Sunday 7 September 2008

Time Trials Unending

Back in the real world of Fierce Old Guy racing, I did the Ottawa Bicycle Club's 15 km time trial on Thursday. Conditions were not as good as the previous week and although I rode well (and the chain stayed in place this time!) I lost a bit of time to the headwind coming back and clocked 22:55, or twelve seconds off the pace from last week.

Today I did the Almonte Bicycle Club 40 km time trial in Calabogie. It was pretty cold in Canada this morning and the wind picked up a bit, so again conditions were not as good as in July. I was consistent, I guess, with a time only 3 seconds slower than the last one: 1:06:13. This is a beautiful course, but hard with the climbing and also with having to get up at 5 am to go and do it! There was a very fast field on the course today, with ten cyclists coming in under 60 minutes.

Two time trials left in the season: one 15 km on Thursday, and then the OBC's End of the Season 40 km time trial on September 21. This is reputed to be flat flat flat, so let's see if the wind plays along.


Lily on the Road said...

It was very cool and breezy this morning!

When I was headed home from my run in Kanata, I stopped in Dunrobin to pick up a couple of things for dinner. There were two fellows with their bikes getting ready to jaunt off, I said "great day for cycling", to which one fellow replied, "everyday is a great on a bike".

It made me think of you!

Good Luck with the rest of your TT's.

Sprocketboy said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Laurel! We still have some time before it gets too cold to go for a training ride. Let me know when you have those new bike shoes. Clipless pedals next!

Donald said...

Yes.. it's time for you to catch a break. You need a tailwind. Still, with all the time trial practice you are bound to hone your skills young grasshopper.
Go get 'em!