Monday’s Mountain Massif TT Announced – March 29

Monday’s Mountain Massif TT Announced – March 29

Zwift is hosting an epic Mountain Time Trial up the Epic KOM inspired by the drama of Stage 20 of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France.

(Stage 20 is where Tadej Pogačar outclimbed his fellow countryman Primož Roglič, winning the iTT stage while simultaneously ripping the yellow jersey off Roglič’s shoulders and winning the Tour de France.)

The event is called Monday’s Mountain Massif TT, and it’s my own personal brainchild. It happens this Monday, March 29 at 8 pm, CET… here are the details.

Event Details

The event is super unique.  It is a 12.2km Mountain Time Trial on a shortened version of Watopia’s Mountain 8 route. Riders will race up the reverse of the Epic KOM, finishing at the Radio Tower!

Equipment selection is crucial. With a short flat section from the pens before the start of the climb, do you opt for a full TT setup before switching to a Climbing setup? Or do you opt for an all-rounder setup? Your choices will dictate your result.

With no draft and no power ups, “It’s just you against the clock and the mountain.”   

There will be the standard A-D categories, including E, exclusively for Women and all will start at the same time.  Heart Rate monitors are required for official results, which will be on Zwift Power, with a winner for each category.   

This event is a pilot and if it receives positive feedback and is well attended, then Zwift will look to run this in a regular, weekly slot. 

You can join the event at zwift.com/events/view/1933915

The description of the event from the Companion app is as follows:

 What do you get if you cross a mountain race and a time trial?  An absolutely intense, but highly unique event that will test the ability of any rider. 

This is the chance to push yourself beyond your perceived limits and do something that you haven’t done before.  This is a unique event.

To time trial up a mountain will take absolute discipline and requires you to pace the ride as well as employ tactics.  Do you opt for a TT bike to the base of the climb before changing to a lightweight climbing setup?  Do you opt for a lightweight setup from the start?  Only you can decide and the decision you make will impact your results.

If you are not interested in racing for the victory, treat this event as a 20 minute FTP test.  Generate a consistently high power for 20 minutes and boost your ratings in Zwift Power.

This race is unique and offers something for all.

My thoughts on the event

I think this will be an extremely exciting event, and pacing is going to be critical for success. Go too hard on the lower slopes and that last kilometer to the Radio Tower will be torture.  But that is part of the fun: getting the pacing and tactics right means the strongest riders might not win. 

I am already looking forward to the event. It will certainly be a new experience, as I have never done a Mountain TT before!  As the organizer, I’ve reached out to many people who I have been fortunate enough to engage with while writing Zwift Insider articles.  I can share that Olympic Gold Medal winner and current triple jump World Record holder Jonathan Edwards has confirmed he will take part, actually making this his first race on Zwift (read my interview with him).  Former pro cyclists and Grand Tour Mountain Stage winners Andy and Frank Schleck have been invited, with Frank confirming he will attend (his response being a classic “Ouch, this is gonna hurt!”) I reached out to Ed Laverack, British Hill Climbing Champion to invite him along and his response was “I’m due a 20min test!” (For us mortals, it will take longer than 20 minutes!)

Hope to see you there!

About The Author

Tim Perkin

Tim is a six-year cancer survivor who has finally regained and surpassed pre-cancer fitness levels through the intense use of Zwift.

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Rhys Evans
Rhys Evans
26 days ago

Sounds like absolute torture – which suits me down to the ground. Sadly I’m working a 13 hour shift on Monday so won’t be able to race/ride ☹️

Kris Fizyta
Kris Fizyta
26 days ago

I love the idea of an Epic KOM time trial! I hope it becomes a regular event as I would probably do it a few times a year, like I do Bologna.

webvan
webvan
26 days ago

Good idea but I’m guaranteed a sleepless night if I go full out at 8PM ! Could you make it an option to do it any time of the day or have a start at 2PM CET ?

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim Perkin

I am sure I am not racing at 8 PM on Monday, even though this race format is very interesting for me. Make the start at 6 PM and on another day and I might be in. Mondays are my days off of bike.

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
25 days ago
Reply to  Tim Perkin

I know what you mean 🙂 I just prefer to have a day completely without bike instead of a short and easy rege ride.

Ronald
Ronald
26 days ago

great event!
But I visit Zwift insider to get a hint about the best material, for the race. Please give me a hint!

