TT All The Way!
This weeks action comes from Christophe Demoulin racing on the V910 Fairburn and from our own Scotton 100. On that note, I'll hand over to the Christophe to describe his action...
So it turns out its kind of refreshing to show up to a race with no great expectations. As my new wheels have been stuck in customs for nearly 3 weeks, I was forced to dust off my training bike and accept my fate as an “also-ran” on this occasion. I spent some time over the last few weeks tweaking my position to bring it as close to the race bike as possible, and felt confident that if anything, it would be a test of how realistically I could hold my new Wattshop enhanced TT position. The day was a bit of a floater: dry with no head or tailwind anywhere on the course of significance. I was the 20th rider off, hoping to be done and dusted before any increase in traffic. A usual flying start, coming off the line at some 750W before settling down to a little above FTP. The new position was a bit wobbly and it took a lot of attention to keep the infamous ‘shrug’ – a saving of several watts according to Wattshop! Before long, my 1, 2 and 3 minute men and women were behind me, and I was relieved that a weak off season wouldn’t place me dead last! Around the turn I knew that power was more or less where it needed to be, but had no idea how that would convert to time or speed – two numbers I choose not to have on the Garmin when racing. With just 3 or so miles to go, a couple of Harley Davidsons overtook me…followed by must what have been every Harley Davidson in the North of England out for a Sunday pootle. Coming into the 3rd from last roundabout, I was in amongst them, and hit my lowest speed of the whole race: 15kph. I missed a gap in the traffic because of it, and needed to build up speed as the road turned upwards out of the roundabout. I was pretty raging at this point, knowing that it has been a costly bit of bad luck, all I could do was shrug it off (forgive the pun), and press on. I finished well, increasing my power for the last two miles to finish 6th in 22:06, just 70 seconds short of the eventual winner Jack Brown (Cambridge CC) in 20:56. Ex-teammate Sharpie finished 2nd in 21:09. Looking back at 2017, I must admit I’m pretty happy with my result having done a 22:05 and 22:02 at the same time last year, but with the full racing rig and many more miles in the legs. Clearly, the investment with Wattshop was a good one. Hopefully my new wheels will be with me in time for the Ravensthorpe CC in a fortnight to PB the course, and perhaps contest the podium.
Well done, Christophe. A solid start to the season and it's clear that there's plenty more to come!
Now, the Scotton 100 isn't a race but it is an event that we love and I know that some of the guys have some friendly rivalries. First Lady home was ex-Cycleworks rider Jess Hobson Taylor with Ryan Manders, another ex-Cycleworks rider, first male. Great to see you both and well done! A huge well done to everyone who rode the Scotton 100 in those tough conditions!