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Face cream please...
Steve has made a return to his specialist territory of sprint distance triathlons and over the past two weekends and has competed in a couple of events at Richmond and Coventry. Though ostensibly the same discipline, the events were run over very different terrain, the main distinguishing feature being hills… big steep ones.
The Richmond event organisers pride themselves on producing a ‘challenging’ bike course and their efforts are not disappointing. On a couple of sections at least, cliff-face rather than hill would be a perfectly reasonable description. On these sections, Steve found the bottom gear of 34 x 25 on his very lightweight race bike only just enough to grind out upward progress - and that was out of the saddle. Even the smaller hills were brutal and Steve’s race-face pic (taken at the top of one of them) belies the efforts involved.
The Coventry Sprint Tri, though still throwing up a few hills and technical challenges, was a far more even-paced affair leading to far less facial wear-and-tear.
Steve showed well in both events, comfortably taking 55-59 age group wins and 10/126 and 5/198 overall placings respectively.
Posted on: Tuesday, May 21, 2019