucas unknown but close behind Chris and Will.

·         Will Blythe 13th 

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 Booth; 2 Cat C  and a Cat B Race, 1x 5th place

Chris Schofield; 4 cat C Crits and 2 Time trails, 1x 3rd place, 2x 5th place and some near top tens.

Martin Fisher; 4 Cat B races, 1x 1st place, 2 top tens and a top 20. Some of these were on the ‘tiny races’, a great place to start, very competitive but not too painful if you get dropped off the back as it’s over quickly.

Great efforts by everyone involved, keep it up, it’s still only a month (again) until the weather does something different, no idea what though.

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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