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DaneParticipant25 February 2015 at 09:10Post count: 50
That is so brilliant, can track when I stopped for a pee before the first climb. Also when I waited on top of the sportsman… A feat not to be repeated this year!!DaneParticipant15 January 2015 at 09:27Post count: 50DaneParticipant8 December 2014 at 14:39Post count: 50DaneParticipant3 October 2014 at 09:03Post count: 50
Titch, its not uncommon to knock over an hour off your time, my friend was just over 4hours this year, and was well over 5 on his first attempt 4 years ago. There is a lot to be gained from mentally knowing that you have done it before, and what training you will need to do to get your legs ready.
This year I did no walking and a little running, and was found massively wanting on all of the climbs!! Descending has mostly been ok, as we trained on the pennine bridleways near saddleworth, which are very rocky. This allowed us to test kit/ tyre pressures etc and develop some descending skills. I also live next to the new clayton vale MTB centre, so have been using that for a blast.
In the future, some long hilly runs and walking up hills (with the pushchair I think!) will be very useful.
Dont be down on yourself mate, you did fantastic, and now you know what to expect!DaneParticipant21 May 2014 at 21:46Post count: 50DaneParticipant19 May 2014 at 12:19Post count: 50
Jim, contact fibre lyte in Middlesbrough,they repaired a friends carbon frame and you wouldn’t even know it. Great guys to deal with too. http://www.fibre-lyte.co.uk/fl/fl_frame_repairs.html
Great riding all, great to hear so much TTing talent in the club.
Dave, Nick Riding is a on strava, so much be riding in some capacity, he took one of my KOMs around comberbach so must be riding OK. http://www.strava.com/athletes/1218479DaneParticipant21 February 2014 at 10:12Post count: 50DaneParticipant14 February 2014 at 09:42Post count: 50
Great fun on the track tonight, worth coming out of track retirement for!
Coach Paul was sadistic as ever, judged peoples abilities well to give everyone a really good workout!
I would love to ride that kind of session every week, shame there isn’t much chance for that kind of thing.DaneParticipant11 February 2014 at 10:34Post count: 50DaneParticipant10 February 2014 at 14:14Post count: 50DaneParticipant7 February 2014 at 11:20Post count: 50DaneParticipant7 February 2014 at 10:44Post count: 50DaneParticipant8 November 2013 at 12:41Post count: 50DaneParticipant31 October 2013 at 20:39Post count: 50
Thanks to Nick and all the helpers for a great race. So good to have some team mates and home support too!
I have been struggling to do any training at all recently, as I’ve been all around the world with work, long haul really takes it out of you week after week! But my HR data shows that cross is a great workout and its also great fun.
My race was a mixed bag, I felt terrible beforehand, but with it being ‘our’ race, I decided to race regardless. With cross, the start is all important, and is really a sprint for position. I decided, with not feeling too good, that I was going to go 90% off the start – BAD IDEA! I was in the blender of riders in the mid pack, wasting energy and getting held up. I need to practice these starts! The course was great, a good mix of twisty grass and a few forays into the woods, with a couple of carrys thrown in too. It is really surprising what these bikes are capable of in terms of grip and how much punishment they can take!
The great thing with cross is that after a few laps, you get into your own battles with the riders around you, and because you can’t save a great deal of the percentage of energy used by drafting like you can on the road. And you will be stronger on other parts of the course than the people you are racing against, so you may overtake, only to be brought back in later in the lap. I suppose its a bit more like running in that respect.
The course wasn’t massively muddy, but the recent rain meant that the top layer was very slippy and there were sections where you would struggle for grip, when it looked as if there would be plenty. The best tactic for this is to go off line onto the grass a bit, which also has the benefit of shedding some mud from your tyres. This is a good thing as the coefficient of friction of mud-on-mud is very low!
Around half way through the race I thought it would be a good idea to take on a gel, I recently ran out of gels and bought some ‘nitro+ Gels’ on a good offer. I had one of these and ripped the top off and it sprayed all over me! I looked like I had been stabbed! I finished the race looking seriously hurt and with all kinds of sympathy from the crowd!
I had my GoPro on so you can all see what the race is like from the riders perspective! (With some hard trance music from my turbo trainer collection).
DaneDaneParticipant10 October 2013 at 15:12Post count: 50
I paced the Big Man Ewart Howkins round, this windy, sporting? 20.8 mile course.
My preparation was somewhat hampered by firstly flu, then cracking a rib on my new CX bike, then a week away working in deepest darkest China. All in all, this meant nearly a month without any serious training, apart from the hill climb, which was the day after I cracked my rib, meaning breathing was particularly difficult!
However, it was an honour to be invited, and I was determined to do Ewart proud. My last minute attempts to borrow a TT bike failed, so I chucked some Tri bars on the road bike and made fine adjustments in the warmup – can’t beat full preparation!
Ewart was greeted at the sign on desk with “where have you been for the last 32 years?” and was generally wished well by everyone he met, most of whom he remembered 🙂 Our only rivals were the talented Steve Fidler and Dave Hinde, riding for DHRT, who Ewart was desperate to beat for local pride.
The course was 4 laps of around 5 miles, with the main A50 stretch being into the teeth of a headwind, the rest of the course was cross/ tailwind, but with quite a rough road surface and a couple of tight turns it was not as fast as it could be.
3 Laps in I was starting to tire and Ewart could tell this, and shouted up, “I feel guilty”, I answered him with “just enjoy it mate”. And enjoy it he did! I saw a pic of him sat on my wheel as if he was on a club run! I joked with him at the start to try to at least make it look hard, especially in front of the home crowd (thanks for the cheers by the way)!
By the start of lap 4 into the headwind, we were caught by the fast Barry Charlton of Lyme RC, pacing the living legend Les West. The customary ‘dig in’ greeting was given as they came by, we tried to give some encouragement too. Les, a former Tour of Britian Winner and World Road Silver medallist was taking the corners a bit less riskily and we managed to overtake later in the lap. All 4 of us were caught and passed by the very tall Marcin Biablowci, a UK youth rider and his partner. They were on their way to a very fast time. This lead to the last lap being a sort of spread out 6 up TTT.
After the last corner, the ‘1 mile to go’ sign appeared and I waved Ewart through for a big finish, Ewart was hesitant, so I shouted at him to go, as I knew he thought there was still a lap to go. As soon as he realised, the hammer was put down and we motored to the finish. Recording a time of 51:49, beating our local rivals time of 55:02
A truly great day out and hopefully it has re-awakened the sleeping Tester inside Ewart 🙂