Giant Camden Tron Hunters Rides Announced

Giant Camden Tron Hunters Rides Announced

When I started Zwifting in 2019, I wasn’t sure what was all the hype. I was happy to sit on a turbo with some music or watching a TV show and follow my workout on my watch. To me, indoor training was just the less-than-enjoyable thing you have to get through midweek before the real and enjoyable outdoor cycle day arrived, which I would do on the weekends with my teammates at Giant Camden Team Liv. 

Seeing all the Zwift maps on my Strava gave me some “FOMO” though and I opened an account. Four weeks later my coach had to have a sit down with me as a form of intervention; my Zwift addiction was in full swing: I was doing all my workouts from my coach, and on top of them, joining everything from the Zwift Academy tri, races and group rides and don’t even get me started with leveling up to get new kit and bikes. I was Zwift addicted and I LOVED it.

How Team GC Zwift was born

This is me Zwifting whilst on a Town Hall – nothing gets in the way of my workouts!

I will never forget the first day of lockdown date as it was my birthday. I had planned a big ride with my club teammates (Giant Camden Team Liv was the first exclusive female club in London); all that was canceled and I spent my birthday on Zwift instead. I had a chat with Nick (Giant Camden store owner) on what we could do to keep our clubs and communities together during what looked like pretty tough months to come. We started with “let’s just put a few Meetups in place for our trainings”, and from that conversation, team GC Zwift was born!

None of us could have predicted what our club was going to become. We had just a few riders from our affiliated clubs and amazing ride leaders and coaches who were giving out time to lead Meetups and group workouts. We also had just 1 team in the weekly WTRL TTT (now 10+!). As I look back to 2020, I see how we were all adjusting to life in lockdown and all its challenges, but getting together on Zwift, keeping that sense of community, is one of the things that kept us sane and helped us get through the year.

Tron Hunters Rides – getting you closer to the Tron!

As we became pure Zwifters (no more “indoor is the gateway to outdoor”, Zwift won us over), the question became “how do you get the Tron”. We had a lot of new zwifters, plus more experienced clueless zwifters like me who did not know you had to have the Everest challenge selected (I could have 3 Trons by now!). All I know is that we wanted that sweet, fast, and neon-looking bike!

We started scheduling our Meetups and personal workouts exclusively on hilly routes, grinding the Alpe and subsequently Ven-Top – I have climbed Alpe du Zwift so many times I never want to do the route again!

During our pitch to Zwift we sent the proposal of a “Tron Hunters” ride to be added to the official events for all the Zwift community. We are sure lots of Zwifters can’t wait to get their hands on the Tron, but it’s so hard!

Here’s how we view these rides: there are a lot of hilly routes on Zwift that aren’t a grind, and you can rack up elevation quickly with multiple laps (we did the math). Also, everything is more fun in a group, so that 2% more progress towards the Tron you’ll get at the end of the ride will be an enjoyable 2%! And even if you have the Tron, these are excellent endurance sessions with a first-ride bonus of getting to keep the Giant jersey:

Event Schedule

Our Tron Hunters rides are every Sunday at 8:30 AM GMT. In the future, we may add additional slots for our Zwifters across the globe. Find our rides at https://www.zwift.com/events/tag/giantcamden

Our last ride we climbed NYC KOM 6 times!

What’s next?

We have a few ideas of more rides for the community and one topic we are passionate about is encouraging more females into cycling – every day is Women’s day! We have a strong female base and are lucky to have Amy Pritchard, a team GB AG World Champion, in our ranks. With her deep knowledge of cycling skills and how she manages training and coaching being a full-time NHS worker and mother of 2, we believe this will be an amazing opportunity for women (and men!) to learn from her on future weekly ride-outs.

Watch this space!

About The Author

Bianca Fernandez-Clark

Bianca is the team manager for team GC which currently hosts over 200 racers across the globe and is also a Giant Store Liv Ambassador. She's a keen runner, cyclist, and triathlete having completed 7 marathons, multiple 70.3 races, and 2 Ironman, including Kona. She is always on Zwift as her main tool for cycling training. She is from the Dominican Republic, living in London, UK

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Brian
Brian
10 days ago

Easy guys. A bit harsh for a new ride announcement. I’m halfway to Tron after starting end of January and would love more rides like this (especially for US). Good luck!

Rebecca
Rebecca
10 days ago

Such a great idea! We all want the Tron!!

Hayley
Hayley
10 days ago

Great idea and formed by a wonderful cycling club with some formidable but always friendly cyclists! What a fantastic way to think of another way to bring us all closer together virtually in these unusual times.

Jeremy
Jeremy
10 days ago

I’ve been Zwifting for a couple of years, after switching from the Sufferfest. Zwift’s weakness is repetition and the races laid on by Zwift are superb in shaking things up. The main issue with racing is it’s all about individual speed, so the climbing events offered by GC again shake things up, with the benefit of a terrific community for what is a solo sport. Also this is all managed by amateurs, which the haters out there might like to reflect upon, before spewing forth their bile.

