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Karla

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2225 on: July 25, 2019, 09:45:26 pm »
Do the CX and the open.  Opens aren't scary, they're just a bit more organised than club events.  They're often on faster courses too - which one are you looking at?

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2226 on: July 26, 2019, 09:31:12 am »
The open is on H10/17R. Looks nice and flat for my fixed.  :)

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2227 on: July 26, 2019, 10:43:14 am »
It's a good course.  I've only done it as the middle third of the BUCS 25 but rest assured, that's the fast third  :thumbsup:

Enjoy the CX!

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2228 on: July 31, 2019, 08:39:18 pm »
Did my first '10' since 1981 tonight:

26-15 on 74" fixed (42x15)

Merckx position too ;)

Well Chuffed, I was hoping for a 28 :D

https://www.strava.com/activities/2579433404

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2229 on: July 31, 2019, 09:41:20 pm »
If this was on the guvnor then you'll be back to first cat in no time!

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2230 on: August 01, 2019, 08:53:45 am »
That's well fast for a Mercx on fixed, congrats!  :thumbsup:

No racing (TT or CX) for me today - my back seized up yesterday.  ::-) Will take my daughter to the CX instead.

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2231 on: August 03, 2019, 07:30:48 pm »
Rearranged VC Norwich 25 this afternoon. Fast to the turn and on for a decent ride.  Seemed harder on the way back and lost a little time.

PB’d by one second precisely with a 53:45.  Another distance ticked off for the year.

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2232 on: August 04, 2019, 08:42:28 pm »
Taking the Sergei Bubka approach and PBing by 1 second each time? :)
Congrats - IIRC that's your second PB this year?

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2233 on: August 04, 2019, 08:50:56 pm »
Taking the Sergei Bubka approach and PBing by 1 second each time? :)
Congrats - IIRC that's your second PB this year?

Ta.

3rd.  25, 100 and 24hr.   Only 3 races left.

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2234 on: August 04, 2019, 08:52:10 pm »
Taking the Sergei Bubka approach and PBing by 1 second each time? :)
Congrats - IIRC that's your second PB this year?

Ta.

3rd.  25, 100 and 24hr.   Only 3 races left.
That's great going. If you are going to do something other than TTing next year, that's a pretty good way to bow out.   :thumbsup:

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2235 on: August 07, 2019, 06:02:50 pm »
Hmm, Scottish National Championship 100TT last Sunday.

I took 5 mins off my PB, for 4:15; but I'm a long way short of going sub 4 hours.
I had the pace dialed back from what I did on the same course 2 weeks ago on the 50, and so I was over 2 hours by 50 miles.
And the second lap was never going to be faster.

Those hills that wouldn't even register on a recreational ride are significantly harder in a TT situation. And doubly so on the second lap!

Think I need to accept that a sub-4 100 for me is going to take exceptional circumstances: A fast course with very favorable conditions. And a younger me!

https://www.strava.com/activities/2590851452

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2236 on: August 07, 2019, 11:12:50 pm »
Another 10 - slightly more undulating and a bit windier than the last event so dropped the gear from 74" to 72.8" and did 27-20. Pleased to maintain an average of approx 105 rpm

https://www.strava.com/activities/2599623461

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2237 on: August 16, 2019, 10:52:18 am »
First Open tomorrow. Slightly sore as I did weights on Tuesday and 'cross last night. Wondering what gearing I should use - it's dead flat so either 54x16 or 54x15. 16 would be my normal sprocket, but my disk cover was rubbing on the side with the 16 tooth on it last time I rode the TT bike (which was about a month ago - also a worry).

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2238 on: August 17, 2019, 07:53:08 pm »
I switched to the 16. Should have left it on the 15 - it was really windy, and I struggled to produce power >110rpm in the tailwind on the way out. I don't think it would have really hurt my time in the head on the way back.
I got a pretty good PB though - down from 27:11 to 25:42, and that includes having to stop at the turn. My normalised power wasn't much up on the previous PB, so it's probably down to the course, but it's still pleasing.  ;D Rekindled my hope I can actually do some fast TTing at some point!

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2239 on: August 24, 2019, 08:46:38 am »
I switched to the 16. Should have left it on the 15 - it was really windy, and I struggled to produce power >110rpm in the tailwind on the way out. I don't think it would have really hurt my time in the head on the way back.
I got a pretty good PB though - down from 27:11 to 25:42, and that includes having to stop at the turn. My normalised power wasn't much up on the previous PB, so it's probably down to the course, but it's still pleasing.  ;D Rekindled my hope I can actually do some fast TTing at some point!

Well done.  I thought you would improve when you got to a decent course.

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2240 on: August 24, 2019, 08:50:40 am »
Well I get back from PBP to discover that the ECCA 12hr has been cancelled through lack of numbers.   I had juggled things a bit to make this the last big goal of the year and it now all feels a bit flat.

I can ride the Kent and will benefit from an additional week of PBP recovery but that course is slower and I have done a lot of hours riding laps of Romney Marsh.   Entry deadline is Tuesday so I can discuss with my supporters once I collect them from the airport this afternoon.

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« Reply #2241 on: August 29, 2019, 03:06:58 pm »
Well I get back from PBP to discover that the ECCA 12hr has been cancelled through lack of numbers.   I had juggled things a bit to make this the last big goal of the year and it now all feels a bit flat.

