Queen stage. Day D for black jersey hunters and an absolute nightmare for all others. Sign up already today here.
This is the hardest day of the entire spring series. Actually, many have never done such indoor volume in one session alone, yet climbed this many. It’s a stage where the strongest climbers with ~5wkg/20min capacity can expect at least 2h45min long effort, with 3-3.5h for the most. That’s such an effort, many won’t be able finishing it unless they prepare for it. First of all, it has to be a personal challenge. It has to be in your head. If finishing this stage is not your personal goal, it’s very unlikely an unprepared rider will finish it. Second, without enough fluids and cooling it’s going to be near impossible. Without overestimation, this is indoor equivalent for hard media or gran fondo outside during summer.
It is going to be a little easier for category C and D riders, with a bit shorter course to deal with, but they are proportionally slower, so they will suffer almost the same as A’s and B’s.
The stage is one of two stages in nine weeks serié without sprint points to offer, and indeed this is not a kind of challenge for quick men. But on the other side, the stage is exactly the one climbers do like. The climbs are numerous, long and hard. There are massive 43 points for A&B’s and 33 for C’s available to grab, and for the Black jersey competition, this one is crucial. The one with most points in the basket from this stage will very likely end up Black at the end as well.
Since the course for A&B’s is very rarely used one in Zwift events due to its hardness, it is very likely we won’t have huge crowds at the start. Even more, because the weather outside is expected to be unusually warm and nice for mid-February.
& categories will do 89.3km distance and 2112m of altitude.
& categories will do 45.9km distance and 1683m of altitude.
Here is the VeloViewer 3D map of the “Four Horsemen” course.
Here is the VeloViewer 3D map of the “Quatch Quest” course.
Have you ridden the course “Four Horsemen” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.Strava Forward Segment
Have you ridden the “Quatch Quest” course before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.Strava Forward Segment