The Cycling Weekly club ten on Zwift takes place every Wednesday and is now sponsored by British clothing brand HUUB. Join the CW staff and others for a weekly blast around a variety of courses on the virtual racing platform.
What: 10 mile individual time trial
When: Every Wednesday, 6pm (UK time)
Where: Zwift. (Variety of courses including Tempus Fugit, London 8, Bologna, Tick Tock, Innsbruck)
Entry: Go to Zwift.com/events/tag/cyclingweekly or download the companion app, go to the events tab and scroll to the next Wednesday
British clothing manufacturer HUUB have joined forces with Cycling Weekly for the weekly club ten race on Zwift. The event has been running since the summer and our list of winners grows ever longer. Two riders have dominated the women’s races with Kathy Alvarez and Naomi de Pennington taking multiple wins between them. The men’s events have seen a bigger variety of victors, with only Gavin Lancaster taking multiple wins. He’s had three in total on the London 8, Bologna and Tick Tock courses.
To ride this week all you have to do is go to the event page on Zwift and once you’ve logged in, hit the tick in the top right to say you’re going. You can also enter via the Zwift Companion app.
If you haven’t raced on Zwift before, it’s very simple to get yourself on the start line. Be sure to pre-enter via Zwift.com or the companion app and log in to Zwift in plenty of time before the 6pm start (this is recommended in case there are any updates needed on your device). Then start pedalling in any of the worlds and wait for a prompt to join the event.
Once that appears on your screen simply click it to go through to the start line. Here you’ll be placed on a conveyer belt, lined up with other riders. You can keep pedalling so you don’t cool down and there is no risk of false starting. As riders ahead of your start, you’ll gradually move forward. When you get to the front your avatar will speed up to 20km/h to give you a rolling start.
From there it’s a case of going as hard as you can for 10 miles, which isn’t as easy as it seems. To help, here are some top tips from the HUUB supported Ribble Weldtite riders.
- Know your numbers, the best way to pace the race it know exactly what you’re capable of riding at, aim for that and then gradually build as the race goes on. Harry Tanfield
- Aero still matters.. Not for you, but Zwift has built in it’s on physics where certain bikes are faster than others, so make sure you’re fully equipped with the quickest kit for the course. Dan Bigham
- Even in Scotland it get’s too hot on the turbo, so make sure you have as many fans as possible to keep you cool, this is one of the biggest limiting factors when it comes long TT performance. John Archibald
- Spend some time on Youtube looking up the tips and tricks for upgrading your bike. You’d be surprised what a difference it can make. Cameron Jeffers
- Make sure you’re fully warmed up and mentally prepared for the hard effort you’re about to do. Without this warm up you have to do more anaerobic work in the early stages while the aerobic system gets fired up, and mentally this feels a lot tougher. Si Wilson
- Music can be a great way to drown out the negative thoughts. Jacob Tipper
We’ll be running the results in the following week’s magazine. As we’ll be taking these from zwiftpower.com you’ll first need to register on here. There are a few steps to follow to be registered on here, but this simple guide talks you through it. Be warned, registering on Zwift power makes all your ride data available for anyone to see, so if you’d rather keep your FTP between you and your power metre, this might not be for you.
Roll of honour
Week 19: Shawn Gray 24:32 / Naomi de Pennington 26:52 (Bologna TT)
Week 18: Matt Blue 23:45 / Naomi de Pennington 26:03 (London 8)
Week 17: Ali Robinson 23:37 / Naomi de Pennington 26:11 (London 8)
Week 16: Wieger van der Wier 24:06 / Rachael Elliott 24:16 (London 8)
Week 15: Will Lowden 19:53 / Amy Robinson 23:28 (Tempus Fugit)
Week 14: Pete Younghusband 20:57 / Jaime Clark 22:37 (Tempus Fugit)
Week 13: Jon Hughes 20:48 / Naomi de Pennington 22:20 (Tempus Fugit)
Week 12: Ali Robinson 20:28 / Naomi de Pennington 22:25 (Tempus Fugit)
Week 11: James Gelsthorpe 21:03 / Naomi de Pennington 23:46 (Innsbruck)
Week 10: Ed Ray 21:06 / Lizzy Zoom 25:42 (Innsbruck)
Week 9: Matt Blue 20:10 / Rachel Lieberman 21:40 (Tick Tock)
Week 8: Andy Nichols 20:04 / Kathy Alvarez 23:30 (Tick Tock)
Week 7: Gavin Lancaster 20:42 / Kathy Alvarez 23:57 (Tick Tock)
Week 6: Ed Laverack 22:43 / Naomi de Pennington 28:11 (Bologna)
Week 5: Gavin Lancaster 24:41 / Kathy Alvarez 30:51 (Bologna)
Week 4: Michael Hutchinson 24:18 / Kathy Alvarez 29:45 (London 8)
Week 3: Gavin Lancaster 24:00 / Kathy Alvarez 30:39 (London 8)
Week 2: Philip Graves 20:22 / Frances Owen 21:46 (Tempus Fugit)
Week 1: Andy Turner 20:03 / Caroline Whittaker 23:12 (Tempus Fugit)
Results taken from zwiftpower.com. Check out Cycling Weekly magazine each Thursday to see the top 20 finishers from each event.
Who are HUUB?
HUUB first burst onto the cycling scene in 2017 with the now world famous, giant slaying HUUB Wattbike track team. The team’s story had resonated with HUUB as a small Derby based company taking it to the big boys. Owner Dean Jackson had taken the triathlon outfitter from his kitchen table to white washing the Rio Olympic Men’s triathlon podium in just five years. Now the plan is to been to launch with the same speed into his lifetime passion of cycling.
The Derby based team offered HUUB a perfect platform to jump in at the top end of the sport on the track, winning world cups and breaking records. With Dan Bigham at the helm with his uncompromising demand on speed, HUUB had no choice but step up and make the world’s fastest kit.
Not an easy task. So through industry contacts and a focus on teamwork we created the ‘fellowship of speed’, a group made up of industry leading sports scientists and engineers, many of whom had previously been linked to British Cycling’s ‘secret squirrel club’. They immediately set to work creating the kit to help power the HUUB Wattbike team to victory at the London World Cup in December 2017.
After the UCI put a stop to trade teams competing at world cups (after several major nations complained about a team of mates taking away their Olympic qualifying points), the natural step was onto the road, for this Ribble Weldtite was the obvious choice, the team made up of UK sponsors, UK riders, with a focus on aerodynamics and high performance. The story continues.