CCNS Wintertide Rising Challenge

Kick 2022 Off with a BIG Week of Riding!

Our popular CCNS Wintertide Rising Challenge is back for the 5th year! This is a friendly competition for athletes of all abilities to ride more hours than they ever thought possible and kick-off training in 2022. Participants will have their total hours tracked. To complete the challenge, you must ride for 10 hours during the week. Many riders shoot for the additional glory and accolades that come from riding 15 hours.

The Challenge starts on Dec 26th and runs through Jan 1st. The rider with the most time at the end of the week will be named the CCNS Wintertide Rising Champion! Upon registering, further instructions for ride tracking will be provided to participants via email.

Got a team? Compete in the CCNS Team Challenge!

The CCNS Team Challenge is back. The only thing that is better than suffering through a big week, is suffering through a big week with friends! This is our interesting twist on the well-known RAAM team race. During the week of Wintertide Rising, we are racing across the country... Sort of.

The first team to ride a combined 3000 miles during the week, the approximate distance of riding across the country, wins the CCNS Team Challenge! Teams can be as few as three riders, up to a maximum of 5 riders. Men, women, young adults, any combination goes. Individuals can ride as a team and still be in the running for the overall Wintertide Rising prize of most hours ridden.

All Riding Counts!

Whether it's inside, outside, on the road, or in the woods. All your riding during the Wintertide Rising Challenge goes toward your accomplishing an epic level of riding for one week.


Challenge Benchmarks

  • Complete 10 hours of riding during the week and be listed among challenge finishers.
  • Complete 15 hours of riding and you will be eligible to purchase this year's special edition "Wintertide Rising" CCNS event jersey from Verge.
  • The individual rider with the most time at the end of the week will be named Wintertide Rising Champion and will receive this year's grand prize, a no-charge entry into our new CCNS Virtual Training Camp in February of 2022. That's right, you are riding A TON, to be able to win the chance to RIDE EVEN MORE.


Group Rides

One of the highlights of the CCNS Wintertide Rising Challenge is meeting up with athletes to take on epic rides and adventures together. Each of the CCNS coaches has a fun event planned for next week. We've got something for everyone, even a ride for our teams to complete. Just like in years previous, participation in these rides is not mandatory, but they sure will make hitting your goal a lot more fun!


1) The KISS 100 Race Series - America (9:15 AM EST)
2) The CCNS Group Ride, socially distanced, from CCNS offices in Middletown, CT (9AM).


Coach Hunter's Active Recovery Ride (6-7 AM EST)
Get the week off to a good start, spin out the legs, and collect some time/mileage for your totals before the real fun starts. If you would like to do this ride, follow Coach Hunter and add (CCNS WR) to your Zwift name to receive a group ride invite.


Last year, Coach Aidan joined up with USA's cycling superstar Sepp Kuss and Thomson Bike Tour's Head Honcho Peter Thomson and they pedaled up the Alpe Du Zwift together with about 750 riders. Tune in to see what Coach Aidan whips up for us this year.


vEveresting with CCNS Athlete Chris Smith and Coach Hunter (All-day)
CCNS athlete Chris Smith is no stranger to big endurance days. Coach Hunter has overseen the training and preparation for some legendary efforts on the bike. Both of these guys are taking on the vEversting challenge on Zwift. That is 8 times up Alpe du Zwift! Join them for some or all of it.


Coach Ben's Team Time Trial Challenge (3:30 PM EST)
Coach Ben is no stranger to time trials. On Thursday he is inviting teams that are participating in the Wintertide Rising Team Challenge to lay down their best time on the Watopia Figure 8 course. Any team that completes the course together will get a 250 mile bonus added to their tally. Any team that beats Ben's time will get a 500 mile bonus! Be sure to follow Ben on Zwift and add (CCNS WR) to your Zwift name in order to get an invite.


Coach Hunter's Watopia Treasure Hunt (8 AM until ?)
Coach Hunter is putting your knowledge and recollection of Watopia to the test with this fun challenge that will take approximately 2-3.5 hours. At 8 AM on Friday, we will release via the CCNS Facebook page (and an email to WR riders) five screenshots "selfies" that you will need to take to complete the competition. In order to keep you from cursing out Hunter as you wander all of Watopia's roads, we will also let you know which course would be a good starting point for the hunt. Everyone that gets all five and shares them with Hunter via social media or email receives a one-hour Wintertide Rising bonus, and the person who turns them in the fastest gets a two-hour bonus added to their totals.


Coach V's DADurday Double (7-11AM EST)
Join Coach Vivien infamous double race returns to cap off the week! Check back for full details.