Saturday I raced near Cambridge in a 10 mile Time Trial.
All of the female riders struggled in the relatively high winds. I had a bit of a problem clipping in, so I cant wait for the pusher off helpers to come back. I only managed 20mph to the half way point. On the return leg, I didn’t have high enough gears to get much over 30mph. My average was well-below my PB of 24.2mph. I did a 26:45, which is close to times I do on Sporting Courses and I think that shows how windy it was. I am affected a lot by wind, maybe because I am very light compared to the women I race against. They must have a lot more power to push through the wind. I reached my target for 10 miles a few weeks ago, so it didn’t matter too much.
What was nice was my new kit, designed by Keith Suffling and Stonham Barns Park. It actually fitted around my middle, so not baggy anymore. I felt proud to be wearing it.
Yesterday I went Goodwood Motor Circuit with my family and Grandma.
I tried to break the over-all boys/girls 7.1 mile Road Bike record for U15s, and have a go at the U16s Girls 9.5 mile record.
The Event organiser David Collard-Berry was amazing, allowing me to ride a one-off double race one after the other. The wind was really strong and there was a way more headwind than tailwind on the course, affecting everyone racing in my races, but I did ok and won both races in the females. I think I could have got the over-all if the wind was the same each lap. I was trying to beat it by a few seconds, so I could still have energy for the second race.
U15s girls record was 21:23 and the boys was 19:11. My time was 19:35, so a new girls record.
U16s Record is still 23:19 and I did a 25:41, which is a bit slower than my PB average speed for 10 miles. Although I did beat the other girl in the second race by 4:11. I really enjoyed it and I hope I get another chance next year.
1st 12 year old Girl 1st Juvenile Girl (Under 16) 2nd Junior Girl (Under 18)
I got a new Provisional 25-mile PB time of – 1:03:23 today. We went to a hotel for a race that I did this morning. The race was in Keswick, Cumbria.
When we got there, it was raining very hard and everyone was standing under some kind of shelter. I got ready for the race, signed on and got my numbers. Then I warmed up, at first I tried rollers but it made a very loud annoying noise and I ended up just riding on the road for a warm up. The wind was okay, with a tail wind home leg. The course was quite hilly, but not so hilly that it affected my times. If its hilly I lose out on the downhills quite a bit compared tot the Under 18s or anyone a bit heavier than I am. The hills were long and steep enough to get you out of the saddle at times, which isn’t where I needed to be. The road was smooth but flooded in parts and the car spray was quite hard to see through at times.
There was a pusher-offer today so I got a faster start than I got recently and by the first roundabout (about 2 miles in), I was in sight of Sophie who is the other juvenile aged 14.
Around 7 miles in, I caught up to her and overtook. I got quite far ahead and a few minutes later, she wasn’t in sight anymore. I made it all the way around the course until the end without her catching back up to me which I was a bit surprised about. 18 miles into the race, I was riding at 30mph on the flat for about a mile. In the last 5 miles, it rained very hard and my shoes filled with water.
My Average Speed was 23.67mph for e 25 mile race. It was really nice to have a presentation after the time trial as well and free cakes. I really enjoyed the race overall and everyone was super friendly.
I was entered into two races leading up towards the National Championships, to see if I could break 26 minutes for 10 miles. Last week my training took me a step past that, with a 24:56. This week was my back-up attempt. I just about recovered from a cold earlier in the week, I wasn’t sick and i got a front mech which means my chain shouldn’t fall off.
The weather was okay, compared to the forecast of thunder, lightening and heavy rain. I get Asthma and the air was very heavy (LT humid/muggy). It only affected me a little bit during the race, so that was good.
It would have been cool to have a pusher offer at the start, but we still have to do a standing start. I did okay this week with clipping in and got a fairly good start. I caught my minute lady after 3 miles and then pushed as hard as I could. Early on I was averaging 25.4mph, but I lost a lot before the turn with the cross-headwind on a hill, which I struggle with and I dropped to 22.5mph avg. by the turn. On the return leg I tried to make up the time I lost on the hilly windy bit and got my segment times up on the last 4 miles to around 26-27mph. I fought for a PB, but I ran out of miles. I didn’t do as well against some of the women I beat last, they rode a bit faster and better than I did.
I was 14 seconds slower than last week, but the performance was probably the same of a small bit better this week.
So for the good news. I set an all-time Course record for Under 18 Girls. I beat Catherine Morrell of Thanet Road Club who set a time of 25:30 in 2018 by 20 seconds with a 25:10
Nice report from Cycling Time Trials on Abbeys Saturday race.I “think” the reference to coming 4th the week before, must have been for 4th women over-all, as Abbey came 1st Juvenile Girl/U16 Girl. It is interesting, as you don’t normally look at the women’s results, as Abbey is so young. You normally look at the Juvenile and Juniors without expectation.https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-report/21794…
Yes! New PB and smashed my season target with a 24:56 for 10 miles. I have the fastest Under 19 Girls time and 12th fastest women (all-time) on Strava, as well as 35th out of 60 men and women in todays race. I am very happy with the result.
From mid-week I have been preparing for an attempt on my PB and season target of a Sub 26-minute 10 mile time trial. My PB was 26:11, so I only needed to be 12 seconds faster and I had achieved this year’s goal.I rode the Plomesgate 10 on Thursday and looked at areas I could improve for today. My power figures were okay on Thursday, and I felt it was possible to get a new PB on this race.
We drove to Kent. When we got there, we found the course was reasonably fast, but it was not flat. The weather was okay, but it was a bit windy. I tried to hold 23.1mph as an average speed. With the head wind out, I knew I would be a bit below 23mph average.
