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nofearParticipant15 October 2015 at 21:25Post count: 604nofearParticipant27 September 2015 at 19:58Post count: 604
Great ride Jim and Ged. Caroline and I enjoyed the potter out and standing watching the riders suffer up that bonk just before the finish. Now you’ve got the racing out of the way yo0u can focus on getting in the miles for next year’s 24 hr. You always said you would do one before you were 30 so you’re couple of Years late! Better late than never though.nofearParticipant21 September 2015 at 14:12Post count: 604
Thanks for stepping in for Derek who was on holiday and pulling off a great event. Bad luck to Connor who missed out on bronze in the club champs by 4 seconds to Neil Drummond. Well done Neil, a medal is on its way to you at the club Dinner. Congratulations to Penny for taking silver in the club championship. I doubt that a lady has taken a medal in the club hill climb champs before, but I stand to be corrected if anybody can think of another example. Great ride Penny after a hectic day the day before on your Birthday. I was more than happy to take the club Hill Climb title as this was the only club championship that has eluded me after many years of seconds and thirds but never the top spot in the hill climb. I took it mainly because all of the clubs’ mountain goats stayed away, but as they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 😉
DavenofearParticipant20 September 2015 at 18:34Post count: 604in reply to: Autumn RR – a fabulous event – please can you help #48035
Sorry but Caroline and I will be in Majorca that day. I hope the race goes well.
DavenofearParticipant19 September 2015 at 22:35Post count: 604
Brilliant ride Alistair. This time last year that would have been a club record. Unfortunately for you Lee has significantly moved the goal posts.;) Keep your fingers crossed for good conditions for the 30 as a club record at that distance is well within your grasp. The current record is 1:06:38 set by me in 2013 in the same event you have entered. Good luck.nofearParticipant19 September 2015 at 22:21Post count: 604nofearParticipant12 September 2015 at 20:38Post count: 604
Jim got it in a nutshell but as usual I will elaborate just to satisfy my OCD. 🙄
J5/8 at Blythe Bridge can be a fast course if the conditions are right and today they were spot on. There was a strong cross tail wind to the turn at 13.5 miles with a largely sheltered cross headwind back so there were just a few exposed stretches on the return leg to make it hard but believe me they were hard so it was far from easy to produce a fast time, you had to work for it. I’ll cut to the chase as there is a lot to report on this momentous day.
Caroline was up against a top class ladies field as many of the best in the country were hoping for this fast course to give them their counter for the British Best All Rounder competition. She gritted her teeth though for the hard last 5 miles, particularly up the dreaded concrete mountain with 2 miles to go and she stopped the clock with a solid 1:07:45 (22.14 mph) and 124th overall from an entry of 150 riders. The event was oversubscribe so this was a great result and a big seasons best.
Colin McCarthy has done some decent rides this season in the club 10’s and this training paid off today with a big PB by a few minutes, recording 1:01:46 (24.29 mph) and 108th overall. I think Colin will be going under the hour next season if he sticks at it. Well done Colin.
The next ride is worth a special mention as Jimmy Williams ended an incredible come back season by smashing through the hour barrier with a blistering 59:17 (25.30 mph) and 91st overall! 😮 This was only 1 minute behind his 30 odd year old PB and was his first time under since 1989. Just imagine what he could have done on fixed. 😉 Incredibly he had to stop to put his chain back on, (wouldn’t have happened on fixed), and his estimate of 15 seconds lost is more like 30 seconds I recon. I can’t wait to feed jimmy in the 24 hour next Year as I think he is going to do something special as he knows how to suffer.
Alistair wasn’t a happy chappy today as he looked decidedly green around the gills in the HQ after the event and said he felt sick all the way around. This showed in his time of 57:23 (26.14 mph) and 76th overall. This is a good time but Al should have done a 55 today based on usual form. However there were consolations that will become apparent later so thanks for having the guts to ride Al.
I have now resumed training about 2 weeks ago after 11 months of taking it easy, but just 4 sessions so far. I’ve stuck with the massive 59 x 14 |(111″ fixed gear) as my last 2 rides at 10 miles on this gear have shown promise. It paid off today again as I was cruising with the tail wind to the turn, beating 20 minute at 10 miles and hitting 40 mph down concrete mountain. The gear was heavy coming back but I just focussed, sat still and rolled the gear into the wind and up the hills. I stopped the clock with a massive season best of 55:26 (27.06 mph) and 47th overall so I finished the flat season with a satisfying result and food for thought on my training / racing strategy for 2016.
