Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono - World Champs Qualification, 2 Jun 2018

This event was one of my major goals for the season, and having missed out on qualifying last year by about 50 seconds I was determined to do better this time. Inconsistent form and power meter issues meant I still wasn't sure exactly how to target the ride, but had to ride it on feel. At least the weather forecast was suggesting a headwind on the way out, which suits me better.

After all the preparation and planning for the event, the hour before very definitely did not go how I intended. When I got setup onto the turbo in the start hall my power meter stopped working! The time spent trying to sort it out, before deciding to switch to doing a warmup outside, meant there wasn't much time for a proper warm up at all - not ideal. 

Finally underway and the ride itself went ok. A bit of traffic in the way in technical sections meant I wasn't able to take my carefully prepared and visualised racing lines in all cases, but at least this time I was doing all the overtaking - no-one came past me during my ride. The tailwind helped with the last section and by squeezing everything out I managed to come in just inside my target/hoped for time of 38 minutes, which was two minutes faster than last year.

The good news is I managed to get inside the qualification cutoff in 13th place (out of 85 riders) in my age group, so mission accomplished!

Tim Phillips

 Picture by Katie Chandler

Picture by Katie Chandler

 Picture by Katie Chandler

Picture by Katie Chandler

 Picture by Katie Chandler

Picture by Katie Chandler

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