This week saw me ride my 100th 10 mile time trial (and, indeed, my 250th time trial). I did my first time trial on the 25th September 2010 (read about it here and picture below). I did it on my road bike without a clue about aerodynamics and at a time when I was tipping the scales at around 78kg. I managed to average 20.9mph to do it in a time of 28 minutes and 42 seconds.
I felt sick immediately afterwards and vowed never to do it again! 7 months later and I tried my hand at club not-quite-10’s (8.75 miles) but it was 2012 before I did another open 10!
Fast forward nearly 7 years and I’ve just completed my 101st 10. I’m less than 65kg and I managed to average 30.3mph to do it in a time of 19 minutes and 50 seconds.
It’s taken a bit of hard work to get to this point but importantly it’s not felt like it because it has been fantastic fun, and I’ve met some great people over the years. Although I’m 50 years old I still see myself as a relative novice with plenty still to learn, and I look forward to trying to get faster.
Hopefully this might inspire a few people to give it a go. If I can do this with no discernible natural talent, then so can anyone.