Saving the best for last we come to Lee Suthard. I’m running out of superlatives for Lee as he has re-written our short distance club records this season and dragged them well and truly into the 21st Century. Ewart Howkins has held the 25 record for an incredible 41 years but I don’t think there was ever any doubt that Lee would demolish it today and he didn’t disappoint. He mauled that monster gear around the course in a mind blowing time of 50:33 (29.67 mph) taking 2nd overall in a star studded entry. This was not only his PB by about 90 seconds and nearly 3 minutes quicker than the old club record of 53:21 but he also lead me and Al to a new team record of 2:43:22 taking 3:39 off the old record set 3 years ago by Nick Riding and Alistair and me. Lee also took my club vets record of 53:27 so well done Lee for a fruitful day out.
Winner was the very talented Alex Royle of Army CU who was head and shoulders above everybody else with a 48:17 (31.07 mph). Alex did a 46:50 last weekend winning in South Wales so this young man is destined for greater things.
Sorry for the length of this post but this really was a day to remember and for a change there were a lot of smiling faces at the result board. I should add that Alex Royle told me that he wasn’t happy with his ride as he hoped to beat competition record ……. I really feel for him (not), don’t you. 😕
DavenofearParticipant25 August 2015 at 19:16Post count: 604nofearParticipant22 August 2015 at 22:08Post count: 604
Is that the same type of motorised bike that Lee has been using for the club 10’s all Summer? 😆nofearParticipant9 August 2015 at 21:26Post count: 604
Well done Chris as the event clearly went well and the course lived up to its promise with a fantastic 10 riders under 56 minutes on Cheshire! 🙂
Sorry we couldn’t be there to help this weekend but we’ll put it in the diary for next season. Caroline and I were doing DIY at our Katie’s new house in Nuneaton all weekend but we sneaked off for a couple of hours this afternoon to ride on the National 10 course which is 3 miles from her house . Lee also rode as a try out for the National and recorded a 21:06 and probably finished in the top 6 but we left before the finish. The event was won with a 19 so he was off the pace but his ride was superb as the course is lumpy and roughly surfaced and it killed me and Caroline. 🙁 Caroline did a 28:56 and I did a 23:57 but it was hot, shaky and just plain hard work so Lee did himself proud.
DavenofearParticipant17 July 2015 at 17:49Post count: 604
I’ll let you into a secret …. I did see your post on that Facebook thingy about clothing order for Winter kit! 😮 😮 😮 Were you referring to the Winter order for 2015 or 2016? 😆 😆 😆 😆
Sorry but couldn’t resist that one. Just keeping my fingers crossed that the new supplier has plenty of fire extinguishers. Keep up the good work Jim (furiously back-pedalling). 😳
P.S. Caroline asked what is happening about skin suits as the Giordana order was cancelled so are we raising a new order with the new supplier? If so can they do ladies fit as Giordana struggled with this request?nofearParticipant15 July 2015 at 21:48Post count: 604nofearParticipant15 July 2015 at 16:05Post count: 604
Nothing has changed in 4 years and the traffic count was way below the recommended guidelines. If you’re so concerned then carry out a traffic survey yourself rather than posting subjective views on an open forum. I can send you a traffic survey form and you can go and sit in a lay-by on King Street for a few hours and tick off numbers of cars and lorries as I did. Believe me the volumes you may expect to see are far from the limits set down by the Governing Body.
Now can we drop this thread please.
DavenofearParticipant14 July 2015 at 22:14Post count: 604
I carried out a traffic count 4 years ago and King Street fell well within guidelines and the Manchester District has no issues using this road at any time. As Jim points out all roads have potential hazards but individuals choose whether or not they want to ride upon them. King Street is very straight and offers excellent visibility and I have never felt vulnerable when riding along it. Weaver Valley CC will be promoting an open TT on this course in August, nobody has raised any objections to this and a Police Notification from has been submitted and acknowledged so I see no issues with this course.