The new bike pacing session got off to a good start last night, with a small -but high quality - group of 8 riders turning out on the new road [A688] between Coxhoe and Sherburn House, a loop of 5 miles between the roundabouts. Warm and sunny it was a good evening for a hard session. Riders had to opt for 10 or 15 mile rides, with times taken every 5 miles so that they could focus on pacing themselves evenly over their chosen distance.Ideally, they would be looking for both a fast overall time and even splits over the different segments, and preferably a negative split - that is, a faster time over the latter part of their distance. Allan and Ian looked after the timing, but were grateful for the assistance of Corrina and Martin as riders flashed past. Full results are below, with the spreadsheet HERE
The advantage of this session is the fact that riders repeat the same course 2 or 3 times: normally in a time trial they follow an out-and-back course, or a single loop, so that a comparison of first and second halves is straightaway invalidated - because they're travelling in a different direction, the wind is behind instead of in their face, the gradient is generally down instead of up, and so on. Here, the 5-mile loops are the same each time so that a more valid comparison can be made of different segments of the ride.
If there were more timekeeping assistants available to assist, we could provide more information for riders with a comparison time for their 1st /6th miles or their 4th/9th miles and so on - so if you're available to assist please get in touch with Ian or Allan - your club needs you! Next Pacing session: Thursday 7 July [First Thursday of the month]