John Swindells, David Cooper 55:54 (2) Jo Tuck DNSA bit a a hilly course for tandems, this one. Alan and Andy grabbed most of the winning margin on the outward, headwind section, even though back troubles slowed John and Dave down on the return leg.
Jo decided that discretion was the better part of valour for her solo run, feeling under the weather. Still, there's always the next time...
David Cooper 24:18 () Jo Tuck 27:35 ()Fighting off tough competition from the Gary Empson/Andy Everett partnership, Andy and John smashed the 21-minute course record in sunny (Solar eclipse!) but windy conditions. A headwind outward leg for the early riders turned into a tough crosswind by the time the tandems set off, which was advantageous for the UEA pair's under-geared Jack Taylor tandem.
Jo was seconds off her PB, while Dave showed an encouraging return to form after a break of many months.
They do it again! Following a blistering first tandem ride together (clocking 19:23), Andy and John relegated a pretty confident Polytechnic CC opposition into poor second place by more than a minute's margin.
John Swindells 254 miles (2)With his best result of the season, John overcame the daunting prospect of riding for twelve hours without a break and beat his target of 250 miles by a wide margin.
Pedalling a low gear (almost always below 95", dropping to 78" towards the end) proved successful as cadence was held at a comfortable 90+rpm. Split times showed the pace starting off at a relatively leisurely pace, but the inevitable motivation barrier cut in around 130 miles.
A healthy supply of energy bars had been made for the day, but a bout of rice pudding at around 135 miles forced John to stick to liquids for the rest of the ride. Six litres of high-carb drink were downed in all, and he needed every drop.
Special praise to Ian Doe who kept John fed and watered throughout the day - "Without his help it would have been impossible - as it turned out, he did an absolutely marvellous job, always there with a bottle at the ready, and warning me to take it steady when I was speeding up."
Andy Tyler 21:02 (4)B10/34, an allegedly fast course, was ruined once again by a speed-blunting crosswind that made the ride back a real grovel.
Andy Tyler 1.10:08 (2)Dreadful conditions! Absolutely pissing it down; in fact the later starters got caught in a violent thunderstorm, hail and all.
John Swindells 1.00:41 (5?)Disappointed not to have gone under the hour mark on a bright and relatively calm day (strengthening southerly), John was nevertheless pleased with his overall standing. The top riders were recovering from a punishing '50 the day before, which might explain the slow winning times.
Andy Tyler 1.59:38 (3) John Swindells 2.05:52 (9)An almost continuous, strengthening southerly crosswind on this almost-sporting course (the A120 with some by road loops), made the event tough to say the least.
John Swindells DNFA premature end to the event was due to an accident in which John Stark of CC Breckland was killed. The circumstances are unclear, but it is understood that he collided with a stationary coach.
To make matters worse, John Swindells was heading for a time of 1h56m, a PB by enormous margins. Conditions were ideal, with a strengthening north-easterly tailwind breeze on the return leg.
Andy Tyler 56:21 (4)A rising crosswind put paid to the big boys making their mark, leaving early starter Dave Gill as the clear winner.
Andy Tyler 21:41 (3) John Swindells 23:34 ()Brisk tailwind on the way out, and the subsequent headwind on the way back, made this event slower than usual. Having said that the top riders were very evenly paced, with the first four times within 9 seconds of each other.
John Has improved marginally on this course, but was disappointed not to acheive a PB in what were otherwise ideal riding conditions. Andy's hopes of acheiving a sub-21 now rest with the last fast '10 of the season, which I can't recall right now.
John Swindells 56:26 (3)In with a staggering new PB but out of the prizes, John's average now stands at 26.58mph for a '25, leapfrogging his '10 time once again.
This time is a good 4 minutes faster than the previous week's attempt at 6AM on a slightly harder course (B25/29C), which goes to show how much difference the cold can make to some people.
Andy's DNS is due to (a) ineligibility for prizes, and (b) saving himself for tomorrow (another '25). Fortunately, Dave Staff was there to give John a benchmark.
Andy Tyler 54:?? (6) John Swindells 1.00:50 ()A disappointing ride by John, put down to extreme cold at 6 in the morning. Luckier souls such as Andy put in a much healthier time, although generally times were nothing special.
Weather conditions on this undulating course were favourable, with just a light headwind on the return leg.
