Note TT records fall!

More time trial records fell last week with both the 10 and 50 mile records being broken. Firstly Miles Earl lowered the 10 marker to a superb 20:06 time with his effort on the S4 course at buckfast.
Miles conceded that his preparation consisted mainly of eating for the week prior to the event! It seemed to work with the 30mph barrier very very close!
Miles also recorded a fast 1:48:09 ride at the S100/50 in Cornwall on Sunday but the club record was broken by Paul Walshe setting a flying time of 1:47:28. Walshe adds this to the 25 mile record he took earlier in the season.
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Club Time trial records smashed!

The club 25 and 100 mile time trial records have both fallen in last few weeks. With competition high across our group of testers it was only a matter of time before new markers were set. Beating Miles Earl’s time of last year, Paul Walshe set a new benchmark for the club 25 record with a 51:26 ride set on the R25/3H course in Wales. Will it fall again this year? quite possibly!
With the new record not set on a ‘float’ day and Walshe going from strength to strength can the record go sub 50?!
The strength in depth of our TT squad was underlined when the old club 100 mile record was bettered twice within minutes on Sunday when Miles Earl and Phil Bray both made the most of their 600 mile round trip to Cambridge. Despite the 5am start both riders smashed Rob Scott’s previous best. With a recent circuit race win under his belt Bray overcame early doubts to finish with a flying 3:48:46 mark. Half an hour passed before Earl would finish, Benefitting from his super aero position he posted a superb 3:48:49 ride. Astonishingly only 3 seconds would separate the two after 100 draining miles.[image1.JPG]

2017 Race season starts here…

Interested in racing your bike or just like to ride your bike? Well we’ve got it covered. Consider joining one of the oldest bicycle clubs in the country, Plymouth Corinthian CC. Founded in 1892, this year 2017, we celebrate our 125 year anniversary. We’ve club runs leaving Marsh Mills @ 08:30am every Sunday, our monthly club meeting is coming up on Monday 13th February, 7:30pm at Rockets and Rascals on the Barbican. Our first big race day of the year is on Saturday 25th February where we are hosting a 13 mile individual time trial on the Ermington circuit (www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/14536 ), why not consider entering or ride out to watch and on the following day, Sunday 26th February, our road race team kick things off at the Primavera Road Race near Hatherleigh (www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/157930/Primavera-Road-Race ). the Sunday club run will most likely ride out to watch the team mix it up in the race too. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Corries Cartlidge cruises to Road race win

James Cartlidge topped off a fine team performance by Plymouth Corinthians to take his maiden road race win at the 52 mile Tour of Witheridge moor held near Tiverton today. With the road racing calendar ticking down towards the end of the season, James Cartlidge, Stephen Hodge, Owain Gibby and Mike Rogers of Plymouth Corinthian Cycle Club lined up for one last effort at the challenging event hosted by Exeter Wheelers. The course was based on a gruelling 26 mile loop through Mid-Devon and featured in excess of 2000 feet of climbing per lap. The ascents began immediately as the field of 60 riders rolled out of the pretty town of Witheridge. As the flag dropped Dan Strong (Tavistock Wheelers), Cartlidge and Corries ‘super-domestique’ Steve Hodge set a brutal pace and some riders lost contact. With kamikaze speeds on the descents and a tenacious tempo being tapped out on every climb, invariably by Stephen Hodge, strong riders were falling away throughout the first undulating lap. As a result, by only mile 15, where the course offers its first respite, the front group had reduced to around 40. With every fast twisty descent, a punchy incline followed and Corries riders Cartlidge, Gibby and Hodge were always happy to show their distinctive red, white and blue colours towards the front… but jumping clear was proving hard with the pace constantly averaging around a 25mph. Early on the second lap, top climber Gibby, and Cartlidge slipping into a 7 man move but with other riders not collaborating their freedom was short lived. A period of soft attacks and short sharp efforts followed and George Kimber (Cyclo-Sport Dynamo) stole 20 metres on the far side of the circuit to “spice things up”. The gutsy break was eventually caught by the Corries driven peloton shortly before the fast rolling section of road to Witheridge. With the final miles flashing by, Hodge attacked unselfishly, leaving Cartlidge sat in prime spot as the energy sapping power climb to the line began. Hot on his tail however were top South West team, Mid Devon CC and also a flying Mark Puddicombe (Charterbank Potburys) who’d blasted his way through from last man to 2nd in one bold manoeuvre. With shouts of encouragement from the boisterous crowd around the finish James Cartlidge sprinted over the top of the climb to go one better than his previous best and seal a very well deserved win. Gibby also had his best road result with strong sixth. Cartlidge will now turn his attention to the local hill climb circuit and with his current form must be highly fancied at the Jennycliff event in early October.

