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nofearParticipant22 May 2015 at 18:36Post count: 604nofearParticipant21 May 2015 at 10:33Post count: 604nofearParticipant17 May 2015 at 19:44Post count: 604
Back from Coventry now and all of the carpets are now at the tip and Katie has a long “to do” list that I am sure I will be ticking off with her over the coming months, so clearly a good idea of mine to have a year of easy’ish bike riding. Having said that I plan to ride 100 mile to her house and the same back again a few times so maybe this will stop me from getting so unfit that you leave me behind as you continue with your meteoric rise to the Elite ranks! 😯
Thanks for producing such a high quality and dare I say it lengthy report. I seem to recall you giving me a lot of stick in the past for my novels, but this “short story” is definitely as wordy as many of my humble essays. Next time I see you and Bill on the start sheet I’ll make a point of introducing you to him as he’s a really nice guy and he isn’t that fussy who he talks to! 😉
DavenofearParticipant10 May 2015 at 22:32Post count: 604
Competition record fell in this event last year Jim so good luck getting in. I think your sub 2 hour 50 last September will get you a ride but keeping my fingers crossed for you as you could do something really special on that course.
Alistair get your entry in, as I will be and it would be great to have a team in the fastest event of the season.
DavenofearParticipant10 May 2015 at 21:35Post count: 604
I’ve not posted any TT write up’s for a few weeks despite the fact that several of us have been racing. This is supposed to be a quiet year for me after a heavy season in 2014, so not exactly bubbling with enthusiasm but still enjoying the racing all the same. So far Caroline and I have been mainly riding 10’s but yesterday was the first local 50 of the year and it was great to see 4 WVCC entrants including 50 mile novice Iain Young. Last year we won the team award so no pressure!
As you can see from the previous post on this thread Alistair wasn’t well so unfortunately he didn’t start. It was therefore crucial that the 3 remaining riders did good rides if we were to stand any chance of winning the team again. The morning wind all but blew itself out by the time the event commenced so things were looking promising. Iain was the first to ride and his big mileage clearly paid off as he did one of the most stunning debut 50’s I’ve ever seen with a ride that would have been amazing on a fast course never mind bumpy old Cheshire. He stopped the clock at 2:02:12 (24.55 mph) taking 19th overall. The quality of the field was very high so his position would normally have been much higher as this was an excellent ride on a far from easy day.
Jim Duffy has also been showing really good early season form so I expected him to fly today and he too didn’t disappoint. Frustratingly for Iain Jim did a Cheshire PB by a huge margin and pipped Iain by 10 seconds with a 2:02:02 (24.58 mph) for 17th place overall. A few months back Jim would have been beaming like a Cheshire cat but he’s getting used to being fast now so it was just business as usual for Joe cool. 😉
So with 2 fast rides like that surely we could retain our team title and maybe even challenge the club record. Well as always it’s never as straight forward as that and unfortunately I confess that yet again I had another eventful ride….. 😳
It all started so well. I was relaxed & started steady but soon got into a good rhythm, feeling good at 10 miles. I decided to ride with no Garmin so I could judge the effort on feel as my lack of training may end up with a slow finish so I didn’t really want to watch the numbers dropping as the rot painfully set in later on. 😥 Turning on to the A50 the wind was slightly behind and my pace felt good as I ate up the miles of this bit of road that I’ve ridden soooooo many times before. I noticed that the Mangoletsi flags were at 90 degrees to the road which is unusual so there would be no fast stretches today with mostly cross winds on the 2 long sides of the course. The road goes downhill at this point and generally I hit around 30mph on this section and just at the bottom of the hill it happened. 😮 😮 😮
There was a loud crunch and my backside was suddenly rapidly dropping towards the top tube. Due to the lack of a freewheel I couldn’t stop pedalling but somehow I managed to stop the fall and control the bike, bearing in mind that I was holding the tri-bars so the bars were snaking all over the place. I then had to furiously back pedal to stop as the brake lever was on the main handlebar. I came to a halt and still didn’t really know what had happened, but I was in one piece. My saddle was dangling off the top of the extended seat tube as the seat clamp had snapped clean in two. I gingerly pedalled out of the saddle for the next 3 miles, back to the HQ at Cranage. Upon arrival at the HQ the organiser immediately mocked me for not carrying on as he pointed out that in 1969 Mick Potts won the event with a 1:55:59 and he broke his seat pin with several miles to go and finished the event out of the saddle. I now have a new hero, but I bet he never started a 50 with his feet gaffer taped to the pedals! 😛
So I let the side down but I live to fight another day and the boys are pinging so I’m sure we will get another chance. I just need to do some training now so as not to let the side down again. The legend that is Andy Wilkinson won with a 1:48:43 beating event record holder Simon Bridge by just 5 seconds. Wilko is however 10 years older than Bridgy, not that a small thing like age would slow him down anyway.
DavenofearParticipant26 April 2015 at 19:05Post count: 604nofearParticipant23 April 2015 at 20:27Post count: 604nofearParticipant23 April 2015 at 20:18Post count: 604nofearParticipant8 April 2015 at 20:00Post count: 604nofearParticipant4 April 2015 at 22:17Post count: 604nofearParticipant4 April 2015 at 22:06Post count: 604
You should do a cracking 50 but as Jim says you need to get a qualifying ride in first to get into the National. The Dukinfield 50 is on the same local course as the National around the Chelford / Knutsford / Holmes Chapel circuit and it is held on 9th May. You may be able to enter on-line on the CTT website but if not let me know and I’ll give you the address of the organiser from the handbook if you don’t have one. You can order the CTT hand-book from the CTT website BTW.
All National Championships close much earlier than standard open events and the National 50 closes on 19th May with the actual event held on 13th June. This gives you 10 days to get your entry in after the Duks event so enough time if you do it sharpish. Also you have to use a special National Champs entry form and not a standard one and this can also be downloaded from the CTT website. I recommend that you try to get another 50 in before the National and there is one on the same course the week before on 6th June, organised by Warrington RC. You can get all of these events in and still get out on the club runs the following day to loosen up your legs, so great training.
DavenofearParticipant3 April 2015 at 09:28Post count: 604
Hi Jim – I’ll let you know how I get on in the Buxton Mountain TT this afternoon on the new bike. It’s my first open solo bike race for over 20 years on multiple gears so it will be interesting to see if carrying the weight of all that extra hard-ware slows me down or not! 😆 Remind me again it’s smaller on the front and bigger on the back that makes you slower, is that right? 😕nofearParticipant29 March 2015 at 20:50Post count: 604nofearParticipant29 March 2015 at 20:48Post count: 604nofearParticipant23 March 2015 at 22:55Post count: 604