Sam's second road race of the year... on his winter bike

It's my second race of the season this weekend (27th May).  It's been a long time since March when I took part in my first foray of racing during which I got well and truly humped by my rivals as I got pumped out the back of the bunch on the 2nd lap. 

I got pretty disillusioned about my abilities, or lack thereof, and decided to attempt getting faster before I humiliated myself again.  Training in the last couple of months has focussed on getting used to doing hard efforts in groups, through doing the local chain gang and pushing myself harder than I usually do on solo training rides.  I'm not sure if it's doing me much good though as I'm still lacking the ability to stick with my contemporaries when the road starts to rise.

The course for Sunday's VC Glasgow South road race has got one substantial lump in it and an uphill finish, neither of which are filling me with confidence at the moment.  The 50 mile route consists of 3 laps round a circuit off the M77 to the south of Glasgow, there's a wind farm near the race, at the finish actually, so I'm guessing that it's not going to be pan-flat!  There's going to be a bit of huffing/puffing/bar chewing on my behalf if I want to stay in touch with the bunch until the end.

This lack of faith in my inability to climb is being compounded at the moment by the fact that I'll be riding my winter bike as my Planet X Nanolight has sustained a frame failure and is currently winging it's way back towards Rotherham.  I'm pretty gutted as the bike was a bit of a dream come true for me having never ridden anything carbon; going back to an aluminium winter machine this week was a bit of a shock.  I'm going to have to get used to it for the coming weeks however as a new frame won't be available for 4 weeks.  Not what I want when I've got races and we're experiencing the best weather we've had all year – scratch that, for the last few years!

Hopefully Planet X will pull it out of the bag and get me a new frame sooner rather than later.  I'm slow enough as it is without trying to lug an extra 2kg of bike around during my training and racing, though I am approaching my goal weight of 75kg, tipping the scales at 76kg at the moment. 

I suppose it's a case of whether you believe Mr.Armstrong or Mr.Penn as to whether it's about the bike... or not! 

Sunday's race will give the answer.


risb98 [29 posts] 6 years ago

will be at that race also. weather looking good. will say hello if i see you. will be wearing no13 and wearing the lime green of VC Glasgow south

SamShaw [268 posts] 6 years ago

Great, I'm #72 - in blue Stirling Bike Club kit.

The bike above won't have mudguards on for the race - I'm trying to save weight wherever I can so all surplus items have been removed!

Looking forward to it.

Goatkarma [27 posts] 6 years ago

Good luck Sam, you'll be fine. Just sit in until the windfarm climb and then slowly pick your way through.Simples. Breaks won't stay away, they'll just get chased down straight away through eagerness (although that means pace might be a bit stop/start!)  4 And for gods sake shave yer legs  3

Have you asked PX if you can pay difference and get a different frame (RT57 or N2a)?

ps numbers to watch out for (good wheels on climbm these guys will be top 10 easily):

7 Wayne Barr Velocity 44 Stirling
32 John Gartland GJS Racing Team
54 Terence McMahon Glasgow Ivy CC
70 Arron Sands Lomond Roads CC

SamShaw [268 posts] 6 years ago

What's the windfarm climb like? Something like Comrie moor that you can ride fast or steeper?

Planet X have said that we can discuss options once they receive the broken frame back, Yodel failed to pick it up yesterday so TNT are apparently getting it today. Not convinced that'll happen. Not so keen on the RT-57, though I do like the N2A in white!

I'll stick to Wayne's back wheel as far as I can, I've spent plenty of time trying to do it on training rides!

Legs have been shaved for a week. I'm getting dog's abuse for it at home.  19

scook94 [40 posts] 6 years ago

Great Blog Sam, gutted about your frame though! Good luck for the race...

BTW, digging the Wes Anderson reference in your picture!  3 LOL

OldnSlo [137 posts] 6 years ago

Look forward to the race report. Sounds like you've
done all you can, you'll do fine. If planetx don't deliver,
how about begging or borrowing from a local
bike shop - worth a try.