Silverstone Time Trial Challenge
One of the nice things about working for Jaguar Land Rover, is that with it being such a big company, they get involved in promotional events that usually result in free spaces for employees.
The Silverstone Time Trail Challenge is one such event, with 30 places up for grabs.
This was my first open Time Trial, and at a distance of 25 mile, its the same as the bike leg of an Olympic distance triathlon. I’ve only ever raced during a Triathlon, so the first thing I did was strip off some of the triathlon paraphernalia from my TT bike. Without having to swim or run, there is no need to carry and nutrition, so I removed the front and rear bottle cages, I also knocked up a mount for my computer and replaced the bar tape with grippy sand paper (that seems to be what the pro’s are doing)
I never thought I would ever get to ride on the Silverstone GP circuit! Awesome
The day started off early arriving around an hour before the start of the race. Unlike a big triathlon event, everything was nice and calm, parking was ample (It is a world class GP circuit after all!) We wandered over to registration to pick up the timing chip, when went out for a warm up (needed that, it was bloody cold!)
Time for a warm up
After a few laps of the warm up track, I made my way over to the pits ready for the start of my wave.
The track seems tight and twisty when you see it filled with F1 cars, but on a bike, the track is HUGE! Even with 250 people out on the track, there were times I was on my own.
The main straight had a pretty strong headwind, so I experimented a little with really getting into a low aero tuck, to really get my head down and reduce my frontal area as much as possible.
Usually, in a triathlon, there are junctions, traffic lights and tight turns that force you to brake and sit up, but with the track being so wide, I didn’t touch the brakes once! so I was in the aero position and constantly peddling. By the end of the race my neck was killing!
I finished the 25 miles in 01:05:23, not too bad for my first time trial, but room for improvement.
Nutrition - Pre Race
Yogurt, nuts, honey breakfast
Hornet Juice, Primal Pantry bar, Beta-Alenine
- Primal Pantry bar
- Huub trisuit
- Sugoi RS Ice jersey
- Gore gloves and arm warmers
- Rudy Project Wing57 aero helmet
- Specialized TriVent SC
- Cervelo P3, Zipp 808 front and rear
- Garmin 520
- Blue Seventy race belt