Ride Report: Wednesday 4th April 2012
Mild and dry overnight conditions with the clocks set an hour back encouraged a large peloton to roll-up for a comparatively well-lit Peak Tour of Eltham yesterday. A fair pace was tapped out on the front and with no cars at the bridge to disrupt the bunch it was all together at the base of the Bonds Rd KOM. Some solid efforts were put in with Guirgs leading Woody (new nickname assigned by me) over the top first.
A short regroup and roll down the hill but from the rear of the bunch I can’t tell you what happened up the Montsalvat Charge.
On Mt Pleasant Rd the pace was solid to the start of the KOM so if you were caught napping at the back you were not likely to make (or see) the front. Guirgs made the first attack early with Matty P and Stalds in chase. The latter 2 were strong to the finish but Guirgs blew up at 525 (first I've ever seen him cooked) and he cooled his heals for some later moves. Wristy motored up the Fourth Hill in the big dog, I don’t know where he came from but he was riding as hard as I have ever seen (or heard) him! On approach to the Final Hill P-Train had made his way to the pointy-end and Wristy was still giving it the beans to the finish. Many PBs and fast times were set, ripping times lads, chapeau.
Main Rd wasn’t the time trial it has been in the past, some appropriate caution was given to the traffic, but at the top of Bonds Rd Seano let everyone know the Pony Club Sprint was “ON” with a stellar cast. On the descent, the massive sea of Peak red riders was like a tsunami with P-Cat riding against the tide; he was a late starter. Somehow he managed to u-bolt and make contact with the fast-moving bunch!
Like Mt Pleasant KOM, if you weren’t at the front by the bridge you didn’t have a chance to make the Pony Club finish with the lead group. The pace was so hot that the leaders were strung out before the final corner. Matty P was strongest on the day, Josh ripped up the bitumen too and Guirgs, Seano, Rowdy, Stalds & P-Train had all made big efforts. Again, there were fast times a plenty on this segment no matter where you were in the bunch.
Stalds offered P-Cat a leadout for the Banyule Rd Pinch, which was a nice gesture after he led out someone else last week to take the KOM from P-Cat. The Promains rider had the Dogma 2 on his wheel and ready to launch, it was a menacing site, but unfortunately traffic at the roundabout impeded their run.
Judging from the Twitter pic (http://pic.twitter.com/fPW6Ya8p
), Peak dominated Café Matto after the ride, as well as the local roads to & from Eltham.