Last Saturday was Bowden Hill climb organised by Chippenham Wheelers. It was raining all day. I think it had been raining for 3 days solid, though it is easy to forget exactly how many days.
It is not a climb I have done before. Even in the murk and grey, wet skies, Laycock and Bowden Hill seemed an attractive part of the world. In better weather, I may have gone for a longer rider after. But, as it was, after finishing and descending the hill, I was pretty cold so I didn’t hang around.
The climb was OK, I had problems with some sprocket so my gears were slipping at an awkward moment. I don’t think it affects time too much, but it does affect the momentum and you are left feeling you could have done better.
My average power was 400 watts, quite a bit less than previous power outputs for 4 to 5 minute (maybe because the hill wasn’t that steep 6.6% average).
Form was good last Sun and Mon, but then dipped on Wed. Let’s hope it goes back up this week.
I still enjoyed getting out despite the rain and cold.
Rear light woe
These days rear lights are required for racing in CTT events. On a murky day like Sat, you can understand why the rule was brought in. On the startline, there seemed to be a lot of equipment failure, with rear lights not working (perhaps the rain was playing a part, though it shouldn’t) and I heard quite a few last minute requests to borrow a rear light.
I think you will never regret bringing spare clip on rear light to the start of a race. My light just about lasted the race. I thought it wasn’t working properly when it kept fading away this week, but then I realised I had been trying to recharge the USB the wrong way around! Now I’ve charged it with the right side facing up, it’s good to last a long time!
Power and speed
- Distance – 1.2 mi
- Elevation – 124 m
- Max Grade – 14.8%
- Avg Grade – 6.6%
- KOM: 4.15
- VAM: 1,759
Bowden Hill UHC80
Strava – Hill climb course Bowden Hill UHC80
|Position||First Name||Last Name||Gender||Category||Club||Precise Time|
|2||Richard||Gildea||Male||Senior||Didcot Phoenix CC||04:34.8|
|3||Frazier||Carr||Male||Senior||SPIRIT TIFOSI RT||04:39.0|
|4||Tejvan||Pettinger||Male||Vet||Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team||04:41.0|
|5||Carl||Jolly||Male||Espoir||University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC)||04:42.5|
|6||Jacques||Coates||Male||Espoir||Team PB Performance||04:44.8|
|7||Oscar||Hutchings||Male||Senior||Team Tor 2000 | KALAS||04:46.4|
|8||Charlie||Lacaille||Male||Espoir||University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC)||05:00.8|
|9||Glyndwr||Griffiths||Male||Vet||73 Degrees Bicycles, WestSide Coaching rt||05:01.2|
|10||Steve||Thomas||Male||Vet||Bristol Road Club||05:03.2|
|11||Matt||Melville||Male||Vet||Cycle Club Basingstoke||05:03.5|
|14||Andrew||Metherell||Male||Vet||Salt and Sham Cycle Club||05:15.8|
|15||Harry||Chamberlain||Male||Senior||Bynea Cycling Club||05:17.6|
|16||Thomas||Hall||Male||Senior||Bristol South Cycling Club||05:20.0|
|17||Madeleine||Heywood||Female||Senior||Lea Valley CC||05:32.1|
|18||Edward||Arnold||Male||Senior||Stroud Valley Velos||05:37.3|
|22||Richard||Bennett||Male||Senior||Bristol South Cycling Club||05:43.3|
|25||Luke||Browne||Male||Senior||BS10 Cycling Club||05:54.2|
|27||David||English||Male||Vet||Chippenham & District Wheelers||06:08.5|
|28||Neil||Duffin||Male||Senior||Wiltshire Police Cycling Team||06:14.2|
|29||Jon||Wiggins||Male||Senior||PDQ Cycle Coaching||06:14.8|
|30||Marc||Allen||Male||Vet||Swindon Road Club||06:18.2|
|31||Richard||Emery||Male||Vet||Severn Road Club||06:48.2|
|32||Sasha||Smith||Female||Vet||FTP (Fulfil The Potential) Racing||06:49.8|
|36||Stuart||Welch||Male||Senior||Wiltshire Police Cycling Team||07:22.2|
|38||Paul||Winchcombe||Male||Vet||Chippenham & District Wheelers||08:00.8|