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt (@benjamin_pitt)
25 days ago
Reply to  Ronald

Here you go Ronald – I made it for you personally 😉
https://youtu.be/DCVXATZ-yzQ

Nick Keat
Nick Keat
22 days ago
Reply to  Ben Pitt

Great video Ben, this gives the answers you crave, Ronald!

Ronald
Ronald
19 days ago
Reply to  Ben Pitt

Nice video, thanks!

Ronald
Ronald
19 days ago
Reply to  Ronald

I was thinking of the tron- bike for the better part of the week. But changed one hour before the event to the tarmac with the DT-Swiss. Finished in 30:45, don’t know if another bike made much more difference.

ps. It was a great event! It was a long time ago that my legs were so sore. I really enjoyed it. I blew up on the radio tower climb.

Ronald
Ronald
19 days ago
Reply to  Tim Perkin

It was alo the first event where I was so overthinking my bike choice. I really loved the prep for the event. All total it made a great experience

Chris Greenway
Chris Greenway (@chris-greenway)
26 days ago

Nice one! Just checking: is it the steeper, shorter reverse Epic KoM?
And how does the race start? Do we all start together as normal, but just no drafting benefits…
Oh… and is steering enabled? I need every corner cutting advantage I can get

M. d. s. Günther
M. d. s. Günther
26 days ago

I love ITT and i love gradients, but i’m racing in the TFC Mad Monday series at that time 🙁
Hopefully this event will come up again.

Dusty Dehare
Dusty Dehare
26 days ago

I love the idea. I can’t make the time. I hope it’s a big success.

Alex
Alex
26 days ago

So roughly a 5km flat lead-in and then maybe 20mins full power up to the top of radio tower? Sounds fun and painful.
Will join if I can make time at 1PM CT. Perfect early evening time for people in Europe, not so much in the US.

Francis Norman
Francis Norman
26 days ago

Great idea and I would definitely do it if it wasn’t at 2am on a work night for me here in Perth

Francis Norman
Francis Norman
26 days ago
Reply to  Tim Perkin

Thanks Tim, I’ll look out for it.
cheers
francis

Joel
Joel
26 days ago
Reply to  Francis Norman

Francis and Tim, First I’m glad to hear that you are considering more times in the future! Second, my “trick” for events that happen at 2 AM is to load up Zwift before going to bed (Camera 8 helicopter aka screen saver mode) and let it automatically drop me into the event. Then when I wake up I just ride it the next morning when I wake up and ready to ride. Not good when you are worried about drafting. But in this “no draft” TT it should work!

Neal Fleenor
Neal Fleenor
26 days ago

Why do you have to post stuff like this? Now my 26-year old brain and 57-year old body are going to spend the rest of the weak arguing the pros and cons of me doing/not doing this event. Groan. I just hope they argue softly while I’m trying to sleep.

PANAGIOTIS Theocharis
PANAGIOTIS Theocharis (@bikepointcorinth)
26 days ago

The first ever tt climbing event was from the zwift team Greece at 14 of March on vent top .

Buntyfanshaw Frobisher
Buntyfanshaw Frobisher
26 days ago

Might be an idea to invite the current British Hill Climbing Champion (Andrew Feather) as well as the former one?

Joel
Joel
26 days ago

Just curious…can you literally start an event anywhere for official events like this? I think it would be fun on 4/1/21 to host a Ven-Top race to the bottom! Start at the top and race down as fast as possible! Boom! Super-Sonic!

Rick B.
Rick B.
25 days ago

Thanks for putting this together Tim! My plans for Monday just changed. It would be great to see more scheduled mountain-top finish races.

Tim
Tim
25 days ago

hey Tim, will the TT HUD display be enabled?

ole christian fagerli
ole christian fagerli
19 days ago

Very nice event! 🙂 If this becomes a regular event it would be great

Arend
Arend
19 days ago

That was great, thanks for organizing! I blew up badly, I was a little too optimistic on the lower slopes. I think if you want the bike swap to be a serious consideration, the flat lead in would need to be longer.

Joris
Joris
19 days ago

Thanks for organizing! I’ll certainly do more of these if it becomes more of a regular event! Nice addition could be to make it into a real TT event. Would be cool to have another climbing TT besides Bologna.

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