Last week’s Tiny Races with their “Getting Steeper” theme turned out to be highly competitive and a lot of (Type 2) fun! Several timezones/categories saw tight competition where the three podium spots were separated by just 10 points – that’s a difference of just one place across the line when you’re in the top 3!
This week we’ve got a new theme on tap with some fresh (yet dirty) routes. But first, here are the winners from last Saturday…
Last Week’s Results
A: Joakim Lisson (POAuto)
B: Simon Matros (WattFabrik)
C: Paul Smith (ART)
D: Dennis Zimmermann (WLBB)
A: Nathan Guerra (OMG)
B: Chris Hoelzl (WattFabrik)
C: Oleksiy Korolkov (CRYO-GEN)
D: Martin Björgvik (SZR)
A: Pierre Fell (HEX)
B: Trev Daddy (Alpha)
C: David Hivey (ART)
D: Chunke Monkey
A: Charlotte Colclough (Toyota CRYO RDT)
B: ETIENNE Sandrine (FFC)
C: Madeleine Johansson (SZ)
D: Wendy C (AHDR)
A: Kristen Kulchinsky (Twenty24)
B: Gökçe Paul (S4W)
C: June Upshaw (VVixen)
D: Giovanna Fantucchio (GXY)
B: Melissa Mountain
C: Monica Tory (IRACELIKEAGIRL)
D: Kayleen Wood (QueenBees)
This Week’s Routes: Watch the Dirty Bits
This week’s routes each include key sections which are dirt. Will you use a gravel bike, or a road bike? You’ll want to decide that on a race-by-race basis…
- Race 1: Valley to Mountaintop (3.5km, ends at Temple entrance partway up KOM)
This super-attritional route’s key climbs are both dirty. The action begins with the beautiful Golden Forest which will stretch the pack out and create gaps, and the race ends partway up the Temple KOM after a bit of pavement in between.
- Powerup: none
- Race 2: Watopia Flat Route (5.23km, ends on bridge after Fishing Village)
Our first time racing this route, riders will need to decide if they attack early on the ramp out of the ocean tunnel onto the dirt… or sit in and wait for the pack sprint finish.
- Powerup: none
- Race 3: Volcano Flat Reverse (5.5km, ends atop Dirty Sorpressa)
This route is fairly uneventful until the final ~50 seconds, when we hit the snaking Dirty Sopressa climb up to the Italian Village. You’ll have a steamroller – your only powerup of the day – to help make the full gas dash up the dirt a bit faster, but be sure to time it well!
- Powerup: Steamroller
- Race 4: Jungle Circuit Reverse (6.289km, ending at Jungle Circuit banner)
Enjoy zipping through the dusty jungle to wrap up your Tiny Race day! This mostly downhill race covers just the lead-in of the Jungle Circuit Reverse route, which includes the rope bridge.
- Powerup: none
Sign up at zwift.com/events/tag/tinyraces
Zwift displays preliminary race results in game when you cross the line, but points are computed after all four races are finished, with final results on ZwiftPower. (We have to do some data processing on our side to compute results, so if your rankings don’t show up right away, be patient.)
Riders will earn points based on finish position in each of the 4 Tiny Races. The category winner of each week’s series is the rider with the most points across their timezone’s 4 races. Here are the links for each timezone’s results on ZwiftPower:
- Zone 1 (9am GMT/4am EST/1am PST)
- Zone 2 (3pm GMT/10am EST/7am PST)
- Zone 3 (9pm GMT/4pm EST/1pm PST/Sunday 8am AEDT)
Tiny Race rules are simple. Four races, four rules:
- You must have a ZwiftPower account, because final results are processed by ZwiftPower (learn how to sign up)
- No skipping then returning. These races are meant to be raced as a set of 4. If you need to leave early, that’s fine… but once you miss a race in your hour’s set of 4, don’t come back and race another or you’ll be disqualified from that race since you rested while others were racing! (Example: racing only races 1 and 2 is fine. Racing 1, 2, and 4 is not – you will be DQ from race 4. And if you race 2, 3, and 4, you’ll be DQ from all those races, since you skipped race 1!)
- Heart rate monitors are required for podium finishers
- ZPower/Virtual power is not allowed. Smart trainer/smart bike or power meter required.
Join a Chat & Chill Cooldown
Immediately following each hour’s racing, we’ve scheduled 30-minute “Chat & Chill” events where riders from all categories can spin out their legs together and have some fun chatting about how it all went down. Find them at zwift.com/events/tag/tinyraces.
Questions or Comments
tiny typo: “rode bike”
Thank you for your work! =)
Eric, nice work with this Tiny Races series, hugely successful!!
You and some of the other Tiny Racers might like Snap Crackle Pop PunchFest on Sun Dec 18th… with 8x short events in 95mins, where we only race the ~1min punchy climb finish of each event.
OMG. That sounds brutal! But it’s something I would do, haha. If I don’t race CX that weekend, I might get in on the action.
Haha, brutal yes, but some might argue SCP is easier than Tiny Races… neutral starts with 8x ~1min full efforts spaced 12mins apart.
I love both Tiny Races and Snap Crackle Pop! But both have caused me to lose my 20min endurance! 😃
Do you publish the full points results anywhere (across all 4 races)?
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Oohhh I like it. My first impressions are: R1 – climbing gravel with brand wheels. R2 – aero road. R3 – tron or addict with 7.8s. R4 – MTB. Thoughts?
Mtn bike is tempting, but risky. Can lose a LOT of ground in the 1 mile lead in to dirt road.
Yeah I did think that, but I’d bet the field would be pretty smashed by then. And then it’s a clear advantage after that. If enough ppl went MTB it would make getting isolated a lower chance. I unashamedly love these thought experiments.
I went with the Mtb and managed to hang on to the dirt…Mtb was good decision….this time
Great fun, thanks for holding these races.
how an almost B faired today!!
Hello , to tell you that the format of the 4 races are good, just for me I think it’s too flat, with 4 finishes that end in a sprint. The races favour the sprinters and the climbers are too disadvantaged, that’s why I would like there to be 4 races with 2 finish in coast of 2kms and 2 races for sprinte
So, I looked at ZwiftPower today and it look like Chunke Monkey has disappeared from the Zone 3 D results. Wondering what happened?