Last week’s Tiny Races were another tough mix on the theme of training for Worlds. We ran into a hitch with race 3, when everyone who was running the current Zwift version was routed incorrectly, while those who hadn’t updated were routed properly. Ha!
Watch Titanium Ben and his admirable reaction to the bug in his A race:
(Because of the bug, we removed race #3 from the results entirely, for all zones.)
In other news, Chris Hoelzl of WattFabrik, a dominant B Tiny racer, decided to take on all three zones in his final Tiny Races as a B. And he won all three! Congrats, Chris, and good luck in the A’s.
This week we’re mixing up the routes a bit, with some flatter stuff for the sprinters. Next weekend we’ll be in Scotland for something a bit different from our standard Tiny Races… stay tuned for details!
Last Week’s Results
A: Joakim Lisson (POAuto-CeramicSpeed)
B: Chris Hoelzl (WattFabrik)
C: James Gilbert (ZSUNR)
D: Dmitriy Kudria (NHK)
A: Brian Duffy Jr (NeXT pb Enshored)
B: Chris Hoelzl (WattFabrik)
C: David Hivey (ART)
D: Duonporn Daffner (Race3R)
A: Fabian D’Evola (dPAC ELITE)
B: Chris Hoelzl (WattFabrik)
C: D P
D: Simon Vandore (EVO)
A: Kurai Uma
B: Sandrine Etienne (Foudre)
C: Maria Wiklund
D: Mone Thiele (RCP)
A: Amelia Van Hove (Synergy)
B: Vlad (Velo-Baza)
C: Valery Ramirez (AEO)
D: Duonporn Daffner (Race3R)
C: あや AYA (TMR)
D: Sophie Stallasch
This Week’s Route(s): A Tiny Mix
After a couple of extra-tough weeks, we’re back to a more typical mix of flatter and rolling routes.
- Race 1: Bigger Loop (6.75km, ending at rock underpass heading into the Ghost Town)
Starting off with our flattest route, you’ll climb to the desert from downtown Watopia, pick up your powerup at the rock arch, then sprint for the custom finish line beneath the huge rocks as you enter the Ghost Town.
- Powerup: Aero Boost
- Race 2: Beach Island Loop (6.166km ends at JWB Sprint)
This will be a wild finish! Everything will kick off when we hurt the Dirty Sorpressa which snakes up to the Italian Villas. But wait – you’ve got some cobbled road following the Sorpressa, plus the JWB Sprint! Where do you use your powerup? Where do you attack?
- Powerup: Steamroller
- Race 3: Seaside Sprint (5.676km ends at Volcano Circuit arch)
This one is a bit of a roller coaster, starting on The Esses, down across the JWB sprint reverse, down the Dirty Sorpressa, then finishing inside the Volcano on one of Zwift’s most technical and challenging finishes. Lots of powerups will keep this fast and encourage attacks.
- Powerup: Draft Boost x2
- Race 4: The 6 Train Reverse (1 lap)
A rolling counterclockwise circuit of Central Park’s inner loop, this route has an uphill finish up Cat’s Paw Hill that requires timing and punch for the win.
- 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
I’ll miss the B community, especially the many friends I made in Zone 2. Hope to see some of you soon in A!
Great racing with you Chris, even though the only time I ever saw you was in the pens! Winning all three zones is beyond amazing. Good luck in As.
You could have uploaded at least one dual recording in respect to fair racing and your competitors 🙂
Bravo! Good thing is, you can cat-down again anytime if you don’t enjoy it.
Nah, as I write on my ZP profile, I really want to transition fully to A until I am “too old”. It will be hard in the A tinys, but also also great for growth.
Which power ups on races 1 and 3? Description is different from what it says at the bottom.
Powerups listed above are same as what the text description for the events says, and same as what events are actually set to… unless I’m missing something?
now you’re making me think my eyes were playing tricks on me, but Race 1 said “pick up your *ghost* power up” and Race 3 said “Lots of *aero* powerups”. Anyway, all good now. Thanks for organizing the series!
Watt an achievement! He managed to beat people he knows he is stronger than consistently through the day! That’s some terrific self validation.
Sounds quit jealous, like it’s the easiest thing of the world… He wants to start in A from next week on, even if he is officially still a Cat B rider, yes, sounds defenitley like self validation… Anyway, congrats Chris, amazing work!
Think you are missing a bit of background/history here
He’s been an A rider for 19 minutes for a long time… fingers crossed he can breakthrough that magical 20 minute barrier him and his wattfabrik friends are psychologically scared of!
It’s always the easiest solution to point the finger at someone and say that he is cheating… I’m also at Team WattFabrik and can tell you, that nobody is looking at their 20min power in races. Me for myself, I’m uploading a lot of racing at YouTube, because I think, transparency is so important in e cycling, for example an iTT in december, where you can see, that 4,1 to 4,3w/kg is my limit for 20min at the moment. I would have no problem to stream our TTT on Tuesday with our Discord Audio Communication, so you can see, that… Read more »
You don’t even have to hold back power iot to sandbag. Unless you are not an extremely light rider, you can always cruise within the front pack of a B-race without exceeding the 3.9 wkg numbers. You don’t even have to break away if you pack a good punchy sprint iot to win the B race. This is even more relevant if you only race sub 20 minute races.
If you win or podium every single race in your cat you might think about racing a cat up. Bottom line: @herr sand might have had a point
We certainly have tons of sandbaggers and cheaters still in the game, but it seems kinda silly to be bashing the guy that voluntarily looks for new challenges in A (despite Zwift CE still putting him at B apparently).
once again the whole problem with the categories shows up. we can only hope that one day there will be a fair system. or dissolve this nonsense completely and everyone rides in one category from the start.
Covering quite a bit of distance this week, a quick scan through previous weeks suggests that the schedule back on 19th Nov was comparable (which was ~26.8Km with roughly 202m climbing)… Looks like a finely poised battle between sprinters and puncheurs for overall.
Is it just me, or are sign ups lower than normal with just over 24 hours to go?
Maybe due to fact that this is a Fondo weekend?
And the first weekend we can ride Scotland!
Agree with the above comments… there is a lot going on this weekend.
Thankfully, I’m not at work today so will be getting sweaty this afternoon… woohoo!
Any way to still get Zwift power points for RACE 4 if there’s a technical on race 3!?
Got a power drop out in race 3 in 9pm GMT slot came back in 4th to finish 4th don’t care about the tiny ranking but I’d like not to be dq on Z power please !! 😃
Sorry, if you don’t finish a race we can’t change the result in ZP to make it look like you did.
Ah that’s irritating! One of my best results in race 4
Tiny Races for 2/11??
They’ve been replaced with the Worlds Experience races for the next two weekends. See https://zwiftinsider.com/worlds-experience/
Did you post the results to the 4th Feb?