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My second attempt at the 12hour TT

It was 2 years ago that I last completed this challenge where I completed 235miles and my target this year was 240+. The Forecast was not great ahead of the event with 18mph winds that were going to be a head wind for half of the course.

Arriving at the HQ

I arrived at the headquarters early so as to not have to rush and was due to set off at 6:33am. Having decided that any toilet requirements would be made in motion to save time I decided to have one last wee just before I set off so not to spend the whole 12 hours with a wet cycling pad. Unfortunately the zip on my suit came off and was unable to do it back up with just minutes before the start. Thanks to Rob and Paul for quickly repairing it with safety pins all the way up. Quite ironic really that my “no pinz” suit now looked more like a pincushion!

The Start

Anyway I reached the start and set off on time for what was going to be a very long day. They first few hours are lovely when you are fresh as the intensity is relatively low.  I had completed a good taper with plenty of carb loading in the lead up so I had plenty of energy!

I obviously had not positioned myself evenly within my skin suit as during the first wee I noticed that it was my left shoe that was filling up slightly!! This became my entertainment throughout the first half of the event working out what technique to use, seated or standing, downhill or uphill? It passed the time anyway.

It is always a little demoralising when the fast guys pass you but is especially so when Joe Skipper, who ended up breaking the course record went by and included slapping my arse!

One of my big tactics this year was to limit the time off the bike so my feed stops were every other lap and only stop for a minute. All the training on the TT bike had really paid off, as I felt good in position. Around the 8-hour mark it began to get a little tough with the relentless wind, noise and traffic but I stayed focussed. Although I felt like I could have easily got off and have a little nap which one rider actually had at one of the turnaround points, classic!

The Finishing circuit

Onto the finishing circuit, which is a drag up to the start, I decided to swap bikes onto my road bike just to give me a bit of a boost. The plan was to then swap back however Rob did not quite make it in time with the bike so just carried on. By this time it is just about survival, everything hurts, it is hard to eat or drink anything and you are just looking at the clock.

I was relieved and pleased to finish with a distance of 246.89 miles and did not go any further other than lying in the exact spot I ended up on last time. “Wherever I lay my helmet that’s my home”

Thanks to everyone that helped, supported and congratulated me on this ride, It is amazing to have great support.

The Stats:

Distance: 246.896 miles

Moving Time: 11:45:56

Average speed: 20.6mph

Average moving speed: 21mph

Calories: 8169Kcal

Intensity Factor: 0.69

Link to my Strava file here

Check out the photo’s on my Ride Harder Facebook page

James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

6 thoughts on “My second attempt at the 12hour TT

  1. An entertaining read. Even the thought of it makes me feel ill. Makes me Ride London look like a trip to the shops! 👏👏
    The only other thing I’d say is thank goodness you only needed to wee 🥴

  2. Awesome riding James! I was helping with time keeping in the finish circuit. Massive kudos to you and sounds like you were well prepared.

  3. That’s incredible achievement I’m in awe at your motivation and dedication to your goals despite your set backs that would have sent me in utter panic when your zip broke and when your bike never arrived. Well done to such an amazing accomplishment .

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