>Edgware RC reliability trial

>The Edgware reliability is the flattest of the Chiltern Classic series. I like it.

Today’s event took place on a messy day – starting in flurries of snow and then persistent drizzle through the day. This made the roads very messy. Naturally several people (self included) decided to take out their non-mudguard bikes.

I started with the slow group (4-4.5 hours for nearly 100km) and we started at a sensible pace (all on the 39 ring). I even managed to do some turns. At about half way there is the only steepish hill (Honey Lane?) on the course. The effort increased and the gaps opened. I started the hill slowly, but kept going and had the lead bunch in sight over the top. I clicked across to the 53 ring and started chasing. Groups formed and split for the next 30 minutes or so before a working group coalesced and the effort needed dropped. I was well pooped.

The ride to the finish was a bit up and down in pace (not so down that I could do a decent turn) but we still kept it going to finish in 3h 30m for the course. Not many of the later starting fast group caught us, so it was a good ride (about 75 miles door to door).

I was so covered in road dirt that a customer at the finish cafe asked me if I’d fallen in a ditch. Oh for a camera.

Thanks to the Edgware RC for organising the event (and using it to raise funds for the Alzheimers Society).

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on February 14, 2010, in reliability trials. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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