CW5000 January Challenges – Your Progress

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Many of you haven't wasted time ticking your January challenges. Our first email came from Barrie Morris on January 2nd who said; "With snow on the ground on New Years Day, driving was limited to the garage and Zwift." But even then, he couldn't fend off the cold conditions. "The duration is limited to three hours due to numb fingers and toes – even with winter socks, oversocks and gloves!" Well done Barrie, three hours and 75 miles on the turbo is nothing to smell.

Regular contribution to the CW5000 Facebook group Mark Fairhead was also straight out of the blocks, driving a nearly four hour drive and a new road near his home in Norfolk on Jan 2nd.

Nora Holford accepted the challenge of finding a new road to another level on their 90 km journey in the Cotswolds, using all new roads between 15 and 70 km. Perhaps these new roads will become a regular route from now on.

Now in Lincolnshire John Coates took advantage of the challenge to explore something. “For my 'new street' I visited Havenhouse station, which is known for being one of the top 10 least used stations (number 5 in 2019, the most recent figures with only 158 passengers per year ). It's not far from me, but I've never been and this was a great excuse, especially since lockdown means more adventurous rides happening. "

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Havenhouse Station – you could wait a while. Image courtesy John Coates

So far only one international driver has mastered the challenge. Nicholas Baumgartner, who takes up the challenge on a trike this year, found a bike path near the Ottowa Hills south of Detroit.

And since we're in the lockdown phase, we've announced that we'll be accepting new streets on Zwift (the same goes for other virtual platforms). That gave Fran Stewart the inspiration to conquer the Alpe du Zwift via the Road to Sky route.

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editor Simon Richardson The new challenge on a short, sharp little hill less than a mile from his front door has been ticked off. He was looking for it on Strava beforehand and couldn't find the segment so he thought he could get a simple KOM. Since it was so close to home, he drove it without a warm-up, went as hard as he could just to suffer for the rest of his ride. Unfortunately for him there was a Strava segment on the rise so he didn't even get the KOM.

He'll take the two-hour ride on Zwift this Friday (January 22nd). To increase his motivation, he set up the trip as a meeting. If you'd like to join him at noon (UK time), follow him on the Zwift Companion App – & # 39; Simon Richardson (Cycling Weekly) & # 39; – add (CW5000) after your name and it will invite you for a 120 minute petit boucle ride in the French world.

Keep your emails updated and let us know the new streets you've found. How did you find them and how were they to ride? And please remember that we advise all of you to adhere to the restrictions you are currently facing when exercising. Ride well within your limits, let someone know your route in advance and stay safe.

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