What better way to start the new year than to head to the velodrome in Newport for a fun afternoon of cycling. Sounds good in theory and back in November when we booked it iT all sounded like a smashing idea. But the day has arrived and not just any date, Friday 13th of January! (unlucky for some)
What fun I hear you cheer and then as you enter the Velodrome a sense of dread hits you and you think. Am I good enough for this? Am I going to keep up with the others? Do I really want to do this? Is it too late to pull out? The Velodrome looks like a dangerous place if something goes wrong but we throw caution to the wind and all dressed in lycra, the training begins.
Not surprisingly everyone was very competitive and with riders of all shapes and sizes anything could happen.
Accidents were narrowly missed by Mike, Chris and George whose feet came out the pedal at full throttle. Well done guys, you did very well to stay on the bike. Gav was nearly knocked off by Dave when he overtook without warning. It was all very dramatic.
These fixed bikes (Fixed gear single speed bikes) were quite a challenge. If your legs stop so do the wheels, so no freewheeling, or coasting and tricky to stop until you get the hang of it and get the hang of it we did.
The time trials were full on, 500m as fast as you can, and I will spare the embarrassment of some, by just saying that the top 3 were as follows:
Danny Lake 40.481
George Acton 41.764
Rich Bracey 41.818
Congratulations to the overall winner of the day Danny Lake and a special prize for Dave Leigh, Rider of the day.
Well done everyone. No injuries at the Velodrome, but it might hurt in the morning.