Big Weekend Ahead

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30th of June 2021

Written by LT: Big weekend for Stonham Barns Park rider Abbey. On Saturday its a damage limitation road race in Colchester, where the aim is to try to do well in the Regional Road Race Championship without putting out too much effort; easier said than done. Abbey needs to leave Colchester to get to Scarborough, some 5 hours away with a desperate struggle to recover for the next mornings 06:00 start. Sunday sees Abbey race the best under 12’s in the UK. The race is up Oliver’s mount which is as it sounds, a serious hill you race up and down with gradients between 11% and17%. We know some of the girls and how good they are. Some will be around the same pace as Abbey on the flat, but weighing 10Kgs lighter. It will be a very tough race, just to get on the podium. Abbey is unbeaten this year, and has put herself out there racing against the top riders on terrain that will see her in the Red for most of the race. Its all character building… Cant wait for Sunday.

Herne Bay 10-mile time trial In Kent

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27th of June 2021

LT: Info added – Abbeys target for 2021 is 25:59 for 10 miles. Abbeys time today was 26:11. 12 seconds to go.
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Written by Abbey:
Today, I did the Herne Bay 10-mile time trial In Kent.
We went to bed at 11:30 yesterday because we got to the hotel late and then we woke up at 5am to get ready for the race. The hotel lady gave me a bag of free M&Ms 😊

It was a great course and the weather was warm by the time I started and cloudy, a bit windy and misty/fogey. I had a bad start and didn’t get clipped in very quickly, but I made up some time down hills. On one down-hill, I got to 32mph which is about 51kph.

My Garmin stopped halfway through the race and the results aren’t in yet so I don’t know my time, but I don’t think I did very well.
I also raced yesterday, and my legs ached a bit so maybe I would have done a bit better if I didn’t race the day before.

National Open Circuit Time Trial Championships – Sheffield Race 6/6

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26th of June 2021

Today I did the National Open Circuit Time Trial Championships – Sheffield Race 6/6. It was cloudy but really hot at the same time. My dad and I drove up in the morning and drove around the course. As we suspected, it was quite hilly again.

There were 3 juveniles that turned up to the race, and the girl who started 1 minute after me, who I tried to stay ahead of overtook me exactly on the line so overall she got a 1 minute faster result than mine. She is 14 so I didn’t expect to beat her.

At the start, I forgot I was using the power pedals which I have to push harder to get my foot in, so when I tried to clip in, my foot slipped straight off the front of the pedal, and I lost around 10 seconds.

I had an asthma attack halfway up a hill and slowed down quite a bit there. There was also a quite strong headwind and It was so strong that I had to sprint down a hill and I still only did 15mph which is about 24kph.
Then a bit further on, there was a tight left-hand turn which I completely mis-estimated the tightness of, and almost stopped because I was going to fast and would have crashed if I didn’t brake.

At the next junction, about 6 cars passed and I had to slow right down and lost lots of time.

Overall, I think I did quite decent and it was quite fun. I have a race tomorrow so I’ll see if I can do good then…

Lotus Round 4

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23rd of June 2021

On Tuesday, I went to Lotus to do round 4 of the series. Because I am the only youth C girl, they let me race in the youth A/B race which is fun. Its really hard because I am racing with people up to 16 year old. I think it’s a good experience though.

Last Tuesday’s race was the hardest round yet by far. There was a really strong head wind and everyone sprinted straight off the line into the headwind. I am definitely not as strong as any of the U16 boys so I dropped off the back just before half a lap. In round 3, I stayed on the back for about 15 minutes but the wind wasn’t as strong then.

Many people from Suffolk youth race team were there and we have a great group of riders racing.

Winner – National Youth Road Race Championships – Hillingdon

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19th of June 2021

Abbey represented Suffolk Youth Race Team team in the National Youth Series event at Hillingdon on Saturday.

The weather was okay, not particularly warm and a bit damp in places. Abbey prepared well for the race, although the race was delayed by some 15+ minutes due to a nasty accident in an older category. Abbey adjusted her warm up accordingly and got her self on the front row of the grid. As the race started, Abbey had a nasty slip while trying to clip in, which caused her to drop off the back of the Peloton.

Abbey chased back on and rode back to the front by the exit of the second corner. As the riders rode the back section of the course that dropped to the left down hill and then turned sharp right, Abbey had a bit of a moment and her rear wheel slid out. When she came around for her next lap, she was a bit cautious and found herself pushed off the course by an other rider. This lead to a race long problem with the corner, whereby Abbey would go into the down hill section at the front of the group, but by the time she had climbed the hill from the exit of the corner she was about 10 seconds off the back before coming onto the start finish straight. Its normal for riders to get dropped on the up hills, not so common to get dropped on down hills. Most laps Abbey had to ride down the start finish straight trying to catch the peloton. Each lap she achieved the ‘catch’ and by the time they got back to the hill she had moved back to the front. By half race, Abbey had lapped the second place girl.

