A breezy westerly - is that a fast or slow night on the M105?
Signed on as number 17, I had Martin Rasmussen one minute ahead of me and Ken Thursby a minute behind - there was a potential for us to hit the finish line at the same time!
The Westerly wind proved helpful to Kirkley Hall where Jack Earl was set up for some action shots on the corner. Helpful enough for a 26 mph average speed! It was a little harder to Kirkley March but it is very sheltered with hedgerows and I made good progress to Ogle.
Turning left onto the lane I expected a full headwind but found it was coming just from the left and the hedges again provided shelter. I had two riders in sight, the second of whom was Martin. I held my speed well on the first half of the lane before working hard to reel Martin in into the wind before the turn.
I hit the return leg hard, especially on the first hill. Seeing my average speed climbing to 24.8 mph with a mile to go I gave it everything to get under 24 minutes but came up just short with 24:02. A good result and my fastest on the club course for 17 years. Whilst I found the wind favourable others disagreed - I guess it is personal which conditions suit best!