The day started with me waking up at 6am feeling unwell, not the best start to the day. I did my normal routine before the race, but I still felt unwell. We got to the HQ on time, and it was a good temperature, not too cold and not too hot. We drove away from everyone else and found a quiet spot to warm up. I did one warm up lap of about 2 miles before dad stopped me. My rear light had stopped working. My rear light is held on by rubber things and electrical tape. Dad says that is good. He cut off the light and put the spare on. The spare was not working properly, so with 5 minutes to go dad put on another spare rear light, that did work. I went to pull away and my chain dropped again. It wasn’t going to well. We put my Chain on and I rode towards the start thinking I had a few minutes in hand. Then when I started riding up to the start and after about 30 seconds, I was sick at the side of the road. What else could possibly go wrong. I got to the start just in time. I did the usual multiple attempts at clipping in before taking the fist turn after 100 metres. I tried to push, but I was not feeling great. I tried to focus on my speed, which I did. Just before the halfway turn, another bit of bad luck. The traffic lights turned red, and I had to stop/slow right down until they went green. There was a Marshall making sure people did not jump the lights, so although I would not do that, I had to be incredibly careful it wasn’t deemed I went a bit too early. This did not affect my average time too much and as I turned to come back at the roundabout, I could feel the cross-tail wind behind me and my average at the turn was okay at 22.5, which meant I stood a chance at coming back fast. I tried to get my position as aero as I could and keep the power up. I was going down hills at 36mph and I went up a hill at 32mph, which made me feel I was in with a chance of getting the season target and a new PB. I took the last turn into a narrow country lane which looked like an average above 24mph, which was well above 23.1.Now I am home, and I can see my time. It is 24:56, which is far better than I could have dreamed of if everything had gone well, but seeing as I had a bad pre-race experience, I am super happy with the result. (And I don’t feel sick anymore). I did an average of 24.2mph overall.
Yesterday my dad and I drove up to Scotland. It was about a 7 hour drive there. When we got there; we went to the hotel, got changed and went to have a look at the course. It was 26 miles (about 41 km) and quite bumpy. It was mainly uphill and downhill but the hills weren’t too bad. The next day we went to the race and everyone was very nice. I warmed up on rollers before riding to the start. I started 1 minute after my main competitor who is 14 (number 21) . She had a good start but when I started, I couldn’t get clipped in for a while and lost about 5 seconds. Within the first mile, my chain fell of and I couldn’t get it back on quickly and the person who started a minute after me, overtook me there.
When I got back on the bike, within another half mile, my chain came of a second time. At this point I didn’t think I would be able to catch up to number 21, as both 23 and 24 had gone past me while I was not moving. I lost about 2 minutes and 20 seconds and 21 was a further minute ahead, so 3 minutes 20 to try and catch 21.
I still kept trying and by around 18 miles in to the race, I had caught up to her/21. I overtook her and then down a hill near the finish, she overtook me again and crossed the line 2 seconds before me. I beat number 21 by 58 seconds overall which I think is quite good considering all the time in lost earlier in the race. My maximum power was 580 Watts, although that would have been for a reason and not my average, which would be a lot lower. It was really fun and I reckon it was worth the drive.
On Sunday, I went to Scarborough for the Scarborough cycling festival. We knew Sunday was going to be difficult and the course would be tough. We thought it was 11% and the same length as Semer (the local hill we practiced on). We were very wrong. It was 24% gradient and about 4 times the length of Semer. I had my standard road gears on the bike and I suffered up the hill.
I was in the peloton on the 2nd lap, which was good, as a lot of the riders dropped off and I had to catch up. We did that top lap twice, then we used the hill, not once, as expected but 3 times. It was painful. I did learn a lot about the course. I’ve never been very good at hills. I came 5th girl, which was better than I expected and overall I had loads of fun.
Today the team went to Colchester for the Regional Road Race Championship. My main focus, and we spent a lot of time trying to find solutions… wasn’t today, it is tomorrow, where I have an almost impossible National Youth Series Race up Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough. That meant I needed to use as smaller amount of energy as possible today, but still try to win the regional Championship.
The start had a tail wind, so we made sure I was positioned at exactly the right place on the grid. That worked and the tail wind straight was taken in a controlled way. As soon as we turned out of the tail wind into the cross wind, I did the next part of the plan. I can’t explain what had to happen, but it almost worked, except Eloise my main competitor, knew, I think, what was going to happen. That meant I had to change to the next option for the first lap. I did that successfully and by the end of the first lap I looked at my my pit board I was using to help me not push too hard showed I was over 16 seconds up. I then rode slowly for the next few laps, but my pit board was showing I was gaining a lot of time each lap.
Dad was waving at me to slow down to not catch and lap the 2nd place group, as that wouldn’t be great for them. I could see the group and they could see me on the long straights. They didn’t seem to realise about getting lapped. It got to the point where I was told to stop the race by catching the leaders, as it was going to go on for too many laps. I did one faster lap and caught, passed and lapped the 2nd place rider. When I passed them I was only doing 21mph, whereas they were doing 11mph, so there was no way I could avoid passing them. The second-place group are supposed to drop back as they are lapped, but instead they chased me. I think British Cycling tried to stop that happening, but the riders didn’t really interfere with my race too much, so it wasn’t a big problem. At the line they sprinted, I was saving energy and didn’t sprint, but I one boy did come over the line alongside me, but they had been lapped, so it didn’t matter. Eloise did a great job at the finish and took third place. My teammate took 6th overall. I was only racing Eloise, and the other girls, so although I rode alone more than expected, it was still a win and I am regional champion. Very happy, especially as my brother is also Regional U8 champion and Frank Spauls in U10s too.. The whole team rode amazingly. Well done SYRT.