Fight for Jersey – Stage 7 preview

Hour of power, pain and suffering. No excuses, every man for himself.

It’s a time trial time again. This time on a super lumpy course, super tricky in terms of pacing, equipment choice and attitude towards jersey points.

Yorkshire UCI course is the most rhythm killer course any keen time trialist can imagine. It’s everything but flat. Constant up and down, constant change of gradients, there is not 30sec long section one could ride with one transmission. Its a constant up and downshifting on the cassette, searching for perfect gear ratio.

It is not only a TT event that is interesting at this stage, but it’s also Fight for jersey since stage offers points for all three jerseys at once. The only problem is, every jersey demands a completely different approach and focus for points to grab.

The green jersey hunters or the sprinters have perhaps the easiest task. All they need to do is sprint twice super hard for 400m and simply finish the stage. There is a max 16pts to score, and it is the fastest time on the sprint segment that counts this time. Beware, normally it’s first over the line that counts, but not this time. It’s the fastest segment time! So, sprinters warm up your hams and put the hammer down for those few hundred meters to score the points.

The black jersey hunters or the climbers have a different task, which will require a bit longer effort than those of sprinters. There are 6pts only to grab since the only official climb is fairly short. What they need to do is to climb the KOM segment as fast as possible and finish the stage. As with sprint challenge, it is the fastest segment time that counts, not first over the line! So, climbers warm up good and do those two climbing efforts as hard as it would be for dear life to score points.

The yellow jersey contenders have the hardest job to do. Unlike sprinters or climbers who need to focus only on a short part of the course, they need to dig all-out into the pain for the full distance. They can’t afford to lose energy with all-out sprinting on banners, they need to focus on continuous maximum effort possible so they will finish the stage in the shortest time possible. Depending on the individual ability and strength of a rider, it is going to be an effort between 40min for fastest to 50min for the last riders to finish the stage. It is going to be a painful, arhythmic, a rather long effort for them.

It sounds like a fun stage, isn’t it? See you all there!

All categories & & & will do 2 laps or 27,5km distance and 480m of altitude.

The race happens on Sunday 1.3.2020 at 10.30 CET. Register here now.

Have you ridden the course “UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

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Week #6 prize draw

After every stage of Fight for Jersey, one randomly chosen SLO rider get’s the weekly prize sponsired by VS Bike. This week’s prize is Wahoo Tickr HR monitor

And week #6 lucky winner is Denis Bečaj! (stream)

Denis congratulations. For prize collection please contact us at info.slozl@gmail.com. We will need your home adress, to send you the prize.

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Week #6 (23.2.2020) eligible riders list:

Miha Kosmac
Matija Kokalj
Damjan Krajc
Tadej Sedar
Janez Marguc
Mitja Kovacic
Tomaz Zbogar
Simon Strmsek
Grega Gregoric
Dejan Sever
Gregor Berlisk
Luka Lapanja
Marko Drinovec
Janez Tomc
Denis Becaj
Matjaž Zupanič

Just to refresh basic rules about eligibility for our weekly prize draw:

1.) every Slovenian rider with a valid stage result on Zwiftpower.com from the current week is eligible. Riders with SLO flag but without real name and surname (examples: some dude, .Iron Doga, Ave Cezar, Miha 5886, etc..) are excluded. Names like Miha Železnik (Steel Bike lover), Tine Pšeničnik [Vegan Zwift Team] are OK.

2.) Organizers and past lucky winners are excluded from the weekly prize draw. There is no point in getting two prizes in a row, but they all remain eligible for the main prize (Wahoo Elemnt Bolt) after 9 weeks of league.

Fight for Jersey – Stage 6 preview

Big day for green jersey fighters.

Sprint festival. Pure Criterium day on a fast, punchy and short circuit course. With only 2km long Lap and an intermediate sprint in every single Lap, it is going to be super spicy and a real leg reaper.

This the most important stage for Green jersey hunters. There are almost 30% of all sprinting points available of all seven stages with sprint points to offer in the spring series. But beware, there are two banners on this course. On all sprints, during stage it is only sprint banner at the top of short cobbled leg snapper, that counts! Finish banner counts only at the very end of the stage. This means there will be 18 sprints on sprint banner + 1 last sprint at the finish banner.

Because there are so many sprints during the stage, only first three over the line score points, and if someone wants to perform really strong in terms of grabbing the maximum amount of points for green jersey fight, he will have to do a hell of a lot repeated sprints efforts. And here comes the fun part of criteriums. Nobody is able to do endless all-out sprints and simultaneously follow counter attacks! The more you sprint like a maniac, the more open is window of opportunity for counter-attacks and ambushes. If you want to grab the points, you have to sprint. No sprint, no points. But the harder you sprint, the more vulnerable you are for counter-attacks. If someone successfully counters and escapes for only a few laps, he can grab hell of a lot of points even if he isn’t the strongest and the fastest sprinter. In fact, smart time trialists, which usually sucks at sprinting, can easily steel most of the points to sprinters. All he needs is a bit of post-sprint-leg-paralyzes and a bit of hesitation in the pack, and here he can go. With a gap of only 50m, he might be incredibly hard for the pack to be shut down quickly. And with 5 solo laps, he can ruin sprinters fun, before you eat your cake.

