The second round of the series took the competitors to France and a fast Team Time Trial around the roads of France. The flattish course favoured the watt monsters over the lightweight climbers.

92 of the 101 BC South teams managed to finish and a total of 419 riders enjoyed a hard ride and a bit of fun.  There were some very close results on a course that demanded concentration and keeping a tight formation for the entire race.

Full results and standings are https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vS_8rGTfwoBKA_xYOTAy-BFN4qG1sQtHCi6uJsc-xOmUYdPeQeM_LSMmFKGFS_qVEVj7qGrLLJTeDoe/pubhtml

 

Women’s – All Categories

It was very tight at the top of the A Category women with Bristol Flyers taking the win over Bath CC Royals by 9 seconds.  In the B Category Bristol also took the win with the Bristol Swifts too strong for Sotonia and Njinjga in 2nd and 3rd. SASPDQ were easily the fastest C Category team.

 

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 Bristol Flyers A EMEA W1 1 5 35:48 0:00 20
2 Bath CC Royal A EMEA W1 2 6 35:57 0:09 19
3 Bristol Swifts B EMEA W1 2 6 36:20 0:32 18
4 Sotonia CC WB B EMEA W1 3 5 38:46 2:58 17
5 Njinga CC Ladies B B EMEA W1 3 5 39:05 3:17 16
6 SASPDQ C EMEA W1 2 6 39:14 3:26 15
7 Sotonia CC WC C EMEA W1 2 5 40:09 4:21 14
8 Njinga CC Ladies C C EMEA W1 2 5 41:00 5:12 13
9 PCC Panthers C EMEA W1 3 6 41:59 6:11 12
10 Bath CC Cavendish C EMEA W1 3 4 43:33 7:45 11
11 Navy Cycling Women B EMEA W1 3 6 44:03 8:15 10
12 PWCC-LD D EMEA W1 1 6 45:23 9:35 9
13 Njinga CC Ladies D D EMEA W1 2 6 48:00 12:12 8
14 Sotonia CC WD D EMEA W1 2 5 48:59 13:11 7
15 AVID W B EMEA W1 3

In the women’s overall competition Bath CC Royals and Bristol Swifts are tied for 1st place on 38 points.  The Bristol Flyers moved up 2 to 3rd place.

Men’s/Mixed A Category

Bradford on Avon Keevil won the TTT in an incredible time of 31minutes 48 seconds to average 47.7km/hr.  They were 33rd out of the 1572 teams in the competition.  Team Tor were only 7 seconds behind  and 73 degrees a further 23 seconds back.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 BoA Keevil A EMEA E2 6 5 31:48 0:00 20
2 Team Tor 2000 Kalas A EMEA W1 1 4 31:55 0:07 19
3 73 Degrees A A EMEA E2 5 6 32:18 0:30 18
4 BRC 1 A EMEA E2 1 6 32:37 0:49 17
5 Nopinz Motip RT A EMEA W2 3 4 32:43 0:55 16
6 Bath CC Lansdown A EMEA E2 1 6 32:47 0:59 15
7 Sotonia CC A A EMEA E2 8 6 32:49 1:01 14
8 Bikestrong-KTM A EMEA W1 1 6 32:54 1:06 13
9 CDRC Apple crumble A EMEA E2 5 6 33:21 1:33 12
10 Navy Cycling A EMEA W1 1 6 33:22 1:34 11

In the overall standings.  Team Tors consistency is paid off and they move above NoPinz and into 1st place.  BoA are rewarded for their win, moving up 4 places to 3d.

 

Men’s/Mixed  B Category

The B Category is incredibly competitive – with just 65 seconds separating 9th and 28th place.  There were 4 teams finishing on 35mins 42seconds

Bath CC Camden were victorious in the Men’s B Category over Navy Cycling B who just held off COPZ in 3rd.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 Bath CC Camden B EMEA E2 1 6 34:02 0:00 20
2 Navy Cycling B B EMEA W2 3 6 34:24 0:22 19
3 COPZ B EMEA E1 1 5 34:25 0:23 19
4 PWCC-B B EMEA E2 7 6 34:33 0:31 18
5 PCC BBB B EMEA W2 6 5 34:50 0:48 18
6 TCG Pussy Galore B EMEA W2 3 6 35:07 1:05 17
7 Team Tor 2000 Kalas – B B EMEA W1 5 4 35:11 1:09 17
8 PCC B2 Bombers B EMEA E2 4 6 35:13 1:11 16
9 Njinga CC Kalulu B EMEA W2 3 6 35:21 1:19 16
10 Bristol Road Club 3 B EMEA E2 6 6 35:22 1:20 15
11 BoA Tinhead B EMEA E2 6 5 35:30 1:28 15

