This week we entered the TFC Mad Monday race. As when we last did one of their races there was a last minute course change. It took us off to New York for the Gotham Grind Course at 38km.
We all had our separate Cat Pens with a 1 minute delay start between each Cat. As always it was a fast start for all so it was necessary to dig in deep to keep up with the leading groups. From the start you could hear the moans and groans from everyone. Most of us managed to hold on for the first Lap as the groups started to split again on the climbs.
D Cat Hectic start... David was aware of, D James, P Hill and Lotte B being in the same group for a few minutes. Then David Yates bridged across to a small group in front. As with all the Cat's you could see your fellow club mates and all tried to stay together for as long as possible.
As the laps continued it got harder to stick with your group as those hills made it tough for tired legs to hold on. it was the last lap where the splits grew bigger as the pace was increased and some of us just couldn't hold on any more. Everyone crossed the line with great relief to give those legs a well deserved rest.
It was good to see some more new faces joining the races, and that some have decided to make the jump to a higher cat.
That was a Hard Race well done everyone.
1st Andy Davies 47m21s
2nd Bob McGlue 47m22s
1st Jason Harris 49m21s
2nd Lyndon Ferguson 49m42s
3rd Cameron Wheels 49m42s
1st Sally White 55m02s
1st Tony Eva 56m34s
2nd Thomas Richardson 57m08s
3rd Adam Underwood 57m08s
1st Caroline Goodman 56m34s
2nd Clare Smith 1h02m51s
3rd Jo Cheese 1h07m51s
1st David Yates 1h01m29s
2nd David James 1h07m12s
3rd Paul Hill 1h08m00s
1st Lotte 1h08m33s
This week we headed to the 2018 UCI WORLDS COURSE SHORT LAP (INNSBRUCK).
This involved having to race a climb of 700m at an average of 5.4%.
The racers were all held in separate pens and started all at the same time. Even though we knew it was a big hill climb we all went off at a fast pace. We were soon starting to climb, going under the underpass we all knew we were about to hit the climb. This is when all the groups started to split. You could hear how hard everyone was working to get up this hill. It was great to hear the A riders had reached the top, and knowing that you still had a way to go. I think we can all say how impressed we were when we saw Sally steaming full speed ahead past us. With great relief we had reached the top and had the downhill ahead of us. So it was a fast downhill into the town. We had one more short but steep incline followed by a down hill, then the sprint to the Finish.
It was a great effort by all as i think we all smashed our PBs on the hill climb.
A BIG well done to one and all as that was the hardest race so far in the series.
This week we headed to Watopia for the RUHRRIDERS POTT-RACE with a last minute route change to Figure 8.
This was another fast course with its climbs.
As usual it was another fast start for all groups apart from the A's who decided to join the B's this week. All stuck pretty much together until the hills when the groups started to split into smaller groups. These stayed together until almost the end and the last of the climbs. Then the last of the groups started to split, ready to race to the line. Lots of moans and groans as everyone dug deep to the top of the climb, and then the last sprint down hill to the finish Line. Again a big well done to all riders as that was slog.
Took us to New York for the EVR Europe Race The 6 Train Reverse.
A Flat course - depending on your view point! The race was a mass start which resulted in a fast start for all. By the second lap the short, but steep, little hill on the finishing line started the split in all the cat groups and allowed everyone to settle down into small groups which kept each other going. In which resulted in good group racing for the line.
Another good turnout for week 2 of the Captains Race Series.
This week we headed off to the Team TfC Mad Monday Race Series which resulted in a last-minute change course to Watopia Flat Route. As many of us would say not quite so flat. We all eagerly waited in our starting pens for the start. No-one couldn’t believe how quick the start went off. Everybody dug in deep to go with the groups and hang on the best they could. But with such a fast start and having to dig in so deep and legs burning it took its toll on a couple. For the rest they settled into a group they were with and hung in there to the end. I think we can all agree that was a hard-fun race to be in, but so glad for the finishing line.
This week saw a great start to the Captains race series.
It was sweat, tears and pain and started with the WKG winter league Richmond UCI Worlds course.
This proved to be a fast, tough course with most riders getting PBs (great effort all). With 3 climbs at the end of each lap, it makes for a tough finish for the line.
It helped having discord connected so riders could see how everyone else was getting on and knowing they were not the only one struggling to hang on. (so much so Chris’s neighbors had to check he was ok 😊).
There was a good turnout including a good number of new faces. both male and female, joining us.
Look forward to next week!