It was pretty hot and windy for the 10 tonight. It was mainly cross wind but it felt a bit easier on the way out and felt like a headwind for the last two miles. On the way out I felt pretty good but was a bit uncomfortable with the gearing. 7th was a bit low and 8th was too high (there seems to be a big jump) so I never really felt as efficient as I should. I made a total mess of the turn as it is really tight on a recumbent and struggled for about 100 yards to get my foot clipped back in (I was panicking a bit). On the way back it was hard but I opted for a gear higher than I was comfortable with and just buried myself. I got caught by two guys in the last 2 miles which disappointed me.
I ended up with a 23:17 for the course which is a recumbent p.b. for me. Its actually the fastest 10m TT I have ridden since moving to the USA. It is still a bit off my all time P.B of 21:20 done on my Raleigh 653 Pro with clip ons, Disk cover and Campag Shamal front wheel (back in the UK some 14 years ago.)
I have decided to invest in some faster wheels for next season so I am on the lookout for some HED’s or Zipp’s. That should get me into the 22 minute range and who knows with a bit of training a 21m might be possible . Scouring the classifieds is a real pain.
Photographs of the race can be found here.
Race results can be found here. I got 17th out of 68.