Another windy evening promised a tough outward leg to Chicheley before the first turn. But at least it didn’t rain on us – we had heavy showers earlier in the day, but they’d all pushed off into the distance by the time the riders congregated at Astwood for this evening’s North Bucks evening 10 mile event. A bit of a disappointing turnout of 13 riders, and not many of those were NBRC first claim riders, for this counting event in the NBRC league.
Having dashed up to Astwood after a day of seemingly interminable meetings at work (and with not having consumed much food prior to the event), I did feel a bit tired and jaded as I lined up at the start. At least it was reasonably warm, though not quite what I would expect for a late evening in June. I had a pretty uneventful ride, though the climb up to Chicheley (gentle though it is) seemed very tough into the headwind. Once round the Chicheley turn, I was really just fighting my general lassitude.
I crossed the line in just under 24 minutes (I made it 23:53, but I await the results coming in). Not too bad in the conditions, but I clearly need to work a bit harder at the training!
On a more optimistic note, Gerry and I have entered this year’s Duo Normand.
Results to follow.