Another lovely evening (though rather too hot for me) for this club event.  A depleted number of “regulars” was augmented by some cyclists keen to give time trialling a shot – this was a nominated “come and try it” event.  I pounded out to the meeting point, getting there with a little time to spare.

I decided to play around with gearing on the evening, and chose to tackle the main climb in a slightly lower gear that I would usually muscle up the hill.  It didn’t seem to help – either I need to drop it further or I need to carry on grinding out big gears!  More problematic were the obstacles on the course this evening.  Firstly, a large tractor/trailer combo seemingly abandoned just outside Beachampton; secondly some silly kids leaping out into the course near the turn; and finally, I got stopped at the turn roundabout (“foot on the ground stopped”) by a nose-to-tail line of cars coming from the right.  I don’t know how much time that cost me, but I had to re-catch a rider I’d just past, and was myself caught shortly after while I was struggling back up to speed in a rather high gear.

Anyway, roaring back down to Beachampton was pretty quick, and I was helped a bit by having a bit of a ding-dong with the guy who’s caught me – I think I could descend a bit quicker, especially with my enormous top gear engaged.

I finished with 27:51, which I wasn’t hugely pleased with.  But I suppose taking into account my “excess baggage” and the hassles at the turn it wasn’t too bad (any anyway this course doesn’t best suit me).  I have a rare outing at an open ’10’ at the weekend, and it’ll be good to see how that goes.

Pos. on
Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 2 Aaron McCaffrey AWCycles 26.10 V40 29.20 .+ 3.10 4
2 7 Tony Parks NBRC 26.18 V45 30.29 .+ 4.11 2
3 13 David Glossy Team Corley Cycles 26.38 S
4 8 Chris Dunwoodie TeamMK 26.54 S
5 12 Robert Saunders NBRC 27.51 V50 31.41 .+ 3.30 3
6 3 Martin Paul NBRC 29.42 V40 29.20 .- 0.22 5
7 4 Clive Faine TeamMK 30.49 V64 35.22 .+ 4.33 1
8 1 Alan Lawson NBRC 33.26 V42 29.47 .- 3.39 6
9 9 Simon Knatchbull TeamMK 33.40 V42 29.47 .- 3.53 7
10 11 Mike Edge Private 36.58 V42 29.47 .- 7.11 8
11 10 Laura Powell Private 38.59 L
6 Adrian Cox TeamMK DNF Punc.
Tandam Event
5 Christina White NBRC 29.09
Brian Primmet NBRC