The Curse of The Nova 2up!

Some of you may recall my previous experience of this event when I last rode it 3 years with Dave Fearon, my tri bar fell out, so I spent much if the ride with it bouncing off the front wheel.

I started the morning off by actually getting my TT bike down for the first time since about October. I gave it a clean, put the pedals back on and a power meter and made sure everything was running right.

I ❤️ this 🚴

 

Chris Gilbertson was my partner this time,  I picked him up and we set off for the HQ at Gawsworth. We arrived and conditions were probably as good as the could be for this time of year, there was a tailwind from Congleton end of the course back up to Gawsworth.

We set up the turbos for a warm up, I would usually just get on my bike turn the pedals, not doing anything specific, however, I have now opted for the BC 20 minute warm up after chatting with Ian Young, with a 5 mins steady 90 RPM before and after giving me a 30 min warm up.

We were off at 2:40 and we arrived with 3 or 4 mins to spare. As Chris usually takes a while to settle in,  a quick start doesn’t work for him, so the strategy was for Chris to do the first couple of minutes on the front, before we settle in to 2 and 1 minute turns with me doing the former. Just before we started, I noticed my Power meter was playing up, but I had no time to sort it.

So we were off, Chris doing his bit, I passed him and dropped in front on 2 mins, up the Macclesfield / Congleton Road back to Gawsworth, the next 2 mins came and went and Chris didn’t come through, 3 mins, 4 mins, by this time we were on the little rise before the left turn into Dark Lane, 5 mins when we took the turn,  I turn round and Chris shouted just keep going, the plan was already out the window. I carried on, we got slowed down on the descent by a tractor, this therefore reduced our speed for the uphill rise back to Pexhill Road, I tried to get the draft for the Tractor, which covered me with spray from the dirty roads. I was filthy. I turned to see that Chris was off the back so I had to sit up.

Chris was clearly struggling. Every time I got into any kind of rhythm, with it being a rolling course, Chris wasn’t able to keep in my slip stream. By the time we turned off the A34 at Congleton, heading back to Gawsworth, about 10 miles in, Chris told me to leave him as he couldn’t breathe.

So off i went on my own, it wasn’t long after that the curse of the Nova 2up struck once again, I could feel that my left elbow was too low, I looked at the arm pad and could see that the aluminium had sheared on the connection to the tri bar, this meant I had to once again, ride the remainder of the course (13 miles) on the handle bars😤.

😩

I finished as the rain just about started, with a mid 1:01, and Chris finished about 5 mins later, he said he felt better on the second lap, no idea what the official time was, if indeed we had one as we finished so far apart.

It was good to be back on the TT bike, but this was one to forget I am afraid.

 

We are proud to announce that WVCC will be the organising club of the 2018 J-B @TLI_Cycling national RR Championship , to be held at Siddington on 12th August 2018

Advice required.
Just done a 1st proper run out in the converted TT bike. Most if the setup is OK but 2 things noticed.
1 - A real pull in the left shoulder making it very uncomfortable. Right shoulder fine. Do I widen the pad position on both pads or just the left one (making it less symmetrical)?
2 - Hamstrings are pulling when pedalling. Seat height comparable with Normal road position (No hamstring pain). Is this because it is a strange position I am not used to or saddle height?
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Calling any Garmin 810 expert's. My Garmin is recording rides to the divice but not uploading onto the computer or Strava. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Welcome to new member Steve Haskew, we obviously did a good job convincing you to join us earlier this week 😜. Hope to see you soon 👍🚴😃 ... ’Expand’’Hide’

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Reminder, this weeks long ride is now to the Ponderosa. It’ll be around 85 miles with a big climb in the middle 😳. The club website still says Prees.

Short ride still to Red House Farm, Dunham.
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NOW SOLD - Track bike for sale

I bought this bike 18 months ago off the Fearon’s when I first dipped my toe into track cycling. I didnt want to spend too much at the time in case I didnt get on with it, as you all know, I do get on with it, so its time to upgrade 👍🚴😃

8.5 kg total
Lightweight frame perfect for beginners and experienced riders. Very good condition. Mostly used indoors on velodrome.
Parts:
Similar to Dolan Precursor aluminium track frame (no transfers). Alpina carbon fiber forks with drill out for front break. Chrome token chainset, stem and bars. Ambrosio alloy wheels with veloflex tyres. Selle italia saddle(very small scuff). KMC hollow pin, hollow link chain. No pedals.

I am 179cm (5’10.5”) tall, so perfect for someone around the same height give or take a bit.

If you are a regular at the WVCC track night, you will be paying about £19 a time to hire a bike and shoes, so you will soon recover your money. You may also decide to get your accreditation and ride SQT’s, in which case its a no brainer.

£250
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