Percrime wrote:Hmmmm. Bit of a non event actually.
I woke up this morning, and um-ed and ah-ed about driving for over an hour to just past Whittlesea to race ... given I have a biostats assignment due on Tuesday @ midnight. So by time I'd slept in a bit (tired after racing yesterday) and made up my mind that I would go, and there were roadworks along Plenty Road which I'd forgotten about, I was running VERY late !!
Get to the Humevale Road turnoff (on the main road = Whittlesea - Flowerdale - Yea), and there's no cars parked on the gravel at the corner like last time. Saw some activity a bit further down the road, and find a few cars.
Spotted Steph McGrath (Melb Uni) immediately, and she told me that it was cancelled !! There was a "fatal" along the main road earlier in the morning, so the main road had been shut and traffic had been diverted along Humevale Road in BOTH directions ... hence it wasn't safe for us to be racing UP it.
But it'd appear Murphy's Law came into effect - cos by the time I got there (just before 9 am - I know I was running late!) the main road was open, so Humevale Road was safe again.
Dave and Thorle decided to go for a hot chocolate before going back home again - but the ATTA organisors said anyone who wanted could go for a training ride to "recce" the November course So I decided to join in that.
First up, we went along Humevale Road so we could do the climb. WOOT - a PB: 25 min 3 seconds (previous time in March: 25 min 34 sec). For some reason (musical wheels yesterday, or getting bumped in the car), my speedo wasn't working ... so I only had the time to go on. (And the distance markers weren't there anymore). So I think if I'd had my speedo working I might have got a slightly better time. But a PB is a PB all the same
After everyone had waited for me (aka the slow coach) at the top, we went along the main road to a bit past Flowerdale before turning around. As we were going down the big hill, I braked to slow down - that's funny, the left (back) brake isn't working properly. So after slowing down, I pulled over and fixed it (* glares at Dave, and gives self a slap for not checking brake was done up after musical wheels yesterday ) This meant that no sooner had I caught up with everyone again that I was dropped. I don't know where everyone else turned around though - because I turned around when I saw Brooke heading the other way.
Then came the main road downhill section - trying to break maximum speed from March (65 km/hr), but that wasn't to be. Cos reasonably close to the bottom of the steep bit there was an "OIL ON ROAD" warning - so I slowed down of course. Max speed was 60 km/hr down the hill today.