A team time trial in London – this is a regular feature in the ZRL calendar. However this time the course was the Greater London Flat, and as the name suggests, it was pancake flat! 29km with just about 100m elevation. Both the B and C teams were in pole position with only 1 minute start delay, having won last week and leading the standings.
With a strong squad of 6 riders, with big engines like Henrik, Casper and Lars, we knew we had a good chance to again do something special. Another win? The start was good, but we quickly saw the Portuguese team gaining ground, they were leading us by 15s after a few minutes already. We kept our cool and followed the plan and it was working. We quickly gained the time back, and by the midway mark it was more than 30s. At the finish line we knew we had won. Indeed, 1 minute faster than the 2nd team, we had our second win of the season. Two out of two – are we dreaming? The boys gave absolutely everything. The atmosphere was fantastic. The team spirit is really high, bring on the rest of the season!
Having won the previous week added a little pressure and excitement – but we could count on our new recruit Doug from the US who is a real fire power for this team with an FTP of 349w ! He was going to lead the team most of the way, but the team did an amazing job by taking really good relays and everybody worked really hard to deliver another stellar performance. Everyone was at their max. We saw FTP increase, sky high heart rates and lots of sweat. This was a time trial where everyone gave absolutely everything. Perfectly directed by team captain Jamie who gave the instructions, the team simply delivered. We kept the second team at bay for most of the ride, but they had an advantage at the beginning, but as the miles went on, our lead increased and we took the win by 20 seconds. A narrow victory, but a very pleasing one. I’m super proud of the boys. Another great day in the ZRL and also two out of two ! WOW !
A big thank you to Guillaume and the bike shop Le Cercle for welcoming us to race in the shop – it’s always an incredible atmosphere to race virtually “in real life” ! We definitely enjoyed a few beers after the race… And also a huge thank you to Petri who massaged our sore legs after this crazy race, we all feel better now!