SF Higginson, W Holmes, J Woodburn, A Engers, J Pritchard, D Lloyd, JP Legge… PJ

The names etched on the Charles Glenister Trophy are a potted history of time trialling. There are two competition records on there, the most startling being a 53.40 from Alf Engers in 1972. He was later the first man to break the 50 minute barrier in 1978 with a 49.24. It stood for 12 years.

The King
Extremely tight clearances on this TT weapon
Amazing position. look closely for purest drillium; the obsession was more weight than aerodynamics.

The Bristol South CC Open 25 has been the club’s blue riband event since 1947 and has hosted the National Championship on a couple of occasions.

Everyone to Falfield… in Farah slacks and Crombies please


This Sunday’s race was slightly less high profile and possibly suffered because of the ‘fast’ event on the Sunday in Wales. I first rode the event in 2010 and have done it a handful of times since. Spot the difference (and count the marginal gains):

After a strong week and some decent training I was looking forward to the race. I was also the ‘scratch’ rider; nominally at least the fastest on paper. This is good for your confidence, as long as it’s not in error. I also enjoy riding the club events, wearing the red and gold and catching up with other members of the South. For this event John Legge, a previous winner and holder of several club records in the 1970s, had made the schlep over from Portugal to have a dig.

It was windy on the way back, and wet for a significant amount of the time I spent on the course. I got thoroughly soaked and I lost my visor. It fogged up and i tried to clear it but it flicked off and was almost certainly squished to a million tiny pieces by the next car. The Kask visor is a bit shit. The magnets fall off if you look directly at them and it fogs over in the faintest hint of rain. And they are eye-wateringly expensive, which is ironic, considering that they’re supposed to stop this happening. Anyway, the only reason i got the helmet is because it looks slightly less like something designed by HR Giger and thus makes me feel like I’m marginally less of a idiot when riding full-bongo down the Gloucester Road amongst the savagely trendy hipsters (and dirty beatniks).

Time Trial Helmet
HR Giger Creation

I paced the course well, it undulates a bit on two short loops off the main road. You never hear the words ‘fast course’ in connection with the U17. It’s slow and hard going with some sinkholes along the racing line. At various points there was also a nasty headwind to contend with. Nevertheless, I felt like I was going well and built up a head of steam on the way back. It was certainly quicker than February, where I struggled to sneak in under the hour. In the end I managed a 55.56, which is PB for this stretch of tarmac. I also won by over a minute from the second placed rider, which is healthy margin of victory. All of which means I get to see my name etched on the amazing trophy. I also picked up the ‘WTTA Spring Shield’, awarded to the fastest rider in the district in this event. It was quite a haul. The club also took the team prize thanks to Dan Alford and the evergreen John Legge.

It’s been a good week and I feel as though some of the hard work done earlier in the season is paying off a little bit. PBs and course records tend to suggest progress.

Legge Junior and Senior

Well done Dad. Can i eat it?


2 thoughts on “SF Higginson, W Holmes, J Woodburn, A Engers, J Pritchard, D Lloyd, JP Legge… PJ

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  1. Congratulations PJ, I enjoy reading your blog and the events you enter, but when all the hard work you do comes to fruition, then it makes everything worthwhile.

    To win a trophy is fantastic, but one that is held in esteem and has names of past winners like Alf Engers, is the icing on the cake.

    Now according to Roche, who was commentating on one of the classic races for ITV 4, the pros either spray some stuff on there glasses or rub a raw potato on them to stop fogging, so cut out all these gels/nutrient bars and carry a raw spud with you, I admit it make take some practise to rub it over your visor inside and out while descending on a TT bike at 40 mph, but think of the advantages.

  2. I tried a couple of old-school methods that used to work and they failed. i think the Kask is too high-tech, it’s not backwards compatible with previous iterations of antifog.

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