After a three week break from racing, Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy CT) came back from illness to set a course personal best on the North Hampshire 10 mile time trial on the Bentley bypass. His time for the 10 miles was 19.26 - 30.8 mph (49.7 km/h) This was 23 seconds quicker than his previous best on this course from last year. His time was second fastest on the day, with Rob Sharland Paceline RT taking the win in 19.08.
Tejvan Pettinger said of the race
"The great thing about time trials is that you can always challenge yourself to beat your previous best-times; it is a practical form of self-transcendence. When I started racing in 2005, I did 21.20 on this course. Over the years, I got closer and closer to the magic 20 minute barrier (30mph average). Then last year (after 10 years of trying), I finally did a 19.49. This year, it was good conditions, and great to go 23 seconds quicker because when you have a good time already, it can get harder and harder to keep reducing times.
The personal best was also helped by a visit to a velodrome the previous day to work on aerodynamics. A little change in position can make a big difference to your time. But, as soon as you set a new personal best, you always start thinking of how you can go even faster next time!"
Tejvan's previous results for 10 mile time trial on Bentley (H10/8) course
- 15/05/2005 – 21.20 – 2nd
- 05/08/2006 – 21.00 – 5th
- 03/07/2008 – 21.24 – unknown position
- 00/00/2008 – 21.33 – unknown position
- 08/08/2010 – 21.00 – 2nd – Farnham R.C.
- 17/07/2010 – 20.51 – 2nd – N.Hampshire
- 25/05/2013 – 20.21 – 1st – Farnham R.C.
- 06/06/2015 – 19.49 – 2nd – N.Hampshire (338 watts)
- 04/06/2016 – 19.26 – 2nd – N.Hampshire
Photo top: Tony Wood