Thursday, January 18
Earlier this week we saw the close of our very first virtual race, the Troika Virtual Time Trial. All CW.CC members were invited to log the best 10, 25 and 50 mile time trial efforts they could muster within a two month period, and the response to the challenge was great to see.
Exactly 113 riders finished the race, with a great mix of trained riders with high RiTMO ratings and the more recreational among us with lower RiTMO scores, all coming together to take on the time trial.
For some, it was their first experience at a time trial and proved a great introduction to the discipline. For others, it was simply another chance to improve their times and maybe even win.
There were certainly some impressive times logged in all three distances and our overall male winner, Mark Watts (who has a RiTMO of 7.8), recorded an admirable aggregate time of 03:41:21 averaging 37.1km/h overall.
In the women’s contest, CW.CC member Sol Findley (RiTMO 5.4) came out on top with an excellent aggregate time of 04:04:46, averaging 33.5km/h and finishing ninth in the overall leader board.
But like all of our challenges and races, there isn’t just one winner, as our RiTMO categories allow anyone of any ability a chance of winning.
Neil Sinclair (RiTMO 10.1) finished top of our 10+ category (open only to riders with RiTMO scores higher than 10), logging an overall time of 04:16:14 at an average speed of 32km/h, while Steve Eneas (RiTMO 20.4) headed our 20+ category with the aggregate time of 05:49:08. Excellent work from them.
Meanwhile, James Freeman picked up the spot prizes for the fastest 10 and 25 mile TT, clocking a superb 00:21:11 for the 10 and a 00:52:59 for the 25. James has a current RiTMO of 2.2 but scored a cool 1.8 on both distances.
Finally, the last award of the Troika went to Mark Watts once again, for clocking 02:10:12 for the 50 miler, two minutes ahead of second place. Mark averaged 37km/h for the distance, which good going to say the least.
Congratulations to all the winners, we’ll be in contact soon to arrange prizes. More importantly, big congratulations to everyone who finished the event; it was no mean feat. If you think you can top the rides you logged in the Troika or you want to get involved, don’t worry, we’ll be having more virtual races in the near future. You can still go out and get some practice in though, and see if you can bring those RiTMO scores down even further.
If you’ve got any feedback on the Troika or have any suggestions for races, or anything at all to be honest that you’d like to see from CW.CC, then don’t hesitate to let us know. Leave us a comment or a question here.
If you haven't yet got a RiTMO (where have you been?) and you want one, then you can get all the info you need to sign up and get riding right here.
This article was edited on 07/10/2013 following voluntary disqualification from the original winner.