52nd Crest CC Tandem Weekend

Mark Brooking’s ride report from the recent Crest CC tandem-ride-as-excuse-for-pub-crawl weekend. It wasn’t my first time on a trike, having trashed a couple of fixed-wheel, solid-tyred machines as a kid, but it was my first ever tandem ride of any sort. Cheers Mark!

Link: http://www.willesdencyclingclub.co.uk/%ef%bb%bf52nd-crest-cc-tandem-weekend/

Revolve 24hr – 4-person team – Isobar Compression

hippy at Revolve 24hr
hippy at Revolve 24hr

I’m getting very lazy with race reports so here’s Jasmijn’s blog about the Revolve 24hr. Basically it was quite similar to 24hr MTB enduros I’d raced in Oz without all the crashing and dirt. Think 6 x 25mi TTs spread over a 24hr time period. We were racing for custom compression-wear company Isobar Compression (I’m wearing their bespoke calf-guards in the picture above) so big thanks to them for the kit and allowing us to race and to Jas for pulling the team together and winning us the bubbly 🙂

Team Isobar Compression:

2016-06-25 BDCA 50mi TT (A50/6)

1:47:18

PB and new club 50 mile record.

PB by ~4min and finally got Pete Cookson’s 1995 club record. Sorry Pete!

Not much to say other than there’s minutes to be had if I can just stop my leg going numb. Torrential rain before the start made me question the point but we’d traveled up here so it seemed silly not to race. Glad I did.

2016-06-19 ECCA 100mi (E2/100C)

3:42:54

Easy to get a course best on this ride since it was a new course! The clever cookies started the race at stupid o’clock in the morning so riders could spend more time on the fast DC parts of the A11 and A14. It worked and I secured another club record and PB, even though I had issues with my left leg going numb again and spent a lot of time out of the saddle trying to regain feeling in it! 14th in a very strong field was pretty good considering my ongoing leg issues.

Thanks for supporting me again Mal!

Results: 2016 ECCA 100 result sheet

2016-05-08 Charlotteville CC 50mi TT

1:51:39

16th place. This was grim. The day after PBing 10mi I was broken. Everything was tight and my left leg numbness came back hard so I was sitting up for a lot of the race. I thought I was way off the pace and had basically given up but then did some calculations and thought a PB might still be possible. I really upped the pace and got very close, only 30s down on my PB in Wales late last year but it wasn’t enough. Lesson learned – no 10s the day before. In happier news, Daniel, the organiser came good on his promise for a free bit of cake if I broke my course record. Since the last time I rode this was the day after a 100mi TT and my time was over 2hrs, I was pretty much guaranteed cake this time around! 🙂

Results: Charlotteville 2016 Open 50 Results

2016-05-01 Welsh 25mi Champs (R25/3H)

51:17

Extremely wet but it was a 3hr drive to the start of this R25/3H “cheat course” so I figured I best ride it anyway to at least see what the fuss was about and learn the course for a better day. Annoyed I didn’t do sub-50 (combination of taking it too easy due to wet roads on an unknown course and my valve cover came off causing a weird noise where I thought I’d broken something) but should be happy with my second fastest 25mi ride ever – 51:17 (11th place).

Results: WCA 25 2016 Result

2016-04-17 H25/2 25mi TT

54:54

Finally got back to this course to kill those 4 seconds in the face. I managed that easily but was still almost 5 min down on my new 25mi PB set last week on the E2/25. It was very cold today and there was far less traffic here than the E2 course. Even so, Andy Halliday said most riders were about 3min down on last week’s E2/25 race – I managed to be a whole 2 minutes extra shit on top of that! I think doing a bunch of gym work early morning Friday and then going clubbing that night until 5am (Hardfloor rocked the 303s btw!) was detrimental to my performance. “Oh, you think?!”

Anyway, long and short of it is – I won’t be doing any gym work close to an event I care about (or drinking my own bodyweight in beer) and I never have to ride the H25/2 course again.

If anyone has DA9000 56T, 57T or 58T chainring they want rid of, please get in contact!

Results: 20160417-H252