Monday Night Time Trial Series
Written by Platinum rider Andres Malovos
The Doug Mcfadden Memorial Time Trial Series is a great little series on on the less serious side of the sport. It’s an unsanctioned, self timed, and volunteer run series that’s all for fun.
Don Flanigan, Dawn Luke, and Platinum Rider Mark Luke work to see the riders off, and manage the results, so a big thank you to them.
The 8 part series runs monthly from March to October. We TT over a ten mile course with four 90 degree turns, three turnarounds, and a 150 ft false flat “climb” mid course.
Early in the year I had inconsistent training, so I wasn’t in condition to challenge for outright wins. As my form came along so did the PR’s, and wins, which ultimately totaled 5 of the 8 time trials.
This month I had a component failure on my TT bike, so I decided to post a time on my road bike in Merckx style with no aero equipment.
I actually went faster than a few previous times set on my TT bike, but of course this month we had perfect conditions with no wind at all. Best I can tell the whole aero setup is worth about 1:30-2:00 over this course for me, and like Tom Anhalt will tell you, aerodynamics does matter!
I’m already looking forward to next years MNTT, and I know a few other Platinum riders are planning to start racing time trials, so expect a strong showing from the team in TT’s next year!