Thanks to Kaz for making the photo shoot this morning, especially after her FANTASTIC effort up Baw Baw yesterday. HAF or what! Was quite funny trying to look serious and concerned whilst hoisting my knicks up to display my bruise, which now resembles an impressionist sunset (a little more Monet today than its initial Turner phase, though on its way to Van Gogh, I suspect). Luckily Kaz was behind me and we couldn't make eye contact or I'm sure we would have giggled.
Anyway, I hope it turns out well - I think it will have a good impact, being two women in the TFC kit with smart looking bikes etc. As far as possible from the image of cyclists that the public likes to vilify: sweaty MAMILs in see-through kit holding up traffic. I will try to emphasise to the reporter how well-behaved group rides like the MRR actually are: we might be a visible target, but we're the least likely to endanger pedestrians or ourselves. Anyway, throwing missiles at anyone is just f-ing unacceptable, no matter how irritating - or even unlawful - their behaviour.
Lovely ride this morning (once I got over my jitters down Canty Rd). Batman thought the pace was too hot, and was aggrieved that his agreement with BG boy up front to ride recovery pace was not honoured. I thought the pace was perfect, but then I hadn't really ridden all weekend (little zap down Beach Rd to 'chick
' some lazy stragglers who were out past midday). Bruce had said he wanted a hard ride (oh...
), and Bryn seemed comfortable at the rear of our little group, but then Bryn always seems comfortable
I sat on various wheels until Mitcham when I did my bit out front for a while. Favourable winds meant cruising at 40-45 for a bit, 38-40 elsewhere. Plenty of bus action, and way too many rubbish trucks
(there's no spew face, is there...bit of an oversight for a cycling fourm...).
I was a bit tired to contest the KOMs (like I'd have a chance
), and the KOV just aint the same since the WAKStack.
Had to get the boy to school, so no coffee, but came back (much to the puzzlement of the MR staff) at 10.
I'll post about the article in the Leader in due course.