On Saturday several of us made the trek over to Cambridge for the Shaftesbury Middle Markers event on the E2/25. What turned out be a stiff headwind and a slight uphill made for a slow ride on the way out and had me fearing that a Trinity term with no exams had taken its toll on my fitness. However, after making the turn the true magic of this out and back course was revealed. Flying home at unprecedented speeds, a good way to round of the TT season. – Tom
- Matt Kerin 52.47
- Cristian Regep 55.40
- Thomas Ash 57.39
On Sunday morning we made a visit to the Maidenhead & District CC “Ski-Slope” 25 (on the H2). Matt Kerin made the decision on the drive over that (due to ill health) he would start his taper for Varsity 2018 early and provide team support for Ollie Bent who was riding his first solo TT since the aforementioned race in this year’s edition. With a lot of motivation needed from Matt (having already outperformed himself in Cambridge on Saturday) along with providing some chemical stimulation…. Ollie a bit distracted by Matt’s cheerleading, missed out on a turbo warm-up and ended up riding a bit hard to the line, making his 30 second call nice and warm.
The start was fast on the “ski-slope” hitting 75.2 kmph, while trying to stay tucked and keep the pedals turning on nice smooth-straight dual carriageway. Next came a strong sector of dual-carriageway and Ollie soon caught his 3 minute man. The mid section of the course proved much tougher. Having to coming to a dead stop at the roundabout from the dual carriageway the legs started to burn a bit after turning too bit a gear back up to speed. Lack of time recently spent back on the TT bike became apparent, as he struggled to hit a strong rhythm on the rougher more rolling road surface of the mid sector and made the turn at a demoralising 30 minutes. The return lap was marred with a missed turn on the roundabout but after that had been dealt with, a return to smooth dual carriageway gave a reminder to the promising fast start to the race. This new speed encouraged a last effort to the line and allowed Ollie to close out a new PB by almost 1 minute.
Valuable experience gained on a course recommended as an early season target to club members next year, an easy 30 minute drive away from Oxford! – Ollie
Full E2 Results – Full H2 results