Sunday, 2 March 2014

1/03/2014

Total Rush Shop Ride & Pre-loop:
I rocked up to Rush at 6am, expecting to find a few people ready to roll the pre-loop. Instead, when it came time to roll out, I was still the only one there. Thankfully a few metres down the road, I found DK running a smidgeon late. The pace was a conversational speed, which was lucky because I had a lot to say about the fact that DK was obviously cheating in our down hill roll off competitions. For a start, he was beating me.

When we reached the Kew boulevard, the conversational pace ceased. The pace went up from the freeway overpass, I thought it was just to drop the riders we'd just passed who had bright lights that were distracting. DK seemed to feel otherwise as he kept the hammer down and I soon found myself riding behind rather than beside him.

Back at the shop, I had enough time to realise I didn't have enough time for a coffee, then it was off down to Mordi. As we rolled up Anderson st some local constabulary rolled up past us in the liveried vehicle. I've heard from a few sources that there's a bit of a blitz on at the moment, and was one of the reasons I wasn't doing the Hell Ride. Anyway, as we drew up to a red light at Domain Rd, the fellow in the passenger seat politely asked me to keep one hand on the handlebars in the future.

It turns out, there's actually a law about it, something I had to go look up.

#245. ride with at least 1 hand on the handlebars

Anyway, on the way back from Mordi that wasn't an issue. 4 or 5 of us left first and formed the fast group, a couple more bridged up, but basically we only had 5 or so people rolling turns back to St Kilda. How does this relate to hands on the bars? I was working hard to just come through again and again and again, I didn't have the will, let alone the energy to take both hands off the bars.

Strava link.

D: 101.4km
A: 594m

PMPW: 95kg

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