On Saturday I headed down to Frome for the second Open 10 they were holding this year. I’d ridden the first one back in February and was looking forward to seeing how much I could hopefully improve my time by.
The event was organised by The Frome and District Wheelers.
The course included five roundabouts and a steep descent, nicked named the ski slope, that thankfully you only had to go down, in the race at least!
It was a super hot day and after being at work in the morning, all I really wanted to do was eat, drink and relax.
There was talk of a strong wind, so I made a decision to ride as hard as possible. Particularly from the off, as it didn’t take long to reach the ski slope and gain a slight rest of sorts.
I felt a strong headwind to the first roundabout, after that I forgot about the wind due to how hot I was, a dry mouth and dripping with sweat took my mind off it!
My time of 23.35 was 1.10 quicker than in Feb and good enough for 12 place.
I was pretty pleased with this as it shows a definite improvement! There was one key moment where I really felt a sense of progression, on the return leg up a slight incline. Back in Feb on an 88 gear inch I remember mashing up it out the saddle and feeling destroyed at the top. This time on a 103 gear inch, I rode up it in the saddle smoothly.
It’s been a busy week since Saturday, hence the delayed write up. Look out for a report on the recently ridden BSCC 25 mile TT Brian Weatherly Championship.