I was recently rather pleased to discover that the Wessex RC are promoting the first round of the Knights Composite Classic Time Trial series on Sunday 26th March. The event will see some of the best testers in the country - including my rather famous sister-in-law Dame Sarah Storey and six of here team mates from StoreyRT - right on my doorstep!
The undulating 24 mile circuit (P427) is well known locally as it's been a traditional season opener for club riders after a Winter of club runs, reliability trials and turbo sessions! I have even ridden the event many times myself in my racing days - although much to my frustration - I never managed to dip under the hour despite numerous appearances in the late 1990's.
Given that a number of riders will be travelling from all over the country for the first of six rounds of this national series, I decided to create a course recce on YouTube to help riders familiarise themselves with some of the key elements of the course, all of which are highlight on the South DC's course description.
Thankfully - I was greated with a sunny day for the ride and this was the first proper test of the Apeman action cam that I purchased from Amazon. It did a pretty fine job as it happens and provides far better value than the products offered by the likes of GoPro's Hero5 and Garmin's VIRB in my opinion.
Before I started my riding, I did some brief research online about the best way of creating the video. I decided to use iMovie - and this tutorial helped me get started easily!
I was keen to get some mapping on the YouTube video to give the riders an indication of progress, but didn't want to infringe any copyright, so I used my Strava route trace and then used a screen shot of that in Photoshop to create the outline easily.
Related to Strava is a fabulous service call Relive. In short, it makes a video recap/summary of your rides and once connected to an app like Strava Relive processed the GPS data via public APIs. A while later (At busy moments/weekends it can take a few hours) you get an email with a link to your video! Here's the link to my course recce for the P427!
Part of the P427 course means the riders get to ride the tree-lined Beech Aveune on the B3078 on their way past Badbury Rings and Kingston Lacy.