| posted on 7-4-2009 at 07:36||
|Re: 5th April 2009 Diary Entry by Tim.|
On 5th April 2009, Tim wrote:
Mt. Biking: HONC - Cotswolds
Wind Direction: Who cares
Surf / Sea State:
Air Temperature: 14+
Well Paul S, it was great. Really dry and fast riding today - I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm sure you would have too! Bad Luck.
I charged off with the front group behind the police escort - yes 1100 riders got 2 lady cops to show you the way.
I knew the ride would be easier than last year and faster - anything would. My GPS worked great, so great the group kept waiting for me
to tell them were to go. After an hour or so I couldn''t keep the pace up the climbs, and found myself in the second group. By the food
stop at about 11:30 at Guiting Power, it was really sunny and warm. I refilled my Camelback (why fill it up and take gallons with you)
and took a few bananas, then 15 mins later back on the roads.
I set off with the group I was with, some strong guys that I could use to help me on the road sections. On the descent to
Severnhampton, that was it I got a bit dropped. Then climbing back up my legs didn't work, a guy from Stourbridge gradually was pulling
away up the Cleeve Common.
I was catching lots of half distance people, last year we didn't see any. Cleeve was good dropping down to the "butterfly field" and
back up again across the common.
Descending down Postlip was well knarly. Rock hard and really bumpy.
I finished at 1:37pm so 4hrs:37mins. I was well chuffed with that. Fastest ever (back in my 20s I did it in about 5hrs - but that was
back when front sus was a treat and full sus didn't exist) and the 25th Anniversary Ride.
Super Event, well organised and marshalled at the main roads.
Hope you had a good ride Col (hows your head?), Mike and Sparky.
Nice on Tim... That's a pretty impressive time.
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