Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

September 13, 2020

Uncompetitive competitiveness

Filed under: Uncategorized — dgpowell @ 9:34 pm

Last weekend saw me do what will probably be the last TT of the year. I’d done a 50 (and got a PB of 1hr 50min), then done a 10 (and got a PB of 20min 27sec), so it seemed fitting to give the NLTTA 25 champs a go.

I wasn’t sure about getting a PB on the course chosen for it – the route around Winmarleigh was undulating in places and windswept along the coast in others – but it’s still racing, so it’s still fun, right?
As ever, I’d set myself up to be uncompetitive by doing it on the road bike with it’s clip on areo bars. Lining up the greatest excuse of them all in advance, really. Good job I did, too, as the first thing the timekeeper at the start said to me was “You’ll not get a more still day on the coast than this. Perfect conditions.” My back up excuse was out of the window.

The ride went pretty nicely really. I got into a rhythm and sat there quite comfortably, despite the best lumpy bumpy country roads trying to fire me off the bike at times (don’t think I was alone in getting backed about over the potholes and subsidence!). I slightly misjudged how far it was to the finish line and set about a final flourish for the last mile, at a higher speed, with about 200ft to go (doh!) but other than that, it was just a nice feeling, solid ride. Not too much suffering, just a high but sustainable tempo.
I was delighted to find that I’d got the PB I wasn’t sure about – by a minute, finishing in 56min 49sec. A clean sweep of PBs in all the TTs I’d done. Ace.
Just as ace was the result – 6th overall (from more than 100 entrants) and 1st V40. Happy days!

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Using 1st gear to it’s fullest, up Trooper Lane.

This weekend saw the return of doing an “event”. One where other people are also there, unlike the comparative isolation in a TT. Not a race as such, so not “competitive”, just a good hard day out with other people (all socially distanced and following all the required guidelines, of course). Phil, Dave and me headed over to Yorkshire (via costa coffee) for the Ronde van Calderdale – a sportive that should have taken place during the cobbled classics season in the spring, delayed until now (as the cobbled classics have been, coincidentally).
The sun shone, the temperature rose enough for everyone to pretend it was summer again and everyone just sat back and took it easy on all the cobbled climbs because we’re not a competitive bunch. No siree. Not at all. Ahem.
Just hurtling about the place up hill and down dale on the road bike on a nice (and windy…) day is a joyous thing to share with people, especially if you can spend a big chunk of the day doing it until your legs protest and the idea of sitting around drinking beer takes over. It was great to get an event like that in, this year. A result in itself.

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The headwinds weren’t too pleasant, but there was still much fast decending to be done.

And now, with any luck, we can start looking forward to come cyclocross. Maybe. Hopefully. You never know. Etc.

1 Comment »

  1. Hurrah!!

    Comment by Dave Haygarth — September 13, 2020 @ 10:06 pm

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