Tuesday, 25 September 2012


6am NRR:
It's only been 14 hours, but already the details of this morning are blending into the weeks and months of Beach Rd that proceed it.

I know I started the ride with hamstrings still tight from the weekend's CX race, and when I decided going around the bunch via the service road was a good idea, that they soon announced they weren't terribly pleased with the idea. I did make it past the bunch though, barely slotting myself ahead of everyone, before rapidly going backwards through the first 20 riders until finally (through what felt like herculean effort) I got on a wheel.

I took a short break then rolled turns until we rolled back through to Brighton Beach. At times we were flat out hooking along, with turns (on the flat) up to 55km/h and I felt decent coming through for my time in the wind.

A further boon to the confidence was the lead up to the sprint, I'd gone from feeling like my legs were anchors to feeling like I was flying, and had what I considered the perfect position. 3rd wheel at Glen Huntly Rd and a gap behind. Sadly lights and cars at the Elwood Canal put paid to my visions of ripping out a solid effort to the brown sign.

Special mention needs to go out to Nick Bensley who not only played the little ring for NRR game, but came through for at least one turn at over 50 clicks an hour.

Strava link.

D: 44.4km
A: 177m


D: 18km
A: 163m

PMPW: 90kg

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