Abbey showed very good strength and fitness and we felt she could have been more of a problem to the boys if she wasn’t “getting back on” each lap, but instead attacking.

Abbey came 1st and winner of the NYS U12 Girls race. I had some camera issues, so we do not have many photos, apologies. If anyone publishes any, I’ll share for both riders.

RTTC National Circuit Championships in Naseby

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6th of June 2021

Today I rode the RTTC National Circuit Championships in Naseby. The race was just under 33 miles long. The day before; my dad, brother, sister and I stayed in a hotel. We drove the course in the evening. We realised the course wasn’t flat, so my bike was set-up wrong, as dad put gears on it for a flat course. We had a smaller front ring with us, but it meant I still had wrong gears. I could just about get up the hills, but it wasn’t fast.

On the day it was warm but rained a tiny bit halfway through the race. On the first lap, just before a long hill, my chain fell off and I had stop and put it back on. This was because of the set-up changes. On the second lap, as I was going down a super-fast hill, my chain fell off again. I stopped at the bottom of the hill because I wouldn’t make it up the steep hill with no chain on, but I was in the hardest gear down the hill, so I had to put the chain on and ride up the hill (quite slowly because I started from the bottom of the hill and had to clip in and get my speed up a bit.) I lost about 3 minutes in total, not all of it because I had to stop, but also because I couldn’t use my speed to climb the next hill.

I was beaten fairly by my main competitor in this race. She was two years older, and very nice. I have one more of this type of race and hopefully we will understand the course better next time. I had a great time, and it was a good experience.

Orwell Velo Mid-Week 10TT

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1st of June 2021

I rode the Orwell Velo 10TT on the A137 starting at Wherstead and working down to the Orwell Bridge. It isn’t the fastest course, but it is interesting. I was a bit slow into a few of the tighter corners and I think I could have gone faster down the big hill to the finish. When I finished I rode the course again, which was about the same distance that I would have ridden if I rode home.

Stowmarket and District CC 10 Mile TT

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31st of May 2021

Today I woke up at 5:30 am to go to the Stowmarket & District CC 10 mile Time Trial.

When we got there it was a bit cold (10 degrees), but when I started racing at 07:38 it got a bit warmer at 12 degrees.

The start had moved from where dad remembered it, as there was a new road layout, but I warmed up with my friend Laura Davies as I was one number after her and we found the start. At the start we were allowed to be held up, which wasn’t possible during the previous lock down, so I got a faster start than before.

The course was quite nice and quite fast, but it had some big pot holes I couldn’t see easily. I went into quite a few of them, which wasn’t great, but I didn’t lose too much time.

My previous PB was 26minutes and 48 Seconds, today I have for 10 miles a new PB of 26 minutes and 27 Seconds, My season target time is 25:59, so I’m getting closer.

The ladies at time trials are very nice and supportive, thanks Sue and Laura.

Lotus RoaD Race Round 1

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29th of May 2021

Today I went to Lotus Near Norwich for the first road race under normal conditions. The girl I was going to race against didn’t turn up. I had to race against just boys who have a bigger sprint than girls. I decided to sprint from the start. I put a 1minute 53 second first lap, which was about 25.3mph avg. This meant I had a lead of about 10 seconds to the field. After a couple of laps on my own two boys worked together and caught up to me. One dropped off the back so I asked the other boy if we could work together, which we did. It didn’t help my average speed, but there was just two of us. On the corner before the last one, I did a sprint at 28.7 mph, but it was too far out at about 800 mtrs. The boy kept up and passed me as we went into the last corner. We were together in the last corner and sprinted together towards the line, but he was stronger and took the over all win. I’m not sure where everyone else finished, but they were about half a lap or more back and I lapped some of my age group twice. It was nice to finally to do a proper road race. I really enjoyed it and it was hot, which was nice.

Diss Mid-Week 10TT

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Today I went to another 10-mile time trial. The one I was meant to do, in Holbrook was cancelled so I I did one in diss instead. It was a nice course and it was actually quite fast. I got to the start with ten seconds to go🤦‍♀‍😅 and had a very slow start. I got a new PB for 10 miles and even though I think I could have gone faster in some places, overall I don’t think I did too bad.