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||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|
|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|
|6||Adrian Cox||TeamMK||DNF Punc.|