Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:32
I was on some of the bike course on Sunday and was passed by a few tri bikes including a very fast woman on an unusual shaped bike, although I was chuffed to catch and pass a bloke on a Shiv with his pointy hat on. I went from Kings Bromley through Abbots Bromley and over Cannock Chase.
Anyway, I think you'd be ok on the TT bike. I'm a hopeless climber, always have been, but I went up Cannock Chase in the 36-21/23 mostly sat down and that was the worst climb. The road surface was never that rough compared to some S Staffs roads with worn surface dressing. By Whittington GC I'm looking at you. What did catch me out from time to time was the wind, it wasn't strong, but it was tugging at me a few times especially over Blithbury with 50mm tubs on. Horseshit, mud from fields and a distressingly large number of dead animals from rats to badgers and a deer were the main obstacles.
A good learning point for me was I started out with the intention of a steady ride but ended up riding for 20-25 miles with two random cyclists, sharing some 2-3 mile hard stints on the front with one of them, by the time I'd gone my separate way and gone over Cannock into Hendesford I was on my arse. Two weeks ago I did 30k more and was fresh for a run. Don't let the flat roads or an inevitable W/SW wind pushing you along make you crack on too fast and knacker your run. Too many times I've headed NE or E from Birmingham too fast and struggled back in the prevailing Westerlies.