On Saturday March 20, the 4th and last race of the Dare2Ride TimeTrial competition was held on the "Road to SKy", zwift's replica of the famous "Dutch Mountain" climb to Alpe d'Huez from Le Bourge d'Oissans, France. With a 5km run-up to the 12.44 Climb and an average incline of 8.5% a serious finale.
After the start signal, half of the field bursted off, like racing a short distance sprint, but after 1.5km the riders settled into a bunch and formed a leadgroup, riding in each others draft, to ease back and settle in for the climb.
Passing the "gate" that marks the start of the Climb, the riders from the lead group cranked their Watts up, and the lead group litterally scattered on the foot of the mountain.
Lorenzo Arena and Bart Pinkse taking the lead, with right after them Michiel Broeksma, Niels Stehouwer and Nicolas VanderBruggen to follow. As Lorenzo and Bart pushed over 330watts and managed to keep this power, it was clear who would battle for the day's win...if they would last to the finish line off course..
Fighting for the lead, Lorenzo slowly pulled away from Bart, taking and expanding a gap. Behind it was Michiel Broeksema who hammered 300 Watts to hold on to 3rd place. Niels Stehouwer on 4th place looked like he could not follow, but this proved to be good strategy..
As half way the race, Niels could add some Watts to his average, while Michiel needed to consolidate some. The battle for 3rd place lasted for more than 30min, with Michiel pushing the pedals harder when Niels reached his rear wheel. Batteling untill approx. 2km before the finish, Michiel needed to let go, and Niels could even put one gear up.
In the middle of the field, all riders were suffering, grouping into couple's, to bare the intensity of today's climb and hang on. Ingrid Hissink with Harry Biemans, Paul Henning, Michel Uittenbroek and Djien Tan really fought their ground.
In all, a great race to watch, and to be in, as you can really follow what's going on in the front, middle and back in the race, while you're part of it yourself.. one of the great assets of Zwift..
The podium of the day :
1. Lorenzo Arena 52:22 minutes (42min Climb time !!)
2. Bart Pinkse 56:23
3. Niels Stehouwer 1:00:07
Overall Classification podium:
1. Niels Stehouwer 355 points
1. Michiel Broeksma 355 points
3. Ingrid Hissink 340 points
This week all earned competition points will be transferred into lottery tickets, and we will draft for the Fuego 1.0 Smarttrainer!
Thanks for joining the competition everyone, and maybe till next competition!!
The third race on Saturday March 13th, was held on Brittanie France's route: Douce France , a 25km course with lot's of little hills and a small Aquaduc KOM climb (420m 3%) . Right after the start the complete field bursted away, with Lorenzo Arena, Bart Pinkse, Niels Stehouwer and Michiel Broeksma breaking away as a group. Directly followed by a the other riders, lead by the two woman athletes Ingrid Hissink and Brooke Brown.
As the Aquaduc KOM climb is just a small hurdle to take, it would mean today's decisive moment. With all riders hammering the first 9.6Km away, the first fatique settled in.
Lorenzo Arena increased his lead gradually, with Bart and Michiel following, and Niels being on their tail. Right after Brooke and Ingrid battled for the woman's lead in the race.
Passing the 15km mark, the leadgroup was pulled apart, with Michiel Broeksma struggling holding the Watts. Being within reach of Niels Stehouwer, Niels increased pace to real him in.
With the last 10km to go, a handfull of little hills and curves made the race seriously tough, and riders really had to put the pressure on the pedals. The win of the day was for Lorenzo, leading Bart Pinkse with 2min16. Niels Stehouwer graciously took 3rd in 2min36. The Woman's victory was for Brooke Brown, with Ingrid Hissink finishing 20sec after and Emma Uittenbroek completing the woman's podium.
Next week the final TT Race, on the Epic Alpe d'Huez course replica in zwift "Road to Sky".
TT Race 3: Results
General Classification after race 3
The Second race was a short burst: a 10km Time Trial on Watopia's Hilly Route.
A tricky course as the Zwift KOM Climb (900m, avg 5%) needs to be taken 1km after the startline, so starting too aggressive might wear out a riders legs.
After the start signal, it was belgium athlete Nicolas Vanderbruggen who pulled away with high speed taking the lead. Followed immediately by Niels Stehouwer, Michel Broeksma, Bart Pinkse and Frank Huisman. Halfway the climb Bart Pinkse took over the lead, with Michel Broeksma right behind. Frank and Niels were in each others wheel on 4rd and 5th place. Due to a shifting error, Frank's chain got stuck and needed to step off to resolve, resulting in a 40sec gap that in the end was not be closed in this short race.
Bart and Michel hammered on, with Bart taking a small lead resulting in a 18sec lead an the win of the day. Nicolas and Niels battled for 3rd place, with Niels taking the win building a 11sec gap on Nicolas in the last 2km's of the Race.
In the Woman field, is was Ingrid Hissink again, leading from start, just behind the first men.
Pushing really hard, the win was evidend, with 2nd place ex. pro triathlete Brooke Brown, followed by the youngest female rookie in the field: Emma Uittenbroek.
TT Race 2: Hilly route results