Wednesday, 9 March 2016

9/03/2016

Belgie:
I feel a bit unsophisticated admitting that a motivator for riding the Belgie today was to help take (back?) a Strava segment from a certain ex-u23 road champ. For a start it should be about the ride, the people and the training, but it'd be a lie to suggest I don't enjoy a bit of computer based comparison.

So the call went out yesterday for willing bodies to run a train through Banyule flats, and given my experiences yesterday and how long it had been since I last Belgie'd, I figured I'd lend a leg or two and have a few giggles along the way. After all, a handfull of blokes giving it everything on gravel paths means that there's going to be some sideways action, and what's more deserving of a giggle than a loss of control?

We achieved our goal, but i think there's further refinement to be had. I think rider composition and order is possibly more crucial than in a team pursuit. Shuffling road bikes with roadies, with CX bikes with MTBers together means there's going to be some differences in straight line and cornering speeds. I myself found I had to hit it out of pretty much every corner, as either the roadie in front of me had to brake slightly (gravel), or I did (road).

After a coffee and a chat I rolled to work, for once hopeful that it would rain. A bit of precipitation would have taken the heat out of the day, but also (more importantly) cleaned me and my bike up en route to work.

Strava link.

D: 58.4km
A: 517m

Commute:

D: 14.8km
A: 51m

PMPW: 87kg

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