Zwift Race – WBR 10 Laps LaGuardia Loop Race (28km/17mi) – C
Nate’s Race Report:
So the last two races I did I went all out on the start with a MTB/CX style opening and in both races ended up shooting off the front. Big mistake! I lost the race in the first mile. There was a break and Fritz got in the front group and that was the last I saw of him! My group worked though, don’t get me wrong, it was a hard first few minutes and I started out well above my FTP (250 watts) for several minutes until we settled down.
After this we settled down to threshold, I kept 3.2 w/kg which is the top of what’s allowed for C, and stayed there. The course is really short and flat, but every bit of elevation produced a predictable false attack. After the attack the leader would drop back to far below threshold. Don’t attack if you don’t mean it! Just wasting energy. Mental note: in C races this happens, don’t respond in the future. Stay at my threshold and let them attack and fall back and burn their matches.
So back to this course: it’s short. 1.7 miles. This means I got lapped by the A riders. I knew there would be a huge surge when the A’s came by and, sure enough, it happened. This one I think I played well though. I didn’t chase. I let my group chase, tire, and fall back.
After the A’s went by we were getting close to the end. My group got a little shy of doing work and I didn’t want to let them all come to the line fresh so I put in some work out front. It worked! We dropped some people. I pulled some people along though. They pulled ahead of me in the last .3 mile. Too early though. I drafted, saved energy, and gave a sprint at 500ft left and passed 6 people and got second in my group at a photo finish at the line.
Overall thoughts: the course is too short, being lapped by A’s isn’t a dynamic I like. My mic levels suck, I need to fix it.
Oh yeah, Fritz won the C race!!!
Fritz’s Race report:
Even though I won the category, I kind of sort of hated that race. It is too short and lapping other riders causes mass chaos because you loose track of the riders in your group. Which means, you are forced to kind of sprint through the group … well you do this is the group you are in happens to contain some douche bags, which mine did.