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.
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
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:
Fucked: (photo credit @borek )