Wednesday, 26 December 2012

26/12/2012

NRR Long:
I managed to cajole at least one extra rider for the long loop from those turning at Mordi, a point that will become pertinent in just a moment.

The pace was fairy easy, two up, with those on the front able to chat. There were no fireworks until Baden Powel Drive when DK rolled past yelling "Live action!". I swore and hoped that Paul and the young Giant rider I'd cajoled into coming could and would cover the gap. To their credit they did, meaning I got a (uncomfortable) sit until the turn off from the highway. DK and a few others continued on to Arthurs Seat, and I was left with about 12 riders who'd managed to hang onto the DK train.

Into Canadian Bay and I stood to stretch the legs, and soon found myself on the front, so I kept the effort going until the flat centre, where I wiggled my elbow for others to push some air. To my surprise there was only 5-6 riders left, but that fact was soon pushed from my mind as Danny Kah attacked. The move was soon covered, and the final kick fast upon us. My young Giant rider friend kicked hard and I went after him, not quite matching, but doing enough to give stay in contact and lose everyone else. So the pertinent thing. Well I felt obligated to this young bloke, so decided to work for him as best I could. Into the descent I told him to just sit on, and I went about getting us to the bottom of Two Bays with as few fellow riders as possible. From there I tried to repeat what I did for Heggers some weeks back; set solid tempo to the top and give him a sit. Around 2/3 of the way up a Spencers rider came over the top and I shut my legs down, only pushing again to ensure Paul didnt catch me before the finish.

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The roll home was pleasant until someone (possibly me), started some shenanigans around Mentone. Leigh Schilling neigh on finished it all with a massive pull through Brighton Beach. Sitting on his wheel, as low and aero as I could make myself, it was still taking 600W.

Strava link.

D: 95.3km
A: 529m

PMPW: 94kg

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