My first time trial of the year was BUCS 10 TT in Cambidgeshire on the 21st of April.
Although we had driven the course beforehand and it had looked smooth and fast, it was actually quite slow due to a rise for a motorway flyover and long straits into the wind. (<— I’m going to leave that spelling)
The large majority of people were on TT bikes which put those of us without aero kit at a bit of a disadvantage, but I felt like I was going pretty fast anyway! The roads were so smooth, it was lovely.
The course was an out-and-back, with the turn on a nice open roundabout at almost exactly half way which was well marshaled so my ride went very smoothly.
Practicing pacing myself over a few ’10’s prior to the ‘big’ day would of course have been beneficial and no doubt aero kit would have helped me place higher. I am pretty certain with more experience I could go quite a bit faster as I don’t feel I went as hard as I could have, but it’s hard to know how to pace it and don’t want to blow too early.
Generally I enjoyed it, which I’m going to take as a sign I wasn’t working hard enough!
Planning to hit a Rudy Project TT later in the year and maybe Blenheim if there is space for a wannabe…
|BUCS Team Results||University||Riders||Time|
|Gold||Cambridge A||Simmonds, Railton||0:48:33|
|1||Ciara||Horne||University of Birmingham||0:23:59|
|2||Hayley||Simmonds||University of Cambridge||0:24:34|
|4||Corrine||Hall||St Marys University College||0:25:29|
|5||Anna||Railton||University of Cambridge||0:26:07|
|6||Sarah||King||University of Warwick||0:26:26|
|7||Lucy||Gossage||University of Cambridge||0:26:38|
|8||Victoria||Ware||University of Edinburgh||0:26:46|
|9||Lara||Nyman||University of Birmingham||0:26:52|
|13||Elizabeth||Waterhouse||University of Manchester||0:27:51|
|17||Clara||Sandelind||University of Sheffield||0:29:17|
|19||Alice||Miller||University of Sheffield||0:29:36|
|20||Laura||McCormack||University of Birmingham||0:29:42|
|23||Natasha||Cutmore||University of Birmingham||0:29:53|
|24||Rachel||Stedman||University of Birmingham||0:30:24|
|25||Lucy||Nell||University of Leeds||0:30:32|
|32||Anna||Kiesenhofer||University of Cambridge||0:34:25|
Last year I did two 9.4 mile ’10’s but because they’re a bit shorter than a full 10 I am too lazy to calculate whether I went faster or not today. Of course the weather and the course make it all different anyway…