I was on the Leedstown chain gang with some of the Kernow lads when Cycle Logic rider Martyn Lewis encouraged me to have a go at testing, generously offering to loan me his Cervelo P3 TT rig and his pointy helmet.
John Fazerkely kindly loaned me a Penzance Wheelers skin suit and I was ready to go. I had only previously done TT’s a handful of times on a road bike so this was my first crack on a proper rig.
I always thought that the aero advantage gained from skin suits and pointy hats was a load of old nonsense, but after talking to the TT lads I was becoming convinced that aero was the way to go.
I really enjoyed the experience and I was pleased with my time and third place behind heavy hitters Tom Gilbert on his huge custom chainring, and 4 times Cornish Cup winner Sandy Gourley (5th title inevitable this season).
I still had hold of Martyn’s Cervelo rig so I set a personal best on the S6 10 at Ladock before returning the bike to him. I felt so good on that frame, it was a good fit and my body position felt perfect, so I took a load of measurements, photos and videos so that I can achieve a similar spec setup when I build my own rig for the 2016 season (Minus the Cervelo P3 as it’s way out of my price bracket!).
A big thanks to Martyn Lewis for encouraging and enabling me to give some proper testing a go and realize my enthusiasm and possible potential in that discipline.
I was back on my road bike for the next couple of TT’s. I was looking forward to this as I would get an accurate picture of the difference between aero and non-aero after just coming off a top flight aero rig.
I did another Cornish Cup event, the PZW 19TT up at Leedstown. Although the difference in bikes was extreme, I set a good time and came 4th against mainly a field of pure testers on aero rigs. But the difference was huge.
I experienced a good example of how a fully kitted aero rider cuts through the air compared to a roadie with non-aero road racing kit. When part way up a long uphill drag I was quickly catching the aero rider in front of me, but once we went over the top and we hit the slight descent it was like I had hit a wall and he just sliced through the wind and pulled away. The aero benifits are huge.
I was very lucky to have my first TT on a Cervelo P3. It is a beautiful frame. Fantastic geometry and perfect for my body size, I really felt like I was part of the frame rather than just sat on it. I plan on building a budget TT rig over the winter and get some TT experience in next year. The tester guys are a great bunch, very friendly and have been really helpful and encouraging to me and I look forward to racing with them next year.