Last night was the first of the Chew Valley Lake time trials, part of the BSCC Classic League
I drove over after work as otherwise I don’t think I’d be able to get there on time. The weather was looking crap, but when is it anything else at the moment!
I didn’t really have a time to aim for as although the course is 8.24 miles its fairly lumpy. This meant I couldn’t get away with riding fixed as easily as the previous weeks visits to the U7B and UC115
I set off slightly slower than usual, as there’s a hill to climb out of a junction, which means a slow out the saddle grind to get up it.
After letting out a small yelp as I reached the top I then settled back into a rhythm. This lasted about a minute as I progressively got slower and slower, and barely managed to keep the pedals turning. The section from Chew Stoke to West Harptree is pure doom.
Coming out of the junction to head to Bishops Sutton the driver in front of me didn’t seem to know where they were going. I tugged on the brake and pedalled slowly behind them, they decided to turn off and I stomped on the pedals to get going up to speed again.
The last two corners are both tight and in quick succession, I lost speed here also as there was a lot of loose gravel on the road which looked very slippery.
My final time was 21.24 with an average speed of 23.1 mph. I was actually quite pleased with this, as I think it’s about 2 minutes faster than I did last year. This shows how much difference a few aero bits and a much bigger gear can make!
It was good to see Jamie from Headset Press making it out to ride his first TT, this course was also my first taster of time trialling last year.
Due to PJ not being able to make it and Andy riding his third choice bike, I managed to post the third fastest time of the evening. The times are here good work from Sam who’s aim was to go under 20 minutes, which he absolutely smashed with ease!
Hopefully next week Tim will be racing again and the weather will be a bit better at last!