Leo 30 mile TT – New Mens Competition Record

After missing out on a ride at the National 25 due to cancellation in July I was keen to round out the season on a high.  A quick look at the CTT events list unearthed the Leo 30 in Cambridge on the doorstep of some good friends who we’d not seen in a couple of years.  After suggesting to Lou that we pay them a visit, I dropped into conversation that there was a race nearby on the Saturday, she rolled her eyes and said ok – green light! My target was to set a new competition record, held by Alistair Stanway who rode a speedy 1:05:59 in 2015.

The course was E2/30C on dual carriageway, probably one of faster courses in the South.  I was an early starter, 26 out of a field of 140 so clearly a popular event.  As soon as I set off the wind was a problem.  Blowing at 90 degrees to the course it was coming from my right on the outward leg and I was constantly fighting the bike to stay in a straight line.  On more than one occasion I considered going onto the bars and backed off the power for the first couple of miles.  Confidence grew when I took it down into a harder gear and dropped cadence to around 80 rpm, this seemed to improve my ability to brace myself against the gusts.  I brought the power back up and tried to settle into a decent rhythm.  My minute man was a Drag2Zero rider on a trike, he looked to be having a torrid time in the wind and I overtook him after 10 miles.  Glancing down at the Garmin I was on 21 minutes – the record was on.  The Next 5 miles felt like a drag and the average speed must have dropped.  I managed a quick drink at the turn but no gel as it had fallen out of my leg gipper – must get back in the gym! The start of the return leg had some really fast sections, glancing down a couple of times to see 35mph+. I went through 25 miles in 52 mins flat and pushed on as best I could for the last 5 miles, crossing the line with severe cotton mouth in 1:02:40.

Really happy to take the club record forward for a little while. The overall winner was Matthew Smith of Drag2Zero who flew round in an astonishing 56:30!

As a club, we’d like to wish Andrew Simpson @simmo_on_sport all the best for the future, with a heartfelt thanks for supporting WVCC all these years....

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Dec
7
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 7 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
Dec
11
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Dec 11 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
Dec
14
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – 12:00
“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]
Dec
18
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Dec 18 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.

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09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

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10:00 - Hatchmere

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