Saturday, 31 July 2010


Northside ride:
I wanted to do the Hellride, but a late night Friday put kybosh to that. Only Brett was up for the shop ride, so we made pair and headed south chatting. As we rolled we both agreed that we had a head/cross wind, even reasoning using logic agreed with us. Knowing that I was doing so into a headwind I was pretty happy with my lead out effort for Brett. We'd been passed by a small bunch a few km out of Mordi and they made perfect rabbits. I told Brett to hang on and that I'd do all the work. Low on the bars I found a gear that felt right and hammered out 43-44km/h and kicked it up to 50 at the end. A perfect lead out except for one fact, Brett wasn't on my wheel. for a couple of km.

As we turned around and headed for home, we realise (as I'm sure you've guessed by now) that we were wrong about the direction of the wind. The drizzle that started to fall was definitely coming towards our faces and no longer was a 40+km/h TT an option.

We spotted Carson, who swung around and joined us while we waited for the hellride to come through. As we kicked to latch on I wasn't to know I'd soon discover the secret to my success in competitive events. Gaps opened up as we hit Rickett's point and I had them easily covered. Guys attacked over the top and I chased them down without too much hassle. I don't know why I hadn't worked this out years ago, but it seems the secret to me winning is for me not to do the whole ride so I have (comparatively) super fresh legs for the finish.

D: 47.3km
A: 170m

PMPW: 94kg

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