Zwift Race – Criterium Training Race (BRT) – C
I raced on Zwift last week and came in towards the bottom of B, but would have won C. I was just on the line. However, this race was a little longer than my cyclocross fitness is tailored for so I went with C for it. My brother-in-law Fritz joined for this one too. The race was on the Watopia Volcano Flat course with 3 laps total.
I’m not sure if this is the flattest race course available in Zwift, but it has to be close. Combine that with the #doubledraft that was enabled for this race and it was a good peloton for most of the race. From the very start people were afraid to work. Usually there’s a good sprint at the start but this one started with a thud. There were a few half-hearted efforts from racers to pull away but they immediately got pulled back. For most of the race I was cruising at about 230 watts and able to chat it up on Twitch. That is until about four miles to go. For most of the race I was, if anything, too close to the front. When the move came I wasn’t close enough. Two riders broke away, Fritz and a few others gave chase, by the time I saw how real it was they had a decent gap on me and my group was strung out. For the next two two miles we put in some real effort and pulled them back. However, at this point I was cooked. We went up the biggest incline (not that big) of the course and I cracked and fell off the back. At about a mile to go I realized I couldn’t see the rider in front of me and the next person behind me was two minutes back. I sat up, zipped up my jersey, and cruised in.
I finished mid pack and Fritz won. My average was about 20 watts lower than my last race, but the last race was pretty much a solo hillclimb effort in NYC and shorter. Oh well, I’ll get that W in the C’s soon enough and move back up to B. It’s right around the corner!