Zwift Racing League – Pre race

This year the Zwift Racing League will consist of 6 races, every Wednesday at 20:00 CET. There is a race for every category and it is sponsored by BrakeAway and Specialized. According the Zwift stats I have to race in category C, too high for me at the moment but still a great challenge.

Today was the pre-race and the actual league starts next Wednesday.

The pre-race

My experience in the race on Titans Cove Reverse in the Zwift Racing League’s C category was nothing short of an exhilarating rollercoaster. The moment the virtual starting gun fired, the race kicked off with a ferocious intensity. The start was lightning fast, with riders jockeying for position and pushing the pedals hard from the very beginning.

The pace was relentless, and I could feel the collective determination of the peloton as we sped through the virtual landscape. Riders were tightly packed, and the draft effect played a crucial role in conserving energy during the early stages of the race.

However, when we reached the daunting Titan KOM Reverse climb, the race took a dramatic turn for me. The gradient of the ascent quickly separated the riders. As the road inclined, I found myself struggling to keep up with the leaders. The C category didn’t spare me from the grueling demands of this challenging climb.

As the faster climbers surged ahead, I settled into my own rhythm, trying to maintain a steady pace and preserve some energy for the remainder of the race, companioned by 4 other riders. The struggle was real, and I felt the burn in my legs and lungs as I ascended the virtual mountain.

Despite being dropped on the climb, I didn’t give up. Zwift racing is as much about personal achievement as it is about competition with others. I pushed through the pain, knowing that every pedal stroke was bringing me closer to the finish line. The EPIC Kom Reverse killed my last reserves and the last 5 km was suffering.

In the end, I may not have been in the front pack, but I crossed the finish line with a sense of accomplishment. The tough race, the lightning-fast start, and the challenges of the climb all combined to create an unforgettable experience. It was a stark reminder of the physical and mental demands of Zwift racing, and it left me with a determination to keep improving and taking on new challenges in the virtual cycling world.

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