Withington Wheelers – 25m TT (J2/9)

So today was the official start of my TT season.

Cheshire TT courses are renowed for not being the quickest, so I was surprised when the start sheet came out with an enormous field of 150 names on it, in addition there was a further event before hand for Novice riders which included a further 37 riders, plus the tandem event with one pairing of our very own Dave & Caroline Fearon.  I then found out that a further 60 riders had their entires returned! I thinks this could be a sign that its going to be a busy season for entries this year.

The weather was looking ify to say the least throughout the week, but by last night it looked favourable (by that i mean dry)

My start time was 4:26, the latest start I have ever had, I left early and arrive with a good 1.5hr until my start. Stephen Lucas DNS due to a cold, then Dave & Caroline rocked up on 2 bikes after opting not to bother due to various ailments. We chatted for a while then i went for warm up. Jim Williams was off early doors, as was Alistair Stanway, Jim arrived back while I was warming up recording 1:06:45, which he was content with, then Al, who was disappointed with his time of 1:01:06 on first 25 of the season, that said he is generally disappointed 😜 .

Jim Williams

Jim Williams

Al Stanway

Al Stanway

I didn’t see Geoff Mullett and Chris Gilbertson, they recorded a time of 58:14 & 1:02:48 respectively.

Chris Gilbertson

Geoff Mullett

The sun came out just before I started, which is always nice, the wind direction gave an usual tail wind from Allostock to the end of Tremlow lane, which is always grippy. I decided to set my Garmin to power rather than speed or heart rate. I set off, got slightly held up at Chelford roundabout, normally from there it is a tail wind down to Seven Sisters, today it was a head wind, so was tough even though it is prodominelty down hill. I completed the my first 5 miles just before the turn to Seven Sisters,up on my FTP by about 25 Watts, the time flashed up too, I could see I was going well. Seven Sisters was a bit blowy with a head cross, it is also usually full of pot holes, fortunately it has now been resurfaced in patches so it has now marginally improved. The second 5 miles stretch is prodominalty down hill and also had a tail wind, as a result, I found it hard to maintain the same level of power, still, I completed this section on par with my FTP. Tremlow was fast as expected, then heading towards Badger Bank I could see my minute man in the distance, his flashing light was very distinctive and bright, flashing red and white (anyone know which light this is?). It took my another 5 miles to catch him, just as i turned out of Seven sisters for the last time. My 3rd 5 mile section was slightly down on FTP, and my 4th & 5th was around my FTP. My official time was 26:11 (26.69mph) which is a new course PB by by over 1.5 mins, so well pleased to record this on Cheshire straight out of the block, hopefully bodes well for a good  season.

Jim Duffy

Official Results
Jim Duffy 9th
Geoffrey Mullett 21st
Alistair Stanway 56th
Chris Gilbertson 74th
Jim Williams 100th

 

Photos Courtesy of Ellen Isherwood

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! 🌪 pic.twitter.com/c06JEpWqY1

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