Stage 3 Preview

Time for sprinters to shine. It’s their penultimate chance to accumulate as many points in the 9-week league as possible before we enter to more hilly terrain. We will be racing in New York world, the Park Perimeter Loop.

Yet again, the course is fast. Only this time it’s all but flat. It is what’s usually called “false flat”. Either up or down all the time. It’s a tricky course to follow wheels, especially for newcomers and a bit slower riders, since they are either climbing either descending. But for the strongest group, the sheer speed is usually so high that classic sprinter, a true wheel sucker, normally has no problem surviving the stage in the bunch and wait for his natural eruption of raw power.

What’s more exciting is the nature of the course. It is designed to attack and ambush the group on almost any part of the lap. Constant small rises offer numerous launch pads for attacks. Well motivated time trialist, on a good day and perhaps in an ad-hoc coalition with another “same-minded” rider or two, can make a break and stay away all to the end. Especially if the bunch is not well coordinated and packed with too many sprinters who effectively kill any initiative due to their DNA-programmed “glue-on-wheel” mentality. If you like to bet on races, then put your money on a classic sprinter in a group A or group B, and a crazy puncher or time trialist in a group C.

One more thing to expect is a rather big bunch on start. Easier routes are usually much more crowded than heavier since it’s easier to survive within a group. Thus more people enter those events, and it is typical for most one day racers to jump on the train in the last hour or so.

The soup is on fire now. It’s on riders next to flavor the soup with spices. The more spices, the harder will be to eat the pain!

Category & will do 5 laps, 48.5 km altogether with 600 m of ascent.
Category & will do 4 laps, 38.8 km altogether with 480 m of ascent.

There are two slots available and remember, you can do either one or both, your best result will count towards general points classification.

Click on the day that fits your schedule for a link to Zwift event signup page.
Saturday at 15.05 CET (3 PM CET) / 2 PM BST / 9 AM EDT / 6 AM PDT / 11 PM AEST / 2 AM NZDT
Sunday at 10.30 CET (10.30 AM CET) / 9.30 AM BST / 5.30 AM EDT / 1.30 AM PDT / 7.30 PM AEST / 9.30 PM NZDT

Here is the VeloViewer 3D map of the course and map.

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

Strava Forward Segment