One more trouble for Green jersey hunters might be the numerous presence of one day racers. Crit City is a popular course, especially for heavier riders with fast legs, since they can easily follow wheels the entire day and then sprint for glory at the end. The more one day passengers in the game, the harder will be to harvest a lot of intermediate sprint points, since they score points too. All that matters is the first three positions over the line at the Prime on Zwift power (see example here).

At the end of the day, for the most, this stage might be closest to over/under threshold training session. If they want to stay in the front group they will have to rise their ass’s and kick hard for some 30sec over the leg snapper, then settle down and try to recover for the next 3min in the blob, before they will have to do it again. Only 19 times so, and the stage will be over. Since different category groups will be visible on course, meaning there will be a lot of smaller groups of A’s, B’s, C’s, lapped riders, and so on, the real mess and fun is guaranteed.

Vamos!

& categories will do 18 laps or 35km distance and 144m of altitude.
& categories will do 12 laps or 24km distance and 96m of altitude.

The race happens on Sunday 16.2.2020 at 10.30 CET. Register here now.

Have you ridden the course “Crit City Downtown Dolphin” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

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Week #5 prize draw

After every stage of Fight for Jersey, one randomly chosen SLO rider get’s the weekly prize sponsired by VS Bike. This week’s prize is Wahoo Tickr HR monitor

And week #5 lucky winner is Klemen Švegelj! (stream)

Klemen congratulations. For prize collection please contact us at info.slozl@gmail.com. We will need your home adress, to send you the prize.

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Week #5 (16.2.2020) eligible riders list:

Mitja Štern1
Klemen Svegelj2
Matjaž HribljanSLOVENIA3
Denis Becaj4
Janez Marguc5
Gregor Berlisk6
Mitja Kovacic (Race3R)Race3R7
Matija KokaljTOP-FIT8
Grega Gregoric9
Darjan Klobasa10
Miha Hrovat11
Luka Lapanja12
Janez Tomc13
Dean Bratuš(EU-TTT)14

Just to refresh basic rules about eligibility for our weekly prize draw:

1.) every Slovenian rider with a valid stage result on Zwiftpower.com from the current week is eligible. Riders with SLO flag but without real name and surname (examples: some dude, .Iron Doga, Ave Cezar, Miha 5886, etc..) are excluded. Names like Miha Železnik (Steel Bike lover), Tine Pšeničnik [Vegan Zwift Team] are OK.

2.) Organizers and past lucky winners are excluded from the weekly prize draw. There is no point in getting two prizes in a row, but they all remain eligible for the main prize (Wahoo Elemnt Bolt) after 9 weeks of league.

Fight for Jersey – Stage 5 preview

Queen stage. Day D for black jersey hunters and an absolute nightmare for all others. Sign up already today here.

The course profile for A and B category

This is the hardest day of the entire spring series. Actually, many have never done such indoor volume in one session alone, yet climbed this many. It’s a stage where the strongest climbers with ~5wkg/20min capacity can expect at least 2h45min long effort, with 3-3.5h for the most. That’s such an effort, many won’t be able finishing it unless they prepare for it. First of all, it has to be a personal challenge. It has to be in your head. If finishing this stage is not your personal goal, it’s very unlikely an unprepared rider will finish it. Second, without enough fluids and cooling it’s going to be near impossible. Without overestimation, this is indoor equivalent for hard media or gran fondo outside during summer.

The course profile for C and D category

It is going to be a little easier for category C and D riders, with a bit shorter course to deal with, but they are proportionally slower, so they will suffer almost the same as A’s and B’s.

The stage is one of two stages in nine weeks serié without sprint points to offer, and indeed this is not a kind of challenge for quick men. But on the other side, the stage is exactly the one climbers do like. The climbs are numerous, long and hard. There are massive 43 points for A&B’s and 33 for C’s available to grab, and for the Black jersey competition, this one is crucial. The one with most points in the basket from this stage will very likely end up Black at the end as well.

Since the course for A&B’s is very rarely used one in Zwift events due to its hardness, it is very likely we won’t have huge crowds at the start. Even more, because the weather outside is expected to be unusually warm and nice for mid-February.

& categories will do 89.3km distance and 2112m of altitude.
& categories will do 45.9km distance and 1683m of altitude.

The race happens on Sunday 16.2.2020 at 10.30 CET.

Here is the VeloViewer 3D map of the “Four Horsemen” course.

Here is the VeloViewer 3D map of the “Quatch Quest” course.

Have you ridden the course “Four Horsemen” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

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Have you ridden the “Quatch Quest” course before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

Strava Forward Segment