Corries team 2nd at Welsh 100 champs

This past weekend 4 Corries travelled to Wales to tackle the Welsh National 100 mile time trial championship event that runs between Abergavenny and Monmouth on the A40. Chris Scawn, Tom Moran, Phil Bray and Miles Earl made the trip which was the first attempt at this distance for the later 3 of those riders. All were apprehensive about what such a long ride would bring, the overall expected ride time wouldn’t normally be a problem but racing that distance on a time trial bike brings its own set of challenges – muscle fatigue, upper body aches, dehydration and the dreaded bonk to name a few. It’s a long time to spend bent over in an an aero tuck on a relatively flat road. Miles had set himself the challenging target of beating the club record of 3.50.57, however after driving the course the night before and reflecting that none of the specific training that had been planned had taken place, it was always going to be a long shot. The other 3 were outwardly content just to finish whilst keeping their real expectations a bit closer to their chests. The course is made up of a rough rolling 5 mile leg from the start to the dual carriageway where the riders complete 3 laps of a 30 mile circuit, before finishing along the first 5 miles back to the start. After the turn at the Monmouth tunnel there is another rough and rolling 3 mile section back to the dual carriageway, the varied terrain offered a bit of a mental break but would lead to the course being slower than otherwise. Each rider had their own pacing strategy with Chris and Tom riding purely on feel, whilst Phil was to be reliant HR and Miles with HR and power. Each had similarly unique approaches to feeding and hydration with each having preferred foods (Tom loves malt loaf). As the rides got underway everyone entered their own private worlds of concentration, boredom and pain. Miles was on schedule for the club record for the first 70 miles, recording an average speed of 26.2 mph at the half way point which was covered in 01.54.59. Miles had a strong spell between 40 and 65 miles, with his fastest lap being the second, during which time he caught and passed Phil who had started 5 minutes ahead of him. After completing the first 50 miles in 01.58.25 Phil started to struggle from the 2.5 hour mark with upper body pain that prevented an aero tuck and his average speed, and mood declined. Tom had also started strongly with a half way split of 1.58. Unfortunately Chris suffered a front wheel puncture after the half way point, and given the long course and the nature of time trialling, didn’t have a spare wheel available. As the race went on Phil continued to suffer and considered withdrawing, but ultimately completed the race in a very respectable 04.07.36 in 15th place, Tom also slowed down as the race went on, finishing in 04.17.23 in 24th place, whilst Miles started to cramp after 83 miles and lost nearly 3 minutes on the return leg of the 3rd lap as his average watts reduced by 40, nearly all being lost from that cramping left leg. Miles finished in a pleasing, but not record breaking, 03.55.30 and in 5th place, only 23 seconds behind 4th with an average speed of 25.5mph. The Plymouth Corinthian Team would have won the Welsh National 100 Championships if not for a late change of club of a Pontypool RC rider, but finished in a very respectable second place. The four returned south in various moods, but Chris’ bad luck aside, all should be pleased with great first rides at this distance. It seems likely that all will attempt this distance again but with a bit more specific training! Another great weekend to be a part of a traditional active cycling club.

TT win for Phil!

Phil Bray (Plymouth Corinthian CC) took a victory by just three seconds in the City Cycle Couriers RT 13 mile time trial over a sporting course in Cornwall on Sunday. The course, which starts in Antony just outside Torpoint, saw riders travel down the A374 inland but into a headwind towards Liskeard before making the return journey with the wind on their backs. Despite riding on home roads in South east Cornwall, Bray’s first ever solo open time trial win wasn’t easy, coming after a week of illness. Bray’s time of 30 minutes and 46 seconds was 3 seconds too good for Rob Scott of the host club with Paul Walshe in third in 31.05. Fastest junior home was Evan Rouse (North Devon Wheelers) whose time of 31.32 was enough for fourth overall while fastest woman in eighth overall was Zoe Betteridge (North Devon Wheelers) in 34.10.

