Archive for December 2012
Hot. And flat.
116km, 692m, 4:09
I had no intention of doing anything other that riding hard enough that it hurt, and hopefully putting up an attack or two.
The first was assured, with money up for grabs in a couple of sprint primes (although I only heard the whistle once). The second was trickier. I didn’t just want to burn myself, but wasn’t completely confident in my ability to make an attack stick for long. Several people went away in the lulls, one smart (or lucky) attacker went up the road hard around the mid-way point of the race. I was on the front but it was too early to worry much about, but just then A-grade came upon us and we lost sight of him in the mess.
After the A bunch cleared us another attacker jumped off the front hard and put some distance into the group. Left on the front to do the work again I tried to limit the damage but was burning far to bright. I backed right off but no-one pulled through. Eventually someone rolled up on my left. I matched his pace and let him know that there were not one, but two guys up the road and between us we got a working group of four rolling smooth turns into the wind. Once that happened I was surprised at how easily the attackers came back to us. Sharing the load goes a long long way. Note to self.
With five laps to go the wind turned cold and it hard started to rain. With three to go the course was wet and someone went down in the A-grade bunch. After two neutralised laps they pulled us up and restarted the race with only two laps to go. It was on for young and old from corner two. At corner four three guys punched it hard and I followed suit, making second wheel. Haaaarrrrrd! You can ride a full lap at sprint pace can’t you? No, you can’t. You blow up big time down the back straight and finish last. But at least you had a crack.
00:55:12 / 36.1 km
Max speed: 56.2 km/h
Avg speed: 39.3 km/h
Avg HR: 170 bpm (AT: 172)
Max HR: 180 bpm