Andy B
Andy B
10 days ago

If you had said to me a year ago that I would look forward to sweating in my lounge trying to make my avatar on a bike go as fast as possible, I would have dismissed you. Now I love it, and a large part is down to Bianca and the rest of the giant Camden team. I’m also in other zwift groups and all these communities have made the last 12 months much more bearable and kept me fit for the time that outside racing resumes. Keep it going!

Hayley
Hayley
10 days ago
Reply to  Andy B

Totally agree with this. Bianca & Giant Camden are the reason I started participating in Zwift races & regular Zwift rides as well! Will now be something I look forward to instead of a second-best to outdoor racing & riding!

Sarah Cakebread
Sarah Cakebread
10 days ago

Thanks Bi and Nick with all your hard work setting up Team GC. Think I will need to do a few more rides to get closer to the tron!

Toks
Toks
10 days ago

Bianca, thanks for all the efforts organising and corralling the team, which is no mean feat. Bring on the climbs. One step closer to the tron!

Bernard
Bernard
10 days ago

Team GC Zwift has been a saviour during lockdown and helped maintain the sanity of a large group of people. Bravo!

Sharon Spriggs
Sharon Spriggs
10 days ago

It’s a great session to add to your week whether you already have Tron or not – training it or racing the hills it’s an entertaining way to build hill strength and Team GC are a super friendly welcoming bunch to ride with 👍👍

Debs
Debs
10 days ago

These are a great idea! Personally I’d avoid hills like the plague but these rides make them doable; it’s so much nicer than suffering alone. I also love the Wednesday rides from GC, it’s a lovely bunch of people and all are welcome (trolls included 😉 Zwift and these communities have been a godsend in lock down – keep up the good work!

Clare Taylor
Clare Taylor
10 days ago

I’ve loved being a part of the GC Zwift community since last March and seeing it go from strength to strength. Long may it continue – haters won’t bring it down!

Jane
Jane
10 days ago

That zwift intervention 😂 team gc zwift has been such a god send during lockdown, and feels so social! Now to get me that tron!! Thanks team gc 🙌

Antonia
Antonia
10 days ago

Team GC has been an absolute godsend during lockdown and Bianca has been instrumental in organising this. It’s the most inclusive and welcoming club and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Nici
Nici
10 days ago

Bi is a veritable force of nature – and with enthusiasm and very practical help has got countless people into zwifting and real life cycling – inc me! Love the fact that we have teams with riders from France, Canada and Mexico mixing it up with the Brits on the GC teams. Such a community and much needed during the pandemic.

Rob
Rob
10 days ago

Can honestly say I think I would have gone mad without my friend Nick introducing me to Team GC at the end of last year. What Bi and all the others do for complete strangers is beyond belief. I even look forward to climbing mountains and trying to attain a bike from an iconic 80’s film! Thanks for arranging these rides and keep them coming! 😁

Sandra
Sandra
10 days ago

Racing on Zwift with Team GC Zwift has really helped me get through these difficult times. The success of the club is down to Bianca, Nick and others who give up their time to support it and everyone who makes it such an inclusive community. The Tron Hunter rides are a great idea and not just for those chasing the Tron, they’re great training for IRL hill rides.

Steve
Steve
10 days ago

This website is becoming as lame as Zwift is. Still no new roads, still a shitty user interface, still races that show as group rides, races still full of bots and cheaters. But when you say fuck once, you are threatened to be banned from the platform. Go ahead Zwift, ban me, I don’t care. You’ll lose money. I cannot believe there have been ZERO improvements the past 1.5 years.

Evan
Evan
10 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Really?! Not a fan of pace partners or France + Paris, then! (That’s a pretty “major” update, wouldn’t you say?) I guess we all have our own opinions…. but let’s try and keep it PG, shall we?

Sara Lance
Sara Lance
10 days ago

Great idea Bianca and its wonderful you and the GC team have been so successful in growing your community and putting on fun and different rides.

Ride On

Sara

Mike
Mike
10 days ago

Nice article! Never saw the appeal of indoor cycling even after trying a few other platforms until I found zwift. The zwift community & races really make it for me & now do 3-4 rides a week indoors!

Christopher Schwenker
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Christopher Schwenker (@cschwenker)
10 days ago

While I can’t speak from experience on Team GC, its members, or events, as a contributor to this site I can comment on the difficulty of creating interesting and relevant content that appeals to a wide audience. Any article that promotes cycling and is nurturing to the Zwift community always receives the benefit of the doubt from me. Not everything written or posted meets the expectations of all readers, and as an author on a web-based platform the potential for negative criticism is high and accountability is low. Thank you to Bianca for her writing and willingness to put herself… Read more »

Elton
Elton
10 days ago

TBR have been doing MouTRONeering with the King for several years to support riders to get the Tron early Thurs Aussie time. It’s a great supportive fun group ride.

Nick
9 days ago

Super article and amazing work done by Bianca and team leaders Phil, Sandra, Supercoach Gareth Pymm, all TTT team captains and everybody who has hooked up with Team Giant Camden. This has been a real force for good during the most difficult of times. We may be training and racing alone but we never feel alone. Bianca’s push to attract riders to our team from around the globe has added another exciting dimension. Now being able to offer innovative official Zwift rides is the icing on the cake. Well done!

Did I mention cake?😀

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