Well we finally got a sunny weekend. On Saturday I was riding a 25M time trial at J2/9 again. The conditions were probably about as good as you can get – light wind, not too warm – so I was looking to beat my only other 25M time of 1:05:16, especially as I would be wearing my pointy hat.
As it was I went pretty well. My first 10M was done in 24:41 (faster than my 10 PB) but then I started to labour a bit as the downhill section started to drift upwards. The second 10M was done in 25:18. I tried to push hard in the last 5M but by then I was flagging and so came in with a time of 1:02:38. I’m pleased with that time but I think I can do better, especially as my stats showed I was under threshold.
On Sunday I went over to Fairburn, near Leeds, to ride the Brimham Rocks 200k audax. Last year it was a decent day and again the weather seemed like it would be good.
We set off at a very quick pace. I needed to stay with the “peleton” whilst my stupid Garmin calculated the route. Unfortunately, as I’d made a mistake with it, that took the best part of 12 miles! As soon as it did I got to the front and pushed on, with another couple of riders for company. The first cafe came quickly, and instead of being last there like last year, I was first in. Nobody else stopped, but I had a toasted teacake. I then set off to catch them again. The second stop was out at Horton Stean Gorge, and by the time I got there I was back near the front again.
After beans on toast I retraced the route back past the reservoir. Heading south was hard work into a stiff headwind, but not as hard as Nought Moor Road Climb. This is a difficult climb, just over a mile long with an average gradient of nearly 10%.
After the middle section of climbs, finishing up with a climb out of Otley, the remainder of the ride was relatively flat – but the wind made it very tough indeed. By this point the sun was out and I was getting sunburnt. There’s no pleasing some people.
Ride stats: 117miles in 6hrs 52m @ 17mph. 5534ft climbing, average HR 134bpm, 4714kcals used