>501 up and other meaningless statistics


Last night I rode the Maidenhead and Dist CC club 10m TT. It was a lovely evening and I was pleased with my time of 24:38. This was my first ride with the bars set higher in preparation for the ‘100’ on July 11th, so no major slowing down noticed.

Race stats: Time: 24:38 (24.36mph). First 5 miles: 12:10, second 5 miles: 12:28. Top speed: 30.6mph. Slowest mile (1): 2:45 (21.82mph), fastest mile (10): 2:09 (27.91mph). Average HR: 164bpm, maximum HR: 169bpm. 15th of 42 finishers. Ave. cadence: 77rpm. Winner: Peter Weir (Maidenhead and Dist CC) 21:02

As I was entering the details onto my database I notice that this was race number 501 on my career record. Except it wasn’t. I created the database a few years ago – trawling old exercise books and diaries for details of races – and I know that some races are missing. I think the time trialling picture is complete (you have to keep details of TTs fairly religiously to be able to fill in the entries) but I think a few road races are absent. My whole cyclo-cross career (hahaha) has disappeared – even the race at Abercynon where I won a chainset (a steel, 48T single ring chainset – but a chainset).

Some more meaningless stats…

First race: 26/12/1973, Worcester St Johns CC club ’10’, K47 (Malvern), 35:27 and last, winner Paul Deakin (VC Central) 24:27. Except that I’d ridden some ‘cross races before that.

Wins: 1

Longest race: 4/9/77, Welsh CA 12 hour, R96, 238.5247 miles, winner John T Hatfield (Cwmcarn Paragon) 250 miles. Except that I also rode the Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600km Audax that year – 375 miles – does that count?

Most events in a season: 68 in 2009 (including taking August off)

Best season: 1977 (BBAR certificate)

Fastest seasons: 1980 (sub-hour ’25’), 1981 and 1983 (fastest ever ’10’)

Lay offs: 1979 (rode 2 events), 1986-1990 (rode 4 events in ’91), 1992-2003, and 2006

Clubs: Gannet CC, Archer RC-Cutty Sark, Worcester St Johns CC, Ross-on-Wye and Dist CC, Archer RC and Willesden CC.

About lancewoodman

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

Posted on June 25, 2010, in Cycling, time trialling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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