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danb

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Apr 2015

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    I think you have an ally there in @borek - he said much the same after finishing it (despite being a much better climber). But I will bully him into racing more :)

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    Our club (Bristol South) hardrider event this morning, the "megahilly" - which has quite possibly the slowest winning speed of any open event that isn't a hillclimb, only 1 rider managed to break 20mph!

    Its basically 5 long climbs strung together over 28miles.

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    It was somewhat eventful for me. Arrived later than I had hoped, so no time for a warm up, got the bike together and number pinned (thanks @Borek ) and rode down the very steep lane to the start, but before I could get there I noticed a very odd ticking/nocking coming from the bike. So I stopped and checked the Raltech covers, assuming something had come loose - nope, they all seem fine. Ok spin the front wheel - nothing stuck to it, spins ok. Put it back down and clunk... hmm so I give the wheel a little wobble and notice massive lateral movement.
    At this point I am thinking ok, perhaps the skewer was loose... nope
    Bearings gone? Nope
    Oh....
    The alloy rim of the hed 3 has detached itself from the carbon of the trispoke and could literally be moved or even removed from the wheel..... fuck.

    So I ride very gently back up the very steep lane (guess thats a warmup of kind).
    By the time I get to the top, the rim has cooled and the glue/epoxy has reset...hmmm
    Nope not gonna chance that given the course today.
    So I head back to the HQ and ask around for a spare wheel, thankfully a chap from Dursley road club had a PX AL30 (in white..) with a Conti 25mm tractor tyre on - well that will have to do.

    So off I trot back to the start to try for a late start. I am in luck as its only 15secs before I am off up the first of the five climbs.

    The climbs are mostly pretty similar, 2-3km long and with no crazy steep sections, mostly 6-10% but in between there are stretches of rolling road and obviously the descents associated with the hills.

    I make up a bit of time on these connecting sections on the TT bike and don't lose too much over the road bike on the climbs as they can pretty much all be done seated.

    Roll over the line at an indicated 1hr 30min on the garmin. Winner was 1.23. Think my time would have put me at 7th were it not for the late start. Oh well - better than last year where I punctured at the top of the first climb.

    Couple of photos from the event here:

    richlewtonphotography.co.uk/P­hotos/2015/Bristol-South-CC-28-Mile-Hill­y/i-4r3Wp8M/A

    richlewtonphotography.co.uk/P­hotos/2015/Bristol-South-CC-28-Mile-Hill­y/i-bnr7mb3/A

    Fucked: (photo credit @borek )

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    hmm - possibly, what would you be charging for the Omega X?
    Was contemplating getting one of the older Omegas now they are reduced.

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    aero-coach.co.uk/

    Seems like a bargain compared to tunnel time (even more so when you factor in the cost of exclusive usage of the velodrome). Good stuff @xavierdisley

    Forum discount? :P

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    Mitsubishi Delica aka Starwagon

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    it may well be, but it sounds like a helicopter has started up a couple of metres away

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    lozzles - have you seen my upper body? There are anorexic school girls with bigger arms than me.

    Yes - ideally you would want different categories of workout in TP - so you could calculate TSS based for turbo and road and have different FTP's for each, but then you would also want different ones for hillclimbs, MTBing, cross etc as they all have different characteristics.

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    Depends on whether your training is on the road or turbo. If it is on the road then I would base it from 297.

    Turbo has a much lower inertial load than the road so there is often a discrepancy (ie most people put out more power on the road than they can on the turbo)

    Although I am still yet to hit my CP20 that I set on the turbo on the road (guess I should try and find a 20min climb to test it on...)

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    The price you pay at the checkout will be the total cost - HMRC (and therefore Royal Mail etc) cannot add any additional duty/VAT onto it, as Spain is part of the EU/EEC

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    Club TT last night - 11 seconds faster than last week, despite it being a much slower/windier night. The winner had just come back from a session at Newport Velodrome aerotesting with @xavierdisley :) and I was just under 30s adrift of his time, which I think bodes well.

    Also beat @Borek by 5s :) although I think that was only because he spent all the time listening to his new disc wheel :P

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