During July I’ve been trying to build towards the 12 hour later in August. I’ve mainly been doing sweetspot and a bit of tempo in between races with the aim of a short taper the week before. In the meantime I’ve had some decent rides and results – it’s been seemingly blazing hot or soaking wet but nearly always windy.
On Saturday 6th it was the Weaver Valley 25, and one of the few times this season that J2/9 hasn’t been disrupted by floods or roadworks or both. Legs felt really bad – think my sunsuit is too small for me (as opposed to me being too fat for it, obviously!) 55:32, 8th from 69 riders
The next day I rode the Liverpool Phoenix 25 at Rainford on D25/3 at the crack of stupid. A pleasant morning but hard to get going on sore legs from the day before. My best time on this course. 55:43, 3rd from 49 riders
The week after was the M&DTTA 100, which, due to us not having a viable 100 course in Cheshire anymore, was piggy-backed onto the WCTTCA 100 in D district. The original course, D100/6, had roadworks, so it was a re-run of the Anfield 100 on D100/2A. Again, I was up at stupid o’clock for the drive down and it was a bit chilly at 6am in the morning. I was really please with my ride – I paced it really well again, saving enough for a big push in the last 10 miles and was happy with my time at the end. 03:56:02, 4th from 56 riders
The Congleton CC 50 on 21st July was held on J4/9 – known locally as the King Street course. The weather was breezy but warm enough and again my pacing was pretty good – managing a consistent power output with a slight negative split. 01:52:18, 4th from 59 riders
My final race of the month was my own club’s open event, the Seamons CC 25. Again scheduled for J2/9 it was moved to the King Street 25 course on J4/8 due to yet more roadworks. It was very, very wet and saw a new course record (possibly Cheshire record) by Ethan Hayter, a World Pursuit and European Omnium champion. Despite not feeling great I managed a power PB for a 25 out of nowhere. Can’t explain it, shows exactly what I know about this training lark. 54:44, 10th from 68 riders