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Cammish's Review of 2008

Cammish's Review of 2008 (Yep... more cake...well puddin' actually...but just as yummy!!!) As is customary at this time of year, we all sit down stuffing our faces silly with chocolates and mince pies and reflect of the past twelve months no doubt vowing that next year will be different! Of course we'll all be slimmer then (god knows how we come to that conclusion bearing in mind the amount of crap that's going to pass our lips over the next week or so!!) so 2008's results will pale into insignificance in comparison to what we're all going to achieve next season …. but before they're forgotten let's just spend a few minutes looking back on the highs and lows of an extra-ordinary season shall we? For me personally, each season is about hanging onto the shirt tails of something I achieved 20 or 30 years ago. Once a sponsor has realised he's been totally duped (in that I'm never going to win anything worth winning ever again) it's time for me to move on - hence a quite a respectful turnover of clubs from my viewpoint. I started my second season with Planet X later than usual, not having my first race until the middle of April. This was due to the awful weather we experienced virtually all season long. Mind you, there were the occasional breaks in the bad weather giving us a few good days in May / June and again towards the end of the season when, thankfully, a lot of big-hitters had given up - presumably fed up with the amount of events that were being abandoned due to rain / roadworks / lack of entries etc. I'm not often put off and if there's a chance of a high placing, irrespective of who's riding and who isn't, at my age, I try to take advantage of it ..ok? So I ducked and dived my way through 2008 landing on my feet a few times with some good days on some decent courses. The first highpoint came towards the end of May…not just for me I'm sure…when we were blessed with one of the "fastest" weekends for years. From the dawn of the day, Saturday 31 May was clearly shaping up to be pretty good (master of the under-statement there!!!) - and 120 of us were fortunate enough to have the API 50 lined up for later in the afternoon. Any potential BBAR winner who missed this was going to be playing "catch-up" for the rest of the season, because it turned out to be one of the fastest 50s for years. Certainly I never thought I'd ever go as fast as that (1-40-26) , and I've been told I could have gone faster if I'd carried a bottle! I rode fixed that day and it was HOT but I've been brought up very old school and carrying a bottle was always considered to be the first sign of weakness so I did without. (OK..to be quite honest, the bike didn't have any bottle cage bosses and I couldn't be arsed to frig something up so didn't bother!). Anyway, all credit to all the riders that pb'd that day especially to NikB who's ride, I reckon, probably had some impact on why Messrs Dawson and Hutchinson chose not to ride the distances - made getting a top 3 BBAR placing that much easier for me :-) …ta Nik! The middle of the season was all TV wasn't it? We all watched, and believed, in the Tour - nuff said! Then the Olympics - red hot or wot? Then the BBAR. Not much coverage in Cycling Weekly was there? I'd have thought Nik's use of the 77 teeth chainring would have given all the knockers of testing more ammo to fire against us….you know, the use of such big gears isn't REALLY cycling is it…bears no comparison to continental racing etc etc..but no! Hardly a thing! There's been talk of changing the format of the competition... but there was talk ten years ago…there was even talk 20 years ago! I remember expressing concern to Phil Griffiths in the 80s…and he said not to worry about it because they had been talking about changing the format in his day too!!! So don't worry chaps. As long as people are riding the distances (I reckon) there'll be a competition! NikB went on to win the BBAR ... and Chris Hoy became the first cyclist to win the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year since Tom Simpson in 1965. OK so time triallists aren't really racing cyclists but Joe Public doesn't really know that does he? All of a sudden it's good to be a cyclist and we're being given a bit more respect. People seem to be asking more questions and showing more interest and…good lord....Mr Hoy comes across as a VERY nice chap who can string more than two words together without umming and urring all the time. Total respect from me (FWIW!). To cap it all (for me) somewhere within all that kafuffle I managed to win the National 12 hour championship - something I've never done before and certainly something I thought I never would - having won my last championship back in 1989. The sponsor's happy and I won't be looking for another club next season (at least I don't think I will…the sponsor might have other ideas though!). I've been tasked with getting the old skool series on the road and hopefully will be competing in all of the events myself. As has already been documented this means I can have a year out of proper racing (I'm terming time trialling proper racing if that's ok with you…old habits die hard ok?) and will have a ready excuse to the sponsor when I under-perform because I'll have been riding old skool…so it's a win win situation for me ;-) So let's all just enjoy it eh? And last and hopefully not least..Testing Times. It's going to be regularly irregular and utterly crap but don't let that put you off! Have you subscribed yet? So it's all looking good for an even better 2009 - merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all!

