After finding a two cracks in my 11 month old Lynskey titanium frame last weekend at Erlestoke, I switched classes and rode the Kona singlespeed at the Bristol Bike Fest 12 hour race on Saturday.
I did a practice lap on Friday afternoon in 38 minutes, which included a couple of stops.
If I could lap under 40 minutes, I would get 18 laps in, 35 minutes would get me 20 laps.
We started at 9:00am on Saturday morning with a short up hill run. I felt like I was somewhere near the back by the time we got to the bikes. As usual, there was a bit of a traffic jam as we left the field to go in to the woods the first time, but I was only held up a few seconds before we were moving again.
There were two hills which I rode up on my practice lap, but knew I wouldn't be able to ride up towards the end of a 12 hour race, so I walked them right from the first lap to save energy and to keep my lap times consistent.
I finished my first lap in about 32 minutes. Allowing for losing time on the run and gaining time by riding faster than my 12 hour pace to stay ahead of the traffic jams, I set myself a target of 35 minute laps.
Apart from losing about 5 minutes with a puncture, my laps varied from 31:05 to 34:54. That's the most consistently I've ever ridden.
It's also the strongest I've ever felt towards the end of a race. After 7 hours at Erlestoke, I had settled down to a steady plod. After 7 hours at Bristol, even though I had lost count of how many laps I had done, I was calculating lap times and time remaining and still confident that I could stay under 35 minutes to get as many in as possible.
In the end, I did 21 laps, about 170km, in 11:40:51. The singlespeed winner did 24, the open class winner did 25.
5th/14 single speed.
21st/87 solo male overall (Open, singlespeed and veteran combined)http://www.timelaps.co.uk/assets/upload ... esults.pdf
I've found a new performance enhancing substance for endurance racing; licorice.
I find it almost impossible to eat solid food while racing. I can just about force fig rolls down, but each one takes about 5 minutes of chewing. Bananas are easier, but too delicate to carry, so I have to stuff them down in one go at pit stops.
I find that licorice is just the right consistency between a solid and a gel. Easy to chew, easy to swallow, no crumbs to breathe in by mistake and it feels more like proper food than fruit jellies.