ACC (TT 10M)

Phil Jackson                                                   Photo by Craig

ACC first (10m TT)

Phil Jackson, David McLenaghan, David Brown, Scott Williamson, Mark Duncan, Alex Graham, Leslie McGuire.

David Telford, Blake Davies, Craig Taylor.

Wednesday 26th July 2017 will go down in folk lore history as the date of the first Airdrie Cycle Club 10 mile time trial. On a windy but dry night 7 willing volunteers signed on namely Phil Jackson, Leslie McGuire, Alex Graham, Scott Williamson, David McLenaghan, David Brown and Mark Duncan. The course used is a familiar road to all riders within ACC. A stretch of the A89 between Caldercruix and Blackridge. A road covered many times on club runs heading east on route to the Bathgate Alps. It is also a long established TT route for other local clubs and indeed has its own Strava segment – WLC Blackridge TT Course.

All riders chose to ride up from the usual meeting point (Peters Barbers) to the start point at Blackridge. Other club members helped with the starting and time recording of the event. Numbers were issued to riders and pinned to the back of their club jerseys. This was hoped to gain more respect from motorist’s travelling behind the riders but also added to glamour of the night.

Each rider was set off at 1 minute intervals into a strong headwind. As I was part of the start/time recording team then I can only image there would have been some shameless drafting taking place further down the course. The overall course elevation is +72m (4%) with the sting being just after the roundabout turn at Caldercruix with an initial sharp rise followed with a long drag to the finish. The helpful tailwind made the climb slightly easier and helped to focus efforts on the charge for home.

All riders arrived back at the chalked finish line all within 5 minutes of each other. Once the pain in their lungs and legs had subsided then everyone happy to share their experience with broad smiles and laughter. The fastest on the night was Leslie closely followed by Phil.

The group then set off home as one, still sharing their stories and taking their turn to cycle on the front.

The feedback from our WhatsApp group was very positive and a monthly time trial slot at the end of each month is now firmly on the ACC calendar of events.

Craig Taylor AKA (time keeper)


Leslie McGuire 27.31
Phil Jackson 28.00
Alex Graham 29.07
Scott Williamson 29.11
David McLenaghan 30.38
David Brown 31.10
Mark Duncan 33.14



This was a difficult ride to gauge as you knew it was only 10 miles of supposedly speed against the clock on roads that you already knew, you’re thinking how hard can this be it’s only 10 miles, I know the road, I know where the uneven parts are and the pot holes so all is good in the world.

(Your preparation was 1 bottle of water blow your tyres up to the max and go for it no problems)

So here we all are at the start the mood is 1 of laughter joking and general upbeat banter, the guys that are doing the time keeping well they were in sober mood they were working out the starting line-up you could see them chatting and eyeballing and on occasions pointing, then you get the shout and handed your number and what can only be described as a rather large nappy pin and the smallest pin you’ll ever see in your life, you joke man this is going from 1extreme to another do these come in carbon fibre, (you just got the look), you get your number pinned on your back it becomes real 1 by 1 the riders go off to warm up before that minute long wait for your push off, at you’re push off you’re looking at the rider in front of you going up the road you’re thinking how fast is he going.

Once you’re on the road your train of thought automatically goes straight to gearing am I on the right gear can I get a faster gear how fast is the guy in front going how fast is the guy behind, before long you quickly realise that you don’t actually see anyone for long periods as there isn’t many long straight roads, but you intermediately check your speed to see what you’re doing, then you think are you going fast enough to get your time, (before you start you’ve kind of worked out an average speed you think you should go to get the time you want or think you should get), you don’t think about other riders on the road to be honest, your train of thought is all about gearing, cadence and rhythm, you glance at your legs going like 2 pistons and think yip good I’ve got good rhythm then you think cadence can I peddle a bit quicker to get the cadence up a bit,  you look up again see the guy in front of you so you try and push harder on the peddles but the rhythm geos south so you settle back to the comfortable rhythm and squeeze on the peddles a wee bit harder a bit at a time to try and close the gap.

At the turn around this was a good point to see how well you’re doing by trying to gauge how far in front and behind riders are in relation to you, actually up to that point you didn’t really give other riders behind you a second thought, now you knew how well everyone was going as 1 by 1 we all pass each other it’s all like little waves and thumbs up to each other, then your back at it thinking have I saved anything in the bank for the final miles, will I go for a smaller gear and great there’s no wind, you don’t think about anything to do with distance really ( Let’s face it 10 miles on a bike for guys that normally wouldn’t get out of bed for anything less than 25-75 miles would be easy).

On the way back after seeing your fellow cyclist fellow club members your chasers call them what you will your train of thought actually changes.

From the roundabout getting up and over the rise gear selection plays a big part I guess as selecting a smaller harder gear results in that thing we all call pain you think how much do I have left in the bank can I continue in this gear you look at your speed and think I’m not going any faster so you change back up the gears knowing only to well you didn’t give the smaller gear a chance telling yourself the extra 1 or 2 mile an hour faster doesn’t really matter I’ll find an easier gear and spin the legs quicker, (eerrrmm I’m thinking speed training could to be introduced to the club).

You keep checking your distance and speed and thinking right I’ll try harder the last mile, when guys pass you on the road you think will I try and keep up with them, secretly you do actually try for a bit then give up telling yourself I’m saving a bit in the tank for that last mile.

After the 10 miles and getting your breath back you park up the mean machine (THE bike) you head over to the time officials to find out how you did, it was greetings of well-done from everyone the camaraderie amongst the members was 1 of adulation for everyone nobody once mention times or anything like that accept the time keepers well that was the reason why they were there after all, the general chitchat was god that wind was tough on the way out.

For most of us this was our first ever TT and it certainly won’t be our last well done to all a great night on the bike, and a big thanks to our time keepers we couldn’t do it without you KUDOS

our very own time keepers Blake & David                                                            photo by Craig


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