Dam wind! Duathlete Amy recovers from poor bike leg to take age group medal at Rutland

Amy Grocock with her trophy at the Dambuster Duathlon in Rutland
Amy Grocock with her trophy at the Dambuster Duathlon in Rutland

A Gainsborough duathlete recovered from a problematic bike section to take an age group medal at the Dambuster event at Rutland.

Amy Grocock finished third in her age group and 25th overall female at a race that acted as a qualifier for the World Championships she has already booked a place in.

With an extremely competitive women’s field she found herself 17th after the first 10k run, but her usual rise up the leader board on the 42k bike leg failed to materialise, due to the wind and a poor wheel selection.

Grocock opted to use full disc wheels, making her time trial bike hard to handle in the blustery conditions.

But a 5k run of 21.11 pulled her back into the age group medals, and gave her an overall finish time of 2.38.11.

The Lincsquad member admitted the weather made life tricky in her first outing of 2015.

“Looking for an early start to the race season I found the Dambuster Duathlon at the scenic Rutland Water location as a good opportunity to dust the winter blues off,” she said.

“However there is a good reason why racing early in March is not advised. Starting at 8.30am meant the mild warm air had not yet arrived and the wind was piercing.”

She was content with her 10k run time over the dam, but on the bike her problems really began.

Grocock explained: “I appeared to be riding a boat as it was blowing me all over the road.”

“There was a couple of places were I could drop down and use the bike but the majority of times had to be happy to just hang on, watching people on road bikes come past with a grin on their faces.”

“My usual strong part of the race went from not moving me up the leader board to dropping me further down it.”

Her 5k run time rescued the day however, and would have been enough to qualify her for the World Championships in Australia later in the year – had she not already earned a spot through her performance in Spain in 2014.

“I realised it was a competitive field so was not too hard on myself,” she added.