This weekend has seen local rider Paul Jackson beat his previous local record in the National 24 hour Time Trial Championships held over at Shrophire in the UK. He finished in 4th position overall from the 105 starters, winning both the National Championship in his age Group and also the Veteran 24 Hour National Championship event running at the same time. His total mileage was a staggering 477 miles over the 24 hours which saw him riding constantly from 2pm Saturday afternoon through until 2pm on Sunday afternoon at an average of almost 20 miles per hour for the duration. His total mileage was more than 26 miles more than the previous record.
The race was held over laps of three interconnecting road circuits, the first being an out and back loop of 40 miles, the second a 12 mile loop and also a finishing loop of around 13 miles, with the interconnecting roads of 16 miles between circuits, through the full spectrum of weather changes of sun, wind and rain during the night.
The whole course was a good mixture of long stretches of wide “A” roads and narrow country lanes of varying surface quality which was just about the right balance to stop him from getting bored. A few brief words of encouragement or joviality were shared between passing competitors which helped the riders.
Jackson said after the event, “My own race didn't go anything like to plan, my pacing strategy was a disaster and my nutrition plan fell apart just 6 hours into the race, I have to thank my crew for keeping me fed and getting me through one or two pretty bleak moments through the night, especially when the rain came down and the temperature dropped. I am absolutely over the moon with the result and although I spent the last few hours of the race vowing to myself that I would never ride a 24 hour TT again, I find myself already thinking of ways to improve for the next one”.