Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team members have been enjoying success at virtual events as they continue to prepare for a return to ‘normal’ competition.
Using the Zwift virtual racing platform, team members have been competing at national and international level in events that can attract over 1,000 riders from around the world.
Jerry and Julie Cooper competed in the Zwift ‘Tour for All’ race on the virtual Watopia course. The 18 mile, fairly flat, race had a field of 500+ riders and was run at an average speed of over 26mph. Jerry managed to get in an early break eventually finishing 11th, while Julie pressed on with the main group winning the bunch sprint for 25th place and 3rd woman overall.
Martin Sanders entered the Newbury Velo virtual time trial on Zwift. He covered the 10.9 mile course in a competitive time of 26 minutes and finished in 7th place overall in a large field of riders.
The week before Jerry and Julie competed in the Zwift Crit City Slam races. The 10-mile race consisted of 8 laps around a testing course which included a sharp climb each lap. Julie stayed with the bunch until the penultimate lap when she attacked on the last climb. She was unable to catch a rider who was out in front but held on to finish 2nd in a field of 30 in the ladies race receiving a virtual silver cup. Jerry finished 23rd out of a field of 92 in the hard-fought men’s race.
Stuart James, Director of Marketing and Innovation at sponsor Wightlink said:
“Once again, hats off to Wightlink Wight-Mountain for showing such tremendous dedication to their sport. Having taken every opportunity to keep in peak condition I’m sure they will be raring to go when conventional competitive racing resumes.”