The last race of the 2009/2010 AMTBC Summer Series was yesterday. The race was held at Flinders University on some of the trails near car park no. 3.
This was the first time I had ridden on these trails at Flinders as they are normally closed to bicycles. The course was a mix of singletrack and fire road with some moderately technical sections and a fair amount of elevation change. The weather was cool at around 20°C with light rain starting about half way through the race.
As in the previous two races, I was in the C grade. The C grade raced four laps of the roughly 4.5km course. This time I decided not to lead from the start, and let someone else set the pace. This worked out for the first couple of laps where I held a close third or fourth place. But, by the third lap my fourth place was significantly behind third. In the end, I finished in fourth with a time of 1:03:08, 30 seconds behind third place, and with fifth and sixth place not far behind.
A brief update on the BB7 brake upgrade: The BB7s worked very well in the wet and muddy conditions. My feel for the brakes has improved significantly in the almost three months that I’ve been using them. I initially had some concerns about rear wheel brake modulation, but the modulation seems on par with the Motolites now that the brakes are fully bedded-in and I’m more used to them. Also worth noting is that after the initial setup, the brakes haven’t needed any adjustment. Overall, I am very happy with these brakes.
My official results; hours:minutes:seconds:
Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Lap Avg Total Time
14:29 15:51 16:30 16:10 15:47 1:03:08
For comparison, grade average lap times; minutes:seconds (number of laps completed):
A Avg. Lap B Avg. Lap C Avg. Lap D Avg. Lap E Avg. Lap Overall Avg. Lap
13:34 (6) 14:43 (5) 15:52 (4) 17:42 (3) 20:49 (2) 16:58
Do you want more data? Well, I noticed that a large number of people in my race grade were named David. In fact, 7.8% of people racing at Flinders were named David. Furthermore, 66% of those named David finished adjacent to another David. Overall, those named David had a lap average time of 16:29, which is 29 seconds faster than the field average.
Helmet-cam video of my first lap: