One of our Jackpotters, Ian Gilham, I hope he does not mind being named (! too late now!) had an unfortunate mishap at the Bedford Duathlon at the weekend. There is a smile to this story. Bear in mind that this was World ITU qualifying event…which resulted in a DNF. It was Ian’s first draft legal race in what he describes as pea-souper fog. Smashing out a sub 20 minute 5k run, a decent T1, Ian bombed it onto the Forumla 1 race track to burn some rubber. Ian was caught by a faster group of riders and he hung on to them for a couple of laps until he lost them – probably in the thick fog! Ian found another rider, drafted behind him and in his disoriented state, hung onto his wheel for grim death and followed him into transition….. 1 lap too early…..resulted in the letters which no one wants to hear, a DNF….. a lesson learnt….. Windsor next up…… onwards and upwards….
Really bad luck Ian but good luck at Windsor.
p.s. Ian also raced at Dambuster Duathlon a week ago and finished 7th in Age Group 🙂 The weather was not it’s greatest in 1 degree and sleet but it allowed Ian to defrost during the 1st 5k run but still needing a jacket in T1 for the bike section. Many riders DNFd during the brutal bike because of wind, sleet and the cold (reminds me of Alcobendas since nicknamed Alcohorrendous last year). Ian was warm enough for the 2nd run and was so close on the tails of his AG rivals, just missing out on automatic qualification for the World Champs in Aviles.