So, I finally made my testing debut for 2018, having spent a grand total 55 mins on my TT bike since returning from last years Duo. What could go wrong?
The course was the same as our open a few weeks back, not a drag strip by any means, but I wanted to show support from Brighton Excel as they had shown themselves strongly for our event. It was another smallish field which was a shame for what was an almost perfect morning. Warm, but not too hot, and what wind there was pushing us down the A24. For those who have tested on these roads often, that is a rare treat.
I struggled a bit at the start on the wriggling, lumpy, rutted lanes to feel at one wth the bike and find a rhythm, but it soon came, and I was feeling good and hitting the heart rate. The touch of chuff wind on the A24 gave me boost. The Washington RBT makes about halfway and I knew this wasn’t going to be a special time as riders caught me. But I was working hard, and keeping aero better than I expected given the months away.
Finished with a 1:06:20, which i’d have taken at the start of the day. It felt good to be back, I hit the heart rate, went the distance, held a decent position, the only thing really lacking was the power, something for me to sharpen over the next 8 weeks before the Duo.
It was a great morning to be testing as proved by the winner, James Rix of Team Bottrill with 50.26
Next weekend over to Bentley to go 2 up with the boy Hawthorn. I could be on for a beasting.