A reasonably warm evening greeted us for this week’s time trial.  As readers will have noted, this was my first time trial for a couple of weeks, and came after cycle touring on the tandem. My usual experience is that several hundred miles of cycling for long days at low speed does nothing for my speed, and this evening was an example of that.

The initial sections, across three roundabouts and up to the dual carriageway section seemed quite quick. I always find myself easing off to negotiate the first roundabout – on safety grounds as the surface there is rather potholed and rough. Up on the dual carriageway, I found myself losing concentration, and for a couple of spells allowed my speed to drop off. I think there may have been a bit of a head wind at points, but really I needed to keep a better focus!

Once round the turn, things perked up a bit, but despite that Simon cruised past me, looking cool. Off the DC and down the hill, things kept up well, but ultimately the final section, on rough tarmac was a bit heavy. I was stopped to a standstill by a line of cars at the final roundabout, and had to heave myself up to speed. This kind of sapped my energy  for the final push for the line, and I finished in 23:10. This is a bit down on my last few outings, but maybe it’s down to the post-tour effect.

I’m riding the Hemel Hempstead CC ’25’ on Sunday – that may give a clearer idea of my form. It’s on the F13/25, which isn’t a particularly quick course.

Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 14 Simon Cannings www.twenty3c.co.uk 21.35 V42 26.09 .+ 4.34 2
2 8 Tony Parks NBRC 21.37 V47 26.31 .+ 4.54 1
3 11 Anthony Batt NBRC 22.43 S
4 9 Richard Golding www.twenty3c.co.uk 22.44 V43 26.13 .+ 3.29 5
5 6 Adrian Cox Baines Racing Silverstone 22.51 V51 26.47 .+ 3.56 3
6 13 Robert Saunders NBRC 23.10 V52 26.51 .+ 3.41 4
.=7 2 Darren Haydon NBRC 23.47 V41 26.04 .+ 2.17 .= 11
.=7 10 Jason Lee TeamMK 23.47 V43 26.13 .+ 2.26 9
9 5 Lee Goodman TeamMK 24.03 S
10 7 Ian Stokes NBRC 24.09 V52 26.51 .+ 2.42 8
11 12 Andy Smith TeamMK 24.18 V55 27.04 .+ 2.46 7
12 15 Robert Chaundy TeamMK 24.20 V60 27.28 .+ 3.08 6
13 4 Fred Edwards TeamMK 24.37 V54 26.59 .+ 2.22 10
14 3 Clive Faine TeamMK 25.41 V65 27.58 .+ 2.17 .= 11