I hadn’t ridden to work in under 20 minutes and this was a target I had set myself quite a while ago. Since buying the road bike last year there was no excuse not to break through this barrier. I’ve recently modified my route which has shaved almost half a mile of the distance and I wondered why I hadn’t taken this route before. Well the main reason is traffic lights. My old route crossed just 6 sets, though there were also a couple of tricky mini roundabouts to negotiate, my new route crosses 14 junctions and 9 pedestrian crossings.
I have found that typically only 5 or 6 of them will be red on any particular morning and today I stopped at just 4: Moor Lane, Great Cheetham St, Chapel St and Regents Road. I hadn’t ridden too hard for the first part of the ride but a succession of green lights had lifted my pace more than I had intended. The headwind I usually feel along Great Clowes St wasn’t as strong as usual so as I climbed Adeplhi Street I already knew 20 minutes was in the bag. I pushed hard along Ordsall Lane and got to my bike rack to find out from my Garmin that I had averaged over 20 mph for the first time breaking through the 20, 19 and 18 minute barriers to set a time of 17 minutes 53 that I’m convinced I will never better…. although if I was clipped in with a new pair of SPD SL shoes I might just….