CCNS Wintertide Rising Challenge


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.


The CCNS Team Challenge 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 3 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.

The only thing that is better than suffering through a big week, is suffering through a big week with friends!


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.



  • 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.



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, from CCNS offices in Middletown, CT (9 AM).


Coach Hunter's Active Recovery Ride (7:30 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.


Coach Aidan's Muscular Endurance Challenge
Coach Aidan challenges you to go LOOOOONG! Can you hang onto your Zwift Category Pacing Partner for 2 hours? Here's the rub... Anytime during Tuesday the 28th, jump on the wheels of the Pacing Partner that corresponds to your category and ride with them for 2 hours straight, without getting dropped from the group for more than 2 min! Coach Aidan will be jumping in with the A-Category pacing partner at 8 AM EST. Additional CCNS athletes will be saddling up at various points throughout the day in the B, C, and D bots as well. Wintertide Rising riders will be alerted to up-to-date announcements via email.


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 for some legendary efforts on the bike. Both of these guys are looking forward to taking on the vEveresting challenge on Zwift. That is 8.5 times up Alpe du Zwift! Join them for some or all of it.


Coach Ben's WBR Hour with the CCAP (11:00 AM EST)
On Thursday the 30th, World Bicycle Relief is hosting an all-day 500KM "ride-a-thon" as a fundraiser. At 11 AM, the CT Cycling Advancement Program, whose youth cycling initiatives are near and dear to all the CCNS coaches, will rally as many kids (lovingly known as C-Cappers) as they can for an hour-long ride on Zwift. Choose to Ride With Coach Ben for this hour and have a small but meaningful part in encouraging kids to ride! The crew will be riding the Tempus Fugit loop starting at 11 AM at an endurance pace.


Coach Hunter's Watopia Treasure Hunt Part 2 (8 AM until ?)
The Wintertide Rising treasure hunt returns! Last year, riders of all sorts had a lot of fun using their legs and sleuthing abilities to complete the treasure hunt as fast as they could. Once again, we will be giving out bonus hours to those that complete the challenge, which Hunter is sure to crank up a notch or two in 2021!


Coach V's DADurday Double (7-11AM EST)
Join Coach Vivien at 7 AM on Saturday, the last day of Wintertide Rising, for a double-race extravaganza. Yes, that's right, two races, to put the cherry on top of a monstrous week of miles! We'll be racing the 7 AM DADurday Chase Race, then riding 2 hours of endurance, before finishing off our ride with the second DADurday Chase Race at 9:45 AM. The expected length of this ride is 4 hours, so if you still need some hours or miles to complete so you hit your goal, Coach V has got your back on Saturday.