This was a beautifully sunny evening for a time trial – good visibility, and it brought out a rather larger field I think than in recent events. Unfortunately a stiff breeze rather meant it was tough going in some parts of the course, and brought a distinct chill.
I was, as usual apprehensive at the start – coming straight from work without anything to eat always seems to leave butterflies flapping in my stomach (not actually nerves, I hasten to add – this was after all a club event), but I’d strained my back again earlier this week. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to give me any grief while on the bike.
Once started, I certainly didn’t seem to fly up the gentle climb to the main DC section of the course as I’d felt on our last outing on this course – perhaps the cross-wind I felt was denting my speed a bit. And things got a bit stickier on the main dual carriageway section of the course, where the wind was nagging at my front wheel a bit – particularly noticeable when I passed lower areas of the verge, and gusts caught me. I was closing in on my minute man at the turn – I entered the roundabout pretty much as he was leaving it. But the return leg seemed to give him a new lease of life, and it took a long time to close the gap. Because he had a rear-facing video camera, he should get some tedious shots of my gurning gob at that time.
From there, the return to the finish was it’s usual mixed bag – quite quick on the descent sections, but the final stretch between the last roundabout and the finish line was, as ever, hard going Still, I finished in a long 22 (I think), which is about 30 sec slower than my best ever on this course, and I didn’t regard it as a particularly quick evening.
After the results, there’s the map of the event and if you’re particularly interested, you can see more telemetry by clicking link.