as we were heading up the first of the canty hills this morning i remarked to abby that my legs were asking me why i hadn't thought to warm them up this morning, such was the pace of ascent. that was merely a precursor to the second round of canty negotiations, where a rider up front shot off into the distance, inevitably dragging other riders with him.
i found myself near the lead and, shortly after, i was in the front on the right column. i tried to slow the pace to what i thought was more appropriate for a recovery ride, only to have the left column speed ahead.
thinking that this was getting a bit silly- as in too hard for me- as we neared the turn into middleborough i spotted harryhills up near the front on the left, and thinking that he would be an ally in my actions, sped up to catch him at the same time as negotiating the left turn at the same time as avoiding the road repairs there at the same time as watching for turning cars.
"let's slow things down" i called out, and with that hh and i slowed the group to a more manageable pace. black knight, just behind us, was still a little perturbed at the pace that had been and provided us with a commentary about what he thought. finally i suggested that if he could be silent knight for a minute he might find that the pace had been settled.
and with that it all seemed to calm down a little. a car at the green arrow into whitehorse started off slowly, which left a few riders behind. thinking that, based on earlier speed, they might be concerned about being left behind i suggested we stop just after the turn and wait- in the end we cycled along slowly, and so there was not too much of a gap for the others to cover to catch up.
by then i felt my work had been done and was happy to fall back into the group, where i had a fine old natter with various participants.
the red lights at the base of elgar allowed me to speed past the group, prompting hh behind me to comment "i knew if i stuck behind you i would get the green light". recognition of my one skill as a cyclist. which i used again at greythorn road where i managed to go from last to second . bad move, though, because i found myself stranded on the right, and fearing that i would block faster riders- ie all of you- pushed across to the left and, in doing so, managed to cut across kelvinp. so a public apology for that kelvinp, following my private apology at the cafe. although i am not convinced that kelvinp's claim that i also cut him off at the turn into the cafe has merit- in that last mad dash for a seat at the cafe, surely all options are on the table?
and then a nice coffee and chat to round it off.
my last mrr for the week. interstate the rest of the time. have a great time everyone.
getting older but still enjoying cycling