Fight for Jersey – Stage 8 preview

Fun for everyone. Sprinters and climbers get ready to clash!

Time flies. We are already at the penultimate stage of Fight for Jersey! Only two mixed stages are left, and both are dynamic, mixed with the action guaranteed for sprinters and climbers.

OK, first let’s look at the course. Innsbruck KOM after party is course of two parts. The first part, three Laps of Innsbruckring is fairly flat with only one well known 45s-1min long leg snapper just before the sprint banner. In every Lap, there is a Sprint banner just after the snapper and every time we pass the banner there are 8 points available for sprinters. This means, there are a maximum of 24 pts to grab and a lot of chances for green jersey fighters to change the current leaderboard and prestigious privilege to wear the green jersey in the next stage. Just look at the leaderboard table below, and it’s obvious, that category A and C is very tight and still open for jersey to grab- Only Grega Gregoric from Cat B looks safe, but he has to ride the stage and don’t let Janez Marguč to harvest all sprint points.

PtsPtsPts
Igor Kopse87Grega Gregoric70Marko Drinovec64
Tadej Sedar80Janez Marguc50Luka Lapanja61
Daniel Pettinger55Mitja Kovacic34Andrew Mudge53
Miha Kosmač42Simon Strmsek31Klemen Svegelj28
Matej Lovse29Damjan Krajc25Thomas Reinecke27
Robi Marič16Gregor Hirsman23Johan Verledens19

The second part of the course is uphill. After three Laps of flats, we turn left on to the main climb of the day. The Innsbruck KOM forward climb awaits and it’s well known to many since we have done it twice already in an autumn stage. It’s a long climb and not that steep. But with variable gradients and many steep ramps long enough to shake off any non-climber. There are 15 points to grab at the top of the climb, but the climbers have a bit harder job to do. They will need to fight with yellow jersey contenders since the KOM banner is also the finish of the stage. This means, that yellow jersey, who does not need to attack for the entire stage, just follow the wheels, will go all-out at the end and compete with black jersey for the same line. Just look at the black jersey leaderboard bellow and you can easily spot the small difference in A and B category. With 30 KOM points in the last two stages on offer, there is still plenty of chance to grab the black jersey. Only Andrew Mudge from Cat C is safe and can not lose the jersey anymore, but he has an offer for bigger fish to fry still open, and we don’t doubt he will fight for it!

PtsPtsPts
Matej Lovse64Mitja Kovacic57Andrew Mudge85
Daniel Pettinger57Simon Strmsek44Luka Lapanja53
Igor Kopse44Uros Galic30Pablo Underwood28
Dean Bratuš35Andy whitesde28Janez Tomc23
Dan Fleeman23Janez Marguc26Darja Vavpetic21
Samuel Brännlund23Alex Coh18Klemen Svegelj20

All categories & & & will do same distance over 37km distance and 640m of altitude gain.

The race happens on Sunday 8.3.2020 at 10.30 CET. Register here right now and don’t forget to buy flowers for your beloved ladies.

See you all there!

Have you ridden the course “Innsbruck KOM After Party” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

Strava Reverse Segment

Week #7 prize draw

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

And week #7 lucky winner is Gregor Kovač! (stream)

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

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Week #7 (1.3.2020) eligible riders list:

Grega Gregoric1
Dejan Sever2
Gregor Berlisk3
Janez Marguc4
Matjaž Hribljan5
Gregor Kovac6
Miha Kosmac7
Gasper Koren8
Matjaž Zupanič9
Alen Štucin10
Janez Tomc11
Matic Romsak12
Mitja Kovacic13
Damjan Krajc14
Luka Lapanja15
Borut Mrak16
Simon Strmsek17
Mitja Štern18
Marko Drinovec19
Igor Cesar20

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 the league.

Stage 7 affected by Coronavirus

We are sorry for today’s fiasco at Stage 7. Stage 7 should run on the UCI Harrogate Reverse route as announced but Zwift Head Quarters decided to change direction due to Covid-19 prevention measures. Reportedly, there were to infected riders spotted during the week on the Yorkshire course, both riding in Reverse direction. Zwift therefore decided to swap route direction into a safe-uninfected direction.

All the sprint and KOM points remain the same just in the opposite direction. We hope everybody finished the stage safe and uninfected. Keep in mind to sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands, wear the mask when riding on Zwift, avoid any crowded Discord channel, stay healthy and

Ride on!

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.

Strava Reverse Segment

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.