TOUR DE BLUEBERRY VIRTUAL RACE
DATE: JUNE 12, 2021
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The Cape Fear Cyclists would like to invite you to the 14th annual Tour De Blueberry. Our club and Full Send Racing have created three events that are going to be fun, remain true to the spirit of the Blueberry ride and allow us to continue our tradition of providing grants and scholarships to local charities. Plus, the new format changes provide safeguards for everyone’s comfort and safety!
This event will be a meetup on Zwift created exclusively for the Tour de Blueberry on June 12. Riders will be able to choose one of three categories in order to race cyclists of their same caliber. This event will be scored and results posted on the site. Information on scoring can be found HERE
You will register for the race through RunSignUp and receive updates via email from race coordinator, Bridgette Cline. In the days leading up to the race, you will receive an invitation to join the meetup. On the day of the race, you'll log into the Zwift app and race through the flat roads of Watopia - on a course chosen to mimic our ride in Burgaw!
Plus, registration will cover a practice race on Saturday, June 5th at 9:00 am EST to test your equipment and Zwift setup.
If you want to join our race on Zwift, here are a few tips to get you started:
REQUIRED – An account at Zwift.com. A trial period (based on km ridden or time) is available.
REQUIRED – A computer (Mac or PC) with a decent graphics card, an Apple i-Device, or an Android device.
REQUIRED – A stable Internet connection.
REQUIRED – A bicycle or smart trainer.
REQUIRED – A stationary trainer. For those new to this, a trainer is a device that either connects to your chain (where your real wheel usually is) or presses up against your rear tire to provide resistance as you pedal. Both smart trainers and classic trainers are supported; however, with a classic trainer, you must have a speed sensor. Please read this article regarding supported configurations.
OPTIONAL – A power meter.
OPTIONAL – A heart rate monitor.
OPTIONAL – A smart device with the Zwift Companion app loaded.
HERE ARE DETAILS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S VIRTUAL RACE:
REGISTRATION is available through RunSignUp HERE!. This event is open any rider anywhere!
COST: Registration is $40. Riders receive the choice of a tank or tee, rally-style bike towel and a medal! Plus, if you register by May 30, you'll also receive a free test race on June 5, 2021 at 9:00am. Profits from your registration fee go back into the community through the Terry Benjey Foundation grants and donations toward community causes.
PACKET PICK-UP is available before the ride day [location to be determined]. You will be able to pick up your ride bib, tank or tee, meal ticket, cue sheets and race swag on Thursday or Friday before the event. You may also have it mailed to you for an add-on fee.
SCORING FOR THE RACE Scoring will be based on the results published by ZwiftPower (https://zwiftpower.com/). You must be registered for a free account on ZwiftPower in order for your results to be counted. If you're not already registered on ZwiftPower, be sure to sign up in advance of the race, as it takes a little while to get your Zwift account linked to your ZwiftPower account. You should also join the NCC team on ZwiftPower (https://zwiftpower.com/team.php?id=227) so that I can pick you out in the results.
Zwift races have four categories - A, B, C, and D. You must enter at least the category specified by the "Minimum Category" setting on your ZwiftPower account. You can race up a category if you'd like, but you cannot race down (a Category B rider can enter the B race or the A race, but cannot race with the C race). Riders racing up a category will receive a 10% point bonus. Women racing in any open (mixed-gender) category will also receive a 10% point bonus.
Scoring is based on how well you place relative to the other riders in the race. The maximum number of possible points for a race is 100 points. If there are 100 people in your race, and you finish 1st, you will receive 100 points. If you finish 2nd, you will receive 99 points. If you finish last, you will receive 1 point. If there are 10 people in your race, 1st place is worth 100 points, 2nd place is worth 90 points, etc. In general, Points = (100 * (B + 1)) / N, where B is the number of riders you beat, and N is the total number of riders in the race
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