Another blustery and nasty spring day greeted us at Withrow Synergy TT on Saturday. It was a rough one. I finally became one with my bike but the conditions weren’t going to allow for a fast time. At least not from me. Ian blazed with Casper not too far off. It made the next day’s 7 miler feel like a sprint. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions on Sunday and it did provided for some fast times. The roll out from the lot may have added 5-10 seconds to the typical Black Dog time. So Ian may have an unofficial course record. I rode the fixi again to a 14:38 for 3rd but with tired legs. I’m going to have a hard time deciding which bike to grab on Wednesday’s NVGP qualifier at the Dog. The fixed gear really forces you through your weaknesses making for a painful but fast experience. If I had the choice I think I may have shifted into an easier gear at one point but i think that may have slowed me down.
Ok, Chip timing revisited. Some of us have invested in chips. We’ve all had the chance to use then and benefit from the accurate results. Chip timing wasn’t used this past weekend and I’m not sure where things went wrong but they did. Results were slow and inaccurate. There were four officials at both events and a number of volunteers so it’s obvious it’s not any one individual’s responsibilty rather a collective effort.. or lack thereof. Why four officials? can one or two be repalced with Chip timing devices? I hate to fire officials but it seems there’s a struggle to schedule enough at an event where there seems to be too many.