I can ride the Kent and will benefit from an additional week of PBP recovery but that course is slower and I have done a lot of hours riding laps of Romney Marsh.   Entry deadline is Tuesday so I can discuss with my supporters once I collect them from the airport this afternoon.

Kent 12hr it is then.   It seems like there aren't many entries but at least the event is on.   I had a drive round the finishing circuit while I was in the area on Sunday and about a third of it is on quite a technical lane.   I don't have huge aspirations in terms of distance.

It's good that I will be ending my time in long distance testing at the event where it all started.

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2242 on: September 04, 2019, 09:51:51 am »
Whatever happens Rob, you're now on the TT legends list  :thumbsup:

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2243 on: September 04, 2019, 09:57:11 am »
Kent 12hr still on but it looks like there will be course alterations that will be confirmed on the morning.   I can see which bit of road is closed and can work out what they might do to avoid, but it's not great.

I can currently see 3 sets of temporary lights going in on the course over the weekend, of which 2 sets are on the finishing circuit.   Brilliant....

Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2244 on: September 09, 2019, 10:39:56 am »
I just looked back through the thread and saw my comments from my first KCA 12hr in 2013.   How times have moved on.   It's quite fitting that my first long TT will also be my last.

In the end the organisers only had to deal with one road closure so they kept us on the leg to Ashford and back for 5 laps before moving to the Camber circuit.   I was averaging 24mph up to about 70 miles when I had a minor mechanical and had to borrow some tools from another support crew.  I managed to get some time back to my first scheduled stop at 100 miles and off the first section of the event.   It stayed quite cool despite the sun being out and the wind was from the North but not hugely troubling.   I did 5 laps of the Camber circuit before being moved to the finishing circuit.   This was a new one this year with a quite technical little lane for 3 miles.  I was able to push quite hard towards the end and rounded out with 267 miles.

The winner did 285 and second place 278, which leaves me in 3rd.   I think this wins me the Kent Vets champs and the ECCA champs so a good way to round the year out.

I am very beaten up today.   I suspect that this is 1) cumulative load and also 2) you just go so much harder in a 12 compared to a 24.

I have 2 shorter ones - a 10 and a 30 - the next 2 weekends and then time for a break.

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2245 on: September 09, 2019, 11:25:09 am »
Congratulations rob.
...and then time for a break.
Well deserved.
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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2246 on: September 09, 2019, 11:48:29 am »
Well done Rob, I decided not to enter as Mrs PC was still immobile with a back problem. My last TT of the year was Saturday's F11/10, it wasn't a fast day but happy(ish) with a course PB of 22:57.

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2247 on: September 12, 2019, 08:52:41 am »
Last club event of the season last night the 'Pie Eaters 5 mile Handicap'. Not quite 5 mile (my GPS recorded 7.5km), I finished 2nd in the event (the fast guys stayed at home) and won the handicap trophy - a great end to my first season after a 35 year 'lay-off'

Ridden 6 events this year all on fixed, on my old 70s Raleigh and in the 'Merckx Position'

Park Farm Hilly 17 - 52-44 (67")
Collin 10 - 26-14 (74")
Hoddam 10 - 27-23 (73")
Lockerbie10 - 26-09 (74")
Gilchristland HC Champs - 13-42 (62") 1st V50
Pie Eaters H/cap '5' - 12-25 (76") 2nd O/A !st H/cap

Lighter wheels, clip on tri-bars and some specific training needed for next year - and maybe even a modern track frame ;)

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2248 on: September 12, 2019, 10:14:06 am »
Having not ridden any TTs since I stopped doing them with the local club, a masochistic streak evolved this year and I joined an online Cruzbike forum TT group. We each have a 12 mile course that we ride each week for 15 weeks, putting in a weekly time.  Ranking is on the basis of performance vs PB rather than vs each other as all the courses are different. So far I've had 6 new PBs on the same course with three weeks to go, and will have another this week as I got a qualifying ride in early when it wasn't windy.

My only beef is it's on absolute time improvement rather than %, so the slower riders can stand to score better for the same relative performance change.

   Date            Time          Speed    HR max   Speed Max
1   18/6/19   41:18.0   28.1   165   41.3
2   30/6/19   40:11.0   28.9   168   43.9
3   05/07/19   39:44.0   29.2   165   41.7
4   14/7/19   39:01.0   29.7   166   37.6
5   21/07/19   39:25.0   29.4   166   45
6   missed            
7   missed            
8   08/08/19   35:40.4   32.5      47.1
9   15/08/19   36:40.0   31.6   168   43.1
10   24/08/19   36:27.0   31.8   174   42.4
11   28/08/19   36:25.0   31.8   168   44.1
12   08/09/19   35:15.0   32.9   175   40.4
13   10/09/19   35:02.0   33.1   171   43.6


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IanDG

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Re: The TT Thread
« Reply #2249 on: September 12, 2019, 11:38:20 am »


I'm currently sitting 8th in the league, can't believe how much I've enjoyed this

Ditto - I 'retired' from time trialling in 1984 and when moving to Dumfries I was convinced that I wasn't going to get involved again. But, seeing an event on the Dumfries CC fb page that was open to all I decided to have a go just to see what I could still do. Really enjoyed it so rode more and looking forward to next season. Aim to do some specific training next year and to make some improvements to the bike and think I'll continue on fixed - but I'm not interested in moving beyond the club event series (at the moment)  ::-)