Over the years there have been a lot of events that have given me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Nine times out of ten, doing something for the first time takes some beating. It could be breaking the hour for a '25' ... a first win ... a course record ... beating an arch rival for the first time maybe?
I'm ancient so there's a long list, but for now here's my 'Top Five Firsts' ...
No 1 ... THE event that gave me most satisfaction and the biggest 'buzz' in 40 years or so of cycling ...
The Goodmayes Whls '100' in 1983 and competition record by over 8 minutes! Go HERE for the full story.
No 2 ... I'm not quite sure how this managed to creep into the 'Top 5 Firsts' page ...
but it's not often you beat two records in one attempt (unless you ride the track ... see No 4 below!), so for no other reason than because it was just great fun ... go HERE for a double RRA record attempt.
No 3 ... four days after Prince Charles married Diana Spencer I rode to my (the) first sub 3-40 '100'.
That was in July 1981. It was pretty fast then. Bearing in mind we were without tri-bars, discs and aero hats in those days (looking back) it wasn't too bad. I'd definitely consider it to be one of my Top 5 Firsts anyway. Go HERE for the full story.
No 4 ... a surprise to even me! 'Thick Tester Takes Track Records' could have been the headline.
In 1991, Mike Breckon of Raleigh suggested I should have a go at Graeme Obree's track records. With me being virtually a complete track novice I couldn't see how he was being serious ... but he was ... and I did. This ride really did give me a buzz. Go HERE for the full story.
No 5 ... my first (and only) National 12 hour win.
They say 'all things come to those who wait' ... well I only had to wait nearly forty years until I won my first (and only) National 12 hour championship. Go HERE for the full story.