Never go back – High Wycombe CC 25
I’m reading a book at the moment entitled ‘Never Go Back’ I really should have taken its advice.
Having done a PB on the H25/2 in October last year I really fancied my chances of another fast time.
Leaving nothing to chance Saturday was spend with a 2 hour ‘recovery ride’ followed by a mornings cleaning and fettling the TT bike. Then a relaxing afternoon watching a lack – lustre FA Cup final on the box with a high carb dinner to follow. Alarm set and early to bed.
On waking and looking outside at 6am it looked a fine morning. Bike packed, the M25 was soon being spat out the back of car heading for Buckinghamshire and TT heaven.
On arriving at the HQ I couldn’t help notice how much air was moving – with a westerly breeze it was going to be tough going back along the A4 after the turn.
Being careful not to arrive at the start too early as I did last year I faced the time keeper ready to engage the 53 x 11 sprocket soon after the start.
Just trying to keep in a straight line was an achievement, with the wind blowing from the left I had to steady the bike several times on the downhill plunge to the Thames. Soon into my stride and going quite nicely rounding the turn at 13.59 miles in a shade over 30 minutes a PB was on!
Um… forgot about the wind. A near seven mile battle ensued, losing all my advantage and arriving well outside my target time at my next target point in 49 minutes. With 4.1 miles to go it was a hopeless task to even get under the hour at this point, I think however, my dentist will have to sort out the damage I did trying. Coming home in 1.1.38 is still not a bad morning’s work for us mere mortals.
Never go back ….. well, maybe October?
PS Congratulations to Richard Prebble who won the event in 51.19 – wind must have dropped!