The apprenticeship continues…..
Yeah nice ride this morning. Once again started a few wheels back from the Budini's and by the time we got to Mordy was in the rear third. (Mental note to self, must try to hold my position on the way down). Turned the roundabout and surged away. Stuck with the right hand lane theory from Tuesday and it worked well again.
By the time we reached Charman Road I was second last. Hadn’t been overtaken just the rear part of the bunch had been burned. This made for a fun ride, lots of chasing and concentration on what the group was doing. It seems at the back if you are relaxing too much mentally you'll get toasted pretty darn quick when they surge away. Once again no shortage of riders being shelled on the uphills and survived the harder parts, passing my doppelganger on the hill up from Bay Road. (Sette does my bum really look that big in lycra?
Felt really quite good and thought ‘now for the home stretch’. As Sette said 2/3 of the group were promptly cut off at South Road with an ill timed red light. Watched the front third of the group sail away and out of sight. Sat up and rolled into St.Kilda with a bit of idle banter. Similar ride to Tuesday and felt quite strong. Looking forward to doing it again next week. Hopefully after a bit more apprentice work at the back I’ll work a strategy for getting up in the first half of the group for the return trip. It really is much harder at the back, but the reward is more chasing and excitement…
A couple of observations over the two rides this week:
One is the rider who ‘covers up’ on the rider in front, ie rides with their rear wheel between the two riders in front. Huge potential for bringing down a lot of riders with their front wheel overlapping the riders in front. A guy to my left kept doing it despite my ‘keep left mate’ requests. I figure it’s done to get more wheel suck and thus attempt to minimise the chances of being dropped?
The second is one Sette mentioned the rider who is well aware they are going to get dropped but overtake on the way to Mordy to get up the very front of the bunch. On the return they progressively get dropped on hills and then slide down and rejoin further back in the group once on the back side of the hill. They then repeat this manoeuvre until they are off the rear and can’t rejoin.
A learning experience everytime.
Now off to bed and see if I can better the paltry 5 hours sleep I got yesterday.