We had lots of riders in last Saturday’s Tiny Races – the biggest turnout we’ve seen to date in most categories! In the middle timeslot 131 B riders contested the races. It may be time to spin up a fourth time slot.
I had a long outdoor training ride planned (prepping for a bike trip in a couple of weeks) so I didn’t race the Tiny Races on Saturday. But I sat in and watched the middle time slot, providing some decidedly subpar commentary in a live stream. It was a really fun race, as the two top riders were tied going into race 4!
In the end, the overall winner in the Bs for the middle time slot was Chris Hoelzl of WattFabrik. He messaged what is perhaps my favorite quote so far from a Tiny Racer:
“Seldom have I enjoyed winning less.”Chris Hoelzl
Congrats to Last Week’s Winners
A: Geoffrey Millour (SIGN)
B: Anders D. Christiansen (DZR)*
C: Krzysztof Fizyta (DIRT)
D: Evan Plouhinec (HEX)
A: Jon Werme (eSRT)
B: Chris Hoelzl (WattFabrik)
C: Steve Schilling (CRYO-GEN)
D: Kenneth Yau (Team Vegan)
A: B B (OMG)
B: Sam Atkinson (TBR)
C: Paul Smith (ART)
D: Dom Sim(Team Italy)
*Snowy Pruett actually tied with Anders for points in the Bs, but Anders gets the win because he had the highest single race finish of the two.
A: Åsa Fast-Berglund (SZ)
B: Cornelia Engström (SZ)
C: Julia Volkmann (Crushpod)
D: Sandra Moebius (RCP)
A: Jenny Ek (HERD)
B: Karoline Straßer (CrushPod)
C: Janine Schumann (WattFabrik)
D: Linn Björgvik (SZR)
B: Anna Russell (Saris-NoPinz)
C: Kelsey Tranel (KRT)
D: Ann Fleming (HERD)
This Week’s Routes
This week we’re going all-in on Makuri Islands, with four fresh routes that have never been seen in the Tiny Races.
Here are photos so you can see the precise location of the custom finish lines:
- Race 1: Railways and Rooftops (5.44km, ends atop Rooftop KOM Reverse)
- The reverse version of the Rooftop KOM in Neokyo isn’t an official segment, and it’s a rather unfamiliar climb to most Zwifters since few routes go this way.
- Powerup: Feather
- Race 2: Chasing the Sun (4.42km, to Railway Sprint arch)
- A flattish race through the streets of Neokyo, this one will encourage long attacks on the ramp up to the railway. On top of that, the Railway Sprint always feels like a long effort!
- Powerup: Draft Boost
- Race 3: Spirit Forest (3.35km, ends partway up Temple KOM)
- You’ll want a gravel bike for this one, as it’s almost entirely dirt and mostly uphill. This route takes us on the rarely-ridden cross trail that connects both sides of the Temple KOM partway up their respective climbs. Then we’ll turn left off that cross trail and continue the Temple KOM for a bit, ending at a custom finish.
- Powerup: none
- Race 4: Two Village Loop (5.7km, ends on the circuit around Village Onsen)
- This is a flattish course as well, although the 1.5km of dirt near the start will make it feel like an uphill effort and encourage early attacks. You’ll do a full lap around the boxy Village Onsen outer roads, finishing partway into the second lap on a straightaway. If that ending doesn’t feel like a crit, nothing will!
- Powerup: Aero
Join a Chat & Chill Cooldown Event
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.
Zwift displays preliminary race results in game when you cross the line, but points are computed after all four races finish, with final results on ZwiftPower. (We have to press a ZwiftPower button to compute results manually, so if your rankings don’t show up right away, just 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:
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