Royal Navy hold on to top position, Poole Wheelers moved up 3 to 2nd

Men’s/Mixed C Category

PDQ C were the standout performance in the C Category, but this is a very competitive division and 3 teams finished on 38’13” – keep pushing to the end.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 PDQ C C EMEA E2 1 6 36:42 0:00 20
2 GDW C C EMEA E1 3 6 37:30 0:48 19
3 RMACC 45CDO C EMEA E2 1 6 37:48 1:06 18
4 TCC-C C EMEA W2 2 4 37:54 1:12 17
5 TCG Chew Mee C EMEA W2 2 6 38:09 1:27 16
6 PWCC-C C EMEA E2 3 5 38:12 1:30 15
7 Bath CC Norfolk C EMEA E2 1 4 38:13 1:31 14
8 PCCC C EMEA E2 1 4 38:13 1:31 13
9 SRAMcc C C EMEA W2 3 6 38:13 1:31 12
10 Army Cycling D C EMEA E2 2 5 38:22 1:40 11

Gillingham District Wheelers C Team moved up one place to 1st overall to overtake Poole Wheelers.

Overall Club – 3 Best Teams

In the best 3 teams competition Bristol RC move up into 1st position from Poole Wheelers.

 

 

 

Series 2 of the WTRL Zwift Racing League started last night.  This is a worldwide team competition for 1800 teams of 6 riders.  The teams are split into 5 time zones, 4 female and 4 male categories and then finally into leagues to ensure that there are approximately 15 teams and 90 riders in each race. There are 102 BC South region teams and Bath CC has 6.

It is a team event and team results will be out once WTRL have done their magic.  Results can be found at https://www.wtrl.racing/zrl/ZRL-results.php

In the meantime I have created the individual results for 453 BC South riders who completed the course without any technical issues.   The results are not directly comparable as the different races unfold in different ways – but it does let you see how you compared to other riders in your category and to other categories.

Individual Results Series 2 Round 1

Womens A Catgeory

There were two teams in the A Category.  Bristol Flyers racing in the A1 league and Bath CC Royals in the A2 league.  Ali Cameron of the Bristol Flyers was fastest on the night, just taking it from Jennie Hudson, but the Bath CC Royals racing in the lower league were only  5 seconds slower.  Top 5 Women were

Ali Cameron Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:03
Jenny Hudson Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:04
Lucie Parsons Bath CC Royal BathCC 47:08
Bairbre Doyle Bath CC Royal BathCC 47:09
Suze Anderson Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:18

Womens B Category

Bristol RC dominated the womens B Category with Heather Price winning the W1B2 league as well as being the fastest BC South Women

Heather Price Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 49:57 3.5 w/kg 218 w
Kim Anscombe Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 49:58 3.6 w/kg 248 w
Josie Harcourt Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 50:41 3.4 w/kg 238 w
Sunny Parker Navy Cycling Women Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA 50:54 3.2 w/kg 216 w
Alison Housley Njinga CC Ladies B Njinga Cycling 50:54 3.7 w/kg 234 w

Womens C Cat

Kate Medicott was the fastets C Cat women and also winner of the W1C2 league.

W1C2 Kate Medlicott SASPDQ PDQ Cycle Coaching Team 54:05 3.0 w/kg 184 w
W1C2 Fiona Inskip Njinga CC Ladies C Njinga Cycling 54:46 3.0 w/kg 214 w
W1C3 Philly Gaisford Bath CC Cavendish BathCC 55:23 2.9 w/kg 206 w
W1C2 Jenni Tomblin Njinga CC Ladies C Njinga Cycling 55:27 2.9 w/kg 178 w
W1C2 Verity Horner Sotonia CC WC Sotonia 55:27 3.0 w/kg 161 w

 

Mens A Cat

Team Tor2000 Zwifting experience showed and they dominated the standings.  Bath CC’s Nic Mckibin was the best place Bath rider

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 A 3 W1A1 Ben Millar Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:08 4.7 w/kg 316 w
2 A 4 W1A1 Charlie Revell Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:08 4.6 w/kg 350 w
3 A 11 W1A1 Charlie Beake Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:09 5.3 w/kg 325 w
4 A 17 W1A1 Brett Fabian-Smith Bikestrong-KTM Bikestrong-KTM 41:10 4.8 w/kg 419 w
5 A 16 W1A1 Josh Gray Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:10 4.6 w/kg 283 w
6 A 23 W1A1 Oscar Hutchings Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:12 4.8 w/kg 318 w
7 A 6 E2A1 Nick McKibin Bath CC Lansdown BathCC 41:33 5.0 w/kg 337 w

