In a massive team effort, sixteen strongmen and women are the first to the epic achievement—200 Zwift Km in under 4 hours on Saturday, February 25, 2023
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“The feeling in the start pen was electric,” shares Raj Gautam. Seeing friends arrive raised the group’s excitement to be part of this was amazing. They set off as one team and friends brought together into one group by the team INC ride leaders.
One hundred fifteen riders were on the start list, but the ominous undertaking left some questioning their life choices, and 75 were waiting in the pen.
The Start and Hour One
“We had a slower start than the other distance,” notes leader Romaric Eloud. The group of strong men and women took ten minutes to get organized at top cruising speed.
During the fast and furious first two hours, they slowly built a time buffer with solid riders dedicated to sacrificing for the cause. The group quickly dwindled from 74 to 50 after 1 hour at a blazing pace of 51.3 kph.
The Second Hour—Sweet Spot
“The second hour at 51 kph with lower numbers but still some watt mobs in front,” Roma recalls, and “I was mostly at sweet spot, saving my legs for the second part.” The cohesive clan clocked 100 km twenty seconds faster than their successful sub-two-hour record haul several weeks ago.
The well-oiled machine fired on 25 rider cylinders entering the third hour, fueling the 50.7 kph average. “I started to take pulls in front,” says Roma, “30 seconds every 4 to 5 min.”
Hour Three—Sacrifice and Panic
Some mates dropped to take a Tempus Fugit lap of recovery before putting it all on the line and giving their all for the team. Like participant Falk Doering, who parked his bike, waited, and did the last 50 km hard for the team.
They broke the current 150 km record the team set on January 14, 2023, and managed to keep a 2 min and 20-second lead at the three-hour mark.
“On behalf of everyone,” ride leader Roma humbly says, “a big thank you is given to Team Vikings for turning up and giving incredible performances until the very end. We should also give a special mention to INC’s very own Rob Wood, of whom absolutely blasted through 2 hours 15 minutes of relentless intervals with 30s on 180s off!”
The INC Ride Leader Squad
Romaric holds the Zwift 24-hour record set in 2021 when his group covered 1028km at a grueling average pace of 42.8km/h. The record remains, and you can check Strava if you want. Markus Meir, Matthias Petry, Andreas Dietrich, David Cresswell, and Ben Finesilver rounded out the leaders’ squad.
The Fourth and Final Hour—Success and Satisfaction
As the attempt’s fourth hour pressed on, the select 17 elite riders watched as the pace slowed and the record appeared in peril. They banded together when the group saw the pace nearing the 50 kpm threshold for success.
Team INC had Glenn Utteridge, a teammate who was a big part of the 100km and 150km record rides, in their thoughts. Glenn was severely injured recently in a traffic accident.
In a massive team effort, sixteen strongmen and women are the first to the epic achievement—200 Zwift Km in under 4 hours!
The Final Kilometer Celebration and Congratulations!
A Brief History of Team INC—Innovation Cycling
Kyle Augustin formed Team INC (Innovation Cycling) in February 2017. Chris Loake and Gavin Richardson were on the first rides and remain ride leaders today alongside a large core group of fantastic and brilliant ride leaders and racers from various cycling backgrounds. Together they aimed to be Relentless by removing the friendly back-patting and adding some discomfort to Zwift group riding. In a Type II fun and supportive way, of course!
They do this by leading rides using FTP percentage or color zones rather than wkg and organizing training adapted to an individual rider’s ability. The iconic Alien head on the INC in-game kit comes from the early days they rode together in the Dell Alienware threads.
Team INC has grown to embrace the mantra, “If you didn’t vomit, you didn’t try hard enough.” Despite where you fall on the “healthy relationship with exercise” spectrum, suffice it to say that they’re a hard-working bunch.
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This was an incredible event. One that created and strengthened friendships. We aim to host various record attempts regularly, and to be a team without borders, inclusive of all people from any and all teams.
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Semi-retired as owner and director of his private Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice after over 20 years, Chris is blessed with the freedom to pursue his passion for virtual cycling and writing. On a continual quest to give back to his bike for all the rewarding experiences and relationships it has provided him, he created a non-profit. Chris is committed to helping others with his bike through its work and the pages of his site.
In the summer of 2022, he rode 3,900 miles from San Francisco to New York to support the charity he founded, TheDIRTDadFund. His “Gain Cave” resides on the North Fork of Long Island, where he lives with his beautiful wife and is proud of his two independent children.
You will read him promoting his passion on the pages of Cycling Weekly, Cycling News, road.cc, Zwift Insider, Endurance.biz, and Bicycling. Chris is co-host of The Virtual Velo Podcast, too!
Way to go team. CAN’T WAIT to give Ben a congratulatory kiss!