I spent most of yesterday evening with one number going around in my head. 52 km/h. That was the average speed of Bradley Wiggins on closed roads with some tight technical corners. To ride 44Km in 50 minutes for a course with no traffic assistance to me is mind-blowing. If I had really serious aspirations as a time triallist, I think I would be tempted to dump my bike in the River Thames, grow some ginger sideburns and take up a less competitive sport like badminton.
Next time you are on your bike – try riding at 52km/h – (around 32mph_. You will probably have to be going downhill and spinning pretty fast. Then maintain that speed for the next 50 minutes over inclines, corners and flat. That’s what you need to do to be the Olympic champion.
For a 40Km time trial, I have ridden at speeds approaching 49 km/h but that was only on a flat courses with lots of lorries going past. True there weren’t 30,000 spectators on the Cricklade roundabout to cheer me on, but when I go out training on my time trial bike today, I won’t be getting up to 52km/h unless it’s considerably downhill.
Great to see so many spectators out on the roads. At least cycling has been a mass participation event for everyone who wasn’t able to get a ticket.
I bet when Bradley Wiggins did his first cycle race (a 10 mile time trial for Wigan Wheelers aged 13), he never imagined he would 19 years later be cycling at 52km/h to Olympic gold.
Bradley Wiggins by LulaTaHula
Chris Froome a creditable 3rd place. I’m sure he won’t always be the nearly man of time big cycle races.