 

Mens B Category

 

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 B 3 W2B1 Dan K Mag7 Team Mag7 44:27 3.8 w/kg 304 w
2 B 27 E2B1 David Stoyle Bath CC Camden BathCC 45:08 3.7 w/kg 300 w
3 B 42 E2B1 Sam Smith Bath CC Camden BathCC 45:17 4.2 w/kg 367 w
4 B 4 W2B2 Greg Hughes Sherston Velo Zwifters Sherston Velo Zwifters 45:24 4.0 w/kg 314 w
5 B 15 W2B2 Steve Bombroff Sherston Velo Zwifters Sherston Velo Zwifters 45:26 3.7 w/kg 274 w

 

Mens C Catgeory

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 C 4 E2C1 Johnny Heppner PDQ-C PDQ Cycle Coaching Team 49:30 3.1 w/kg 267 w
2 C 7 E2C1 Brian Stokes RMACC 45CDO RMA Cycling Club 49:31 3.2 w/kg 235 w
3 C 13 E2C1 Matthew Roach PCC Portishead Cycling Club 49:32 3.2 w/kg 278 w

As we get to the end of the first round of the Zwift Racing League and both look forward to Christmas and reflect on the year. David Stoyle thought that it would be a good idea to organise a short Local Interclub Zwift Racing series to celebrate Christmas and raise a little bit of money for charity. Here’s what David and Felix have in store.


The ZWRL has been good fun, but I think lacked a bit of the racing against one another that we enjoyed so much in Lockdown 1.0. So, this series will revert back to the original format of Felix or I selecting an event and then all of us turning up to race. I will then publish the results.
To make things a little more interesting, the races will be run as a stage race over 4 races.

Dates – Save these dates in your packed Diary:

Monday 21st – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Wednesday 23rd – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Monday 28th – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Wednesday 30th – 6:15 to 7:00pm

The dates have been selected to largely fall outside the period when households can meet, so we should all be around.
Races (To be confirmed).  We are trying to get private events on Zwift – but if we can’t organise our own races, then we will piggyback on other peoples. I will announce the events as soon as I can. As its Christmas we will try and go for events from 25-40 mins long. I will try and include a Crit Race, Rolling Circuit, Hilly Race and a Race on the Tic Toc course where it all began back in March.

Entry

Keep the Zwiftpower tag as you were using for ZRL. If you did not race in the ZRL then put your club name in brackets after your name on Zwift power and maybe drop me a message to say that your club is racing. I think that we have all got a lot out of the Zwift racing during this difficult year, it would be nice to put something back, so I have set up just giving page for the Trussell Trust. The Trussell trust has food banks throughout the country and over 20 in BC South region, so everyone can support a local charity. We have over 200 racers so at £5 each that will be over £1,000, please help me out.

Even if you cant race this Christmas please show your appreciation for all the hard work by Felix Young
and myself over the last few months and throw some money in the pot!!!

Scoring (GC)

GC will be determined by the quickest time over the 4 events.
Bonus seconds for top 10 places. We all have Zwift dropouts from time to time therefore if you finish an event the maximum time you can loose will be 3minutes on GC for that race. If you can’t ride/ don’t start then you will loose 5 minutes so at least you will have a position in GC for the next race.

Prizes

73 Degrees Cycling and PDQ Coaching have agreed to give some fun prizes away

  • 1st in each category for men and women
  • 13th in each category for men and women (Zwift Categories are pretty arbitrary – the winners are only the riders closest to the category boundary – so why not 13th
  • Lantern Rouge – Last rider on GC.
  • Best individual photo posted on facebook
  • Best club photo posted on facebook.
  • Best performance by a novice rider

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU OUT THERE
PLEASE SHARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Unlike football or rugby, it’s very rare, if not impossible, as amateur cyclists we get to experience our sport as a truly team effort.

Of course, we may represent our club in various forms of cycle racing, but this will almost always be as an individual points scorer towards a team total.

Only at a semi-pro, pro or on the track do cyclists actually work together tactically for the collective effort.

