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What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:43 am
by cbusick
I'm still waiting for Mark's friends from up north to bring back the Friday Fritter ride.

Fridays 7:15 am The ODZ Friday Ebb ride is good through, reminds me of why ODZ was the inspiration for the MRC FMR format we used to do. This one is easy pace with sprints and a race for the last 1K

Sundays 810 Am. I road the MBTR Hilly ride this morning. It was pretty good. 2 hours at tempo with climbs somewhere between threshold and VO2max with a 8 mile race at the end.

wednesdays 6:30 pm Sweatfest East is nice to see some of our friends and figure out how they can go so good on zwift but IRL...

The WTRL TTT race series is brutal

Wednrsdays 5:45 AM The Dirt Cup races are pretty intense.

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:33 pm
by cbusick
Also, if you haven't been on zwift in a while, there are some rides making good use of the Red Fence feature.
Maybe I'm the last to learn about this, but the leader can set a red barrier 2, 5 or 10 seconds ahead of the beacon.
If you go through it a 60 second countdown starts. If you get back behind the fence before it expires you are ok, but if not, you are kicked out of the event.
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Picture of me about to go through the fence

For a couple of the events I've done this is used initially to get rid of all the fliers early on which is great.
Then if the event wants to have a race to the finish like we used to do on the MRC FMR, the leader brings it back to 2 seconds until they hit the start point and then turn it off altogether when it's Race ON.

On the MBTR ride today the fence was at 5 seconds for the first lap. Then on the second lap they turned it off for the KOM so people could go as hard as they want. Then they put it back on at 10 seconds after the KOM, which gives people a minute to ease up and wait for the leader. Then with 8 miles to go they disabled the fence alltogether for the race to the finish.
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The leader's fence controls

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:13 pm
by KTeves
Every year after being away from Zwift for ~7 months I'm like a noob trying to remember the way it was and learn all the new stuff.

Chris, maybe you can write a summary of everything that's changed since April? ;)

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:55 pm
by pace21
It would be great to post here when you actually find a good group ride that has some hard and or competitive elements just as you described. Bonus points if it is a weekly recurring event. There are WAY too many events now to keep track. Having a master list of the good ones with day of week and time would be cool.

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:10 pm
by cbusick
one key change is the return of the bean burrito power up. this can be used to great effect in a Sprint. let the first couple early guys go, then fire up the burrito and go. the early sprinters well act as your lead out and nobody behind you will get any draft

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:42 pm
by Mkidd3
KTeves wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Every year after being away from Zwift for ~7 months I'm like a noob trying to remember the way it was and learn all the new stuff.

Chris, maybe you can write a summary of everything that's changed since April? ;)
Or read through this website https://zwiftinsider.com/ it has EVERYTHING! Very good resource for Zwifting.

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:26 pm
by KTeves
Mkidd3 wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:42 pm
Or read through this website https://zwiftinsider.com/ it has EVERYTHING! Very good resource for Zwifting.
Yup, that's usually how I catch-up.

Re: What events/races do you guys like so far this season?

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:41 pm
by bmassey
Monday 6pm: ODivaZ 2.2 usually has 5-6 sprints with a regroup after each sprint. The pace between sprints is about 2W/kg allowing for a full recovery. Ride is about 50-60 minutes in length.

Tuesday 6pm: Faster Masters has been a good ride this season. The pace is high (3.5-3.7W/kg) so no fence is required. Group does a great job staying together and sticking to the stated pace for the full 90 minutes.