Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by Spartak, 13 Sep 2013.
I need to find a faster course - haven't had an absolute PB since 1969!
But keep hoping
What race were you riding in your avatar pic Sharky?
Event was an "inter-club" event, on one of the D courses in SW Lancashire.
That was at the finishing line of my first ever 50 on 21/5/67 and my third ever time trial. I punctured and mended the tyre with a patch and recorded 2:36:40.
Won by a Joe (or was it Jim?) Hanley in 2:11:30. Joe was actually a track rider and one of the best sprinters in the UK at the time. He was "king" of the Kirkby track meetings.
A couple of months later, rode my second 50 and recorded 2:15:19 and bagged 1st handicap. Only ever once went faster than this ride a year later and did 2:13:24 on the 50 version of the superfast 02 course.
Carried on improving a little at the shorter distances until 1969, then moved down south, worked in London, got married etc and all the other distractions, so never repeated my fast days, but have kept going most years and did another slow 10 last night.
I never did a 50. Entered one once but a thunderstorm and pouring rain before the start dampened my enthusiasm, so I was a DNS.
58:42 on the CTT Scottish District Championships at Westferry. The hour is conquered!
Well done! Something I never achieved (or even got really close to).
Yes well done, I too never got under, although I managed to break the 25mph barrier just once for a 10.
I often wonder what I could have achieved with today's equipment. My best 25 was done on a super fast night and I was just inside 62mins, but the winner "only" did a short "56". Even a rider like Doug Dailey, who was a GB international and went on to be a UK Pro only did a 57 or 58.
A good omen is that my best rides were in 69 and now I am 69, so maybe ……. well if I could get inside 70 mins, I would be pleased.
The kit does make a difference but the top guys a)know how to use that kit b) are really really fit and c) can push high power out in a very uncomfortable crazy aero position too! The winner was under 50mins with an avg speed of over 30mph.
I see people putting out less power than me in similar weight categories and besting me by 30 or more seconds. So I think I can still improve.
Good news in one sense is that the scene here is dominated by vets and older and it was a vet who won. People are staying faster longer it seems. Go get that 70min ride Sharky!
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