September started with a usual week of commuting, a couple of sessions in the pool and a Turbo.
The weekend took on a different turn with the English version of the Paris-Roubaix – the Tour of the Cornfields, 60 miles off road (10 on road). This was a Cyclo Cross Sportive, which could be easily ridden on a cyclo cross or mountain bike.
Well marked out and organised with ample fuel at the feed station half way round made this a very bumpy but enjoyable amble around the Cambridgeshire country side. Have a look at my Garmin read out here http://connect.garmin.com/activity/47782857 .
Into the 2nd week of the month I returned to swimming and running with more speed with interval training.
I stayed off the bike with a couple of rest days but still clocked in over 200 miles for the week. It was a busy weekend racing with the last two Time Trials of the season. The Surrey League 4 up TT and the last club 25 TT.
The 4 up started well with all 4 of us doing through & off easily until lap 2 saw two of the team puncture on the wet unforgiving roads around Alford in Surrey.
Along with fellow Crawley Wheeler David, we carried on to the end with a further 14 miles clocking in a finish time of 1:10.53. This would have been fine for 3rd place but the race dictated at least 3 to finish. Unbeknown to us one of the guys had got a replacement front wheel and was clocked at coming in 6 minutes behind us and recording our time of 1:16.45 – placing us 13th out of 16 teams. The rolling route can been seen on this link http://connect.garmin.com/activity/48521722
As Saturdays TT hadn’t gone to plan I was all fired up for the last club 25 on Sunday morning. I claimed my 4th win of the season being the only rider staying under the hour (just) at 59:54, my legs were aching after the windy ride.
Swimming and running took a back seat towards then end of the month with commuting on my fixed wheel steel Gary Fisher totalling just over 150 miles for the week. I had decided to spin into work ready for the 3rd cat Surrey League Road Race on the upcoming Sunday. The road race was fast from the off with 6 laps of the undulating Rusper/Newdigate/Capel 10 mile loop. I made a few attempts to get away from the pack and spent a lot of the race within the top 10. The finishing straight compromised of a steady 8% up hill gradient which unfortunately for me allowed the field to pass me as I tried to out sprint them to the line.
Cyclo-cross made a welcome return on the last Sunday of the month with the 2nd round of the London Cyclo Cross League held in Happy Valley Park, Brighton. It was mainly a flat grassland course with 2 sections of single track through woods and a couple of uphill slopes. I managed 9 laps of the course and placed 41st out of 100. This made me realise just how fit you need to be to ride ‘cross as the leaders completed 10 laps in the same time.