Yesterday evening more than 30 Bath CC members found out what it was like to enjoy their sport in a team competition. Each of their experiences were unique, with as many different tales to tell as people in the start pens. Most, if not, all will have great memories. Every single Bath CC member who took part in the WTRL TTT last night deserves a massive pat on the back. They all contributed in some way to their team’s result. A few didn’t make it to the finish, but put in massive turns allowing others who were in the scoring riders to finish in a good time. One or two suffered the frustration of technical or mechanical issues, just like any other form of bike racing. The likelihood is that without any of these riders their team wouldn’t have even made on the start list.

Indoor cycling races bring concentrated pain. Long before the start time, your head will be telling your body to expect a thrashing. There are nerves and doubts, just like any competition. The punishment, in cycling racing terms, is usually quite short, around an hour or less. But what an hour! This is another reason why the representatives of Bath CC deserve a hat-tip.

In Zwift terms Bath CC is tiny. To muster 5 teams across 4 of the 5 categories was incredible. The final results look really promising for future weeks. Our teams were in the top half of all the races we entered against worldwide opposition.

Some of the talent in this competition is of the highest level. Mads Pedersen, Current UCI Men’s World Champion rides the Espresso division. Many World Tour Pros, male and female, are in the starting line-ups of the elite teams.

This makes our performances in the top Men’s and Lady’s divisions outstanding. Sam Duffy martialed his team of top division riders (Bath CC Lansdown) around the 37.5km route in 50:34.

Kim Barfoot-Brace was the Bath CC Royal leader. She only had 4 riders (including herself) to lead whereas many other teams they were up against had the full quota of 8. The Royals still managed 20th place out of 72 in the Vienna Division. Their time was 58:54. The other ladies team Cavendish, with Julia Adamson at the helm, performed out of their skins to finish in 64th place.

The Frappe event featured an incredibly hotly contested set of races. Dave Stoyle led Camden to a top half finish out of almost 250 teams in 54:01

Finally, in the Latte division, Norfolk, with just 6 riders led by me, made it to 16th position out of just over 150 teams in 55:05. Brilliant!

In my opinion, this type of racing is about as much fun as you can have on a bike anywhere. It is not meant to replicate riding outdoors. It’s just a different strand of cycling. Of course, you turn pedals and there are other shared characteristics. Some people like to dismiss e-racing as fake. Try telling that to the 32 Bath CC riders taking part last night. Or the 4000 others in this huge, mass-participation event. They will reply, “It was real for me. And it was so much fun to ride with my team!”

Chris Deane

Following on from the success of the First Inter Club Zwift race on Wednesday. We are proposing to promote 4 events a week for local riders to attend. Saturday and Sunday Social Group rides and Monday and Wednesday Races. This will hopefully allow a bit of banter with friends either using the Zwift Companion App, a dedicated discord channel or WhatsApp groups.
The two weekend rides are far more social, just start at a pace you want to hold. After a few km join a group, then ride the rest of the ride with this group – you don’t have to chase the group in front for a good time and good workout. Hopefully, you will see a few friendly local riders to draft along with. Both are 100km rides – you will be amazed that it is possible to be on a turbo for 2 ½ hrs but feel welcome to join for the start and step off at any time.

Saturday 9:15 ZHR Audax 100km (Ride) https://www.zwift.com/events/view/369218

Sunday 9:00 UKZwifters 100km Sportive https://www.zwift.com/events/view/370851

The race nights will be harder rides but Zwift racing is very inclusive with 4 categories based on FTP/kg – so always someone of the same ability to race against. Felix Young will create series standings for the two race nights similar to his Odd Down racing. There will be separate male and female leaderboards, and a club competition too.

Monday 7:20 7:20PM GMT TFC & WTRL Mad Monday London Series https://www.zwift.com/events/view/372673

Wednesday 7:15 3R Tick Tock Flat Race – 2 Lap (36km/22.4mi 100m)

In order to be part of the Inter Club series you must create a club on Zwift Power – if you don’t have a club then Felix has created a British Cycling South Region Club that you can join in order to be part of the series standings. PM Felix Young

Choose a team kit and put your club name in brackets after your name and it all contributes to the social element for Zwift riding.

Remember – No License Required, No Race Fees, No Field size limits, No travel Required, 4 Categories based on w/kg.

Rather than try and post in every local clubs facebook page, which takes a lot of time, we will be using the British Cycling South Region facebook page for event updates, race reports and series points. Please like the page https://www.facebook.com/groups/637784002971311/

We may vary the rides after the first couple of weeks, but keep a bit of consistency first – please make suggestions on how we can improve the idea.