Rogers sprints to maiden win

Mike Rogers took his first ever win at Torbay on Thursday, a great effort by an up and coming rider. Here is Mike’s report. Thursday 30th June Torbay Velo Park CAT 4 Race report Two Corries were at the start line for the Cat 4 only race, myself and Michael Lewis. The field was around 30 strong with some strong riders from from both Mid-Devon and Bike Chain Ricci. After a few weeks of racing at Torbay some faces were starting to become familiar and so I knew which riders to look out for if there were to be any attacks at the front. Like all races I was searching for some more points to take me closer to CAT 3, I was currently sat on 7 points at the start of this race. On arrival to Torbay it soon became clear the wind was going to dictate the race and sure enough as the race got started the head wind hit, there seemed to be no shelter from it anywhere on the track. As a result I decided the best strategy was to sit in and hide. It’s soon became clear this would be the right tactic with anyone attempting to push on the front soon getting drawn back in and then hanging on the back to recover. Despite the wind, the race seemed to be pretty fast and that pace only increased further as the race continued. We raced on until the 3 laps to go sign was raised, riders then began jostling for positions and despite there being no crashes to this point I was becoming increasingly conscious of the guys with deep set rims as they seemed to be getting pushed all over the course with the heavy wind. As the final lap bell rang out I found myself at the front third of the pack after working my way up the previous lap. As I approached the final hairpin bend I made a daring jump down the outside, screaming at some riders that I was on the outside and coming through, I took the final bend faster than I have ever done previously, which resulted in me popping out in second place with the final long sprint ahead. At this point although I was in a great position I knew I couldn’t sprint from that far out and win but fortunately for me a Mid Devon rider thought he could. I hid behind him until about 200 metres to go and then went for glory, I managed to get past him relatively easily as he had run out of gas and I pushed for the line. All the while aware that in this time others had almost caught me to steal the win but luckily I was able to hang on to take my first ever victory along with 10 points and a CAT 3 licence. Michael Lewis also finishing strong in 4th place.

Earl sets new 10 record

So last night 26/5 Miles Earl, set a new club 10 mile record… Here is his race report Last night I rode the S4/10, my first solo ride on this course, which is regarded as the fastest 10 course in the South West, of the season. A winning ride in the 2UP event on the same course a week earlier was great preparation and a reminder of the course itself. -1 minute. I’m on the start line, relaxed, I’ve survived all the main stresses of time trialling, I’ve not missed my start, punctured whilst riding to the start or left my shoes at home. Reset Garmin and calibrate power meter. 0. I’m off. The first couple of miles are downhill, focus on getting into a rhythm, maintaining a high speed but not overcooking it. Keep shoulders rolled forwards, head tucked and helmet back. 4. under the bridge and the up hill starts. Now is the time to start hurting, need a big effort now to the turn. 7. HR is building but it feels ok. Around 172 beats (max 183) which is definitely the red zone. Keep going hard. Even though I’m climbing I’m still doing 24mph so need to retain focus on position. Catch my minute man. 9. Catch my 2 minute man. 11. Got to the turn. The marshals have flags. They look calm, this must mean that there is no traffic. No time for a proper look and I’m definitely not slowing down. Out the saddle for the steepest part, big watts but the legs appreciate the change of position. Tuck back in and get up to speed. 13. Flying down the hill. HR and average power are falling, but that’s ok. Don’t flog yourself when going 38mph. Focus on the position. 15. I’m going back under the bridge which means a 2 mile slog to the finish. Average speed is 30mph. 30mph! I know that its going to erode in the next 2 miles but by how much? 29.0 mph will beat my 20.44 PB. 16. Pushing, pushing. HR high. Average speed has dropped, but only to 29.9. 1.5 miles to go. I’ve something to cling onto here. Can I hold onto a decent average speed? 17. In pain, lots of pain. HR into the mid 170’s but it can only be about 3 minutes to go. Remind myself of all of those boring turbo sessions, cold, wet winter miles to get myself here, so don’t fuck it up. I just need to endure this for a few more minutes, suffer a bit more, dig deep. 18. Average speed is still 29.8mph. Shit. A quick bit of maths tells me that, based on the ride I did with Phil the week before, 29.5 mph got us 20.13. The club record is 20.21. My main season goal is to take a club record. Can I hang on to this? Is it going to happen? Keep the pain up and lets see. 19. Really hurt but can see the finish. Wish it was over. Every part of my body is telling me to ease off. Its in my control, just ease off a bit and the pain will go away. A quick glance at the average speed ensures that I don’t ease off, I wind it up a bit more. This is now or never, do or die and I feel like I might die. 20. Over the line, shout my number and stop my Garmin. All details fall out of view, quickly hit save and wait. Quickly engage easiest gear and coast. Pain gradually subsides, breathing comes back under control. Excitement fills me. 21. I want to fumble with my Garmin to check my time, but suddenly realise that I’m on the fairly steep hill up to Rattery on the A38, going really slowly with lots of fast moving traffic slowing to overtake me and my other competitors. Now isnt the time swerve. Resist the temptation and wait for the slip road. 25. Get to top, check Garmin, Says 20.13. Fuck. Is that right? See Tom Moran. Tell him. Try to be coy about it until I have the formal result, but there is no hiding my excitement. 45. Back to HQ. Result is already on the board – 20.13! 46. Celebrate with a jumbo battered sausage and chips whilst waiting for the rest of the results to come in. Lots of PBs including Tom Moran, Scott Horne and Mark Peard. 90. Drive home. Wonder what I need to do to go faster. Love being a Corrie, part of a club with history, trophies and club records. For now at least, I am a part of that history and part of the current generation who are taking things forward, stretching each other and going faster. For those 20 minutes I was out there riding alone but the challenge, community and offering of the club has had a big impact on where I am.