I was looking forward to spectacular scenery and feared treacherous weather conditions – and got both in spades. Aberfeldy , is surrounded by the type of lakes, trees, rivers and mountains you see in Whiskey ads – because it is Whiskey country. A reason for my husband to drive us there. I’m tempted to just lift the winner’s blog to share that we all had the same fears. The swim started in rain - Loch Tay was a cold 14 degrees – and winds caused huge swells blowing many of us off course – only to turn at a buoy and the sun teased us by coming out to block any siting.
Only thirteen riders. The heavy rain during early afternoon (which cleared up in time for the TT) probably put a few off and some I'm sure were on holiday. Only five 7oaks riders although this can also be partly explained by 7oaks providing 12 marshals/timekeepers to ensure the event was run as safely as possible for all the riders.
Scores on the night - Sydenham 38, GS Avanti 13 and 7oaks Tri 7
Scores with just 4 more events to go - Sydenham - 431, 7oaks Tri 429 and GS Avanti 241.
Having sworn blind after Ironman Germany, that was it, four years later I was on the start line at Roth. I had had 30 minutes sleep the night before as my hotel's brochure had failed to mention it had a bar that encouraged lock ins for local crooners.
Note earlier start time of 9.00 at Seal Rec, 9.05 at Godden Green and 9.30 at Chaser Inn. No cafe stop this week and back in Sevenoaks by 12.00. Approx average pace 16mph. Route to be decided.
Points on the night - Sydenham Wheelers 58, 7oaks Tri 42 and GS Avanti 16.
Overall points - 7oaks Tri 422, Sydenham Wheelers 393 and GS Avanti 228.
7oaks 374, Sydenham 335 and GS Avanti 212
Points tally at the end of the season. As usual your best 6 scores to count.
I did my second ever TT on Sunday. The first one was a test run of 10 miles at the Hop Farm. Sunday was the SCCU 100 mile TT, course changes due to road works made this a hilly course, 1200m of elevation according to my Garmin. I managed 4:18:34 (23.2 mph) and came 13th, never experienced pain or fatigue like it and cracked badly in the last 25, shown by the splits, 1:02, 1:02, 1:03, 1:10. Really enjoyed the day and my first experience of a 100 TT, looking forward to others in 2015. Thanks to Martin Brown for the loan of a 7Oaks Tri Club skin suit to ride in.
At the Rose and Crown Pub in Dunton Green after the time trial on Thursday 24 July. All club members are welcome and the first round is on the club.
Meet at Seal rec 9.30, Godden Green 9.35 and Chaser 10.00. Route to be decided but expected pace 15-16 mph average and out for at least 3 hours with cafe stop included.
Another fantastic day out organised by Dave Lobley…
"Great day out thank you Dave. Your organisation worked immaculately despite our attempts (and P&O's) to scupper it. Sorry for those who had to get up early this morning!"
"Yet another wonderful day organised by you. Lumbres was an excellent choice to view the tour and the late lunch by the lake was delicious and great value.It was an added bonus to arrive in time for the last train home. Many thanks indeed for all you organisation, it was a fantastic day." Debbie
15 club members were lucky enough to spend Saturday morning making use of the amazing £100million complex at the Olympic Park.
After some initial training we were all flying around above the blue line. Longer report to follow but here are some pictures to wet your appetite.
Club coach Neil leads the way
Flying lap times.
Tony Lamoury and Jon Hollidge were the only representatives from the club and duly secured 16 points for us in the inter club championship by coming 3rd. Sydenham narrowed the gap with their 2 teams coming first and second to score 38 points.
Thanks to Tony and Jon for turning out otherwise it would have been nil points.
Hopefully for the next 2up we'll have a better showing. Next 2up is on Thursday evening 7 August on A20 nr Brands Hatch.
Current points position - 7oaks 262, Sydenham 227 and GSA 165.