Wednesday, 12 September 2012


After rolling down the highway two up and chatting to AJ it was hard to watch almost everyone I knew in the bunch continue on for the long (Two Bays) loop. I so wanted to go attack those hills and see how many blokes I could tear apart!

Anyway, kicking out of the right hander at the roundabout I found myself riding along side Jamie Nightingale with about 15 riders in front doing a good job of giving me a gold class quality sit into the headwind. I laughed and exclaimed I was in danger of changing into the big ring. Less than two seconds later I knew what was going to entertain me for the rest of the ride given I had no plan of rolling turns. I was going to complete the ride back from Mordi in the little ring and I wasn't going to cheat and cross chain to the bottom of the cassette.*

I was right in that it was a giggle, ripping my legs through; at times up to 140rpm. That is until we hit the left hander at Ormond Esplanade then that chain went straight across into the big ring and my eyes went from wide "omg this cadence is ridiculous" status to wide "oh man I'm totally going to rock and roll in the sprint" status. It's a subtle difference, but one that even from the inside I could feel.

My fun was denied by lights at the canal, this is not the first time they've ruined my fun this year. I may find myself a spray can and paint "party poopers" on them.

Strava link.

D: 45.0km
A: 181m


D: 15.0km
A: 111m

PMPW: 92kg

* I think that wheel has an 11-28 cassette, which would mean the biggest gear I ran was a 39x13 (81").

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