I’ll admit it. I’m getting a little anxious about this next race (on April 7th). Even though I’ve formally written off my chances of qualifying for the UCI World Cycling Tour Finals this year, I can’t shake the temptation to try still, and therefore put pressure on myself in the process.
This has led to some creative math, with the following results:
According to last year’s results of the ‘Masters’ course (179 km and 2500 m), I will need to average between 33 kph and 34 kph to finish in the top 25% of my age group (The magic % for qualifying for the World Finals). In 2011 I actually did this race, albeit the shorter version, and had an average speed of 27.33 kph. A 6 to 7 kph increase in speed is pretty significant, especially considering this year’s race is 70 km longer than the one I did two years ago. However, if you check out the above link you’ll see a pretty meaty me in the photos. April 2011 was the very beginning of the ‘journey’ I’ve been spewing to you all about for well over two years now and I am at least 5 kg lighter than v.11 Gerry, with two full seasons of coaching from Rob in my legs.
It still doesn’t mean I can go that fast, I know, but we all need our little fantasies, don’t we.