The Calaveras 10 mile TT was one of my Target events for the year. I have always wanted to win it as it is local and it is promoted by my friends at Team Fremont (My former Race team). I felt very nervous leading up to this event as my recent practice rides on the course hadn’t been as fast as I was hoping. I started reading “The Obree Way” the night before and the chapters on mental preparation really helped me. When the race start came I was very focussed on the task in hand.
There wasn’t much wind for the early starters but by the time I raced there was a pretty strong crosswind. The conditions were very similar to my practice run last week so I opted for a pair of tri spokes rather than the disk. The rear Hed 3 is lighter than my disk and smoother over very bumpy road. I don’t think there is much of a performance hit on a course like Calaveras and it feels better in a blustery cross wind.
The time trial itself went to plan. There were no real areas where I felt I should have gone faster although I did get held up by some leasure cyclists on the descent (I dont think I lost much time here). I still think I could go faster on this course with more practice but I was very pleased with my time on the day of 23m38s. This represented nearly 1 minute off my course personal best and gave me the win. To add icing on the cake, my wife won the Womens Cat 4 too so we had a fantastic day.
Results: Masters 35+ 4