35km Bike around The Great Orme - 1:10:00
Leaving transition on the bike I was heading out into the unknown. I had no experience of the course but had spoke to others about it’s tough climb out and it’s hairy technical descent on the return. The course is 4 laps around The Great Orme Country Park on closed roads. I planned to take the first lap pretty conservative to get a feel for the course. Even while taking it easy-ish I managed to gain 2 places on the first climb But the first time on the descents I realised just how tricky this section of the course was - maybe should have brought the road bike, no place for TT bars here!
The second lap got underway and it was now time to put the hammer down. The only problem was that at this point, the weather took a turn and we were greeted with an almighty downpour. I began the climb on the second lap and as I switched the small ring which made my chain slip off. Yet another unlucky BAM! Luckily I kept my calm, hopped off, put it back on and carried on. Only lost just over a minute but a minute is a minute. Ruddy chain.
As the rain got heavier, the course got ever more testing. I began passing more and more people on the ground having decked it. This made me back off descending on the last 2 laps just to make sure I get round it in one piece.
Coming into transition I see my sister and she informs me I’m the 5th male to enter T2, so I made up a few more places somewhere! Turns out I got the 3rd fastest bike split of the day, BOOM.
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