19 December 2008

Comments

  • playtex

    A calender ? Are you bloody well taking the pi55 Cammish ? Or have you just heard about my riding prowess .....

  • to55er

    ...and a calendar to time Playtex?

  • Stephen Nightingale

    Going back to Item 14. According to Hutch's UCI cronies, you'd better not use a digital watch either. Clockwork only, with a 'cuckoo' on the half hour.

  • playtex

    So, going back to item 13. According to Pythagorus Theorem (if my memory serves me correctly), doesn't the square of your power output quadruple the faster you go, hence burning more calories. Or did Pythagorus say that 2 sides of an isoceles triangle were equal to..... Bloody hell, i've got to get out more....

  • playtex

    Pulling your pud ? Wayne Kerr

  • andy

    P.S I love a bit of pud myself

  • playtex

    Old Skool Series Spec: Round tube steel frame Check 36 spoke,lo pro wheelset Check Std drop bars Check Fixed Wheel Check Brooks Saddle Check Toe Straps Check Woolen Jersey+Plus Fours Check SRM Power Meter ????.....

  • andy

    That's a tougher question to answer than you might think as surely a big wobbly belly would have a large effect on the aerodynamics (and maybe even rolling resistance). As you lose weight, your calorie consumption per mile will decrease. No-doubt someone on the timetrialling forum has an impossible to understand spreadsheet that'll work it all for you though.

  • playtex

    How many miles would you have to ride to burn that lot off ? Answers on a postcard.......

  • to55er

    I reckon.....I could eat a whole one of those in one sitting!

  • playtex

    ps That Christmas pudd looks nice..... I can feel the calories going on already !

  • playtex

    You aving a larf ? Cut back to 400 miles ??? Just got up to a personal this winter, 80 miles this week. Burning yourself out ? Perhaps i'm just doing an "Armstrong", and messin with your head..... Is this why i is crap at TT'ing, not enough mileage ??? Worried of Kent

  • to55er

    You reckon I'm burnin' me self out Paul? Surely we've got to cram it all in while we're here haven't we? Love it! Thigh's ok...hip's still swollen though (thanks for askin'). Cut right back to 400 miles this week hoping the rest would aid recovery. Hasn't worked...gave it a chance..so gonna ramp it right up now. 10 days off work...must be at least a thousand miles. What do you reckon?

  • playtex

    Organising/riding the Old Skool Series,training,working,writing the Testing Times Handbook, testing new equipment. How do you fit it all in ??? : ) Hows the thigh after your tumble ?

  • to55er

    Good idea...but if I've got to do twice the training in 2009 I don't think I'm going to be around long.....certainly won't last until 2010!

  • Stephen Nightingale

    If the 2009 comparison is to get the difference due to kit, and then if the 2010 Old Skool can be on old style training only, by the end of the 2nd year we'll know the differences due to kit and the differences due to training, eh?

  • to55er

    Urm...if we do that, do we have to do twice the training?

  • andy

    Does that mean we all have to get two entries in for each event? One on the old skool machine and one on the aero bike??

  • Ian Cammish

    Oh dear... I'm going to be (kind of) busy then aren't I?

  • Stephen Nightingale

    >I’ve been tasked with getting the old skool series on the road and hopefully will be >competing in all of the events myself. As has already been documented this means >I can have a year out of proper racing (I’m terming time trialling proper racing if that’s >ok with you… But you can't get out of proper racing ... In order to get a proper comparison between Old Skool and Aero Kit, you have to ride the same mix of events on the same courses (in identical weather) with both kinds of kit, so we can all figure out what is the actual difference. (This also means the sponsor gets to sell twice the kit).