End of the road

Sunday 26 September 2010 at 12:00 pm The road season ends not with a bang but with a whimper, 1:06:02 at Fifield on yet another windy day. Better than last time, but still not good. With the eventual winner off 24 minutes behind me, I had time to get round to the start on my first lap just before he started, so I got a chance going up Hawthorn Hill for the second time to see where he was making up time as he flew past like I was standing still.

Bentley Continental

Saturday 18 September 2010 at 6:00 pm I don't usually bother with the trek down to Farnham, but father had entered and I thought that my presence would pretty much force him to ride all the way round to avoid the shame of pulling out after one lap. In terms of ensuring some positive news from a lacklustre season, it turned out to be a sensible plan, as my 59:13 was my fastest ride of the year so far at any distance. (more)

Fifield, FFS

Sunday 12 September 2010 at 5:00 pm I thought I had the West of Windsor course under control, but thanks to a cold in the middle of the week I was short of both strength and breath and could only manage to amble round in1:7:17, even slower than last time.

Last Gasp

Saturday 04 September 2010 at 11:00 am A final desperate attempt to post a decent 10 time was blown away by a rising easterly, and I could only manages a rather feeble 24:39

Medium fast

Thursday 02 September 2010 at 9:00 pm A best ever 27:12 on 72 fixed scored me third place in the club medium gear championship, despite a puncture which left me rolling slowly across the line on the rim. A first race outing for the Hirame for a couple of years proved a more fruitful choice than the usual Rourke, although with all the uncontrolled variables it's not clear how much was down to the shorter cranks and how much the enforced use of my best wheels, 46/17 proving a hair's breadth over 72 inches with the 25c tyres on the Hirame's day to day wheels.

Westerley winds

Monday 30 August 2010 at 11:00 am 1:0:45 and 23:50 in the Westerley CC weekend double header represented decent enough performances in the circumstances, it just would have been nice to have had better circumstances. A stiff breeze on both days scuppered any hopes I might have had of posting improvements on last years bests, and with the A team in action on the Monday I didn't even get a piece of the team prize, my overall tenth place being only good enough to be fourth counter in the club.

A result, of sorts.

Thursday 19 August 2010 at 9:00 pm For the first time ever, under 25 minutes on the Fifield course. My decades long battle with Hawthorn Hill reaches another milestone, although 24:59 is only a 3 second improvement on my previous best.

Wasted Effort

Sunday 15 August 2010 at 12:00 pm Some kind of form is finally coming together, but windy conditions on the Marlow bypass meant that, while I was much closer than usual to my club rivals, I still only managed 23:52

2 x 10 Intervals

Saturday 07 August 2010 at 11:00 am Is it still interval training if you take 36 hours break between efforts? 25:48 at Fifield on Thursday evening and 24:45 on the Thicket this morning.

Ski Slope

Sunday 01 August 2010 at 12:00 pm First go at the ski slope this year yielded 1:2:14, a less than stellar performance even on a rather average day, but at least it gets a 25 time on the board and gives me something to shoot at on the two remaining goes.


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