Compare your PBs with fellow club members — get essential motivation for those short solo training runs
Introducing the ‘Goodmanham Grovel’
Back in the day (2008) we had the popular but flawed ‘Gardham Grind’ (see waay below for route and PBs). We’ve now replaced it with the ‘Goodmanham Grovel’.
It’s a mostly left-turns route on quiet roads, starting just near Bishop Burton. At a smidge over 32k (19.9 miles), if you crack the hour, you’re pretty much doing ‘evens’, (20mph) which is a nice benchmark. And with 295m of climbing it’s definitely a ‘hilly’ route in TT-speak. Its blend of long straights with lengthy but gentle-gradient climbs should give everyone an equal crack. Be mindful of the wind: the ‘out’ — and much of the climbing — is into the prevailing wind; whilst the ‘back’ is flat and often wind-assisted.
The route and profile are here, complete with a bit of commentary. Hit the timer as soon as you start out toward Cherry Burton from the north side of the A1079, and stop it again at the same point (by the ‘Give Way’ sign) on the return.
Post your time on the forum and it’ll get added to the table. You may wish to include comments and excuses e.g. ‘There was a howling westerly gale’ or ‘I got held up by Dave Shackleton’.
The bar has now been set very high indeed by Shack, who has knocked Pete F-S off the top spot for all-time quickest times.
p.s. Entry to the Grovel is not restricted to VC Beverley members – we’ll post any honest-looking time.
p.p.s. Disclaimer: this is not a time trial or a race. While VC Beverley is affiliated to CTT so you can do formal time trials as a club member, this is nothing more than a training route. Participation is at your own risk.
p.p.p.s. Thanks are due to 2009 Club Rider of the Year Klaus, who introduced this route.
p.p.p.p.s. A whole new level of lunacy or self inflicted torture has been set by our very own long distance mile muncher who goes under the Strava name of 2442041357, he claimed the circuit was too short to bother getting the bike out for! I then challenged him to do it 10 times to make it worth getting the bike out, never thinking he would take me up on my challenge!
His time was an arse shattering 12:27:39 with an ave speed of 16mph and a total distance of 199.5 miles. More details here http://app.strava.com/activities/79267284
Chapeau to you Nigel.
|Stephen Robinson||0:59:46||23rd August||Gusty on the way out but too sheltered in the valley on the way back to get much benefit from the backwind. The last mile is a killer, especially as it goes past my house...||Note from Chairman, good effort for Steve's 1st attempt, need to sort out that jersey though!|
|Dave Shackleton||0:49:28||27th June 2012||"Seemed a good night for it really a bit of a breeze"||"Got a pretty clear run and even some support" (The Tuesday ride spotted Shack on the return leg, looking well on the rivet - ed.)|
|Karl Downes||0:51:35||25th June 2012||Good conditions with little wind||"Better than last year, deep sections may have given the extra i was missing"|
|Martin Parker||0:55:00||13th June||Dry but cold with a light north-westerly||"I got up at 05:30 to fit it in before work - I'll leave it until evening next time for some more speed..."|
|Paul Drop and Paul Rymer||0:50:50||20th March 2012||N/A||"Not too bad for march reckon we can get under 50 mins"|
|Pete Fielding-Smith||0:51:22||27th June 2011||Warm||"21.5mph avg out, 23.1 overall. Stung by a wasp."|
|Karl Downes||0:51:52||10th August (approx)||NW wind||"Got held up by a trailer of bales"|
|Paul Rymer||0:52:02||20th June 2011||N/A||"Not bad considering we did 75 miles yesterday." Stats http://connect.garmin.com/activity/93717853|
|Paul Drop||0:53:38||1st September 2011||Much winder than last time||"would like to get under 53mins by end of september"|
|Paul Drop||0:53:48||25th August 2011||Good||"Finally managed to get it under 54."|
|Paul Waddington||0:54:36||2nd September 2011||Brisk WSW wind||10 secs off my 2010 PB. Gutted. Where do I start with the excuses? Windy, bit fat after 2 weeks hol, possibly not optimised riding position on new frame, yadda yadda|
|Paul Drop||0:54:51||11th May 2011||Headwind all the way from Holme on the Wolds to Goodmanham||"i can shave some time off but still pretty pleased with my time."|
