Under provocation from 2012’s #2-ranked Grovel contender Karl Downes, Wilsons Wheels’ Dave Shackleton posted an outstanding time of 49:28 on our unofficial 19.9 mile club ‘PB’ circuit, the Goodmanham Grovel. This is now the time to beat: with an average speed of over 24 mph on this rolling circuit with 295m of climbing, Shack has set the bar uncomfortably high.
With this and Karl’s recent time, I would hazard that there’s now a useful ‘benchmark’ range on this circuit which could be summarised as follows:
Sub 52 – Cat 2 standard and above
52-54 – Cat 3
54+ Cat 4 and below