On Saturday 28th October 2017, six of us left the shop at 7am to travel to Ulea in Murcia to take part in our first ever Team Time Trial, hosted annually by La Purisima cycling club from Barriomar. We arrived in Ulea at 8am and had the traditional coffee and tostada which helps to get the engine going first thing in the morning!
We have never done a 6 man time trial before as none of us really enjoyed time trialling. After our light breakfast we proceeded to the start line which was just outside Ulea on an old camino (road) which ran parallel to the Murcia/Albacete dual carriageway. We met the other teams and were told that we would be the fifth team to start. After preparing our bikes and having a 10 mile warmup we were ready for the off. Harry Morrow, our mechanic, was so excited that he was on the computer most days studying the course - he could tell us how many manhole covers there were on route, how many culverts there were and how many potholes there were and I'm glad he had memorised everything!
It was soon our turn to start and we went straight into a 3km climb of approx 5-7% which was a pretty tough start and really got the hearts pumping. We all did approx. 250-350 metres on the front before dropping off to the back and continued doing this all the way to the halfway point where Harry (our navigator) told us to take a right off the slip road, round the roundabout and back as we had covered exactly 11.2km as per instructions. We turned around and went racing back towards the start line, the steep climb that we had in the beginning was now a magic downhill allowing us to hit speeds of up to 60km per hour. We finished in a good time and were delighted with our achievement.
It wasn't until all the teams were back that we were told that we had won with a couple of the teams misjudging the course and turning at the wrong point. We were absolutely delighted with this result for our first ever event and are now looking forward to entering two teams next year.
Our team rides together every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and are all good friends. The team consisted of Gary Routledge, Steve Buckley, Paul Cameron, Harry Morrow, Dom TJ and Joe Laverick (who is only 16 and is the English Junior Time Trials Champion!).
After the event we were invited back to a Restaurant just outside Murcia for the prizegiving and for a superb lunch Spanish style, needless to say a great day was had by all.
Team Cyclogical meets every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5.30pm, and Sunday mornings at 8am and covers between 90 and 120kms at a moderate to fast pace, so, if you fancy a challenge come along and join us.
Looking to improve your fitness, riding ability and speed and also have a new group of friends to train with? Why not come along and give it a try, or call Gary on 637 487 377.