|Chris Holland||0:52:20||2nd June 2010||Perfect conditions||No aerobars this time, just honest pedal bashing|
|Paul Waddington||0:54:26||8th June 2010||Grim. Cool, gloomy, very wet roads, 10 mph easterly||Could maybe have knocked it under 54 if it hadn't been for those meddling two-abreast horses on the drop to Goodmanham Dale. Also had to dodge pesky runners.|
|Klaus Ersfeld||0:55:32||31st May 2010||Very good conditions||Burning legs!|
|Pete Fielding-Smith||0:53:22||22nd Sep 2009||Good, stiffish westerly||"The man's a machine!" Steve Cooper (and everyone else!)|
|Chris Holland||0:53:23||26th Sep 2009||Too knackered to comment||We live to fight another day, anyone else trying to chase Pete down? (I reckon his time is safe this year... PW)|
|Steve Cooper||0:54:22||12th Sep 2009||Near perfect conditions||Full on race pace|
|Gary Trees||0:55:26||19th Sep 2009||Lovely day, headwind going up the hill||I will be having another crack at it before the bad weather kicks in!|
|Paul W||0:57:18||6th April 2009||Stiff ESE breeze, cool, grey||Hard work, particularly trying to cultivate an 'aero' posture into the wind on the way back. Leaving off the long-sleeved jersey might have gained me another second or two...|
|Ben||0:59:50||10th March 2009||Strong NW wind||It was a steady 1st half but the 2nd half more then made up for it!... a true 100% effort, i was f**ked by the end.|
|Sam Dyason||0:59:59||6th March 2009||Calm and warm - lovely||Had to dig deep up the final climb to get it under the hour!|
|Paul W and Ewen||0:54:06||10th Sep 2009||Lovely. 10mph NNE wind||The fact that two of us took only 22 seconds out of Chris's first time just goes to show quite how storming his time was!|
The Gardham Grind leaderboard 2008
The Grind is a fine 30k/18.7 mile circuit that starts and finishes on the York road just past North Bar. It takes in 285 metres of ascent, including 6k of continuous climbing if you do it anti-clockwise, so it’s a good workout for a 1 hour-ish ride. Route details are here. However please note that its A-road crossings make it less than ideal for a balls-out effort, so it’s been supplemented by the Grovel (see above). It’s still a good short training circuit though.
Here’s the leaderboard from 2008. Anyone beating Steve Cooper’s record, please get in touch!
|Steve C||0:50:49||5th June||Anti||Moderate ESE wind||"Full speed ahead and ballsout. I will get it under 50. Viva la VCB!"|
|Mark O||0:51:08||20th April||Anti||Wet and blustery||"Superb for road race preparation"|
|Paul C||0:52:34||31st May||Anti||N/A||"Catching Johan!"|
|David P||0:53:20||31st April||Anti||Wet and showery, easterly wind||"Feel the need to add that this was done on my time trial bike "|
|Paul W||0:53:41||4th June||Anti||Light westerly||"Perfect conditions, no delays. It'll be tough to improve on this one."|
|Sam D||0:54:05||19th May||Anti||Moderate, cool breeze from NE||"That's it-I've reached my genetic fitness ceiling"|
|Brendan||0:55:20||4th June||Anti||Light easterly breeze, average wind speed 3.0 m/s, temperature 19.5 degrees Celsius, 1019mb of pressure, 44% humidity, no precipitation||"Weather conditions very good "|
|Lee||0:55:47||20th May||Anti||N/A||"Got a stitch at 13.3 miles but that wasn't going to stop me "|
|Ben||0:55:50||26th May||Anti||Strong easterly||"Struggled with the big easterly wind in my face on the way back, about 30 seconds of stoppage for cars, really enjoyed the route. "|
|James W||0:55:50||13th July||Anti||Medium-strength westerly||N/A|
|Klaus||0:57:22||14th August||Anti||light south-westerly||"First time try. How can it be that it seems to go mainly uphill on a circular route?"|
|Darren||0:57:23||20th June||anti||light westerly||"Was planning for an easy ride out after lots of running this week but got to the north bar and thought it was about time I had a go!"|
|Max||1:00:03||8th June||Anti||Glorious, 2mph westerly||"Small delay caused by 'neolithic' Sunday hat-wearing, show dog-transporting Astra driver who pulled out on the Westwood"|
|Steve G||1:02:01||23rd April||Anti||N/A||N/A|
|Will Mawson||1:05||29th August||Anti||Fairly strong winds||None provided by the rider - but potential VCB member Will is 16 and has only been road riding for 7 months, so excellent effort! - Paul W|