Andy Tyler 3.58:38 (7?) John Swindells 4.17:47 (17?)It's the achievement of the year for Andy, with all his PBs now over 25mph average, picking up the handicap for his efforts as well. This time is also the best this year by an East Anglian rider for a '100.
John managed a significant improvement over the previous week, commenting: "The A12 was pretty rough and noisy, but at least there was a relaxing section of back roads to finish on".
The brisk wind didn't cause any problems, and a smattering of drizzle in the later stages of a rather humid ride provided welcome refreshment.
Andy Tyler 4.09:58 (3) John Swindells 4.29:06 (9)Andy has proved that he can really handle the stamina requirements of a 100 mile time trial; the stage is set for one of the fastest courses in the country: the E5/100.
John's first '100 TT made him realise how much you need to eat before such a long event: "I was dreaming about Mars Bars for the last twenty miles".
So, the stage is set for the next weekend's ride on the A12, with Andy's target a plausible sub-4 hrs, and John's a realistic sub-4.29:06...
John Swindells 23:10 () Andy Tyler DNF - Flat batteries!A slick trundle up the A14 and down again provided John with his first sub-24mins time, averaging at 25.9mph. A slight outward headwind made very little difference.
Solo Zak Carr (Leo RC) 20:13
John Swindells, Dave Cooper 21:16 (3) Andy Tyler 21:50 (6)Andy's finally beaten into second place in the UEA-CC! It took two if us, though - and it was the undulating A11 concrete course was pretty favourable for tandems.
John Swindells 59:26 (51)He finally does it! The feeling was indescribable, believe me!
John Swindells 24:12 ()On a seriously windy course, lone UEA rider John put in a typical performance within 2 seconds of his PB.
Andy Tyler 22:38 (2) Jo Tuck DNF John Swindells, Dave Cooper 24:06 (3) (out of 5!)Oh, what a fun ride! On a blustery, squally evening the crew deposited themselves in the middle of nowhere; the trip to the HQ proved too much for the tandem's rear wheel, so the kind boys from Polytechnic CC loaned a spare.
Andy Tyler Dave Cooper 23:54 Jo TuckI wasn't there, so what would I know??
Ladies: Catherine Essex (Kings Lynn C.C.) 2.02:42
Team: V.C. Deal
John Swindells 2.06:44 (42) Jo Tuck 2.48:26 (81)What a long way! The first '50 TT for Jo and John, and with a headwind on the return leg to boot!
Andy Tyler 22:45 () John Swindells 24:15 ()A relatively por ride from Andy has caused him to rethink the next few weeks - perhaps some recuperation is in order.
Despite favourable wind conditions (no crosswind) John failed to better the previous weekend's result. He managed to pick up the 1st Handicap prize by a long way, though.
Andy Tyler 21.19 (13) Jo Tuck 27:27 (93) John Swindells DNSStrong ride by Andy on a fast course, but with nasty crosswinds.
Jo picked up the Best Improver's prize.
David Cooper, John Swindells 1.08:48 () Andy Tyler (Solo) 56:00Complete disaster! Due to unfortunate chain of events Andy was locked out of the car (with his shoes + tigerskin aero-helmet inside), causing him to miss his allocated ride with Richard Boundy. It is alleged that in an act of revenge Andy sprinkled tacks on the course, causing John to get a pancake puncture on the front tyre after 17 miles. Unperturbed, John ran over the finish line and Dave (Cooperman) had the slowest finishing speed ever!
Reacquainted with his equipment, Andy rode one magnificent lap of the two-lap course that extrapolates to around 56 minutes.
CC Breckland are reported to be none best pleased...
Andy Tyler 23:12 (1) John Swindells 25:40 () Dave Cooper 26:30 () Dave Bailey 26: () Jo Tuck 31: ()Rain and cold were no handicap to Andy, who stormed to his first victory of the season. John put the two Dave's to shame (better luck next time!), but Jo was beaten into second place in the ladies category.
Jes King 01.02:11 (1) Andy Tyler 01.06:47 (6) John Swindells 01.09:05 (11)One rider spun off, part of the course was flooded, and strong south-westerlies played merry tunes on the spokes. But it didn't rain...
Andy Tyler 59:10 (5) John Swindells 1.07:06 (20) Jo Tuck 1:21:09 (46)Andy got himself in Cycling Weekly with this one!
11 February 2018 (Sunday): Ely & District CC Hardriders 25-mile time trial