My first time trial was an evening club time trial organised by Reading Cycling Club on 5th May 1992 on the H10/1R course at Aldermaston in Berkshire, and I rode on my standard road bike with clip-on tri bars, finishing with a time of 25:14.
More than 25 years later, I've now taken part in a large number of races, totalling over 10,000 miles of time trialling alone.
It is not as easy as it was to be motivated enough to put in the training required to get good results, and age is not on my side, but in 2018 I shall be trying to see what I can achieve with the latest technology and aerodynamic knowledge. Sadly I shall never know what times I could have recorded with the fitness I had then and the knowledge and equipment I have now!
The first local time trial of the year that I could ride was the North Tyneside Riders 10 at Cramlington, on the M102B course otherwise best known as the course for the Barnesbury club time trials for the last few years. This was my first chance to try out my new time trial bike, so one of the main aims was to get round in one piece without anything falling off, least of all myself!
The Circuit of the Dales is one of the best time trial events in the country, taking in some fantastic scenery should you have the capacity to take it in. Coming at the start of April it is a tough way to start the season, and the event has been known to have more than its fair share of weather, not to mention roadworks.