Well, the first race of the year is done and dusted. The Cirencester duathlon was moved to a new course this year so didn’t really know what to expect. What I definitely didn’t expect, primarily because I’ve been a fair weather biker this winter and the recent bad weather has passed me by, was the snow and ice covered course!
As usual the race comprised of two 1 mile laps running, two 5 mile laps biking and then another two laps running. All offroad on a combination of fields, woodland tracks and bridleways. It’s definitely a different beast to the endurance events we seem to favour. Go as fast as you can for as long as you can!
Personally, having stumped up with my ancient trail clogs, I was slipping a fair bit on the runs, not to mention getting a dose of calf cramp on the second run. Also found the snow quite energy sapping on the bike compared to my recent tarmac efforts. I don’t think I could have taken the corners any slower if I’d tried, although seeing a few of the slow speed wipeouts, I’m not sure there was a good way!
That said, still very happy with my 31st place, a fraction over 82 minutes. I would argue the relay teams where different people do the runs and the bike sections shouldn’t be included in the solo results list, in which case I would sneak into 29th place! Top thirty! With a bit of statistical work I reckon I can rule out a few others and make top 10!
Timmy Two Teams was again in his TBAS colours and I think raced home in 7th place. I didn’t see Dom, but assuming he was number 217 (checking the results), he was about 90 seconds behind me. And also Steve H was there flying the NextDayTyres flag. Another great performance from our 50+ gang!
Unfortunately Andrew missed out on the fun as he chose to stay home nursing his man-flu!
Will try and find some photos in due course.