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

April 10, 2012

The anatomy of a bicycle race

Filed under: bikes,on-one,Racing — dgpowell @ 9:45 am

Sorry, I’m a luddite and have no idea how to display media that’s on Facebook here:

Click me for Angela’s race notes

In the pits:
Lap 2: Pit stop to tighten rear cassette that had come loose. 2 mins.
Lap 6: Pit stop to relube chain and fit lights to bars (not dark so didn’t bother with helmet light…). 2mins.
Lap 7: Pit stop to fit helmet light. 10 minutes (due to it not fitting correctly & external battery falling off (schoolboy error not testing it all in advance!))
Lap 9: Pit stop to check whether last lap had to be completed by 12am or started by 12am. 3 mins.

On course:
Lap 1: Don’t get caught up (too much…) in the 1st lap insane-o-sprint lead off by a scary fast looking Rich Rothwell
Lap 4: World’s longest ever trackside pee stop!
Lap 6: (and onwards) knackered rear mech results in skipping gears in middle ring, soft pedalling required (or just use the big ring, raar!)
Lap 10: Ease back & guzzle a couple of caffeinated gels in case Matt Page catches up & it all ends in a fast last lap!

Basically, it ended with a bit of this:



  1. bloody hell, so if you’d not had all those problems, you’d have wo…..

    oh! hurrah!

    Comment by Jase — April 10, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Fantastic result and well deserved you looked strong!

    Comment by trio25 — April 10, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  3. Nice one Jase! : ) And good to see you won it without everything going your way ; ) And maybe I should race erm… shorter races.

    Comment by Rich Rothwell — April 10, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  4. […] not me, I have been very lazy with the cycling for the past 18months.  My good friend Dave (aka was this year crowned European 12hr Champion, and he rode it on a fully rigid […]

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