Mersey Roads 24 hour TT

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  • Mersey roads ride report

    Well my usual be prepared went out of the window when my bars started creaking Thursday, "yep cracked again" so I ended up changing them at the last minute Thursday night and Friday morning
    I was the last person to get a train ticket at Bexleyheath station Friday afternoon as I stood in eight inches of water in the ticket office a quick ride up to Euston station and then Mike and I got a train to Chester, we then stayed in Wrexham travellodge for an easy short ride to the start on Saturday.
    I had flipped my stem earlier in the week to give me a better position on the Tri bars, but I should have done this months ago and got used to the position, the different position meant that I virtually had to break in my Brooks all over again, couple that with the boil on my backside and well I wasn't bloody comfortable, the extreme riding position also means the muscle groups are altered and my glutes were in agony after the first 100 miles, so much so that towards the end I was riding every slope out of the saddle my arse feels like it's been fisted by Mike Tyson still wearing his boxing gloves

    Despite all this I started optimistically and wanting to do over 300 miles, and perhaps went off too quick well, I did the first fifty at evens and at 100 my speedo said 18.7 a preliminary 100 mile time of 5h29m was on the finish board a personal best for me by over 30minutes.

    After that it all sort of went downhill with my glutes and thighs burning my sit bones feeling like they had been kicked in by a mule and the temperature dropping in the evening, I really struggled in the night, the long lap circuit down to Telford and back had a very poor road surface, ribbed for extra pleasure pain it was that tarmac that constantly vibrated the bike and also had quite a few potholes on it, when they switched us to a shortened version because the Quinabrook circuit was flooded I commented that I was glad because I hated that bit

    Ibuprofen the long distance cyclists friend helped me stay on the bike :)and I just kept plugging away watching the average speed drop but still on target for 300.
    The camaraderie from other riders teams of helpers was a real moral boost cheering us on and shouts of "dig in" and "keep it rolling" really did help take your mind off the pain

    I reached my 300 mile target just before they directed us to the finishing circuit, this drag up the A41 was a real slog and the potholes just demolished any sense of will power my backside had left in it, I was now crawling along at a snails pace and by the time I reached the finishing circuit I just wanted it to end, "actually thats a lie, I wanted it to end about 2am in the morning, praying it was really 1.17pm and this was an eclipse"

    As we finished the first circuit past the HQ we headed back up the main road on all I can describe as an awful bloody drag of a hill, after passing this I mentally calculated that even at my ever slowing pace I would have to ride this bit a second time.
    No I bloody wouldn't at Alton just after Brura I found a great little pub and stopped for a pint of Ale and a packet of crisps and a seat that wasn't brooks shaped.

    Two old guys at the bar said they were old Anfield CC riders/members and asked how I had got on in the Mersey roads?

    "err I'm actually still riding , just adjusting my finish time so I don't have to ride that bloody hill again"

    That really got them laughing and he said "thats what I like mad enough to ride a 24, but willing to stop for a beer on the way round" :)

    Unofficial stats-
    my computer registered 344 miles but preliminary finish figures were all lower than people expected
    100 mile time = 5h 29m
    distance at 12 hours = 180 miles

    Do's and don'ts

    Do prepare youself and your bike/ Don't ride for 24 hours in a new position

    Do take painkillers with you/ Don't be surprised at how painfull it is.

    Do enjoy the weekend/ Don't enter go for a little tour.

    Do take adequate lighting/ Don't let anyone talk you into entering

    Do arrange what you want to carry / Don't forget how painfull it was so you don't enter again
    It was an excellent ride very well organised and stacked full of people willing to help you day or night

  • Cheers but I was two thirds down the field, top riders are doing high four hundreds the winner did 501, I was happy with my ride though I'm never going to be that fast :)

  • Nutter.

    Was Steve Abrahams riding?

  • What bars were you using (the broken ones I mean)?

    "my arse feels like it's been fisted by Mike Tyson still wearing his boxing gloves" - nice image that, QOTD? :)

    I heard about this race - one of our Willesden CC guys did 409mi.

    I'm worried about setup being different for a 120mi ride and you're doing 24hr TT's with a new position! Cuckoo cuckoo.. ;)

    You're all nucking futs! After that I reckon I'd PREFER the Mike Tyson option!

  • Fixedwheelnut Cheers but I was two thirds down the field, top riders are doing high four hundreds the winner did 501, I was happy with my ride though I'm never going to be that fast :)

    Where most pepole geared?

    501! that is crazy! That man much be a machine!

    Well done you mad man.

  • I heard about this race - one of our Willesden CC guys did 409mi.
    Yes Martin Lucas he was going well .

    Was Steve Abrahams riding?
    Yes Steve was riding his usual 86" fixed he rides so smoothly and is very strong, he did 436miles he certainly overtook me enough.

    What bars were you using (the broken ones I mean)?
    I had an old pair off a Raleigh that fitted the stem so I usded them, the broken cracked pair were ITM but I seem to have a penchant for snapping bars four pairs and one stem in the last three years.
    Two resulted in trips over the bars, the worst at 25mph I was sprinting out of the saddle and ended up skidding along on my arse and collected a Japanese flag shape bit of road rash.
    Steel Nitto ones next I think

    **Where most pepole geared?

    501! that is crazy! That man much be a machine!**

    Yes most were geared only four on fixed, Steve Abraham, my friend Mike Friday, myself and one other that I never spotted.

    Eamonn Deane was the 501 miles guy from Bournemouth Jubilee club, I could hear his disc wheel coming every time he overtook me.

    :)

  • I break headsets, you break bars.. everyone needs a vice. :)

  • hippy I break headsets, you break bars.. everyone needs a vice. :)

    You break headsets with a vice? What's wrong with you man...can't you break them like normal people...riding along ;-)

  • I just knew someone would make a 'vice' joke.
    I used to have a vice.. damn.. I used to have a whole garage!

  • hippy I break headsets, you break bars.. everyone needs a vice. :)

    Everyone needs aDvice.

  • I had a vice but i left it in miami...it was my miami...

  • sorry!

  • I'd advice you to stop these vice jokes..

  • i think i'll take your advice.

  • Magni-vice-nt

  • So, anyone in this year?

    I'm not, but may be acting as 'support'. Any pointers gratefully received

  • Next year (as I say every year...)

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