This is my 2nd season of being involved in cycling time trials and my 2nd year as a member of West Pennine Road Club. During my first season of time trials it was about learning and gaining experience to ride my bike as fast as I could against the clock, it’s you and the bike no one else. My total focus was about entering events and learning how to prepare for the race, watching the experience fast riders, listening to stories of their ride on the course. You soon get to know which is the best equipment to use; bike, clothes, chainsets, wheels, saddles, tri-bars, and importantly aerodynamics. Basically the bike positioning.
Even though you are racing against the clock you will find other riders will be trying to better your time and also that competitiveness between each other is of its highest order. Even between club members, which is not a bad thing, it just makes you more determined to push that little bit harder.
Cycling time trial event is not a easy task to do, you are in pain from the start through to the finish line. There are many factors that will slow you down and make it harder for you to beat you personal best, (PBs). You will have good days and not so good days, but you have another day to beat your PBs. As long as you enjoy your sport then nothing else matters because your times will come down and you will get faster.
There are a few distance you can ride in a time trial; 10, 25, 30, 50, 100, 12 and 24 hours. The popular distance would be the 25 mile because most riders want to be under the hour, which is not has easy as it seems. However, new comers start off by entering the 10 mile event and you will find most cycling club have an open 10 mile time trial event which anyone can enter. Its a good way of seeing if you have what it takes to become a TT rider.
I never expected to achieve anything in my 2nd year time trials, yes I had beaten my previous years personal best, which would be expected. And the valuable lessons learned. I knew I would become club champion this year because that what was my aim but I never thought I would be the overall champion and my name of these remarkable trophies with some elite past West Pennine members. I feel proud and delighted to be part of this special cycling club.
I am now looking forward to 2018 cycling time trial season and to improve on my achievements and certainly meeting other riders. Its a great atmosphere attending these events and everyone has one thing on their mind how fast can I ride and what their time will be.
I will be writing about my training and my mental thoughts along with a few tips I have learnt. I know I have some way to go before I can compete with the fast riders of my age group, but all I can do is try and try harder.
David Golden, West Pennine Road Club Champion 2017