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Haverhill 20

Brian Phillips writes…

The heavy overnight rain and winds stopped in time for the TT on Sunday, leaving big puddles for the ‘kids’ amongst us to splash through!! 48 faced the timekeeper, and I was off at 20.

Course has two significant (for Suffolk) drags of about a mile or so each which conspired to deny me a 25mph average by several seconds. I placed 4th with the winner 1min 21 secs ahead. This year, on a winter diet of fewer road miles and far fewer spinning sessions, I surprisingly did not feel too sluggish.

I’ve been using the rowing machine two or three times a week since January to get the rough off and try to create some edge!! Need to get a few longer rides in soon with the race and, dare I say, sportive calendars now under serious consideration!

Mind you rowing never did Rebecca Romero any harm, sporting wise at least! And rowing machines tease you with all sorts of stats and data as you ‘progress’ through the session.

I’m now riding gears in these races, having returned the fixed gear bike to SY last September. Got a Trek Equinox which feels great on the road, but need to readjust to use of the gear levers!

Regards to others from EGCC. Next event for me is a composite three up team with two West Suffolk Wheelers in the Antelope 50km event Sat 12th April. Possibly the Teesdale hilly 40 on 20th, only because I’ve never managed (in two previous attempts?) to beat evens for the course!!!! Insane roads that one.