New Year’s Eve – Road to Sky/Alpe du Zwift, was the TTT of the year and our best results ever. The course was the Alpe du Zwift – a 12km climb at an average of 8.5%. We chose to do the 8:15 am Zone 1 race as our normal 6:05 pm one would have impacted the Tier 4 NYE parties.
That meant we were mostly competing against Asian and Australia/NZ teams, with the Europeans and Americans to come later. Results for Zone 1 race: BTS 2nd, and BTS 2 6th Then the rest of the world came out to play and we were bumped down a bit but both teams still in top 3rd of the overall table.
BTS tactics were to draft race to the bottom of the hill, then every man for himself to the top. That meant that I, as 3rd team finisher, 1min35s behind Chris, which cost us 10 places in the overall rankings. BTS2 stayed together for a team cruise to the top which turns out was just as effective seeing the results.
The First 2021 ride was in France: Casse-Pattes, a short one to start the year, and we had a full complement of 8 for BTS 2 including, first-time TTTer Pete F.. We also heard a new excuse for missing the start “due to falling over new Wi-fi router lead”!
Between that and the next one, Jan 14, Watopia Figure Reverse, two KOMs, we learned from Paul F. how to plan the race strategy with spreadsheets. Richard L. joined for the first time and but we lost Andrea T and Andy Hey on the start line due to technology glitches – it happens to all of us.
Next week was fast and furious on the “second-flattest route in all of Zwift”, Tick Tock and BTS team recorded their 2nd fastest speed for a TTT and not a bad time for BTS2
Finally this week, Richmond UCI with a 3 hill course, two laps, so 6 hills in all. First mixed team (welcome Andrea V.) and also third time lucky for Andy H. who finally got to complete a ride on 3rd attempt. Both teams were over 2 mins faster than when we previously did this route on 5th Nov 2020, and BTS was the 2nd Tri team in their category.
So we may all be missing the water, but is the weekly TTT becoming Better Than Swimming?
See you next week for:
WTRL Team Time Trial #94 – Watopia Hilly Route Reverse – 3 Laps (27.71km)
|Dist./ km||Date||Time||Riders||# Riders||Category||Position||Fastest team km/h||BTS km/h||% diff to top|
|Road to Sky||17.3||31-12||1:09:16||AT, DH, RM, SW||4||Latte||29/94||16.59||14.98||9.7%|
|00:59:30||CD, LM, OS||3||Frappe||32/115||19.48||17.44.63||10.47%|
|Casse-Pattes||23.9||07-Jan||00:39:30||AT, DH, MB, ML, RM, PF, SW, RM||7||Latte||199/266||42.34||36.3||14.27%|
|00:31:09||AD, CD, LM, MW||4||Frappe||143/272||44.7||40.31||9.82%|
|Watopia Figure 8 Reverse||29.71||14-Jan||00:56:22||MB, ML, MS, PF, RL, SW||6||Latte||274/276||41.87||31.61||24.5%|
|00:44:50||AD, CD, LM, MW, RM||5||Frappe||194/306||44.31||39.74||10.31%|
|Tick Tock||36.33||21-Jan||00:58:19||DH, MB, ML, RL, SW||5||Latte||248/286||43.79||37.35||14.71%|
|00:51:10||AT, AD, CD, LM, MW, RM||6||Frappe||151/332||46.49||42.56||8.45%|
|Richmond UCI Worlds||32.8||28-Jan||00:59:00.16||AH, AT, AV, DH, ML, MS||6||Latte||256/275||41.22||33.354||19.08%|
|00:49:10.63||AD, AG, CD, LM, MW, RM||6||Frappe||119/266||44.17||40.019||9.40%|