Anth73 wrote:Dropped the bike for the first time in a long time this morning. Was it while tearing down the KL descent? Nope! The BanyuleCC peloton were turning right at the roundabout at the entry to Springthorpe at a pretty docile pace when my front wheel just washed away. It felt like it all happened in slow motion really. I'll blame greasy road conditions after the rain we had following such a long dry spell.
I've now got the biggest corky on my right hip, it's gonna bruise up something shocking, and just a tad of bark off the right arm.
The Ridley didn't get through unscathed either with the usual damage for such a fall, right shifter and rear dérailleur scratched, scuffed bar tape and a slightly bent rear hanger. The BanyuleCC kit survived unscathed other than for a big black stain on my right sleeve.
Despite the fall and sore hip I still managed a kinglake PB so the 3 Peaks build is progressing well. Kev also clocked up his second best time, a sub 20min effort. Coming off 2200km in the last 4 weeks this is a cracking effort.
That's no good mate, glad you could soldier on... and, more importantly that the Ridley is OK
Today's Peak Saturday saw the biggest bunch on record, around 40 riders took off from Heidelberg, P-train and I took the reigns at the front to keep the lid on until Diamo, once past the first regroup with everybody on, the pace to Hrsty was... 'do'able... , then as usual, the lid was lifted and the race to St Andrews was on. I managed to hold on to the front group until the the last hill before the sprint for the first time... ever, but I had already decided that I was going up to KL so I couldn't burn all my matches. On to Kinglake with about 12 others, I set a rhythm with Frosty early on and saw the BCC bunch descending after the cutting. I felt great after the Hotham and Back'o'Falls adventure in the legs two weeks before, so I could dial in the pain and mentally manage the relatively easy gradients (compared to the Back'o'Falls!) . Once at the 'Reduce speed' sign near the top with a KM or so to go... I unleashed the pain on myself. It was worth it to record a PB on Kinlake that will probably stand for the rest of the year LOL.
Once regrouped at the summit, there was plenty of debate as to how to get home, I would always vote for the standard Kangaroo Ground return, but most wanted to go the quick way via the same way we came up ie Hursty-Diamo-Heidelbeg. P-Cat had other ideas and lead the bunch up Ryans Rd/Bolton St after Diamo which was a complete leg trashing!!!!
Back to Matto for coffee with 29.6km/h av speed and a bunch of PR's in the bag. Would've had a relaxing afternoon recovery except for the paving that I had to pull up in the back yard = completely smashed http://app.strava.com/activities/39412017